The group around the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries (SARCHI ME&F) is concerned with developing methodology for the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) in the Benguela large marine ecosystem, and more generally, methodology for a systems approach to managing human interactions with the ocean. This includes coping with, and adapting to, climate change in marine social-ecological systems.

The interdisciplinary team is led by Associate Professor Astrid Jarre and Dr Lynne Shannon.

We provide leadership to UCT's Marine and Antarctic Research centre on Innovation and Sustainability (MARIS) and are affiliated with UCT’s Centre for Statistics in Environment, Ecology and Conservation (SEEC). We are grateful for core funding by the DST/NRF South African Research Chair Initiative, and additional funding from the CEC, UCT, the NRF and UKRI/GCRF. Our professional network includes colleagues in South Africa, southern Africa and world-wide.


Tuesday, 26 October 2021
As die see byt (Hooked by the sea)

We are very happy and proud to have finalised the film of our musical theatre “As die see byt”, co-produced with The Rainbow Exchange, and the documentary “The making of…” that goes along with it. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 01 Sep 2021 - 15:15
Small but significant

Congratulations to Casey Lyttle, who has published her MSc research in Fisheries Oceanography! Examining high-resolution wave model outputs from 1997 to 2013, she shows that summer nearshore wave heights have increased.

Publication Date:
Mon, 23 Aug 2021 - 08:30
Systems-based conservation management of the African penguin in progress

We were encouraged by a broad stakeholder meeting convened by Minister Barbara Creecy this week, in a concerted effort to reach a decision around fisheries closures around breeding colonies of the Endangered African Penguin.

Publication Date:
Fri, 13 Aug 2021 - 07:15
Partnering with Ocean Cities for the UN Decade of the Oceans


We are very happy for having been selected as a partner in the OC-NET project, officially endorsed by the UN for its contribution to the Oceans Decade. Louise is co-ordinating the UCT contribution. Read more here

Publication Date:
Mon, 05 Jul 2021 - 17:30