Course announcement: Regional Training workshop on larval fish identification and early life history science

June 27th, 2015 No comments

An announcement is made for a Regional Training workshop on larval fish identification and early life history science to be held at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth, South Africa from 2-9 November 2015. The training is targeted at junior scientists in the WIO doing fisheries research with responsibilities of larval fish identification, technical personnel in executing agencies collecting larval fishes or research institutions and students doing larval fish research. The course intends to develop interest and build capacity in larval fish identification and learn more about fish systematics and early life history science. The training will have both theoretical and practical classes which will include field based and laboratory activities.

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Job Opportunity: Senior Scientist at the Oceanographic Research Institute

June 26th, 2015 No comments

The Oceanographic Research Institute, the research division of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), is seeking to recruit an individual for the position of Senior Scientist, to lead and grow the ORI’s Reef Programme, which focuses on the ecology of east coast reefs in general, and coral reefs in particular.

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Announcement for a one-day workshop on “Getting Published”

June 23rd, 2015 No comments

In conjunction with the 9th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Symposium, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and WIOMSA will jointly host a one-day workshop on getting into print on October 25, 2015. This workshop will be directed at scientists interested in learning how to navigate the publication process.

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The WIO Regional State of Coast Report launched in Seychelles

June 23rd, 2015 No comments

The Regional State of the Coast Report for the Western Indian Ocean region was launched last night, 22 June 2015, at the Eighth Conference of Parties of the Nairobi Convention held at the Savoy Resort in the Seychelles. The Report was launched by the UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr Achim Steiner and the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Seychelles, Mr Didier Dogley, who signed the online version of the Preface and Foreword, respectively.

The production of the report was coordinated by WIOMSA and the Nairobi Convention Secretariat.

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Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium: An update

June 17th, 2015 No comments

We would like to inform you that the review and the notification of the presenters on the status of their abstracts will be completed by 15 July 2015.

We would also like to announce that participants can now apply for funding to attend the 9th WIOMSA symposium. Due to the large numbers of abstracts that have been received for this symposium, it is anticipated that the requests for support will be more than previous Symposia. To allow for more participants to benefit from the support provided, only partial support (ticket or accommodation) is available for poster presenters and most of the oral presenters. Special consideration to receive both ticket and accommodation support, will be given to students from the region whose abstracts have been ranked highly by the Scientific Committee and have been selected for oral presentation. Please note that it is not possible to support all the participants, so you are encouraged to look for funds from other sources.

In your request, please indicate:

  • The kind of funding that you are requesting for in the form of: ticket or accommodation
  • The abstract details including title, mode of presentation approved by the Scientific Committee and if more than one author, who will be giving the presentation
  • Whether or not it is a student presentation, if it is a student presentation, provide details such as your University, supervisor, degree programme (MSc or PhD), expected year of completion and registration number.

The requests for funding should be submitted via email to by the 31 July 2015.

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June 15th, 2015 No comments

During the first Humpback Whale World Congress 2015 (29th June – 3rd July 2015 Sainte-Marie, Madagascar), workshop sessions will be dedicated exclusively to the interest of students working in the field of Cetacean Conservation particularly on advanced scientific research and conservation efforts of the humpback whales. The workshop will provide a valuable setting for national, regional, and international undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers to connect and share their experiences, methodology best practices, findings, research projects ideas and funding.

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The latest issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out!

June 7th, 2015 No comments

This issue contains the following articles:
1. The WIOMSA Board Meets in South Africa
2. Sida Research Council visits WIOMSA
3. BOOK LAUNCH – “Stories of Africa’s Oceans and Coasts -As told by Africa’s children and youth”
4. WIOMSA Widely Represented at Regional Meetings
5. CSIR and University of Stellenbosch host first CoastGIS Symposium in Africa
6. MARG Corner: Comparing the Trophic Positions of Micronekton in the South West Indian Ocean
7. New Publication: Shoreline Change in Tanzania and Kenya: Manual for Assessment and Design of Mitigation Strategies

Several important announcements in relation to the Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium are also included

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Call for Entries: Best video clip competition!

May 25th, 2015 No comments

WIOMSA, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are delighted to launch the first ever Symposium Video Clip Contest, as part of the activities planned for the Ninth WIOMSA Symposium to be held in the Wild Coast, South Africa from the 26-31 October 2015!

The aim is to produce a video up-to-three-minutes long to share your activities with the general public. Your video can include scenes from the field, or at the lab bench, engagement with the communities.

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The Ninth WIOMSA Symposium Photo Contest!

May 25th, 2015 No comments

As part of the activities planned for the Ninth WIOMSA Symposium to be held in the Wild Coast, South Africa from the 26-31 October 2015, WIOMSA, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are delighted to launch the Symposium Photo Contest.

The photos can depict any kind of scene from marine and coastal environment in the region, both above and under the ocean surface. They can also illustrate human activities, research and environmental impact and wildlife.

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WIOMSA Magazine: Issue 7 is out!

May 25th, 2015 No comments

The Seventh Issue of the WIOMSA Magazine: People and the Environment is out! The theme of the Issue is “Making a Difference: Restoration of Habitats and Species – Experiences from the WIO Region”. The 7th Issue has been edited by the Guest Editor, Lawrence Sisitka of Rhodes University, South Africa, and features the following articles:

  • A Fisher and Conservationist: Kenyan fisher restores corals in fished site for 36 years
  • Restoration of Seychelles upland forest biodiversity
  • Community-Based Marine Conservation Initiative in Coastal East Africa
  • Restoration of Mangrove Forests at Limpopo River Estuary, Southern Mozambique
  • Wasini Community Rallies to Secure Its Future
  • Mangrove Restoration: Sharing experiences
  • Towards a Community-managed Future

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