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Marine Protected Areas as a fisheries management tool
by Insitut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) (Academic institution)
The Laboratory in Fisheries Sciences in West Africa LEH-AO is resulted from a strong collaboration between five Senegalese research institutes and their partners since over a decade. The LEH-AO was created in 2014 with the support from IRD in order to unroll a research program centered on the interest of Marine Protected Areas as a fisheries management tool. It aims to build an autonomous and sustainable national team to take in charge fisheries research programs initiated in the sub-region through a local collaboration.

The purpose of the LEH-AO is related to three key-points: (i) research through the design and implementation of joint research projects, (ii) research and training through academic teaching, students and professionals supervision and scientists internship, and (iii) expertise through scientific advice needed by institutional decision-makers in charge of the fisheries management as well as the coastal and marine environment.

The laboratory deals with four major research priorities in Senegal; (i) the environmental impact on exploited fish stocks, (ii) the biodiversity conservation, (iii) the coastal and estuarine ecosystem management, and (iv) the development and governance issues at national and sub-regional levels. It is a mixed laboratory that has been formed by five education and research institutes. Its team is a multidisciplinary group including researchers and university teachers with various specialties (fisheries ecology, fisheries economics and physical oceanography), PhD and Master students, field and scientific surveys technicians as well as administrative assistants. The LEH-AO's finality is to unify research institutes in ecology and fisheries socio-economics, at the national level first and then at sub-regional scale in order to foster the share of human, logistical resources and research on marine protected area.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
Marine Protected Areas as a fisheries management tool in West Africa
Financing (in USD)
45,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: O1/2014 - 12/2018
Institut Sngalais de Recherches Agricoles 'ISRA', Centre de Recherches Oceanographiques de Dakar-Thiaroye 'CRODT' (Academic instititution) Universit Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis 'UGB', UFR de Sciences Agronomiques, de l'Aquaculture et de Technologies Alimentaires (Academic institution) Universit Cheick Anta Diop 'UCAD', Institut Fondamental dAfrique Noire 'IFAN', Laboratoire de Biologie et dEcologie des Poissons en Afrique de lOuest 'LABEP-AO' (Academic institution) Universit Assane Seck de Ziguinchor 'UASZ' (Academic institution)
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Patrice Brehmer, Dr, patrice.brehmer@ird.fr, 221 781221615
Marseille, France
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