Call for nominations: WIOMSA Fellow and Honorary members and WIOMSA Emerging Scientist!

May 9th, 2015 No comments

The Fourth WIOMSA Honorary and Fellow membership award ceremony will be held during the Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium in South Africa in October 2015. The awards are given to individuals in recognition of their exemplary/outstanding/distinguished contribution in the development of marine science in the region and/or problem solving and actions geared towards improving management of coastal and marine environment in the region. For the first time this year, WIOMSA will honour an emerging scientist, who has shown excellent achievements in his/her scientific activities, with the ‘WIOMSA Emerging Scientist Award’.

Please check the documents below for more details and further information

The nominations for the three awards can only be submitted online, click here to submit your nominations.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 31 July 2015.

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Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium: Call for Abstracts – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

March 26th, 2015 No comments

Taking into account requests from prospective participants, the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to the 10th April 2015.

Abstracts must be submitted online at Please follow the online submission instructions as described in the Second Announcement.

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International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) Courses

March 14th, 2015 No comments

The International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean) is conducting two International courses -  (i) “Biological Oceanographic Processes”, (May 18-22, 2015) and (ii) An Introduction to the Blue Ocean”, (June 1-12, 2015) at INCOIS, Hyderabad, India.

The Announcement Brochure and the Application form of these courses can be accessed at


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REMINDER: Calls for proposals for MARG I and to support the organization of training courses/workshops & publication of books/manuals

March 13th, 2015 No comments

This is just a reminder that the deadline for submission of proposals for MARG I and support for organization of training courses/workshops and publications of books/manuals is nearing. The deadline for submission of proposals for these calls is 28 March 2015.

Applications should be completed and support documents uploaded at

For more information, please download the Call for MARG proposals_2015 and the Call for proposals for training courses&publications_2015.

Please circulate the information widely to your colleagues.

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Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium: Second Announcement is out!

March 10th, 2015 No comments

The Second announcement of the Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium, with the theme ‘Knowledge – improving lives in ocean and coastal systems’, is out. The Symposium will be held from 26 – 31 October 2015 at the Wild Coast Sun Hotel in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Download the full Announcement.

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Website for the 9th WIOMSA Symposium and abstract submission system now active!

February 12th, 2015 1 comment

The website for the 9th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium and its associated the abstract submission system is now active. The site contains relevant details about the Symposium, including the word from the WIOMSA President, the venue of the Symposium and how to get there, dates for different events and composition of the Symposium Scientific Committee and the Local Organization Committee.  The site also hosts the abstract submission system, which will handle all abstract submissions.

You can visit the Symposium site via or directly through

For any more information, please contact

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Call for Proposals to Support the Organization of Training Courses/Workshops & Publication of Books/Manuals

February 8th, 2015 No comments

WIOMSA is pleased to announce a call for proposals to support organizations of training courses/workshops and Publications of books/manuals for 2015.

Please note that from this year, applications will only be submitted through the new online system. Only those applications submitted via this system will be processed. Applications should be completed and support documents uploaded at

The deadline for submission of proposals is 28 March 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.

For detailed instructions for applying these grants, download the call for proposals and to apply visit

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Marine Research Grant (MARG) Program: 2015 Call for Proposals Open

February 8th, 2015 No comments

WIOMSA is calling for submission of proposals for its Marine Research Grant (MARG) Program. The MARG programme provides young and upcoming scientists with a reliable and flexible mechanism to turn their ideas into research projects and also offers opportunity for presentation of research results at various regional and international fora.

Please note that from this year, applications will only be submitted through the new online system. Only those applications submitted via this system will be processed. Applications should be completed and support documents uploaded at the WIOMSA website links provided:
i) For MARG I:
ii) For MARG II:
iii) For MARG III:

Please read the instructions carefully before completing the relevant form.

The deadline for submission of MARG I applications is 28th March 2015. Submissions for MARG II will be accepted from January to September 2015 while MARG III proposals may be submitted at any time. For MARG II and III grants, the acceptance of proposals will be dependent on the availability of funds at the time of submission.

For detailed instructions for applying for these grants, download the call for proposals and to apply visit

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Government of Madagascar Creates Country¹s First Shark Sanctuary and Grants Local Communities Exclusive Use and Management Rights to Fishing Areas

February 6th, 2015 No comments

The Government of Madagascar has created the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new law to safeguard the country’s marine resources and the communities that rely on them, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

At a February 2nd press conference held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, the Malagasy government announced the initiation of a new law that establishes a shark sanctuary in Antongil Bay while granting coastal communities exclusive use and management rights for local fishing areas. The new law also restricts international fishing trawlers from fishing in Antongil Bay, the largest bay in Madagascar.

“With the support from Wildlife Conservation Society, we chose a participatory and collaborative approach for the development of this law and management plan and we opted for the search for a balance between fishing activities and ecological integrity to ensure rational and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources” said Mr. Ahmad, Minister of Marine Resources and Fisheries at the press conference in Antananarivo.

“Long-term strategic alliances and partnerships forged with local communities, government agencies such as the Ministry of Marine Resources and Fisheries, and stakeholders during two decades of field presence of WCS investing in wildlife protection and sustainable natural resources management in Antongil Bay is key to this success,” said Alison Clausen, Country Director of WCS’s Madagascar Program. “WCS looks forward to working with the Government of Madagascar to implement this new pilot fisheries co-management initiative in Antongil Bay and promote its replication to other sites.”

The WCS Madagascar Program works throughout Madagascar to ensure the long-term conservation of the country’s unique biological diversity with a focus on activities in Antongil Bay and other priority landscape/seascapes such as Makira Natural Park, Masoala National Park, Antongil Bay, Nosy Be seascape and the Toliara seascape.

The new shark sanctuary is home to 19 species of shark, a third of which have become severely threatened by unregulated fishing. The new law legally empowers local communities to manage nearshore fishing grounds through a growing network of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs), 25 of which have already been established with the support of WCS. The regulations of these areas—including no-take marine reserves and temporary closures—are locally designed and enforced. By securing management and use rights of LMMAs for local communities for the first time in Madagascar, the law aims to transform marine resources from open access areas that typically result in short-term exploitation at the expense of long-term sustainability to exclusive access for local fishers who can garner the benefits of managing their own marine resources.

The law also establishes collaborative arrangements between artisanal and industrial fishers, civil society, and government to work together on the sustainable management of fisheries in some 3,746 square kilometers, an area covering Antongil Bay and surrounding areas. At the same time, the law restricts industrial trawling boats from fishing in this area.

Madagascar’s local fisheries provide livelihoods and food security for hundreds of thousands of some of the poorest coastal communities in the world. The new law will facilitate a system of co-management between communities, fishers, and government to manage their local fish populations.

The regulatory changes build on previous initiatives to decentralize the management of marine resources and establish local fisheries management plans and collaborative management arrangements.  At the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress, his Excellency Hery Rajaonarimampianina, President of Madagascar, noted that Madagascar “already [has] positive models of locally managed marine areas, of which Madagascar is proud to be a pioneer in the Western Indian Ocean region.” He emphasized his commitment “to establish legal and regulatory frameworks for community management of marine and coastal resources.”

Venor Rason, a local fisher and President of the community association managing the LMMA of Analanjahana in the southern part of Antongil Bay said : “We are very pleased to hear that this new law that we helped develop has been released. It will help us manage sustainably our marine resources by limiting the number of small-scale and industrial fishers allowed to fish in the bay and by delivering fishing licenses to local professional fishers.”

Dr. Ambroise Brenier, Marine Technical Director of WCS’s Madagascar Program, said: “This pilot initiative will reduce coral reef degradation, improve abundance of endangered species of sharks, and sustain fisheries yields with long-term livelihoods and food security benefits thanks to restored fish stocks potentially reaching 100,000 coastal inhabitants living around Antongil Bay.”

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Regional Conference on Sustainable Fisheries in the South-Western Indian Ocean

February 2nd, 2015 No comments

The FISHERMAN project is working on the organisation of the 1st Regional Conference on Sustainable Fisheries in the South-Western Indian Ocean: the importance of the Education, Management and Governance that will take place in Madagascar the 10th and 11th of September this year.

With a two days duration, the Regional Conference will bring together Regional and International Marine Resources professionals, fisheries authorities academics, policy makers, activists, politicians and others involved and interested in Fishery sector in the region.

It will be a common ground for debate and exchange of good practices and for the promotion of an effective collaboration in the South-Western Indian Ocean.

We would be delighted to receive your contributions and meet you in the conference and please do not hesitate to extend this invitation to your contacts that may be interested in joining.

For more information, please find visit the Conference website.


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