Incorporating seascape connectivity and fishers’ local ecological knowledge in the management of tropical marine resources

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Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2016
End date: 31/12/2018
Funding: 1200000 SEK


Shallow-water habitats including coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves provide a number of ecological goods and services (e.g. fish) that are fundamental for the economic and societal development in coastal communities. Many people are dependent on fish as their primary source of protein, highlighting the need to manage this resource correctly. Much is known about separate coastal habitats, however, little is known about how they are interconnected by migrating fish and dependent on each other. Understanding these links (connectivity) and when and where links are broken is crucial. This project aims to (1) study thresholds in connectivity in order to understand the consequences of fragmentation on fish supply in multiple habitats, and (2) include local ecological knowledge (LEK) to complement scientific knowledge and engage local fishers in management of marine resources. Landscape ecology, using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) combined with fish census, and semi-structured interviews with local fishers’ will be applied. Field trips and workshops involving both PhD/Master students and senior scientists will be conducted in East Africa (Tanzania/Mozambique) and Sweden once or twice a year to maintain collaboration and knowledge exchange between scientists from all regions. Furthermore, the project aims to build a scientific/ collaborative platform from which new grant proposals can be applied in order to secure long-term collaboration between involved applicants.

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