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Tanzania Biodiversity Threats Assessment: Biodiversity Threats and Management Opportunities for Fumba, Bagamoyo, and Mkuranga

The Sustainable Coastal Communities and Ecosystems (SUCCESS) Program falls under the Congressional biodiversity earmark, where it fits under the secondary code. These are programs and activities – site based or not – that have biodiversity conservation as an explicit, but not primary objective. One criterion for such programs is that their activities must be defined […]
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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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Visions for a Sea Change: Report of the First International Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Man and the Biosphere Programme: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France, 8-10 November 2006

Marine spatial planning is a way of improving decision making and delivering an ecosystem-based approach to managing human activities in the marine environment. It is a planning process that enables integrated, forward looking, and consistent decision making on the human uses of the sea. Marine spatial planning is analogous to spatial or land use planning […]
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WIOMSA Magazine – Issue No.1: October 2007

The First Issue of the WIOMSA Magazine: People and the Environment is out! It has many interesting articles such as; Protection, Management and Development of the Coastal and Marine Environment in the Western Indian Ocean Region: The WIO-LaB Project Economic Development and the Environment Go Hand in Hand Trading the environment in the Marketplace Fish […]
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Investigation of the Importance of Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations for the Sustainable Management of Artisanal Fisheries Resources in the Seychelles. WIOMSA Book Series No 6

Many reef fishes aggregate at specific times and locations for the purpose of spawning. Spawning aggregations are vulnerable to overfishing, notably transient-type aggregations common to many groupers (Serranidae) and rabbitfishes (Siganidae). A 3-year multidisciplinary programme was implemented in Seychelles and aimed to determine the importance of spawning aggregations for artisanal fisheries management. Semi-structured interviews revealed […]
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Dolphin Tourism in East Africa. WIOMSA Book No 7

The MASMA sustainable dolphin tourism project was a collaborative research effort conducted between 2003 and 2006 with participants from Mozambique, South Africa, Sweden and Zanzibar. The objectives were to build the capacity for sustainable dolphin tourism in the East African region. Both basic and applied research was conducted to assess status and promote effective conservation […]
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Commercial Sea Cucumbers – A review for the Western Indian Ocean. WIOMSA Book No 5

Sea cucumbers (Holothurians) are a group of marine invertebrates that are harvested worldwide in tropical and subtropical countries. Over the past decades, a significant increase in the demand for sea cucumber has led to an explosion in exploitation often resulting in population declines in many producing nations. Because of the importance of sea cucumbers as […]
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WIOMSA Annual Report – 2006

This Annual Report highlights main activities undertaken by WIOMSA and its partners in 2006. The year 2006 will be remembered for many things, but the purchasing of the two-storey building currently accommodating the Secretariat, stands out as one of the major accomplishments. MASMA inaugurated a new “Commissioned” Competitive research grant programme. The Board elected the […]
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WIOMSA Newsbrief – June 2007 – Volume 12, No 2

We are pleased to present the June, 2007 WIOMSA Newsbrief which covers an interesting array of articles: Increasing incidental catches of the rare Coelacanth: Time to act, Neptune Hotels, WIOMSA’s first Corporate member, New Marine Research Center in Mozambique, WIO Scientist from KMFRI scoops International Science Prize and many more articles
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