James Mbugua


Red Listing of endemic sharks in South Africa, 23-25th April 2018

Melita Samoilys participated in a three-day workshop in Grahamstown, South Africa, led by the global IUCN Shark Species Specialist Group (SSSG), to start the process of re-assessing the status of shark and ray populations in the western Indian Ocean. This particular workshop focussed on the endemic and near-endemic species of Sub-Equatorial Africa (Angola-Namibia border around South […]


Locally managed fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean

CORDIO, WCS and Blue Ventures with support from WIOMSA and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have published a report highlighting a background situation analysis of locally managed fisheries. The report provides information to aid in the design a regional network for locally managed fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean […]


Training on coral reef monitoring in Zanzibar

On the 2nd and 3rd of March, CORDIO led a coral reef monitoring training workshop in Jambiani on the east coast of Unguja Island, organised by Marinecultures and Chumbe Island Coral Park (CHICOP) and sponsored by Zuri Zanzibar, Buccaneer diving and other partners. The activity was organised as part of our commitment […]


Managing Coastal Pelagics: Kenya’s Ring Net Fishery

Small-scale fisheries play an important role in food security and income of coastal communities worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Balancing sustainability and conservation concerns with the socioeconomic needs of small-scale fishers is a dilemma that is commonly faced by fisheries managers.Perspectives on use of ring nets is mixed among different […]


Film: Locally Managed Marine Areas in Africa

CORDIO has been working with Kenyan underwater videographer Jahawi Bertolli to produce a short 9-minute introductory film on Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs). The film, dubbed “LMMAs in Africa”, explains why LMMAs are beneficial to coastal communities, how they are established and exactly what they are. It is designed for local fishing communities, donors, government and civil society who […]


Community resource management – a new wave in Djibouti

The scorching sun beating down over Djibouti town meant that we were in for four days of sweat from 21st – 24th May 2017. It hardly rains in this part of the world and given summer was just a stone throw away, Joan Kawaka and myself from CORDIO, Houssein Rayaleh […]


The devastation of coral bleaching

This was the part of the workshop that I was most looking forward to, as the idea of diving in the Seychelles was very exciting. I had envisaged this underwater paradise with biodiversity and colour a-plenty. Unfortunately, the reality was quite different.


Campaign to re-route the Standard Gauge Railway outside Nairobi National Park garners support from the coast

On Saturday 29th October, more than 400 people along the coast of Kenya gathered to object to the government’s decision to route phase-2A of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project through the middle of the Nairobi National Park. CORDIO East Africa’s commitment to national environmental conservation continued as its staff […]


CORDIO participates in the 31st Anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup organised by Ocean Conservancy

The third Saturday of September is marked as International Coastal Cleanup day. On 17th September 2016 a number of local organisations coordinated several beach clean ups along the Kenyan coast to contribute towards this Ocean Conservancy initiative. (Read more on previous events/anniversaries here) As a build up to the event, […]


Coral reef fisheries in Kenya declining

Our research recently published in the Journal Fisheries Research shows Kenya’s coral reef fishery catch rates have declined 4-fold since the mid 1980s and species diversity in catches has declined to 2-3 species in the top 65% bracket. Management changes are proposed to ensure these fisheries continue to provide livelihoods […]


Demystification of Marine Ecosystem Services

Understanding the ocean’s benefits.A video conveying an indication of the ecosystem services approach to understanding the marine environment and why this may offer an innovative approach to valuing the goods and services that the ocean provides as well as appreciating the impact these (Ecosystem services) have on our lives and […]