St Helena : St Helena - Update from the Fisheries Section
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 09.04.2011 (Article Archived on 23.04.2011)
Leaving the Island today was Dr Nikki Chapman from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).
Update from the Fisheries Section
Leaving the Island today was Dr Nikki Chapman from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). Dr Chapman was on the Island for five weeks working with the Fisheries Section of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate (ANRD) on a voluntary basis supported by the St Helena Government.
Dr Chapman provided support in all areas of the marine section but more so in assisting with fauna and flora identification, survey and monitoring techniques and analysis of biological survey data.
With her work now completed Dr Chapman reported that work had progressed well with some additional work coming to light during her time here.
Each area progressed simultaneously and was completed prior to Dr Chapman’s departure.
Dr Chapman said:
“It has been a pleasure working with the Fisheries Section here on St Helena, they are a great team. I believe the only way to support marine works on small islands is to have an on the ground understanding of all the issues. My time here has provided that opportunity so I was able to provide relevant and fit for purpose support. There is some very exciting work that can go forth and it has been great to be part of initiating that process.”
Dr Chapman’s support has been greatly appreciated by the Fisheries Section and Marine Scientific Officer, Elizabeth Clingham, said that “having Dr Chapman here has been a wonderful experience. Dr Chapman has been an asset in helping to guide the section. From her visit not only have we benefited from practical support she has given, but it has been a privilege to work with her"
New developments that have been identified for the Fisheries Section are the refocusing of marine projects to ensure they are fit for purpose for both St Helena and a wider international audience, and ensuring works on St Helena comply with international conservation agreements, for example the Convention on Migratory Species.
Public Relations/Information Office
6 April 2011