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Niroshini Leelodharry, Mauritius My first memory of the ocean is associated with the popular TV serial ‘Les Dents de La Mer’, which used to be broadcasted on the local TV channels in Mauritius. The serial was about people getting killed by sharks whilst enjoying the beach during holidays. I can still remember the opening music...
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By Ali Islame Farouk – Comoros I was born in my mother’s village in the Southwest of the Comoros, which is a long way from the ocean, but I grew up in my father’s coastal village in the Southeast. I’ve been in contact with the ocean ever since I was a child, and I’ve always...
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By Jacqueline Uku, Kenya My first memory of the ocean was being on a family holiday by the ocean when I was young. I remember collecting seashells and building sandcastles. At that point in time, I never looked beyond the seashore into the deep ocean, and I never realised how much more there was to...
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The Western Indian Ocean Marine Conservation Programme (MARCOP) stands as a beacon of hope and progress for the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region. As global attention focuses on the urgent need to protect and sustainably manage our oceans, MARCOP emerges as a comprehensive initiative aimed at ensuring the long-term governance, planning, and management of this...
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By Rabeca Manuel Nhancale, Mozambique For me, the ocean is a vast body of saltwater that covers most of the Earth’s surface. My first memory of the ocean, so to speak, was realising its vital importance to our planet. It plays a crucial role in regulating the climate, the water cycle, producing oxygen, absorbing carbon...
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By Maria Pentzel, Tanzania I grew up in the Usambara Mountains, so I had little access to the ocean when I was young. We were lucky, our grandparents lived in a city where the ocean was nearby at Tanga city. During most visits we felt like we had to go to the beach somehow, especially...
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By Rajaram Luximon, Mauritius As an islander, the sea and ocean are very common features for me and have always been part of my life. However, they have also been synonymous with both happiness and threats for me.     First, the happiness part. The vast stretches of sea surrounding Mauritius have often provided me...
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By Nair Aboubacar Allaoui, Comoros First of all, we have to understand the origin. Where we come from. I’m coming from a family where my birth grandfather came from Yemen. We were raised to stories about our ancestors doing commerce, from Yemen to East Africa. They were Arabs. They came by the ocean with their...
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Pascal Thoya, Kenya I don’t have a specific memory of the ocean. The ocean has always been there. For me. I was born in a family that depended on fisheries. My mom used to work in the local fisheries cooperative, and fisheries contributed a lot to my family in terms of livelihood, food, and income....
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We are thrilled to announce the release of the June 2024 issue of the WIOMSA Newsbrief, where we highlight the exciting events and initiatives that have taken place over the past quarter. The global ocean community has been abuzz with activity, from the Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona, which set a new foundation for ocean...
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