Saturday, August 2, 2014

ANGOLA/NAMIBIA/BOTSWANA KAVANGO RIVER HIGH WATER JOINT BIOLOGICAL FISH SURVEY CONDUCTED IN NAMIBIA: 6TH -19TH May, 2014





KAMUTJONGA INLAND FISHERES INSTITUTE

1.               Introduction

The Trans-boundary Fisheries Management Plan of the Okavango/Kavango/Cubango Basin was formulated under the auspices of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation (JPCC) between Botswana and Namibia with an aim of establishing a joint fisheries monitoring system between the two countries that will ensure the conservation and sustainable use of shared fisheries resources of the concerned riverine system. This was in realization of the fact that fish resources of a shared river system cannot be managed by individual riparian states. The scope of participation was further expanded to include Angola during implementation phase as the flood waters originate in Angola; hence whatever happens in Angola has a direct impact on the downstream. The Management Plan therefore came up with a number of activities that are to be implemented jointly by the participating countries (Angola, Namibia and Botswana). The countries agreed as one of the core activities to have two joint biological fish surveys (during low and high water) each year with the first one scheduled to take place in May 2014 with Namibia being the host country.

1.1            Survey overall objective

The main objective of the joint surveys is to standardise fisheries research methodology of the three riparian states in order to ensure coordinated data collection, analysis and report writing with a view to enabling easy comparison of research findings of all participating countries. The standardised research methodology developed in the joint surveys will then be used by researchers of each respective country.
Specific Objectives
1.     To standardise fisheries research methods
2.     To ensure coordinated data collection methods
3.     To conduct basic data analysis
4.     To produce a basic joint survey report
5.     To build capacity for fisheries research
To recommend the way forward

2. Study Area
Figure 21 Map of the part of the Kavango River Basin under Joint Biological Monitoring
 Joint monitoring surveys will be focused on the marked stretch of the Kavango River system as shown in Figure 2.1. Three sites have been identified on the Namibia stretch of the river system as indicated in the map and subsequently fish collections were done at these sites during the high water floods.

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