It’s all about the data

The democratisation of coral reef monitoring data is one key to their survival. This article in the latest issue of ECO Magazine highlights the WIO GCRMN coral reef network’s efforts to share and report on coral data, as an essential part of motivating action to save coral reefs.  This led […]


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 […]


Understanding Local Marine Management Trajectories through Social-Ecological Systems Approach

Understanding Local Marine Management Trajectories through Social-Ecological Systems Approach A new study led by Kennedy Osuka published in Sustainability shows interdependent linkages between social and environmental conditions, and how understanding these can strengthen the design of localised management interventions. The study was conducted through Our Sea Our Life project, which […]


Is COVID-19 the canary in the coal mine? What we can learn from this unprecedented situation to safeguard humanity and biodiversity in the future

COVID-19 – it is an issue born out of humanity’s incessant interference with the natural environment. A predicted health crisis The world has understandably been focused on documenting and tackling the unfolding human health crisis posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19; but as the human, economic and social costs of […]


SDG narrative model for action

See our latest – establishing a narrative model to facilitate SDG action published in Marine Policy journal: “Getting to 2030 – Scaling effort to ambition through a narrative model of the SDGs“. Please access the article on the publishers page here.   For information on the model and its further […]


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 […]