10th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium

The 10th WIOMSA symposium was held in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 30th October – 4th November 2017. The Symposium was organized jointly by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and hosted by the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) and the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS), Department of Aquatic Science and Fisheries Technology (DASFT) and University of Dar es Salaam. The Symposium Programme featured a combination of plenary, keynote presentations, posters and oral presentations, as well as special sessions. See the list of CORDIO’s contributions below, with links for downloading the presentations and posters where relevant.

Special sessions

The special session was held to discuss the Indian Ocean Commission Biodiversity Project’s Western Indian Ocean post-bleaching assessment as well as the monitoring sustainability of the Coral Reef Task Force in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO).

The objectives of the session were:

Oral Presentations

Three Oral presentation were given as highlighted below. Please contact the corresponding authors for additional information/publication.

 Review of artisanal shark populations of eastern Africa: Obota Clay, Melita Samoilys, Osuka Kennedy. 
 An integrated assessment of coastal fisheries in northern Mozambique for conservation planning; Osuka K, Samoilys MS, Mussa J, Daide M, Mbugua J, Kawaka J, Riddell M. Contact the lead author.
Using spatial analysis of marine habitats to inform conservation planning in Pate Island-Kiunga seascape: James Mbugua, Kennedy Osuka, Melita Samoilys, David Obura, George Waweru and Joan Kawaka. Download presentation here


Poster Presentation

CORDIO showcased three posters two of which were based on ongoing research on Coral bleaching and Emerging Knowledge  and a student dissertation.

Assessing the use of climate information in local adaptation planning: a case study of county governments in Kenya: Lenice Ojwang, Sergio Rosendo, Louis Celliers, David Obura, Anastasia Muiti, Download poster

Understanding the impacts of the 2016 Coral Bleaching event in the WIO using a citizen science approach

Gudka M, Obura D, Ahamada S, Kloiber U, Holter T Download poster

The Role of Intertidal Macrophytes on Sediment and Coastal   Stabilization at Bofa Beach, Kilifi  –Kenya.

Randall MABWA, Bernerd FULANDA,Download poster


During the entire symposium period, CORDIO showcased a film on Locally Managed Marine Areas in Africa.The film covered LMMA experiences in Kenya and Djibouti and was funded by the European Union through Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Biodiversity Management Programme in the Horn of Africa and IUCN – Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office. Copies of French and Swahili versions are available