High Impact Publications

This page highlights our main publications based on their use and interest from patners – download them directly from here, or follow the links to the website pages for more information.


Large scale conservation

Obura DO, Burgener V, Nicoll ME, Ralison HO & Scheren P (2015) The Northern Mozambique Channel. Setting the foundations for a regional approach to marine governance. A Background Document. WWF International and CORDIO East Africa. Go to project page.

Samoilys, M., Pabari, M., Andrew, T., Maina, G.W., Church, J., Momanyi, A., Mibei, B., Monjane, M., Shah, A., Menomussanga, M., Mutta, D. (2015). Resilience of Coastal Systems and Their Human Partners in the Western Indian Ocean. Nairobi, Kenya: IUCN ESARO, WIOMSA, CORDIO and UNEP Nairobi Convention. x + 74pp.


Obura, D.O., Church, J.E. and Gabrié, C. (2012). Assessing Marine World Heritage from an Ecosystem Perspective: The Western Indian Ocean. World Heritage Centre, United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 124 p.

Download the report; Policy brief- English / French; Go to project page


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Obura, D. O. (2015), An Indian Ocean centre of origin revisited: Palaeogene and Neogene influences defining a biogeographic realm. Journal of Biogeography. 43:229–242 doi: 10.1111/jbi.12656. Link to journal. View paper.

Obura DO (2012) The Diversity and Biogeography of Western Indian Ocean Reef-Building  Corals. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45013. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0045013 Download the paper; Go to project page

Fish and Fisheries

Kawaka, J., Samoilys, M., Murunga, M., Maina, G.W., King, J. and Michelmore F. (2016) Coral Reef Monitoring in Eastern Africa: A Guide for Communities.Download manual
Kawaka, Joan A., et al. “Developing locally managed marine areas: Lessons learnt from Kenya.” Ocean & Coastal Management 135 (2017): 1-10. Download paper


 Samoilys, Melita A., et al. “Artisanal fisheries on Kenya’s coral reefs: Decadal trends reveal management needs.” Fisheries Research 186 (2017): 177-191.

Download paper and supplementary information; Figure / Table

Osuka, Kennedy, et al. “Linkage between fish functional groups and coral reef benthic habitat composition in the Western Indian Ocean.” Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (2016): 1-14. Download paper 

Robinson J and Samoilys MA (Co-editors) (2013) Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations in the Western Indian Ocean: Research for Management. WIOMSA/SIDA/SFA/CORDIO. WIOMSA Book Series 13.

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Samoilys, MA, Maina GW, Osuka K. (2011). Artisanal fishing gears of the Kenyan coast. Mombasa: CORDIO/USAID
English version; Swalihi versionGo to project page


Policy Brief – Recommendations for sustainable and responsible fishing in Kenya’s coastal artisanal fisheries. Samoilys, M.A, Maina, G.W, Ater, S. & Osuka, K. (October 2011).

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Kenya Policy brief, MASMA Migrant Fisheries project, 2010.
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