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 our hosts Paul Tuda and Hauke Kegler 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 time we are tuning in with a special episode about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, or Ocean Decade. Alison Clausen, Programme Specialist at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO was kind enough to give us a short virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the Ocean Decade.

In the 7th episode of our podcast series Ocean InSight Waly Ndiaye, Birgit Quack, Florian Weinberger & Anne Fricke explain the ecological and economic importance of seaweed habitats in Senegal! Dive in and learn why seaweeds have often been undesired by the fishermen and local population of Senegal and how CLIMALG-SN is trying to improve their image. Our guests also explain how local and traditional knowledge plays a key role in identifying the more than 400 species of seaweed known and shaping the perception of those versatile and beneficial plants.

In this episode Baye Cheikh Mbaye and Ibrahima Camara from Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics and Ocean Siméon Fongang at University Cheick Anta Diop in Dakar, who are both co-coordinating the project "Taking the Pulse of the Ocean" (PULSE) in Senegal, reflect on the partnership between researchers, political decision makers and fishermen to make local data in the Senegalese coastal area via a mobile App accessible and useable. They give insights into the collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal to disseminate the idea of a beneficial and participatory data gathering.

Join our guest Shannon Hampton from the International Ocean Institute (IOI) in Cape Town, South Africa and listen to her story of being a biologist in ocean governance. In her role as the programme manager at IOI she is also co-coordinating the MeerWissen partnership project Western Indian Ocean Governance Exchange Network (WIOGEN).

Join the hosts of OceanInSight Paul Tuda and Hauke Kegler to the western side of the African continent and learn about the unexpected alliance formed to protect the largest cold-water coral reef in the world, off the Mauritanian coast. In this episode Sandra Kloff from the non-governmental organization Nature Mauritanie and Professor André Freiwald from the research institute Senckenberg am Meer give a comprehensive look at a variety of human induced threats on the famous Banc d’Arguin National Park, Africa’s largest marine protected area.

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.