Delineation of the Genetic Stock Structure of the Queen mackerel to Enhance Fisheries Management in Tanzania

(DGS-Fish)

Period

04. April 2020 – 30. April 2021

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Project Summary

Since time immemorial, the mackerel fishery has proved to be of immense value through its support to coastal communities in Tanzania and contribution to the national income. Yet, due to the rapid increase in the coastal human population in recent decades, signs of habitat degradation are becoming more obvious and the fishery is continuously exposed to high human activities including overfishing and destructive fishing practices. This needs improved management measures.

The project aims to improve management and productivity of the mackerel fishery and ensure their sustainability in Tanzania through genetic delineation of the stock structure which will inform authorities of the appropriate units for effective management.

Expected Outcomes from this project

  • The project will increase awareness of the authorities involved in fisheries management and other stakeholders regarding the stock structure and the appropriate units for effective management of the mackerel fishery.
  • The project will be able to enhance and improve management and productivity of the mackerel fishery in Tanzania by aligning the genetic stock structures and the management actions.
  • The project will help to strengthened management of the over exploited sites.
  • The project will increase awareness of the Marine Parks and Reserve unit, the Fisheries Division, and other stakeholders regarding the patterns of genetic connectivity and the priority areas for MPAs
  • The project will help to improve understanding of stakeholders regarding the effects of historical climate events on the stock structure of the Queen mackerel.

Project PI:  Cyrus Rumisha

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