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The WIO coral reef Red List of Ecosystems study sets the stage for national assessments in Kenya

As a follow up to the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Red List of Ecosystems (RLE) assessment, CORDIO plans to work with national partners to develop needs-based coral reef assessments to inform coral reef management and policy in three focus countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique. The assessments will help prioritize areas for […]


Ocean Science In Action

This WIO-focused free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starts this October 5th. Ocean Science in Action: Addressing Marine Ecosystems and Food Security in the Western Indian Ocean will introduce learners to innovative marine technologies and their applications used to tackle the challenges of the sustainable management of marine ecosystems. The […]


Sharks are functionally extinct from many reefs but hope remains

A landmark study published in Nature reveals sharks are absent on 20% of world’s coral reefs! The study was led by Aaron MacNeil and co-authors from the Global FinPrint project, including CORDIO’s Melita Samoilys, Kennedy Osuka and Clay Obota. The study provides a benchmark for the status of reef sharks […]


Livelihoods & Conservation… Lending your voice through collective action…

A women’s group initiative to conserve the environment and make a living out of the exercise might soon turn out to be a source of hopelessness and worry unless collective action to support the group is initiated. The story was broken in an online article (https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2020-06-19-mida-creek-women-seek-market-for-sh10m-mangrove-seedlings/) published on the 19th […]


Going, going…, gone? – latest population assessments of groupers

Groupers are among the highest valued fish in fisheries globally, are crucial for food security in developing countries, and in coral reef ecosystems play a key ecological role as top-level predators.Their population status around the world was reassessed after a decade by the IUCN Grouper and Wrasse Species Specialist Group […]


No net loss of ecosystems?

‘No net loss’ as a global biodiversity goal? This week (24-28 Feb 2020) in Rome countries and observers are discussing the next ten year strategy for biodiversity and its sustainable use, based on the ‘zero draft‘ drafted by the Convention on Biological Diversity released on 13th January 2020.  


Pemba Island BRUV surveys in November 2019

Baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVs) are becoming extensively adopted as a non-extractive technique for sampling fish diversity, relative abundance and the size structure of fish assemblages. The technique offers the advantages of eliminating the need for divers, reducing the risk of incorrect fish identifications, reducing observer and inter-observer inconsistency. […]


South Kenya upwelling

Coastal upwelling is common along the Tanzanian and Kenyan shelves during the North-East monsoon. It is caused by an intensification of the wind and leads to the cool and nutrient-rich waters being brought to the surface followed by enhanced primary production and widespread phytoplankton blooms. This year, it appears that […]