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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 […]


CORDIO & Seedbeds for Transformation – SABC News

On the evening news on 10 May 2018 the South Africa Broadcasting Service broadcast a special on the Seedbeds for Transformation Conference. David Obura, Director of CORDIO East Africa was interviewed in the studio on the conference, its relevance for Africa and coral reefs. See the two SABC clips below, […]


Seedbeds of Transformation conference – South Africa

The Seedbeds of Transformation conference in South Africa, from 9-11 May 2018, provides a collaborative, trans-disciplinary space for people with diverse perspectives to explore transformations and the SDGs in Africa. CORDIO is participating in the conference, to present the current status of scenarios being developed for the Northern Mozambique Channel, […]


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 […]


Red Sea whales and dolphins

A rare glimpse into the world of the Red Sea’s dolphins and whales Bottlenose dolphins, are very coastal and subsist on small fish connected to reefs and smaller bays. Shutterstock David Obura, The University of Queensland The Red Sea is one of the world’s least studied regions when it comes […]


Ocean Awards 2018

    David Obura is one of four finalists in the 2018 Ocean Awards, a competition run by Boat International and the Blue Marine Foundation. In it’s third year, the Ocean Awards continue to recognise and reward those that share our commitment to fixing the largest solvable problem on the […]


2017 status report on Western Indian Ocean coral reefs

Step declines in coral reef health resulted from major coral bleaching in 1998 (25% loss) and 2016 (10% loss). This is the main finding from the latest GCRMN regional report on the state of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) which was officially presented on 7 December 2017 […]