African Fisheries & climate change

THE FUTURE IS NOW:

PLANNING SCENARIOS HELP WEST AFRICAN FISHERIES ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE


The workshop Envisioning 2050: Climate Change, Aquaculture and Fisheries in West Africa, took place on 14-16 April 2010 in Dakar (Senegal).

The event attracted experts from Ghana, Mauritania and Senegal to debate critical issues facing their fisheries in the next 40 years.They found that:  Better understanding of the likely effects of climate change on West Africa’s valuable ocean fisheries is needed to guide the sustainable development of these resources in line with the aspirations and expectations of fisher communities.

 

Participants concluded that the future will pose dilemmas and uncertainties: Can aquaculture addresses both national food security and macroeconomic growth ? Should regional trade be promoted or access to global markets prioritized? How will climate change affect fishery resources, specially pelagic fish like sardines, which are an important export commodity for Senegal and Mauritania ? The consensus was that understanding the implications of various possible scenarios and developing strategies to address them now is urgently needed.

For further information, please visit: http://web.pml.ac.uk/quest-fish/default.htm.

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