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Heading for northerly record

Our 62 day long survey with R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen along the coast of Northwest Africa, from Conakry in Guinea up to the Gibraltar Strait in the north is in its final phase.

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NWA Ecosystem survey with R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen

Then we are well underway with this year's ecosystem cruise along the northwest African coast. Last year, the cruise was carried out at the end of the year (October to December), while this year we conduct the survey from May until the end of July. In this way we hope to capture seasonal variations in species distribution and ecosystem dynamics.

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"Dr. Fridtjof Nansen"

Facta box:

  • The CCLME is one of the world’s major cold water upwelling boundary current LME. It ranks third in the world in terms of primary productivity and it has one of the highest fisheries production of any African large marine ecosystem with an annual production ranging from 2-3 million tonnes.
  • The Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) project is executed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a combined effort to reverse the degradation of the Canary Current large marine ecosystem caused by over-fishing, habitat modification and changes in water quality by adoption of an ecosystem-based management approach.
  • The current phase of the CCLME project will be operational for five years (2010-2015) in the seven participating countries Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and The Gambia.
  • The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and co-financed by participating countries and other partners. The Nansen program is selected as one out of the 10 most successful bilateral programmes in FAO 


Kathrine Michalsen
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