CapMarine takes on specialist consulting services to numerous international organisations. The nature of this work relates mostly to fisheries programmes for the World Bank (developing world) and the United Nations (Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations). Current projects include the development of a multi-national fisheries project (Comores, Tanzania, Mozambique and Seychelles) in the South West Indian Ocean (the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Governance and Shared Growth Program - SWIOFish). CapMarine is also providing direct consulting support for the Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP) and also the Lake Victoria project.
Previous global and regional projects have included 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). Projects have also been carried out under the EU-Funded ACP Fish II programme (Africa-Caribbean-Pacific) in Namibia and Angola. In all of these projects CapMarine consultants have provided high level scientific and management expertise. The value of these programmes (normally 4-10 years) range from $15-$100 million.
CapMarine works closely with NGOs such as WWF and SFP (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership) to develop and implement Fisheries Improvement Programmes (FIPs). Our focus is on Africa and includes the Mozambique shrimp fisheries, Kenyan lobster, Tanzanian Octopus and the South African hake longline fisheries.
Seafood Certification, Traceability & Improvement
CapMarine is closely involved in eco-label assessments using the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards undertaken through Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). We specialise in conducting independent, third party verification of compliance throughout the entire supply chain. We conduct on site audits to ensure that product flows balance over time and that documentation matches with physical records. These audits are carried out by highly experienced auditors with track records in producing high quality scientific analysis and reports. MSC assessments for which CapMarine have provided experts include the South African hake trawl fishery (the first African fishery certified under the MSC), the Tristan da Cunha lobster fishery and the Russian Sea of Okhotsk Pollock fishery. In addition many pre-assessments have been undertaken including Uruguay hake and South African albacore. CapMarine also undertake Chain of Custody audits of certified fisheries in the southern African sub-region.
Commercial Fisheries Impact Assessments
CapMarine provides services that involve Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and commercial fisheries consultancy to offshore exploration, infrastructure and phosphate mining development projects. We are able to develop and deliver tailored strategies for each project phase from site selection through to operation. The success of a project often hinges upon a constructive relationship with all key fisheries stakeholders. Our services aim to promote a collaborative, cooperative and transparent approach that balances the demands of commercial fisheries, regulators and developers throughout the project’s life-cycle.
We have been contracted to provide specialist assessments for over 100 projects within sub-Saharan Africa (most notably Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique). These assessments have been commissioned as part of EIAs undertaken by Environmental Consultancies including SLR Consulting, CCA Environmental, Environmental Resources Monitoring (ERM), Jeffares & Green Engineering & Environmental Consulting and SHE Risk Management Consulting Services.