High Impact Publications

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

Large-scale conservation

Bell, J, Cheung W, De Silva S, Gasalla M, Frusher S, Hobday A, Lam V, Lehodey P, Pecl G, Samoilys M, Senina I (2016) Impacts and effects of ocean warming on the contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to food security. In: Laffoley, D., & Baxter, J.M. (eds). 2016. Explaining Ocean Warming: Causes, Scale, Effects and Consequences. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. pp. 456. Download PDF

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.Download PDF

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.Go to project page “A Background Document WWF International and CORDIO East Africa”

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


Cowburn, B., Samoilys, M. A., Osuka, K., Klaus, R., Newman, C., Gudka, M., & Obura, D. (2019). Healthy and diverse coral reefs in Djibouti–A resilient reef system or few anthropogenic threats?. Marine pollution bulletin, 148, 182-193.Download paper

Samoilys MA, Halford A, Osuka K. Disentangling drivers of the abundance of coral reef fishes in the Western Indian Ocean. Ecol Evol. 2019;00:1–19.https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5044

Barkley, A. N., Gollock, M., Samoilys, M., Llewellyn, F., Shivji, M., Wetherbee, B., & Hussey, N. E. (2019). Complex transboundary movements of marine megafauna in the Western Indian Ocean. Animal Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12493

Cowburn, B., Samoilys, M. A., & Obura, D. (2018). The current status of coral reefs and their vulnerability to climate change and multiple human stresses in the Comoros Archipelago, Western Indian Ocean. Marine pollution bulletin.DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.04.065.

Samoilys, M., Roche, R., Koldewey, H., & Turner, J. (2018). Patterns in reef fish assemblages: Insights from the Chagos Archipelago. PloS one, 13(1), e0191448. See paper performance metrics

Osuka, K., Kochzius, M., Vanreusel, A., Obura, D., & Samoilys, M. (2018). 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, 98(2), 387-400. doi:10.1017/S0025315416001399

Obura, D. O. (2015), An Indian Ocean centre of origin revisited: Palaeogene and Neogene influences defining a biogeographic realm. Journal of Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12656

Obura, D. (2012). The diversity and biogeography of Western Indian Ocean reef-building corals.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0045013

Fish and Fisheries

de Mitcheson, Y. J. S., Linardich, C., Barreiros, J. P., Ralph, G. M., Aguilar-Perera, A., Afonso, P., … & Nair, R. J. (2020). Valuable but vulnerable: Over-fishing and under-management continue to threaten groupers so what now?. Marine Policy, 116, 103909.Download paper

Samoilys, M. A., Osuka, K., Mussa, J., Rosendo, S., Riddell, M., Diade, M., … & Koldewey, H. (2019). An integrated assessment of coastal fisheries in Mozambique for conservation planning. Ocean & Coastal Management, 182, 104924.Download pdf

Samoilys M., Osuka K., Muthiga N., Harris A. (2017). Locally managed fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean: a review of past and present initiatives, iv + 40p.WIOMSA. WIOMSA Book Series 17. Download pdf

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

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

Sadovy de Mitcheson, Y., Craig, M. T., Bertoncini, A. A., Carpenter, K. E., Cheung, W. W., Choat, J. H., … & Liu, M. (2013). Fishing groupers towards extinction: a global assessment of threats and extinction risks in a billion dollar fishery. Fish and fisheries, 14(2), 119-136.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.Download the book

Samoilys, MA, Maina GW, Osuka K. (2011). Artisanal fishing gears of the Kenyan coast. Mombasa: CORDIO/USAIDEnglish 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).Download the policy brief; Go to project page