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The EAF-Nansen Project

The Nansen Project supports developing countries in fisheries research and management in order to promote a sustainable utilization of the marine living resources and an improved protection of the marine environment. The long‐term objective of the Programme is self‐sufficiency in research and management in partner countries, through the development and strengthening of their institutions.

Under this Programme, surveys are conducted with the research vessel (RV) 'Dr. Fridtjof Nansen'. These surveys produce information on the status of the marine environment, resource abundance and its distribution to satisfy immediate management needs.

The Nansen Programme has gone through distinct phases over its time, being the latest one called the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries-Nansen (EAF), which holds a bigger focus on a more holistic ecosystem monitoring.