CapMarine has over the past 18 years, developed a high level of experience in the scientific, technical and practical aspects of fisheries consulting and at-sea scientific observer deployment. The nature of this work relates mostly to fisheries programs for international organizations as well as services centered on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) focused on commercial fisheries.
CapMarine’s focus is both National and regional. Our work on fisheries programs has included consultancies for the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP), the Marine and Coastal Environment Management Project (MACEMP) in Tanzania and ad hoc work for the Agulhas Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystem (ASCLME) project under the UNDP. CapMarine has also undertaken numerous regional projects on the southern African west coast (South Africa, Namibia and Angola) including the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME) and the Benguela Current Commission (BCC). In all of these projects CapMarine consultants have provided high level scientific and management expertise. CapMarine is currently (2019-2021) contracted by the BCC to conduct a Governance Baseline Assessment and strategy for strengthening ocean governance in the BCLME.
In terms of EIAs and commercial fisheries, CapMarine is able to develop and deliver tailored strategies for each project phase from site selection through to operation. We have been contracted to provide specialist assessments for over 100 projects within sub-Saharan Africa (most notably Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique). Our project list includes offshore hydrocarbon exploration, well-drilling, subsea and surface telecommunications infrastructure, research surveys and oceanographic monitoring equipment. In addition, in response to growing concern that man-made noise disturbance during offshore seismic exploration and infrastructure development may have an effect on marine life, in particular marine mammals and turtles, CapMarine offers services in training and deployment of Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) and Fisheries Liaison Officers (FLOs)
In all its work, the Company aims to promote a collaborative, cooperative and transparent approach that balances the demands of commercial fisheries, regulators and developers throughout the project’s life-cycle. CapMarine works collaboratively with many stakeholder including government departments, fishing industry associations, offshore hydrocarbon exploration and other industrial bodies associated with the exploitation of natural resources, conservation NGOs and other international research groups and regional management organisations such as the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation, and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).