The December Issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out!

December 26th, 2014 No comments

The Fourth Issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out. This is the last issue for 2014 and contains the following articles:
1. 31st Board meeting held in Zanzibar
2. The Twelfth Meeting of the Marine Science for Management (MASMA) Grantees-Monitoring the Performance of the Approved Projects
3. Zanzibar launches its Strategy for Improved Fisheries Governance and Management
4. WIO-Wide Training in SAM: Strategic Adaptive Management for MPAs
5. Advanced training on the basics of taxonomy hosted by CEPAM
6. Governments, NGOs and industry gather to chart a course for sustainable management of small-scale fisheries in the western Indian Ocean
7. WIO-COMPAS and Cape Nature Certification Event held in Betty’s Bay MPA
8. 2nd ISCD Workshop for 2014 held in Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo
9. New Publications
10. Symposium Announcement
11. Photo Gallery

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WIOMSA Wins Tax Award again!

November 29th, 2014 No comments

WIOMSA was awarded a certificate of merit as the 3rd Winner in the Small Tax Payers Category by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) during the 8th Taxpayers Day Celebrations held on the 22nd of November 2014, in Zanzibar. This is the second time WIOMSA is winning such an award, the first time was in 2012, when WIOMSA was the Second Winner in the Medium Taxpayers Category.

The annual awards recognize the most outstanding tax compliant companies in three categories namely, large, medium and small taxpayers.

We are pleased to be acknowledged once again for being amongst the nine most compliant taxpayers in Zanzibar, said Mr Hamadi Hassan, the Finance Officer of WIOMSA, who represented WIOMSA in the event.
The awards were handed over by the Minister in the President’s Office for Finance, Economy and Development Planning, Hon. Mr Omar Yusuf.

Mr Hamad receiving the Certificate

Mr Hamad receiving the Certificate

The Minister with the winners of different categories

The Minister with the winners of different categories

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September Issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out!

November 20th, 2014 No comments

The Latest Issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out. The issue features stories such as:

1. Science to Policy Consultative Meeting for the WIO region: Defining the process for science informing regional frameworks
2. A Regional Fisheries Data Analysis and Scientific Writing Workshop Concludes in Mombasa, Kenya
3. The 5th WWF CSO/PS Tuna Forum

4. ISCD Workshop Hosted in Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo
5. WIO-COMPAS Level 2 Certification

6. Some Results from the MARG I Grant Programme
7. New WIOMSA Publications
8. Former WIOMSA President awarded Presidential Commendation

9. New Country Coordinator for Seychelles

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Call for Letters of Inquiry for Large Grants

November 18th, 2014 No comments

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is inviting proposals in the form of Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) for large grants from non-governmental organizations, community groups, private, enterprises, universities and other civil society organizations. This is the first call for LOIs for large grants (between $20,000 and US $150,000) issued by CEPF for this Biodiversity Hotspot in the current investment phase.

LOIs will only be accepted for the eligible countries Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and the Republic of Comoros. The deadline for receipt of proposals is on 17th December 2014.

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November 18th, 2014 No comments

With the support of Dalhousie University, the International Ocean Institute (IOI) has offered an intensive, interdisciplinary training programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management in in Canada every year since 1981. The programme is aimed primarily at developing country professionals aged 25-45, with at least one degree (or equivalent), relevant experience, strong English language skills and a desire to step outside their own field of work and explore interdisciplinary issues around coastal and ocean management.

The course is scheduled to be held from 20th May to 17th July 2015. The application deadline is 1st January 2015.

Download the Course Announcement and application. Details are also available in the training section of our website (, or potential candidates could contact Madeleine Coffen-Smout, the Programme Officer directly if they have questions. Her email address: Madeleine.Coffen-Smout@Dal.Ca

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A transition toward co-managed fisheries in Kenya

November 17th, 2014 No comments

Harnessing ‘people power’ to manage fisheries in the developing world has significantly benefited local communities and coral reefs, according to new research.
“Studies about the environment, and particularly fisheries, abound with bad news, but here, we see a glimmer of hope,” says lead author Professor Joshua Cinner, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.
Historically, fisheries management in East Africa has followed a ‘top down’ approach, but in 2006, the Kenyan government introduced a pilot program that gave communities the ability to develop and enforce their own fisheries rules and regulations.
The researchers studied the impact of the program on both the environment and the livelihood of the fishermen.
In an article published in the journal Global Environmental Change, Professor Cinner says the strategies that local communities developed to manage their fisheries benefited the fishery, the corals and importantly the people’s livelihoods.
“A third of the people we surveyed said that their livelihoods had improved as a result of the new form of local management, and only about three percent of people felt it was bad for them,” Professor Cinner says.
While not every area improved ecologically and not everyone benefited from the program, the researchers saw a big change in people’s attitude toward conservation.


“Perhaps the biggest surprise was that a whole raft of local communities started developing their own mini-marine reserves,” Professor Cinner says.
The change in attitude toward conservation is significant because earlier attempts by the Kenyan government to develop a marine park in the 1990s resulted in violent protests.
“Sometimes progress comes from convincing people by using real data,” says study co-author, Dr Tim McClanahan from the Wildlife Conservation Society.
“Before we collected the data, opinions could be swayed by political considerations and by fear but that’s much harder now that the research shows there really are few losers in the new system of locally-led management. “Now, we can barely keep up with all of the communities wanting to start up their own marine reserves,” Dr McClanahan says.
“It is a sea change from a decade ago. I’ve been working on the Kenyan coast for over 30 years and even ten years ago, I would never have thought this possible.”
But the researchers warn against complacency.
“It’s easy to think that we can just hand things over to communities and they will manage fisheries on their own, but they need help and support in doing so,” Dr. McClanahan says.
Professor Cinner notes, “In some ways, we are putting the cost and responsibility of enforcing environmental regulations on poor people who can ill afford it. A sustained effort to provide support and capacity building will be critical to the continued success.”



A sea change on the African coast: Preliminary social and ecological outcomes of a governance transformation in Kenyan fisheries by Josh Cinner and Tim McClanahan is published in the journal, Global Environmental Change.

ISRS Graduate Fellowships (research grants) for 2015

November 17th, 2014 No comments

The International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) is accepting applications for Graduate Fellowships for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research. Applications are due January 9, 2015 (12 PM UTC). Awards are limited to US$2,500. More about the award and the application form can be found at:

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International Training Programme on “Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development”: Call for Applications

November 8th, 2014 No comments

The International Training Programme on “Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development”, which consists of five compulsory phases including three self-study phases and two scheduled courses, one in Sweden, August 24 – September 11, 2015 and one in Tanzania, November 30 to December 11, 2015, is calling for applications. The programme is organised jointly by NIRAS and the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, and in close collaboration with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, WIOMSA.

From the Western Indian Ocean region, applications are invited from interested experts from Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

The programme targets organisations with a clear role in coastal planning and management. These can be central institutions, local authorities, private companies or NGOs and relevant sectors include, but are not limited to, spatial planning, natural resources management, tourism, fishing, and infrastructure. The organisation should be aware of the need for integration and sustainable development in coastal areas and be committed to change and to invest own resources to achieve this.

Please find more information in the brochure and application form.
Closing date for application is February 9, 2015.

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Climate Change Impacts Countered By Stricter Fisheries Management

November 3rd, 2014 No comments

A new study has found that implementing stricter fisheries management overcame the expected detrimental effects of climate change disturbances in coral reef fisheries badly impacted by the 1997/98 El Niño, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The 17-year study led by WCS fisheries scientists found that rapid implementation of fisheries restrictions countered adverse climate effects and actually increased fisheries catches, counter to predictions and findings in other studies without stricter management. This is good news for the millions of people who depend on coral reefs fisheries, as it provides a management solution for fisheries predicted to decline with global warming.

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Why government should prioritise artisanal tuna fishing

October 24th, 2014 1 comment

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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