African Journal of Marine Science launched
Oct 17, 2003
The South African deputy-minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, launched the inaugural issue of the African Journal of Marine Science at a National Marine Week celebration banquet in Port Elizabeth earlier this week.
The journal is aimed at creating a platform for African marine scientists and fisheries managers who will undertake responsible management of Africa's marine resources, requiring high-quality scientific understanding of the resources and their associated ecosystems.
The African Journal, which is borne out of the South African Journal of Marine Science, a publication ranked among the top in the international marine and coastal research sector, is a positive step toward emphasizing South Africa’s identification with the continent, said the deputy minister.
“As a government our commitment to marine and coastal issues has extended beyond our national boundaries and as a nation we are working enthusiastically in collaboration with other countries towards the sustainable management and protection of the marine environment and its living resources around the African continent.”
The journal will recognize the important contribution that traditional knowledge of coastal communities can make in the management of the environment and will publish research relevant to the continent aimed at alerting the authorities to practices that are not sustainable, she said.
Focusing on the marine science research capacity within the department, Mabudafhasi said 18 previously disadvantaged scientists have been appointed since 1996, which represents 40% of the current scientific appointments.
“Such recruitment is unprecedented in the research component and the success of these young people is guided by our very accomplished senior scientists,” Mabudafhasi said.