Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

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Offshore Fisheries of the Southwest Indian Ocean: their status and the impact on vulnerable species

The South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project has culminated in 2015 in the production of a comprehensive publication Offshore fisheries of the Southwest Indian Ocean: their status and the impact on vulnerable species produced by the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI). The report provides a valuable benchmark on the current knowledge of offshore fisheries in the […]
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A Schoolteacher’s Guide to Marine Environmental Education in the Western Indian Ocean region

The main objective of this book is to provide teachers of primary and secondary schools in the western Indian Ocean (WIO) region with a basic textbook that will allow them to introduce environmental components in the classroom as well as in outdoor activities. More specifically, it aims at supplying teachers, particularly those with a limited […]
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Marine Litter in the Eastern Africa Region: An Overview Assessment

Marine litter is becoming a significant contributor to marine pollution in the Western Indian Ocean. The litter comes in myriad forms, and from a diversity of sources. It includes waste from legal and illegal dumpsites located on the coast or on river banks; rivers and floodwaters; industrial outfalls; discharge from storm water drains; untreated municipal […]
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An Economic Analysis of Milkfish Farming in Tanzania: Potential for Economic Development and Policy Issues

The purpose of this economic analysis is to examine the costs and potential returns of constructing and operating a commercial milkfish pond in Tanzania in order to determine the economic feasibility of commercial production. The paper provides an overview of the basic steps in milkfish farming followed by two actual case studies. Several methods were […]
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A Comparative Economic Analysis of Two Seaweed Farming Methods in Tanzania

The national Seaweed Development Strategic Plan recently adopted by the Tanzanian government calls for expansion of seaweed farming which has proven to be an important income generator for coastal communities and an export earner for the country. The plan calls for the expansion of farming of Kappaphycus alvarezii, locally called cottonii. Although cottonii is the […]
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Learning & Performing: Developing Skills for Coastal Management Practitioners

The scope and complexity of integrated coastal management (ICM) programs which can be successfully implemented by any nation is directly dependent on its national capacity. Yet, despite substantive efforts over the last decade in education and training in countries of the Western Indian Ocean region, there remains insufficient individual and institutional capacity to implement meaningful […]
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Coastal Management in the Western Indian Ocean Region A Capacity Needs Assessment

Developing capacity in coastal and marine issues of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region is a very important activity, given the present growing and projected pressures on the coastal and marine resources.The region s experience in both knowledge-based, technical and equipment capacity building has been progressively growing. Many large milestones have been reached in this […]
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Declaration from the WIOMSA Scientific Community to the UNFCCC COP211 -30 October 2015, Port Edward, South Africa

We, a community of 500 coastal and marine scientists working in the Western Indian Ocean, meeting at the 9th biennial Scientific Symposium of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (www.wiomsa.org) make this Declaration to the 21st COP of the UNFCCC and to the global community, to call for decisive action on climate change by […]
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Climate change – The Kenyan coast

The Kenyan Coast is feeling the real effects of climate change and it’s unbelievably a direct threat to livelihoods. Communities are now facing the real danger on the effects of climate change.
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Workshop Report – Regional data analysis and scientific writing workshop based on demersal fish trawl surveys and rapid bycatch assessment datasets from Kenya and Tanzania

The workshop was officially opened by Prof Kaunda-Arara (the convener) who welcomed the participants. Members introduced themselves by giving their names and roles in the concluded South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) cruises that generated the data which formed the subject of the workshop. The convener went through the agenda and programme for the […]
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