$80m research vessel to improve fisheries management

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The research vessel Dr Fridtjof Nansen. (video capture)

An $80m research vessel is to be built by Norway in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help developing countries improve fisheries management.

With seven laboratories on board it's been described as one of the most advanced research vessels in the world.

It will collect data on marine ecosystems, climate change and pollution in order to develop fisheries management plans in 32 coastal countries in Africa.

The new research vessel will replace an older craft  that has been navigating the coast of Africa since 1993.

Jens-Otto Krakstad, the Chief Scientist aboard the older vessel says their work is well received.

"The fishermen are concerned about their resources. They are also concerned about what is happening to the oceans. They are also very happy that there are people investigating this.  Government officials are also generally very happy with our work, because they are in need of information about how much they can catch from the ocean, what the status is of their resources and also predictions about what will happen in the future."  (25″)

The coastal and fisheries management project was established 40 years ago.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’17″


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