Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

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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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Sharing Coastal Management Experience in the Western Indian Ocean. Proceedings of the Experts and Practitioners Workshop on Integrated Coastal Area Management for Eastern Africa and Island States

Sharing Coastal Management Experience in the Western Indian Ocean. Proceedings of the Experts and Practitioners Workshop on Integrated Coastal Area Management for Eastern Africa and Island States
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Understanding the Human Dimensions in the Management of Coastal and Marine Resources in the WIO Region

Understanding the Human Dimensions in the Management of Coastal and Marine Resources in the WIO Region
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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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Experiences Of Periodic Closures In Small-scale Invertebrate Fisheries

Periodic closures, which are also known as temporary, short-term, rotational, periodically harvested, or non-permanent closures, temporarily ban the harvesting of marine resources in specific areas (Cohen and Foale, 2013). Use of such closures is increasing in community-based management initiatives across the Indo-Pacific and is supported by a growing evidence base (Cinner et al. , 2006; Bartlett et al. […]
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Course Report – Communicating The Findings Of Research To Policy Makers In The Western Indian Ocean Region. 04 – 08 April 2016

It is expected that the training course will facilitate adaptive governance of marine resources which include among others, the development of policies based on well proven scientific results. This can be achieved if effective communication mechanisms between science and policy are set in place. The purpose of this workshop was to train participants on the […]
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Workshop Report – Scaling success in octopus fisheries management in the Western Indian Ocean

The past decade has seen a proliferation of management efforts targeting small-scale fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Many measures have focused on building local capacity for management of reef octopus (Octopus cyanea) and several fisheries have undergone pre-assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) environmental standard. Recent years have seen a growing interest […]
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Workshop Report – Community based aquaculture in the Western Indian Ocean: Challenges faced and lessons learned. 9 -11 December 2013, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Community based aquaculture (CBA) is seen as an important Alternative Income Generating Activity (AIGA) for marine resource dependent coastal communities, and has attracted considerable attention from governments, international donors, and social entrepreneurs as well as conservation and development agencies. As a result, CBA projects have undergone global expansion, and their rapid growth throughout the Western […]
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Course report – First International training course for the Western Indian Ocean Training Course on Mangrove Ecosystems. 2nd – 9th December, 2013

This International Training Course on Mangrove Ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean premiered in the region after several successful past trainings held annually in India since 2004, organized by the United Nations University, UNESCO and Annamalai University. The course was held over nine days at the University of Nairobi’s Moana Field Research Station in Diani, […]
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Report of the Inception/Focal Points Meeting of the SmartFish Programme, Flic en Flac, Mauritius, June 15-16, 2011

The Inception Meeting of the SmartFish Programme took place in Flic en Flac, Mauritius, on 15th and 16th June, 2011 at the invitation of the Indian Ocean Commission. The meeting was attended by representatives from partner regional economic commissions (COMESA, EAC, IGAD, IOC); partner regional fisheries organizations and projects; European Union Delegations; as well as […]
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