Fisheries

Biodiversity Management Unit: Fisheries Component

Advance Africa was commissioned by the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) to develop the Biodiversity Management Unit (BMU), responsible  for monitoring and evaluation of water quality, integrated ecosystems management and the conservation of biodiversity.

Fish Study on Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika Fish Trade

World Bank Group funded assignment to identify  infrastructure to support the fisheries economy to the improvement of quality, waste reduction and increased revenues along the fish value chain around Lakes Victoria and Tanganyika.

Seychelles Seafood Value Chain Assessment

Advance Africa are currently undertaking a value chain and feasibility study to guide investment in fish processing & services sector and assessment of maximum carrying capacity.

Biodiversity Management Unit: Finding the Maloti Minnow

Advance Africa in partnership with the Lesotho Highland Development Authority’s (LHDA) Biodiversity Management Unit (BMU), undertook two comprehensive electrofishing surveys that aimed to re-assess the distribution of the endangered and iconic Maloti minnow in the Lesotho Highlands.

Fisheries Survey: Liwonde National Park, Malawi

This survey investigated the potential of freshwater protected areas as a tool for improving fisheries in adjacent open access areas. Catch data from the survey were used to provide baseline estimates of abundance, species composition and size composition. The database will allow Africa Parks to track trends in fish populations and the efficacy of the protected area, through future monitoring surveys.

Published Articles & Academic Consultancies

Professor Hecht is highly regarded by his peers and has published in excess of 150 peer reviewed scientific papers. He has been entrusted by national, regional and local governments to establish development frameworks, industry programmes and policy, governing aquaculture and fisheries sectors.