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.


Thursday, 24 June 2021
Just launched

We are part of an exciting International Horizon 2020 project, “Mission Atlantic,” which has just been launched and will map and assess sustainable development of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Oct 2020 - 11:30
Just out

Fruit of several years of work, Lynne and colleagues have updated and re-fitted the EwE model for the southern Benguela (1978-2015) by capturing our improved understanding and including newly available datasets.

Publication Date:
Wed, 19 Aug 2020 - 12:00
Just out: “Using structured decision-making tools with marginalised fishers to promote systems-based fisheries management approaches in South Africa”

Congratulations to Louise who has just got the second paper from her PhD published in Frontiers for Marine Science.

Publication Date:
Tue, 30 Jun 2020 - 21:45
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