|A. Basic Facts
|i. Project Partners||
African Billfish Foundation (ABF-Kenya, Leading institution)
Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI-Kenya) Oceanographic Research Institute & South African Association for Marine Biological Research (ORI-South Africa)
Community Centred Conservation (C3-Madagascar)
Deep-Sea Fishing Authority (DSFA-Tanzania)
University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM-Tanzania)
Collaborators: Dr. Lydia Kanyairita (University of Dar es Salaam – UDSM; Dr. Emmanuel Andrew Sweke (Deep Sea Fishing Authority- DSFA); Mwaka Barabara Said (Kenya Fisheries Services – KFS); Dr. Sean Fennessy & Dr. Bruce Mann (Oceanographic Research Institute, South Africa – ORI); Raseta Saverio, Madagascar); José Halafo (Instituto Nacional de Investigação Pesqueira – IP): Dr. Joseph Maina Mbui (Macquire University, Australia); Prof. Ussif Rashid Sumaila, (University of British Colombia, – UBC); Dr. Julian Pepperrell, (Pepperell Research & Consulting); Dr. Sam Williams, (University of Queensland, Australia); Dr. Robert Ahrens, (NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, USA); Dr. Sarah Glaser, (Secure Fisheries – One Earth Future, USA); Dr. Andrew Wamukota, (Pwani University, Kenya – PU); Dr. Salum Hamed, (University of Dodoma, Tanzania – UDOM); Dr. Sammy Wambua (Pwani University, Kenya); Dr. Denham Parker, (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa), Dr. Melckzedeck Osore, (Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute – KMFRI).
|ii. Project Duration||2019-2022|
|iii. Project Site(s)|
|iv. Project Country||Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania|
|v. Budget||US$ 524,940|
|B. Project Objectives||
|C. Expected Results||
Project Outcomes (1st year)
Between September 2019 and September 2020, the BILLFISH-WIO project has brought together over 20 collaborators and 9 students (3 PhD, 4 MSc and 2 BSc students).
Some of the findings specific to each of the objectives are as follows:
The project team has put in a lot of effort to increase the visibility of the project in-country, regional and internationally. This is evidenced by the number of communication pieces in the WIOMSA Newsbrief (3), national and regional magazines (3), and other online platforms (Twitter – the project has a Twitter handle: @billfishwio where information is posted). The team has also partnered in the production of short videos on YouTube and Facebook:
|D. Project Activities||
1. Kadagi, N.I, Wambiji, N., Belhabib, D., & Ahrens, R. (2020). Characterizing competitive interactions between recreational and artisanal billfish fisheries in Kenya. Ocean and Coastal Management (in print).
|F. Students Supported by the Project||
1. Damaris Kinyua – PhD student at Pwani University, Kenya
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