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Field Identification Guide to the Living Marine Resources of Kenya

This field guide covers the major resource groups likely to be encountered in the fisheries of Kenya. This includes shrimps, lobsters, crabs, bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods, sea cucumbers, sharks, batoid fishes, bony fishes, and sea turtles. Each resource group is introduced by a general section on technical terms and measurements pertinent to that group and an […]
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Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science -Vol 11, No 2 (2012)

The Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science (WIOJMS) provides an avenue for the wide dissemination of high quality research generated in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region. This journal issue covers an interesting array of articles such as: Analysis of rainfall variations and trends in coastal Tanzania,Beach sand supply and transport at Kunduchi, Tanzania, […]
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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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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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Global markets and local livelihoods of coastal communities in Kenya Implications for sustainable management

The inshore coral reef fisheries are considered overexploited but marine fish production may still be sustained if fishing effort is directed to exploit the deep sea pelagic fisheries that have not been fully exploited due to inadequate technology and equipment. Aquaculture production with focus on prawns and sea cucumber may also be considered to reduce […]
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Fishers´ migration along the Kenyan coast Implications for management of coastal fisheries

This policy brief has been developed following a regional research project designed to compile data on fishers’ movements, the drivers behind these movements and the impacts on host communities. The research was commissioned by the Marine Science for Management (MASMA) programme, under WIOMSA (Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association), to investigate fishers’ migrations within and […]
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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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Sea cucumbers in the western Indian Ocean: Improving management of an important but poorly understood resource. WIOMSA Book Series

Across the Western Indian Ocean harvesting of sea cucumbers is predominantly carried out by artisanal fishers. Worldwide production of beche-de-mer that is processed from sea cucumbers is currently not sufficient to meet the demand of the Asian Market and pressure to continue fishing is still very high. This coupled with declining stocks and weak management […]
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Achieving MPA Management Effectiveness Through Competence-based Professional Development

This brief aims to engage Directors of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in East Africa in ensuring their staff have the right skills, right level of competence in those skills, and the knowhow to apply these skills to more effectively manage MPAs. This requires recognized standards in key competency areas against which staff capacity should be […]
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