Project

In
Mozambique, artisanal / subsistence fishing accounts for more than 50% of total
fish production. High levels of poverty and rapid population growth are
prevalent, and in coastal communities catching fish is essential as a source of
food ensuring the functioning of social and economic systems (FAO).

The
CCMAR-Center for Marine Sciences (headquartered at the University of Algarve)
coordinates a project in association with the School of
Marine and Coastal Sciences (Eduardo Mondlane University)
, IIP – Institute
of Fisheries Research (Polo de Quelimane) and CESAM – University of Aveiro,
which aims to increase the quality of life of fishing communities and the
artisanal fishing and subsistence sector in Quelimane, Mozambique.

BIOFISH-QoL
(Quality of Life) – An integrative approach to improving the quality of life in
the fishing communities of the “Bons Sinais” estuary (Mozambique) –
is a project funded by FCT and Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) started
in  1 November 2018 and its was official
launch in Quelimane in 22February 2019, with the presence of the university
rectors, representatives and researchers of the research centers, local
fishermen’s associations and the regional fisheries director in this province
of Mozambique .

This
project aims to develop collaborative research to improve the quality of life
in Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP), in particular to increase
knowledge in biology, ecology, socio-economic activities and fisheries in the
Bons Sinais estuary, Mozambique. This estuary is used daily by local
populations highly dependent on fishing for subsistence, both as a source of
income and as food (subsistence fisheries). Despite the importance of fisheries
in the area, there is no available scientific information (biological,
ecological or socioeconomic) on the fishery that supports a sustainable and
long-term ecosystem-based management plan. Lack of knowledge about resource
status and lack of management associated with population growth across
estuarine areas may have several impacts on ecosystems, with consequent
socio-economic impacts and biodiversity.

The
project aims to enable scientists in Mozambique with the tools to independently
develop their research related to fisheries biology, biodiversity conservation,
resource management and assess the importance of the socio-economic fisheries
sector to local communities.