Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

Slippery resource in peril: Ecology of Western Indian Ocean Anguillid eels and their contribution to sustainable fisheries and livelihood along the East Coast of Africa.

Project Objectives To undertake a literature review of the known diversity, distributions, biology, ecology and socio-ecological importance of WIO Anguillids.  This review will be undertaken in the context of the socio-ecological value of global Anguillids. To establish hypotheses of the biology and ecology of WIO Anguillids, and their use as a targeted fisheries species from...
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Project Objectives To develop a coarse-scale seabed classification scheme for the continental shelf and upper slope habitats in the WIO To characterize and determine the spatial extent of benthic communities of the continental shelf and upper slope in the western part of the WIO To create the first benthic biotope descriptions for the continental shelf...
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Project Objectives To evaluate the historical and present status of billfish species in the WIO. To examine the spatial and temporal distribution of billfish species with regard to fishing pressure, proximity to markets, management status and climate-change driven environmental factors. To evaluate the genetic stock structure of the billfish family Istiophoridae using seasonal and spatial...
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Project Objectives The project aims to understand to what extent food-provisioning services in the form of fish larval production are threatened by habitat degradation and fragmentation, and how production of this natural resource is related to climate change and development in the coastal WIO region. Specific objectives include 1) Identify habitat conditions critical for fish...
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Project Objectives The overarching goal of the project is to quantify difference in microplastics occurrence and distribution in various aquatic environmental matrices and examine the adsorption of chemicals on microplastics, their ingestion, trophic transfer and chemical release, and a wide array of ecotoxicological effects on invertebrates and vertebrates and to communicate the findings of the...
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Project Objectives This trans-disciplinary project will study how to strengthen the coastal resilience against coastal erosion by combining terrestrial and marine ecosystem-based protection. It aims to identify and evaluate ecosystem services provided by seagrass meadows for humans and improved biodiversity in Western Indian Ocean. Specific objectives of the project are: Investigate stakeholder and citizen needs...
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Project Objectives The goal of the proposed project is to describe genetic diversity, population structure and connectivity of two commercially important small tuna species, Kawakawa and Skipjack, across the participating countries and relate this to key economic, biological and environmental information to inform management and development of this sector. Key objectives of the project would...
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