One of the major priorities of the presented project is to produce results that could have a meaningful impact on the African Tropical islands and be applicable in developing countries and regions, regarding conservation management measures of the potentially threatened species. In this case, the project focuses on the little fish (Sicydium bustamantei) an endemic species (species that occurs only in a certain geographical area or region) of the islands of the Guinea Gulf islands. The little fish is an important fishery resource of São Tomé and Príncipe, where there is a scarcity of knowledge about the biology, ecology, life cycle and fisheries of this species.
The project aims to use the little fish case study as a big example for similar goby fry fisheries in other tropical islands. In addition, we also intend to use these resources to develop capacity building actions for local populations on alternative marine resources using biodiversity studies, assessment of aquatic habitat quality and conservation management measures in nearshore and riverine-waterfall areas.