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.


Monday, 2 August 2021
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
PhD research opportunities - start in 2022


Interested in joining us in 2022 to conduct your PhD research in marine social-ecological systems? We are offering two opportunities for research projects, pending confirmation of funding. Please find details here. Note the relatively short deadline for Step 1: 21 June 2021.

Publication Date:
Wed, 09 Jun 2021 - 14:30
Three Master's research projects available


Interested in joining us? We are offering three projects for Master's research. Find the details here. Deadline for applications 21 June 2021. 

Publication Date:
Tue, 08 Jun 2021 - 15:15
Just out

Congratulations to Clara Steyn, whose MSc research has just been published in Food Webs! Clara used Ecopath with EcoSim modelling to explore "Changes in food-web structure and energy flow in kelp forest ecosystems on the south-west coast of South Africa following the invasion of Jasus lalandii" -  our West Coast rock lobster.

Publication Date:
Fri, 28 May 2021 - 11:15