Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

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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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Progress towards Conservation Science for Marine Protected Areas in Kenya: an Annotated Bibliography. Book Series No. 4

Effective management of protected areas requires feedback of information throughout the entire management cycle. However, partly due to the lack of scientific knowledge to guide the various stages in the management process, the goals and objectives of protected areas are not always achieved. This Annotated Bibliography will serve as an important source of knowledge for […]
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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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A Guide to Milkfish Culture in the Western Indian Ocean Region. WIOMSA Book Series No 8

Milkfish is a marine and brackish water species that is locally caught and eaten, but rarely has it been cultured commercially in ponds in the Western Indian Ocean Region. Milkfish farming is considered to have great potential to provide additional livelihood and food production opportunities for coastal communities in Western Indian Ocean Region. This guide […]
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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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The Relationship Between Community-Based Organisations and the Effective Management of Coastal and Marine Resources in the WIO Region

This study examines the relationship between Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and marine and coastal resource management in the Western Indian Ocean Region. It explores what roles CBOs play in relation to natural resource utilisation and whether they have an ability to act effectively as community managers of these resources. The research focuses on CBOs in the […]
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