WIOMSA through its Commissioned Competitive Research Grant Programme is pleased to announce again a call for proposals for research on “Mariculture Development in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region: Sustainable Technologies that Meet the Needs of the Region and its People” The deadline for submitting full proposals at WIOMSA is Wednesday, 30 September 2015. Please note that proposals should be submitted online at http://proposals.wiomsa.org/masma-proposals/. Download the full call and the outline for preparing full proposals.
Mariculture in the Western Indian Ocean presently encompasses brackish water and marine culture of
a range of seaweed (Eucheuma, Kappaphycus), invertebrate (sea cucumber, abalone, mussel and
oyster, mud crab and shrimp) and finfish (mullets, milkfish, rabbitfish and tilapias) species. Despite
potential, regional production from mariculture in the Western Indian Ocean remains low and both
commercial and small-scale mariculture activities, also known as community-based mariculture, have
experienced modest growth in the past few years. While commercial mariculture has focused mainly
on prawn farming in Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar, and abalone and cobia in South Africa,
small-scale mariculture is mainly centred on seaweeds, finfish (mainly milkfish), shellfish (mainly
oysters) and holothurians. In recent years, mariculture activities, particularly the small-scale
mariculture projects, have attracted attention from governments, private sector, social entrepreneurs
and conservation and development agencies, as they have been found to be playing a key role in
diversifying coastal livelihoods by stimulating new local employment and in so doing, improving
incomes and food security. Despite their continued growth, most of these initiatives are faced by
ecological, technical, financial and institutional challenges that affect their efficiency, sustainability
The present Call for Proposals aims to promote the sustainable development of mariculture in
the WIO Region, and to contribute towards the development of the sector in such a way that it
can fulfill its potential to reduce poverty and hunger, in line with emerging thinking about the
role of aquaculture in the region.
Proposals should aim to advance this agenda through research initiatives that: support the
participatory development of productive, profitable mariculture technologies that meet
producer, consumer and wider societal needs. Ensure that the structure and functions of
coastal and marine ecosystems are maintained or restored for equitable and sustainable use.