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 (b_kaunda@yahoo.com).

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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
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Symposium Website: http://symposium.kznwildlife.com/ 
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3 to 7 November 2014
Fern Hill Conference Centre 
Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME
Please find the DRAFT programme attached – the deadline for Early Bird Payments has been extended to 5 September 2014.
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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Registrations for the Symposium should be done using the attached Registration Form. The deadline for early bird payments is 5 September 2014.
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KEY THEMES AND FOCUS AREAS
•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
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ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM
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.
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IMPORTANT DEADLINES
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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A CALL FOR PROPOSALS ON MARICULTURE!!!!

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: secretary@wiomsa.org.

 

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

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The latest issue of WIOMSA Newsbrief is out!

August 16th, 2014 No comments

The latest Issue, Volume 19, Number 2 of the WIOMSA Newsbrief is out with articles on the appointment of the co-opted members to the WIOMSA Board, results of the Country Coordinators elections, and election of the WIO-C Chair and Vice-Chair. There are also articles on major events that were held recently including training on Vulnerability Assessment, Scenario Planning, and Adaptation and a workshop on Building Capacity for Payment for Ecosystem Services and Climate Compatible Development. There are also a a call for proposals for research on “Understanding the Port-Environment Nexus for the Major Ports of the Western Indian Ocean region”. Approved MARG I and MARG II grants are also listed. Other articles are on papers published in the latest of the WIO Journal of Marine, award conferred to Dr Jared Bosire by the Society of Wetland Scientists and noise pollution from oil and gas exploration activities.

Download the full issue

I hope you will enjoy reading it. Comments are welcome.

Call for proposal – Exploration of options for setting up a strong and representative Network of Civil Society Organizations in the Northern Mozambique Channel area

August 14th, 2014 No comments

WWF Madagascar is inviting proposals to undertake a study entitled ‘Exploration of options for setting up a strong and representative Network of Civil Society Organizations in the Northern Mozambique Channel area”

The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 September 2014.

Download the call for proposals and the terms of reference

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Rolph Payet appointed the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

August 13th, 2014 No comments

Seychelles Minister for Environment and Energy, Professor Rolph Payet has been appointed the new Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Announcing the appointment in a press statement this afternoon, State House said Payet will contribute to the implementation of the mandates and missions of those three conventions including the formulation of their overall strategies and policies.

Read the full article

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Call for proposals: Port-Environment Nexus: RE-ADVERTISED!

August 4th, 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.  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. Proposals should be submitted to:

The Executive Secretary
Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)
P O Box 3298 Zanzibar
TANZANIA
Email:  secretary@wiomsa.org

Download the full announcement.

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Student Conference on Conservation Science 2015 – Scholarship applications open

August 1st, 2014 No comments

The Student Conferenced on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2015 is happening.

Full registration will be open on September 1, but full scholarships are available now.  This will allow those with less available means than we have to attend a fantastic international conference for students, by students.

Full details can be found at http://sccs-aus.org.

Please download the flyer

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New offshore research capacity in WIO and SA: Research Vessel ANGRA PEQUENA ~ SEA QUESTS

July 25th, 2014 No comments

Sea Quests are pleased to announce that we have installed a new high-speed high-capacity (1.5 MT lift, 400m wire) hydraulic winch aboard R/V Angra Pequena. This significantly extends the vessel’s ability to support offshore research and marine training.

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R/V Angra Pequena is a 72 foot vessel capable of deployment of standard marine research instruments and equipment such as ROVs, CTD, plankton nets, sonar and scanners, BRUVS, and sediment grab samplers, as well as providing a good platform for diver surveys and deck-based observational studies. At 99 tons displacement she can carry and deploy heavy equipment. She is thus suitable for oceanographic and benthic research as well as training in offshore marine science techniques. M.Y. Angra Pequena is able to work close inshore in shallow waters, as well as far offshore and in deep habitats. She has a fuel range of over 3000 NM and can stay at sea comfortably for over 30 days. She has a crew of 5 and can accommodate 10 passengers.

R/V Angra Pequena is operated by SEA QUESTS, whose primary goal is to support research, training and conservation expeditions that build knowledge and awareness of our oceans and contribute to sound decision-making and management policies. Sea Quests is keen to partner with others to support our goal of helping to protect the oceans

This vessel offers a particularly good opportunity for the marine science and conservation community in that she is a cost-effective and more flexible alternative to the traditional “big ships” which are often not available or affordable. Moreover, she has a proven record as a research platform.

SEA QUESTS RV Angra Pequena 2014

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A new paper on ‘Genetic structure of the reef grouper Epinephelus merra in the West Indian Ocean’ is out!

July 25th, 2014 No comments

A paper “Genetic structure of the reef grouper Epinephelus merra in the West Indian Ocean appears congruent with biogeographic and oceanographic boundaries” by Delphine Muths, Emmanuel Tessier & Jerome Bourjea, has been published in the Marine Ecology. Its abstract is attached below:

The reef fauna connectivity of the West Indian Ocean (WIO) is one of the least studied globally. Here we use genetic analyses of the grouper Epinephelus merra (Bloch 1793) to determine patterns of connectivity and to identify barriers to dispersal in this WIO marine area. Phylogeographic and population-level analyses were conducted on cytochrome b sequences and microsatellites (13 loci) from 557 individuals sampled in 15 localities distributed across the West Indian Ocean. Additional samples from the Pacific Ocean were used to benchmark the WIO population structure. The high level of divergence revealed between Indian and Pacific localities (of about 4.5% in sequences) might be the signature of the major tectonic and climatic changes operating at the Plio-Pleistocene transition, congruently with numerous examples of Indo-Pacific speciation. In comparison, the E. merra sequences from the Indian Ocean constitute a monophyletic clade with a low average genetic distance (d < 0.5%). However both genetic markers indicated some structure within this ocean. The main structure revealed was the isolation of the Maldives from the WIO localities (a different group signature identified by clustering analysis, great values of differentiation). Both marker types reveal further significant structure within the WIO, mainly the isolation of the Mascarene Islands (significant AMOVA and isolation-by-distance patterns) and some patchy structure between the northernmost localities and within the Mozambique Channel. The WIO genetic structure of E. merra appeared congruent with main biogeographic boundaries and oceanographic currents.

Citation: Muths, D., Tessier, E., & Bourjea, J. 2014. Genetic structure of the reef grouper Epinephelus merra in the West Indian Ocean appears congruent with biogeographic and oceanographic boundaries. Marine Ecology (2014) 1–15. doi: 10.1111/maec.12153