Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

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Adapting to a Changing Environment; Confronting the Consequences of Climate Change (ON SALE AT OUP)

Societies must choose how they wish to deal with climate change. Not doing anything or pursuing ‘business as usual’ is likely to lead down a path that will have devastating consequences for many people, especially the world’s poor. Using a focal lens of coral reef fisheries, upon which millions of people depend on for their […]
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A Field Guide to the Seashores of Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Islands

A Field Guide to the Seashores of Eastern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Islands Third Edition – is completely revised. Packed with 1,650 species of plants and animals from all coastal habitats, 155 pages of stunning watercolour illustrations and hundreds of detailed line drawings, this riveting guide is an invaluable source of information for […]
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Building Capacity for Applying Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Climate Compatible Development (CCD) in the Western Indian Ocean Region

Healthy and well-functioning ecosystems provide services that are fundamental to the human wellbeing. Valuable ecosystem functions and characteristics, such as providing clean air, pure water, rich soil, and healthy biological activity are embedded in virtually every product we buy, but their contributions are often neglected and unvalued. Ecosystems also provide a host of benefits that […]
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Promoting Collaborative Management of small-scale fisheries in the tropics

Some 200 million people depend on fisheries for some part of their livelihoods. An overwhelmingly proportion of these are in developing countries, where the capacity of national governments to effectively manage fisheries is challenged by insufficient human and financial capital. This frequently leads to weak governance. These governance constraints can often lead to overfishing, and […]
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Locally managed fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean : a review of past and present initiatives

This report served as a background situation analysis for the project “Designing a Regional Network for Western Indian Ocean Local Fisheries Management to Build Community Capacity and Governance Frameworks”, funded through the MacArthur Foundation, which aimed to design a regional network for locally managed fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), and ran from April […]
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Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations in the Western Indian Ocean: Research for Management. WIOMSA Book Series No 13

It is the first documentation of commercially important reef fishes that aggregate to spawn in the western Indian Ocean. It is the first to develop a framework for processing information in data- and management-poor situations where fisheries important to local communities must, somehow, nonetheless be managed. It is the first to explore in detail the […]
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Preparing for climate change in the western Indian Ocean – Identifying climate refugia, biodiversity responses, and preferred management. WIOMSA Book Series No 12

The research presented in this report develops a synoptic view of the biodiversity and resilience of coral reefs to climate change in the western Indian Ocean. Studying reefs over a gradient of environmental variability, we tested for differences in the acclimatization and adaptation response of corals to climatic fluctuations and changes expected with global warming. […]
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Mariculture in the WIO region – Challenges and Prospects. WIOMSA Book Series No 11

The IFS/WIOMSA aquaculture workshop/training course was held 30 November-3 December 2009 in Zanzibar. The 30 participants originated from 17 countries, including countries within the WIO region, and from Europe, USA, New Zealand, The Philippines and Brazil. The general aims for the meeting were to discuss ongoing mariculture activities in the region from a sustainability perspective, […]
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The Effects of Coral Bleaching on Coral Reef Fish, Fisheries, and Ecosystem Services in the Western Indian Ocean

The project evaluated the effects of coral bleaching and mortality on the coral reef communities, fish, and fisheries in the western Indian Ocean through a combination of field studies before and after the coral bleaching event in 1998, and the development of a historical database on benthic and fish communities. Investigators repeated fish community surveys […]
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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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