Elmira fishing village, Ghana

HOTSPOT of multiple stressors: Research-based management of Gulf of Guinea

The HOTSPOT project is a collaborative effort of Technical University of Denmark and the University of Cape Coast in Ghana to develop monitoring, management and legislation of marine and maritime pollution in the Gulf of Guinea. 

Photo: Elmira fishing village, Ghana.

Fishing boat, Elmira, Ghana


Gulf of Guinea is an area of intense human activity including shipping, tourism, industrial and artisanal fisheries and – since the discovery of oil – offshore oil exploration. The impacts of these activities coupled with land-based discharges put intense pressure on the marine environment , which is the key source of livelihood for millions of people. 

Photo: Fishing boat, Ghana.

Elmira fishing village, Ghana


The HOTSPOT project investigates the contaminants in the coastal waters of Ghana, their sources, effects and critical concentrations to increase scientific knowledge, strengthen the research capacity, and advance the management of maritime and marine pollution.

Photo: Elmira fishing village, Ghana.

Plastic on the beach, Ghana


The HOTSPOT project started in 2018 and will end in 2024. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and administered by Danida Fellowship Centre.

Photo: Plastic on the beach, Ghana.

Sustainable Development Goals

HOTSPOT contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals: 

Sustainable development goal #14#14: Life below water

Sustainable development goal #16#16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Sustainable development goal #17#17: Partnership for the goals