WIOMSA through its Commissioned Competitive Research Grant Programme is pleased to announce calls for proposals for research on “Mariculture Growth for Income Generation, Employment and Food Security in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region: Development of a Framework and Promotion of Sustainable Technologies that Meet the Needs of the Region and its People”
The deadline for submitting full proposals at WIOMSA is Wednesday, 8 October 2014. Proposals should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The latest Issue, Volume 19, Number 2 of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out with articles on the appointment of the co-opted members to the WIOMSA Board, results of the Country Coordinators elections, and election of the WIO-C Chair and Vice-Chair. There are also articles on major events that were held recently including training on Vulnerability Assessment, Scenario Planning, and Adaptation and a workshop on Building Capacity for Payment for Ecosystem Services and Climate Compatible Development. There are also a a call for proposals for research on “Understanding the Port-Environment Nexus for the Major Ports of the Western Indian Ocean region”. Approved MARG I and MARG II grants are also listed. Other articles are on papers published in the latest of the WIO Journal of Marine, award conferred to Dr Jared Bosire by the Society of Wetland Scientists and noise pollution from oil and gas exploration activities.
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WWF Madagascar is inviting proposals to undertake a study entitled ‘Exploration of options for setting up a strong and representative Network of Civil Society Organizations in the Northern Mozambique Channel area”
The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 September 2014.
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Seychelles Minister for Environment and Energy, Professor Rolph Payet has been appointed the new Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Announcing the appointment in a press statement this afternoon, State House said Payet will contribute to the implementation of the mandates and missions of those three conventions including the formulation of their overall strategies and policies.
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WIOMSA through its Commissioned Competitive Research Grant Programme is pleased to announce a call for proposals for research on “Understanding the Port-Environment Nexus for the Major Ports of the Western Indian Ocean region”. In the first call issued early this year, none of the proposals submitted were successful. The focus of the call has changed from understanding the relationships and interactions between ports, urban development and coastal and marine environment to focus on ports and coastal and marine environment interactions.
The deadline for submitting full proposals at WIOMSA is 30th September 2014. The MASMA Programme Committee will review the submitted proposals and applicants will be informed of the Committee’s decisions within a period of two months. Proposals should be submitted to:
The Executive Secretary
Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)
P O Box 3298 Zanzibar
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The Student Conferenced on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2015 is happening.
Full registration will be open on September 1, but full scholarships are available now. This will allow those with less available means than we have to attend a fantastic international conference for students, by students.
Full details can be found at http://sccs-aus.org.
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Sea Quests are pleased to announce that we have installed a new high-speed high-capacity (1.5 MT lift, 400m wire) hydraulic winch aboard R/V Angra Pequena. This significantly extends the vessel’s ability to support offshore research and marine training.
R/V Angra Pequena is a 72 foot vessel capable of deployment of standard marine research instruments and equipment such as ROVs, CTD, plankton nets, sonar and scanners, BRUVS, and sediment grab samplers, as well as providing a good platform for diver surveys and deck-based observational studies. At 99 tons displacement she can carry and deploy heavy equipment. She is thus suitable for oceanographic and benthic research as well as training in offshore marine science techniques. M.Y. Angra Pequena is able to work close inshore in shallow waters, as well as far offshore and in deep habitats. She has a fuel range of over 3000 NM and can stay at sea comfortably for over 30 days. She has a crew of 5 and can accommodate 10 passengers.
R/V Angra Pequena is operated by SEA QUESTS, whose primary goal is to support research, training and conservation expeditions that build knowledge and awareness of our oceans and contribute to sound decision-making and management policies. Sea Quests is keen to partner with others to support our goal of helping to protect the oceans
This vessel offers a particularly good opportunity for the marine science and conservation community in that she is a cost-effective and more flexible alternative to the traditional “big ships” which are often not available or affordable. Moreover, she has a proven record as a research platform.
A paper “Genetic structure of the reef grouper Epinephelus merra in the West Indian Ocean appears congruent with biogeographic and oceanographic boundaries” by Delphine Muths, Emmanuel Tessier & Jerome Bourjea, has been published in the Marine Ecology. Its abstract is attached below:
The reef fauna connectivity of the West Indian Ocean (WIO) is one of the least studied globally. Here we use genetic analyses of the grouper Epinephelus merra (Bloch 1793) to determine patterns of connectivity and to identify barriers to dispersal in this WIO marine area. Phylogeographic and population-level analyses were conducted on cytochrome b sequences and microsatellites (13 loci) from 557 individuals sampled in 15 localities distributed across the West Indian Ocean. Additional samples from the Pacific Ocean were used to benchmark the WIO population structure. The high level of divergence revealed between Indian and Pacific localities (of about 4.5% in sequences) might be the signature of the major tectonic and climatic changes operating at the Plio-Pleistocene transition, congruently with numerous examples of Indo-Pacific speciation. In comparison, the E. merra sequences from the Indian Ocean constitute a monophyletic clade with a low average genetic distance (d < 0.5%). However both genetic markers indicated some structure within this ocean. The main structure revealed was the isolation of the Maldives from the WIO localities (a different group signature identified by clustering analysis, great values of differentiation). Both marker types reveal further significant structure within the WIO, mainly the isolation of the Mascarene Islands (significant AMOVA and isolation-by-distance patterns) and some patchy structure between the northernmost localities and within the Mozambique Channel. The WIO genetic structure of E. merra appeared congruent with main biogeographic boundaries and oceanographic currents.
Citation: Muths, D., Tessier, E., & Bourjea, J. 2014. Genetic structure of the reef grouper Epinephelus merra in the West Indian Ocean appears congruent with biogeographic and oceanographic boundaries. Marine Ecology (2014) 1–15. doi: 10.1111/maec.12153
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Project Manager, Lake Victoria Basin Project whose main responsibility will be to manage and coordinate the implementation of the Lake Victoria Basin project, build strategic alliances with stakeholders/institutions operating within the Basin and fundraise to scale up project interventions.
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The Fisheries and Marine Science Institute of Madagascar (IH.SM) and the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) are organizing a multidisciplinary, francophone research school in Tulear (Southwest of Madagascar) from October 20 to the 29th of October 2014 on the theme of the vulnerability of reef heritage. Read the full text of the call for participation in this event.