The research methodology combined social and ecological
data from various resource users, including active and retired fish harvesters;
other stakeholders; fisheries data; and historical sources. Barbara noted
the value of merging the ¡°human dimension of fisheries¡± with bio-physical
fisheries research. ¡°Experiencing firsthand how social, economic and bio-ecological
data can be combined to conduct social-ecological analyses of fisheries
and to integrate scientific and stakeholder knowledge has been invaluable
for our work in Namibia.¡±
The Walvis Bay small pelagic fishery has a similar history to that of Bonne Bay and it is anticipated that with some adaptation the study can be replicated in Namibia.
¡°The close collaboration with Canadian researchers has been very inspiring and will be highly valuable for my further research career in Namibia. I would like to thank the Robin Rigby Trust for their support; without it this collaboration would have been impossible.¡±
Barbara is currently back in Namibia where she is working with the Benguala Current Commission on a project that aims to incorporate stakeholders' knowledge into the management of the Namibian Hake fishery and the Angolan sardinella and horsmackerel fishery.