Western Indian Ocean Regional Initiative

WIO-RISE provides research and training in skills associated with the utilization of coastal and marine resources and the protection of the coastal and marine environment. The network avails itself of the substantial experience of IMS/UDSM, which has roots in the former East African Marine Fisheries Research Organization and the affiliated Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association based in Zanzibar. The School of Marine and Coastal Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University is strategically located near the Sofala Bank, a major fishery and aquaculture resource, and the University of Cape Town has the only department in southern Africa offering graduate training in physical oceanography, climate science, and atmospheric science.
Updates on Recent Network Activities

Two of the WIO-RISE PhD students: Francis Mwonjoria and Grace Mumbi Mutia, successfully defended their PhD theses on 2 and 3 October 2014, respectively. Both Francis and Grace (L and R, photographs above) did a great job, and they had only minor corrections to make; they managed to submit error-free copies to the University of Dar es Salaam within one week. These two candidates will officially graduate on 8 November 2014.

Francis’ thesis is entitled “Aspects of Biology, Ecology and Fishery of the Bigfin Squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana (Lesson, 1830) in Kenya” and Grace's is “Distribution, Nutritional Composition and Potential Use in Aquaculture of Seaweed Baits in Kenya.” Both graduates are already back at their home institutions, employed as faculty members. Congratulations, Grace and Francis!

The two graduates with the members of the Viva Voce Panel at Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam.
L to R: Dr. Margareth Kyewalyanga, Ms. Grace Mutia, Prof. Desiderius Masalu, Dr. Saleh Yahya, Mr. Francis Mwonjoria, Dr. Christopher Muhando, Dr. Yohanna Shaghude, Dr. Narriman Jiddawi, Dr. N. Nyandwi, Dr. Mwita Mangora, Dr. Aviti Mmochi and Dr. Matern Mtolera
The two graduates with IMS staff and fellow students.
L to R: Grace Mutia, Ally Ussi, George Rushingisha, Narriman Jiddawi, Francis Mwonjoria, Christopher Mhagama, Catherine Mwakosya, Ramadhan Ghair, Leonard Jones and Edwin Nseke
Having lunch after the thesis defense! (Francis Mwonjoria and Dr. Margareth Kyewalyanga)
Another WIO-RISE PhD student at IMS, Siajali Pamba, has presented his thesis draft to the Institute’s Postgraduate Students Committee and has undergone the initial examination. Siajali presented well and responded satisfactorily to the questions; he will only have to make minor revisions. After revising his draft, he will send it to the external and internal examiners for the formal evaluation.
WIO-RISE Leaders

Dr. Musa Chacha, School of Life Sciences and Bio-Engineering
Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Tanzania

Prof. Antonio Hoguane, School of Marine & Coastal Studies
Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

Prof. Chris Reason, Oceanography Department
University of Cape Town, South Africa

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