Welcome to Ocean InSight – a new podcast series on marine conservation and ocean science for sustainable development, with unique perspectives from those on the frontlines of research, policy and action. Join us on a trip to Africa’s ocean and coasts as we unpack the complex scientific questions that will determine the fate of millions of people in the African partner countries. Meet inspiring experts and pioneers working on sustainable blue economy, marine spatial planning, accessible oceanic and coastal data and many more. Our guests will be taking us from Mauretania via Tanzania to South Africa. Tune in to accelerate the science-policy uptake for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean.

This episode explores the interface of land and sea, how managing priorities are set, and what role cultural aspects can play. Our guests are Linda Harris and Myriam Perschke from the Nelson Mandela University in South Africa, as well as Kira Gee from the Helmholtz-Centre Hereon in Geesthacht, Germany. Together, they are working on the MeerWissen project CoastWise, which aims to improve knowledge for integrated management of the land-sea interface in South Africa. 

Artisanal fisheries are crucial for the livelihoods of coastal communities in East Africa. Overexploitation and destructive fishing activities however harm the coastal and marine ecosystems and the lack of data and a sustainable management endanger the use of traditional fishery practices. George Rushingisha (Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute) shed light on the issues from a local perspective, give insights into the Fishing Data East Africa (FIDEA) Project in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zanzibar and point out the challenges in data aggregation related to COVID-19.

How does COVID-19 affect local non-governmental organisations & coastal communities in Eastern Africa?
Dr. David Obura, Founding Director of CORDIO East Africa, reflects on the impacts of COVID-19 on ocean science in Eastern Africa and evaluates how it affected marine science and conservation.