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 are affiliated with UCT’s Marine Research (MA-RE) Institute and 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.


Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Two graduates … and a newbie on stage

Congratulations to Clara Steyn and Emily Weigum for having graduated as Masters  in Conservation Biology and Applied Ocean Sciences, respectively. It was also the first time for Dr Marieke Norton, Post-Doc in our group, to join faculty on stage! 


Publication Date:
Mon, 16 Dec 2019 - 22:30
New article out

Louise has just published a non-specialised summary of her PhD in The Conversation. The article discusses how to get linefishers in the southern Cape to be more involved in decision-making that affects them.

Publication Date:
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 - 21:45
Just out

Based on 18 months of Marieke's ethnographic fieldwork for her PhD, Marieke and Astrid suggest ways in which marine resource lave enforcement can be evaluated at the level of individual fisheries compliance inspectors. We show how individual assessments can be scaled up to station, regional and provincial levels, where they can also contribute to, e.g.,  Ecological Risk Assessments. 

Publication Date:
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 - 15:30
Just out

As an ecosystem researcher in the Benguela, Lynne made a contribution to a synthesis paper on ocean boundary currents and how these are being monitored globally. Read the paper here.

Publication Date:
Mon, 12 Aug 2019 - 21:45