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.


Monday, 1 March 2021
Greg's first this year

Congratulations to Greg for having got the first paper published from his PhD research. In this article in Maritime Studies, Greg analyses barriers to, and opportunities for alternative seafood marketing of linefish in the southern Cape. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 11 May 2020 - 13:45
TRIATLAS Summer School at UCT

Lynne, Astrid and Louise are very pleased to have contributed to teaching the first summer school of our EU-funded project to a good 25 participants from Africa, South America and Europe.

Publication Date:
Mon, 27 Jan 2020 - 15:45
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