The 9th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium was held in Port Edwards, Eastern Cape, South Africa from the 26th to 30th October 2015. The biennial event was organized by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and several partners such as the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of Sweden, Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI), Kwa Zulu Natal Sharks Board, Ezemvelo KZN wildlife and the Province of KwaZulu Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental affairs. WIOMSA’s vision and mission is to study and care for the Western Indian Ocean, combining science and local indigenous knowledge to promote healthy, functioning ecosystems, and protect ocean resources for all users and stakeholders. The Symposium attracted huge participation of over 500 scientists drawn from both the WIO region and internationally and representing various research institutions, universities, governments and industry.
CORDIO East Africa participated at the symposium with Oral and Poster presentations across various fields (Corals, Education, Social Sciences, Fish and Fisheries, Management). Below are pdfs of the presentations, please contact the corresponding authors(*) for the full publications.
Fish and Fisheries
Evaluation of Kenya’s coastal gillnet fishery for policy recommendation by Joan Kawaka*, Kennedy Osuka and Melita Samoilys. To download presentation Click here
Disentangling ecological and anthropogenic drivers of coral reef fish populations in the western Indian Ocean by M.A. Samoilys*, A. Halford, D.O. Obura. To download presentation Click here
Linkage between fish functional group distribution and coral reef benthic habitat composition in the WIO by Kennedy Osuka*, Marc Kochzius, Ann Vanreusel, David Obura and Melita Samoilys to download presentation Click here
Establishment & development of LMMAs in Kenya: A history of their development and establishment by Joan Kawaka*, Julie Church, Melita Samoilys, Michael Murunga, Carolynne Abunge and George Waweru. To download presentation Click here
Lessons learned from fisher peer exchange visits towards establishment of locally managed marine areas in Kenya by Michael Murunga* and Joan Kawaka. To download presentation Click here
The natural assets underpinning a Northern Mozambique Channel sub-regional initiative by David Obura*, Valerie Burgener, Harifidy Ralison, Peter Scheren. To download presentation
Updating and online publishing of biodiversity data: an example of the hard corals of Sodwana Bay, Western Indian Ocean by David Obura*, Louis Celliers, Brent Chiazzari, Josphat Nguu Gachoki, Angus Macdonald, Kerry Sink. To download presentation Click here
Rapid Assessment of Pate Island – Kiunga mangrove forest of the Kenyan coast by Judith Okello*, Kennedy Osuka, George Waweru, James Mbugua, Melita Samoilys and David Obura
Social Sciences/Climate Adaptation
Potential barriers to effective climate change adaptation by local coastal government in Kenya by Lenice Ojwang*, David Obura, Stephen Oluoch, Michael Murunga, Anastasia Muiti, James Kamula, Ernest Maina, Evelyne Ng’ang’a, Louis Celliers, Sergio Rosendo. To download presentation Click here