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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Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium: First Announcement and Call for Abstracts

September 14th, 2014 No comments

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), University of KwaZulu-Natal and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are pleased to announce the Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium which will be held in Durban, South Africa from Monday, 26th October – Saturday, 31st October 2015.

The week is divided into the following:

  • The Ninth WIOMSA Scientific Symposium – 26th to 29th October 2015. This component will include: keynote presentations, oral and poster presentations.
  • Specially convened sessions and roundtable discussions – 30th October 2015
  • Excursions and tours to different places of interest – 31st October 2015.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 27th March 2015.

For more information, download the full announcement.

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Call for Applications – Negotiation skills training for Protected Areas and Marine Protected Areas staff

September 10th, 2014 No comments

Resolving land and resource use conflicts in and around Terrestrial and Marine Protected Areas in the eastern and southern African region

BIOPAMA, in collaboration with the Sustainability Challenge Foundation, is offering training on stakeholder engagement and negotiation skills, using the Mutual Gains Approach, to support efforts to better secure protected areas and key biodiversity areas in the Eastern and Southern African region. This course is aimed mainly at Protected Area staff and support staff dealing with multi-stakeholder engagements at the interface of Protected Areas.

The deadline for submission of application is 30 September 2014.

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Scaling success in octopus fisheries management in the western Indian Ocean: Call for Participation

September 7th, 2014 No comments

Blue Ventures, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) will hold a three-day workshop in Zanzibar from 3rd-5th December 2014 to share experiences in octopus fisheries management and eco-certification in the western Indian Ocean.


Octopus fisheries play an important role in coastal economies throughout the western Indian Ocean (WIO). The past decade has seen a proliferation of efforts to manage octopus stocks, with particular progress in community-based management of reef octopus (Octopus cyanea) and growing evidence of the benefits of periodic fisheries closures to improve yields. Despite this, there have been few opportunities for fisheries from different countries of the region to share experiences and lessons learned.
Eco-certification recognises and rewards sustainable fishing practices, while also safeguarding fisheries as a long-term source of food security. However, many tropical small-scale fisheries face practical challenges engaging in certification programmes due to a lack of awareness of the process, and the difficulties of managing data-deficient small-scale fisheries. Several octopus fisheries in the WIO are now in the process of seeking assessment as part of the MSC’s eco-certification programme and there is growing interest in fisheries improvement projects across the region.

The December workshop will synthesise lessons learned from efforts undertaken to improve octopus fisheries sustainability, share experiences and practical support in monitoring and assessment of octopus fisheries, and provide insight and guidance in the MSC certification process.

Call for participation

The workshop is open to individuals involved in octopus and small-scale fisheries management from across the western Indian Ocean region. Applications are welcomed from fisheries managers, researchers, conservation practitioners, industry representatives, government and regulatory bodies, and community groups. Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter in English outlining their experiences of small-scale fisheries management and their motivations for attending the event. Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for travel support

Please note that the deadline for applications of interest is Friday 19th September

This meeting is being convened by the Marine Stewardship Council and Blue Ventures with generous support from WIOMSA.

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September 5th, 2014 No comments




The CoastGIS2015 Local Organising Committee and the International Scientific Committees of the CoastGIS series of symposia are delighted to inform you that the 12th CoastGIS Symposium, and the first in Africa, will be held 22-24 April 2015 in the city of Cape Town, South Africa at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge.  CoastGIS is a biennial series of symposia that brings together practitioners and researchers in the field of marine and coastal Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing and computer cartography.  The intention is to also arrange a number of workshops and training sessions for the 21st of April 2015.

For more details, download the full announcement.

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Regional data analysis and scientific writing workshop based on demersal fish trawl surveys and rapid bycatch assessment datasets

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

Regional data analysis and scientific writing workshop based on demersal fish trawl surveys and rapid bycatch assessment datasets from Kenya and Tanzania

8-13th September, 2014, Mombasa, Kenya

The South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project (SWIOFP) which concluded in 2013 provided an opportunity to survey the demersal fish resources on a regional scale since the DR. FRIDTJOF NANSEN’s surveys of the early 1980s. Data on demersal resources were generated by the SWIOFP trawl surveys that straddled Kenya and Tanzania and that covered six other countries of the WIO. The East Africa data set cover fish species distribution, composition and abundance in the two countries over different spatial scales with bathymetric dimensions that covered both shallow (~10 m) and deep waters (~200 m) of the continental shelves in addition to environmental variables.  Additional data were generated by a rapid bycatch assessment (RBA) of the artisanal fisheries in the two countries.  The workshop funded by the MASMA Program of WIOMSA and coordinated by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS), University of Eldoret, will analyze and report on this data set.  Participants are drawn from TAFIRI, KMFRI and DFAS as East African partners in the concluded SWIOFP. The outputs of the workshop will be shared by government agencies and relevant stakeholders.

More details about the workshop can be obtained from the convener of the workshop, Prof Boaz Kaunda-Arara (

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2014 Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice: Preliminary Programme and Early Bird registration deadline 5 September

August 30th, 2014 No comments
Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice
The 2014 Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice, 2014, with the theme ‘Exploring the science, practice and value of conservation’, will be held from 3-7 November 2014 at the Fernhill Hotel in Howick, South Africa.
Please find a draft Programme and Second Announcement
Payments for Early Bird Registrations
EXTENDED Deadline: 5 September 2014
Symposium Website: 
3 to 7 November 2014
Fern Hill Conference Centre 
Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Please find the DRAFT programme attached – the deadline for Early Bird Payments has been extended to 5 September 2014.
Registrations for the Symposium should be done using the attached Registration Form. The deadline for early bird payments is 5 September 2014.
•Protected area management effectiveness, Management of protected areas and buffer zones & Transboundary conservation 
•Conserving in the face of global change 
•Ecological processes, Conservation genetics & Threatened species conservation 
•Advances in monitoring and surveillance 
•Mitigating threats to biodiversity, Wildlife Crime & Invasive alien species 
•Valuing biodiversity, Ecosystem goods and services, Resource economics, Biodiversity and livelihoods & Natural resource use 
•Land-use planning and development, Securing critical biodiversity areas & Enabling partnerships 
•Cultural heritage and conservation history 
•Media and communication 
•Legal, policy and ethical frameworks, Global / multinational agreements & Wildlife law and animal welfare
This symposium offers a platform for the conservation community to share and explore issues and recent developments in the science and practice of conservation, and in understanding and communicating the value of biodiversity to society.
It seeks to identify solutions to critical issues and to impact policy in order to enhance conservation efforts – in Africa and beyond. It also aims to promote partnerships between government agencies, conservation authorities, non-governmental organisations, legal practitioners, communicators and other relevant professionals and stakeholders, to address the contemporary conservation challenges of our world.
This is a CONSERVATION SYMPOSIUM not just a science forum – its scope is conservation in its full context – including governance, science, management, decision-making, stake-holder engagement and the assessment of effectiveness of efforts and interventions.
It is of relevance to decision-makers and policy developers, conservation managers, scientists, law makers and to communities and stakeholders who live in and depend on the use of biodiversity.
Abstract and Special Session Submission Deadline: 15 July 2014
Preliminary Programme Available: 25 August 2014
Registration Forms Available: 30 June 2014
Early Bird Payments: 29 August 2014 EXTENDED TO 5 September 2014
Normal Registration Closes: 30 September 2014
Normal Registration Payments: 30 September 2014
Late Registration Closes (subject to availability of space): 24 October 2014
All Late Payments: 24 October 2014
Official Opening of Symposium: 13h00 3 November 2014
Official Closing of Symposium: 13h00 7 November 2014
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August 21st, 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:


Download the full call, the outline for preparing full proposals and references used to prepare the call.

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