WIOMSA has three awards that are designed both to recognize individual scientists/researchers and practitioners for their track record of achievements, to inspire outstanding and emerging scientists and practitioners and cultivate a healthy competition for quality and excellence in the region. The awards also raise the profile of the scientists and practitioners in the region and raise awareness about their work to a wider audience across the globe.
The Honorary Membership Award is the highest award WIOMSA confers in recognition of exemplary, outstanding and distinguished contribution towards the development of coastal and marine science in the Western Indian Ocean. Honorary Membership is awarded to individuals who have rendered notable service to the development of marine science in the WIO region.
The Fellow Membership Award is awarded biennially to scientists (natural and social scientists) by the Association in recognition of outstanding work or significant contribution to coastal and marine science research in the region.
Cognizant of the fact, there is no scheme for recognizing and awarding emerging scientists working on coastal and marine issues in the WIO region, WIOMSA introduced a new award scheme: the ‘WIOMSA Emerging Scientist Award’. This award promotes excellence and recognizes outstanding contributions made by emerging scientists in coastal and marine science research. The award cultivates healthy competition for quality and excellence amongst emerging scientists and highlights the scientific work and talents of emerging scientists and enhances the visibility of their work.