The EAF-Nansen project focused on assessing marine life along the Walvis Ridge off the coast of Namibia, Africa. Steaming out on the R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, the crew, including researchers from South East Atlantic Fisheries Organization (SEAFO), the FAO, the R/V Nansen proper and Pacific Shark Research Center, investigated the areas to see if they are vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) or if they can support sustainable fishing pressure. Fishing occurs in the area, but we have almost no information on the bycatch in some of these places. Since the bycatch are indicator species of the marine ecosystem vulnerability of the areas, learning more about them will improve the assessments.
For more information on the EAF-Nansen project, visit the http://www.fao.org/in-action/eaf-nansen/blog/en/