Expression of Interest to attend a workshop on ‘Molecular tools for marine conservation planning’ in South Africa

February 16th, 2017 No comments

Through the NSF funded ‘DIPnet’ (Diversity of the Indo-Pacific Network: a collaborative research network and database for advancing marine biodiversity research; http://diversityindopacific.net/) we will be hosting a five day intensive workshop at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The workshop is aimed at African scientists that are actively engaged in the use of molecular tools (genetics/genomics) for understanding the evolution, phylogeography and conservation of marine ecosystems in Africa. The course will cover GIS skills, an introduction to Linux and R, NGS pipelines and programmes for SNP discovery and environmental association analyses, as well as an introduction to conservation planning software. A full programme will be circulated closer to the workshop date.

Requirements: please note that this course can only accommodate scientists working in Africa and on African ecosystems and is aimed at students, as well as early to mid-career scientists and researchers.

Dates: 26th to the 30th June 2017 at the Department of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (arriving 25th and leaving 1st July)

Course fees: there are no fees to attend the course. The cost for accommodation and meals is covered by DIPnet; travel can also be covered for some participants.

Space is limited. If interested in attending, please contact the course organisers, Dr. Michelle R. Gaither (indopacificgenetics@gmail.com) and Prof. Sophie von der Heyden (svdh@sun.ac.za), with a brief outline of your background including research expertise/interest, as well as details regarding the types of molecular approaches used in your research by March 1st and please include “DIPnet workshop 2017_applicant” in the subject.

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Consultancy Services for Design Tuna Specific Research Program and Grants Mechanism for Tuna and Tuna-like Fisheries: CORRECTION ON THE DEADLINE!

February 14th, 2017 No comments

The Deep Sea Fishing Authority (DSFA) is recruiting a Consultancy Services for Design Tuna Specific Research Program and Grants Mechanism, whose primary objective is to develop a 10 year research agenda that will assist in improving understanding and sustainable use as well as productive management of tuna and tuna-like species fisheries in the United Republic of Tanzania’s EEZ.

Expression of Interest should be submitted by 28th February 2017 at 11am.

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Consultancy Services for end of the project evaluation of the Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP)

February 13th, 2017 No comments

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) invites eligible and qualified consultancy firms to submit Expression of Interest to undertake Consultancy Services for end of the project evaluation of the Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP).

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 24th February 2017 at 11.00am.

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Consultancy: Request for proposal – Development of Marine Programme Base Proposal for WWF Tanzania

February 6th, 2017 No comments

WWF Tanzania is inviting technical and financial proposals to develop a WWF-Tanzania Marine Programme base proposal. The primary goal of the consultancy is to support WWF Tanzania’s development of a marine programme that will meet the broader objectives to ensure marine ecosystems and associated biodiversity in two priority seascapes of Rufiji, Mafia and Kilwa (RUMAKI) and the Tanzania’s side of Mtwara/Quirimbas including their peripheral fishing areas are maintained and offering full ecosystem services.

The deadline for receiving application is 23 February 2017 not later than 10:00 am.

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Consultancy Services for Design Tuna Specific Research Program and Grants Mechanism for Tuna and Tuna-like Fisheries

February 6th, 2017 No comments

The Deep Sea Fishing Authority (DSFA) is recruiting a Consultancy Services for Design Tuna Specific Research Program and Grants Mechanism, whose primary objective is to develop a 10 year research agenda that will assist in improving understanding and sustainable use as well as productive management of tuna and tuna-like species fisheries in the United Republic of Tanzania’s EEZ.

Expression of Interest should be submitted by 26th February 2017.

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Election of the Board members: Call for nominations

February 1st, 2017 No comments

2017 is an election year for WIOMSA’s Board of Trustees. We are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for elections of the WIOMSA Board of Trustees. According to procedure, only members in good standing, that is paid WIOMSA members and registered students (who are exempted from paying membership fees) are eligible to nominate, be nominated and to vote. Paid members and students may make up to four nominations; one for each category (Island states, Mainland countries, Host country and membership from outside the region).

Current Trustees may be nominated subject to Article 9.2.4 (i) of the WIOMSA Constitution which states that the “The tenure of office for the President and Members of the Board shall be three years, eligible for one more re-appointment.” Based on this, members of the current Board of Trustees who have only served one term are eligible for one more nomination and subsequent reappointment while those who have served two consecutive terms are ineligible.

Please submit your nominations (one for each category) to the secretary@wiomsa.org.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 31 March 2017.

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Sale: Limited Offer on WIOMSA Books!

January 31st, 2017 No comments

WIOMSA is pleased on announce a sale on some of its Books. WIOMSA, as a knowledge organization, has over the years produced a number of publications in the form of general knowledge books, manuals and field guides. These publications cover different topics of both educational and research interest such as climate change and its impacts, mangrove ecosystems, marine mammals, and fishes and many other useful topics. Some of these publications are on sale at the WIOMSA store: http://www.wiomsa.org/online-payments/.

For more details about the books on sale, download the full advertisement.

WIO-COMPAS Level 1 and Level 2 Certification Events: Call for Applications!!!

January 27th, 2017 No comments

WIOMSA in partnership with the Coastal Resources Center of the University of Rhode Island (CRC), is pleased to announce the Seventh offering of Level 2 Certification for MPA Managers, Assistant Managers, Site managers, Wardens, Deputy Wardens or Section Rangers. The Certification Assessment Event will be held on the 8-12 May 2017.

We are also pleased to announce the Eighth offering of Level 1 Certification for MPA Rangers, Officers or Marine Field Operators. The Certification Assessment Event will run concurrently with the Level 2 event on the 8-12 May 2017.

The deadline for submission of applications for these two events is the 18th February 2017.
Download the Call for application (Level 1 & Level 2), application form (Level 1 & Level 2) and Competences and Range Statements (Level 1 & Level 2).

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NF-POGO Centre of Excellence at the Alfred Wegener Institute

January 27th, 2017 No comments

We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for Year 5 of the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE) at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). The training will run from October 2017 to August 2018.

The NF-POGO CofE has provided world class education and training courses in the field of observational oceanography since 2008. Since 2013, the NF-POGO CofE has been hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany’s foremost polar and marine research institution.

Venue and Background

Located in the North Sea, the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence at AWI will be conducted on the offshore island of Helgoland and the UNESCO reserve Waddensea island of Sylt. Helgoland provides opportunities for the study of open-ocean sciences; shelf/basin interactions are topics of study at Sylt.

Course Synopsis

The training will promote excellence in integrated, multidisciplinary oceanography at a global scale. Scholars will receive ten months of training to include one month of formal introductory training, followed by more detailed courses emphasizing core skills (e.g. writing, scientific presentations, statistics and experimental design) and specialised scientific topics such as modelling, remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions. Scholars will also receive training in instrumentation, sample collection and analytical protocols. Each scholar will conduct an independent research project during the programme. The scientific staff of AWI can mentor research projects in numerous fields as it is large in number and diverse, with strength in many areas of Observational Oceanography; the scientists on Helgoland and Sylt have unique expertise in biology, ecology, time-series work and coastal processes.

How to apply

The course is open to early-career scientists from developing and developed countries, although preference will be given to those who currently hold a position in a research or academic institution in a developing country and anticipate returning to the country after completion of training. Candidates must have at least a first degree in science. Application details can be found here: www.awi.de/en/nf-pogo-cofe

The deadline for applications is 6 March 2017.

Please forward this on to your colleagues or students who may be interested.

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MARG AND MASMA GRANTS in 2017

January 23rd, 2017 No comments

This is to inform you that the current five-year support by Sida to the MASMA Programme ends in June 2017. Since MASMA and MARG grants are funded through the MASMA Programme, no grant application will be processed until further notice.

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