The meeting is discussing issues on the sustainable use of the Benguela Current
Large Marine Ecosystem.
Bernard Esau, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, will inaugurate the new offices of the Benguela Current
Commission and South Atlantic Fisheries Organisation in Swakopmund on Tuesday, 5 June.
Government Ministers from South Africa, Angola, and Namibia today, 18 March, signed a groundbreaking environmental treaty the Benguela Current
Convention in Benguela, Angola.
After this meeting, the Benguela Current
Commission which consists of Namibia, Angola and South Africa, was asked to undertake a survey to determine the number of seals in the respective countries.
Participants at the three-day workshop comprise the focal points for the ACP Fish II Programme from the fisheries administrations of Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland and Zambia, and representatives from Southern African Development Community, Indian Ocean Commission, the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation, the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission and Benguela Current
This is expected to bring the training of an estimated 60 young Namibians and other nationalities close to the coast, thereby taking full advantage of the unique Benguela Current
System," he said.
A joint research project that is expected to modernise and improve the management of key marine fisheries in Angola, Namibia and South Africa, was recently launched by the Benguela Current
Commission in Windhoek.
The Benguela Current
off the western coast of Angola, Namibia and South Africa is one of the world s most important fish reserve areas.
Benguela, a town in southern Angola, has been selected as the location for the signing of the Benguela Current
Convention, a treaty between Angola, Namibia and South Africa that will regulate the future management of the marine ecosystems of the Benguela Current
The publication highlights ocean successes from around the world, including:Establishment of the Benguela Current
Commission, the worlds first intergovernmental, cross-sector large marine ecosystem commission, which is now fully financed by the three governments of Angola, Namibia and South Africa;Adoption of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems Strategic Action Programme by 31 ministers from 22 different countries, which sets 10 year priority actions for shared ocean governance in the region; and, Adoption and implementation by 12 countries of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia, which fostered integrated coastal management for 14% of South East Asias 234,000 km coastline, benefiting over 146 million people.
The last-mentioned two regions are affected by the warmer Agulhas current, while the first one is kept cool through action of the cold Benguela current
(Allanson & Baird 2008).
South Africa: The government has signed and adopted the new Benguela Current
Commission with Angola and Namibia, to work together in marine conservation.