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File photo / Dr. Fridtjof Nansen will collect physical and biological data from surveys in marine and coastal areas in developing countries. This includes sea floor and biodiversity mapping. Photo: Pier W. Nieuwejaar / /www.norad.no
A Norwegian scientific vessel dedicated to fisheries research, has arrived in Mozambique on a mission to support the country under a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation agreement.
The ship, named after the explorer Fridtjof Nansen, has seven high-tech labs and, as it has done elsewhere, will collect data on the distribution and size of fishery resources, biodiversity and environmental conditions.
The goal is to “enable 31 African countries to receive technical and scientific support, with the aim of reorienting fisheries management” in a sustainable way.
The arrival of the vessel to Mozambique is part of the EAF-Nansen “Strengthening the Knowledge Base for and Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Marine Fisheries in Developing Countries” programme developed by the FAO in tandem with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway.
The vessel’s mission is to address “the multiple impacts on the Indian Ocean of human activity, including overfishing, climate change and pollution of fisheries resources in the marine environment, in order to preserve its productivity for the benefit of future generations”.Source: Lusa
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