"Well done!!" to Emma and Lynne for their research towards assessing possible future states of the southern Benguela marine ecosystem, by combining systems modelling and an indicator-based framework for a synthetic evaluation of the results.
Lynne delivered a very well received keynote address at the IMBeR2 Future Oceans Open Science Conference in Brest, France this morning. Her address was entitled “Navigating the ocean under stress: The combined effects of fishing and environmental variability on ecosystem dynamics.” With her flight delay, we are pleased she made it in time to present!
The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is being released at long last. Well done, Lynne, on your leading contribution to Chapter 2, "Status and Trends – Drivers of Change, Nature and Nature’s Contributions to People"! Find more info in the UCT article here: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2019-05-09-documenting-natures-dangerous-decline
MSc Casey T. Lyttle and Dr Catherine D. Ward graduated in April.
Casey researched nearshore wave variability and change off the south coast, and Cath integrated farming and fishing perspectives towards understanding climate variability in the southern Cape. Congratulations!!
Louise got the first paper out in 2019, presenting results of her research with small-scale fishers who operate as crew in the commercial handline fishery in the southern Cape. Her results offer an analysis focusing on the stressors in the natural system, social and economic (sub-)systems, policy and regulatory issues and insights into the fishers’ attitude towards change and adaptation options.
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Assessing risks to marine ecosystems is critical due to their biological and economic importance, and because many have recently undergone regime shifts due to overfishing and environmental change. Yet defining
Ecological indicators used to monitor fishing effects in the context of climate change and variability need to be informative to enable effective ecosystem-based fisheries management. We evaluated the specificity of the response of ecosystem indicators to different fishing and environmental pressure levels using Ecosim and Atlantis ecosystem models for the southern Benguela ecosystem.
Ecological indicators are widely used to characterise ecosystem health. In the marine environment, indicators have been developed to assess the ecosystem effects of fishing to support an ecosystem approach to fisheries. However, very little work on the performance and robustness of ecological indicators has been carried out.