7th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium

The Seventh WIOMSA Scientific Symposium was held in Mombasa, Kenya from 24 – 29 October 2011. The Symposium was organized jointly by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Assocation (WIOMSA) and the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI).

CORDIO was a major contributor to the symposium, with 1 keynote, 12 orals and 8 poster presentations. See the list of contributions below, and links for downloading the presentations and posters.


Is there a Western Indian Ocean “coral triangle”? David O. Obura, Melita A. Samoilys, Johan R.E. Lutjeharms*, Juliet Hermes, Chris Reason, Raymond Roman, Charine Collins, Lorenzo Alvarez-Filip, Denis Macharia

Go to the project page to see and download the powerpoint presentation (12 MB)


-Evolutionary mechanisms in a western Indian Ocean center of diversity. David Obura

-A conceptual framework for understanding decision networks in coastal resource management. Nilufar Matin, John Forrester, David Obura, Richard Taylor and Innocent Wanyonyi

-Estimating the Value of Ecosystem Goods and Services in a Marine Protected Area – The Case of Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve, Kenya. Mwakha, Victor Alati

-Assessing the impact of Information Communication Technology and adult education among coastal women groups in achieving sustainable livelihoods, South coast Kenya. Stephen Oluoch, Sarah Ater & David Obura

-Patterns in fishers’ migration within the Western Indian Ocean. Wanyonyi, Innocent

-Does interpretation matter? Investigating the impact of visitor exposure to different levels of interpretation in Recreational Marine Resource Use. Sander den Haring

-Coral Reef Resilience Assessment Along Tanzanian Coast. January Ndagala and David Obura


Download poster presentations through the links below

-Ecological relationship between fish fauna and coral reef benthos in Kiunga Marine National Reserve, Kenya. Mike Olendo, David Obura, Marc Kochzius and Nico Koedam

-Forecasting coral bleaching in the western Indian Ocean, 2007-2011. David Obura, Majambo Jarumani, Denis Macharia

-Coral bleaching and mortality in Mayotte, May 2010 – the roles of environmental and biological factors. Obura, Benzoni, Bigot Targeted fishing of spawning aggregations of rabbit fish (Siganus sutor) and grouper (Epinephelus fuscoguttatus) in southern Kenya. George Waweru, Melita A. Samoilys

-Comoros Gyre – from observations to modelling. Charine Collins, Raymond Roman, Chris Reason, Juliet Hermes

-Coral Reefs of Northeast Madagascar – a center of high diversity and climate refuge? Ando Rabearisoa, David Obura, Giuseppe Di Carlo, Thomas Oliver