Recently, a member of the SPACES team attended a regional workshop in Nosy Be, Madagascar from 27 to 28 April, 2015. The workshop was convened by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Dr Emily Darling with the aim to bring together various researchers working on coral reef fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO).
The workshop was attended by about 17 people, representatives of the following countries and organizations: Madagascar (WCS, Blue Ventures, WWF, CNRO and HEAL/Darwin), Mozambique (UniLurio and SPACES), Tanzania (University of Dar es Salaam) and Kenya (WCS).
At the workshop the following topics were discussed: (1) the WCS upcoming program that aims to globalize the monitoring efforts on coral reef fisheries; (2) which indicators for coral reef fisheries in the WIO should be monitored; and (3) the current monitoring programmes of WIO coral reef fisheries at sites in Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and Mozambique. Information on this last topic was provided by the representatives of each organization previous mentioned.
This workshop and project aims to develop a coordinated database of monitoring indicators and outline the data sharing agreements across organizations that would be necessary for future collaborations in the WIO.