Why government should prioritise artisanal tuna fishing

October 24th, 2014 No comments

Small-scale tuna fisheries comprise approximately 94 per cent of the world’s fishers and produce nearly half of the global fish supply for human consumption.

Over 75 per cent of total marine catches is found in the Coastal East Africa Initiatives (CEAI) region.

However, small scale artisanal tuna fisheries have failed to benefit massively from the sector because countries in the CEAI region have failed to prioritise that industry, perhaps due to lack of enough information, leaders in these countries regard the sector as not beneficial to their nations’ economies.

Speaking to this paper in an exclusive interview alongside the 5th Session of the Regional Consultative Forum for the Civil Society (CSO)/Private Sector on sustainable tuna fisheries management in the South-West Indian Ocean, in Zanzibar on Wednesday, Director, Outreach and Resources Mobilisation with Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Dr Timothy Andrew said that “The issue of artisanal tuna fishing is one which should be a priority of a country,” he urged.

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SciDev film on Nina Wambiji produced!

October 13th, 2014 No comments

SciDev has produced a film on Dr Nina Wambiji, who is the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) Fellow. In this film produced , as part of our series Africa’s PhD renaissance, Nina talks about how the support she has received from AWARD has helped her become a leading researcher in her field.

She was granted a fellowship at AWARD after obtaining a PhD in Japan for her research on rabbitfish. AWARD is a two year career development programme for some of Africa’s most innovative female agricultural scientists. She outlines why she believes more women in Kenya do not become fisheries researchers, emphasising the need for mentoring to encourage more women to pursue scientific careers. The film follows Wambiji as she works with a fishing community in Msambweni and back in her lab in Mombasa.

For more details visit, http://www.scidev.net/global/fisheries/multimedia/becoming-a-top-female-fisheries-researcher-in-kenya.html.

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Announcing the 2015 Russell E. Train Fellowship Competitions

October 6th, 2014 No comments

WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) is proud to announce our 2015 Russell E. Train Fellowship Competitions. Taking the lead from WWF experts, EFN has developed fellowship opportunities to enhance important conservation work in the field. These fellowship opportunities support graduate and doctoral study for proven and potential conservation leaders.

Please pass along these great fellowship opportunities to your colleagues, partners, and contacts in the field.

1.  Building Capacity for Ocean Management – Eligible countries: Fiji, Kenya, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tanzania
2.  Valuing Standing Forests – Eligible countries: Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Democratic Republic of Congo, Laos, Peru, Vietnam
3.  Conservation in Mozambique – Mozambique only
4.  Current & Aspiring University Faculty for Conservation – Select countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. For a full list of eligible countries please review application guidelines.

Deadline for fellowships listed above: February 28, 2015
Website: www.worldwildlife.org/projects/russell-e-train-fellowships.

Please email questions to efn@wwfus.org. You can also Like us on Facebook to continue to get updates on more funding opportunities.

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CoastGIS2015: Last opportunity for regional experts to submit their abstracts!

October 3rd, 2014 No comments

The Chair of the CoastGIS2015, Dr Louis Celliers is inviting experts in the WIO region to abstracts for the 12th CoastGIS Symposium that will be held 22-24 April 2015 in the city of Cape Town, South Africa at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge.

The Western Indian Ocean institutional capacity in the field of marine and coastal Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and computer cartography remains limited even though they are critically important in context of coastal and marine spatial planning, biodiversity protection and conservation, and sustainable livelihoods.  CoastGIS is a biennial series of symposia that brings together practitioners and researchers in this field, and is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the global experts.

The local organising committee sees this event as a great opportunity to cultivate interest in the application of GIS and remote sensing in coastal and marine scientific disciplines, from natural sciences to sociology and management.

I encourage you to submit an extended abstract by the 24th of October 2014. This is the final date!

For instructions on how to submit an abstract please visit www.coastgis2015.co.za.

It would be fantastic to have a strong contingent of Western Indian Ocean scientists at this event that has in the past been Euro-American-centric.  Please join us in Cape Town for this Symposium!

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The 2013 WIOMSA Annual Report is out!

September 26th, 2014 No comments

The 2013 Annual Report is out and features the last word from the former WIOMSA President Dr. Nirmal Shah and a welcome note from the new President, Dr. Jacqueline Uku. It showcases our results for 2013. It profiles WIOMSA funded researchers, partnerships and collaborations and highlights key projects and achievements for 2013.

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September 26th, 2014 No comments

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: secretary@wiomsa.org. Download the full call, the outline for preparing full proposals and references used to prepare the call.

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Advanced course on Basics of Taxonomy

September 26th, 2014 No comments

Advanced course on Basics of Taxonomy

The University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in collaboration with the Centro de Pesquisa do Ambiente Marinho e Costeiro (CEPAM) and the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg are organizing an Basics of Taxonomy: Describing, Illustrating and Writing Biodiversity that will be held in Pemba, Mozambique from 17 -29 November 2014.

Deadline for submission of applications: 6th October 2014. Applications should be submitted to almeida.guissamulo@hotmail.com, aguissas@gmail.com.

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Call for proposals: Port-Environment Nexus: DEADLINE IS NEARING!

September 17th, 2014 No comments

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.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: WIO Training Course in Strategic Adaptive Management for MPAs

September 15th, 2014 No comments

The Kenya Wildlife Service in collaboration with the Marine Parks and Reserves Unit of Tanzania are organizing a Regional Training Course in Strategic Adaptive Management for MPAs that will be held in Mafia Island Marine Park, Republic of Tanzania from 17-22 November 2014. Applications are invited from the qualified applicants from all the countries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.

The application deadline is 1 October 2014. However, we encourage you to
submit your application as soon as possible because we will be making some selection decisions early, before the deadline.

Download the full announcement and the application form.

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Job Opportunity: Marine Programme Manager, East Africa

September 14th, 2014 No comments

The Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is seeking to recruit an individual for the position of Marine Programme Manager, East Africa who will play an important role within the Africa team, providing leadership for the identification and development of new opportunities for marine interventions, focused initially in Tanzania (Pemba channel).

The candidate will work closely with NGO partners, local government and coastal communities in Tanzania, with short term inputs from FFI and external advisers, to design and advance new opportunities for locally-led conservation and participatory marine resource governance (e.g. using the Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) model), livelihoods enhancement and diversification (through sustainable small-scale fisheries and SME/market development), and advocacy to improve policy and practices in marine ecosystems.

The closing date for applications is 19 September 2014.

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