Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

Assessment of the Ecological Aspects of Microplastic Pollution in Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar and Mombasa Coastal Marine Environments (MICROMARE)

Project Objectives To quantify the abundance, distribution and fate of microplastics in coastal marine environments of the participating member states. To identify the major polymers, organic polymer additives and organic pollutants present in microplastics in coastal marine environments of the participating member To investigate the potential role of microplastics as vectors of marine pollutants and...
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Project Objectives Investigate stakeholder and citizen needs and perceptions of coastal erosion and the ecosystem services provided by ecosystem-based protection measures. Inventory of seagrass meadows along the coast of Mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar and Mozambique. Evaluate secondary effects on biodiversity from the interplay between the shallow coastal zone and the terrestrial environment. Examine how seagrass meadows...
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Project Objectives 1. Determine genome-wide genetic diversity within populations of Kawakawa and Skipjack tunas within this part of the WIO region, and so define biological population (stock) structuring and levels of connectivity (effective migration / gene flow) across the region; 2. Investigate the influence of oceanographic factors (sea surface temperature and chlorophyll-a) on the distribution,...
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Project Objectives 1) Identify habitat conditions critical for fish recruitment and key drivers for fish larvae production. 2) Identify dispersal potential of fish larvae from the seagrass habitats where adult fish spawn. 3) Use this information to predict future economic impacts and the most vulnerable coastal areas. 4) Provide scientific information that can lead to...
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