MAMI WATA Project visits


The IOI-SA is one of the three Centers in Expertise for the “Enhancing Marine Management in West, Central and Southern Africa through Training and Application” Project. In January and February of this year (2019) we have visited the three pilot countries – Benin, Ivory Coast and Ghana – to understand their capacity needs for implementing Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) as part of the Mami Wata project.



2019 Course in Ocean Governance

Applications are open for the 2019 IOI-SA Course in Ocean Governance for Africa.

The course will run from the 2 – 27th September 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. The course is run in collaboration with our partners, SANBI and SAIMI. For more information, please go to the Course Page where application forms are also available.


Applications will close on the 18th April 2019. Spaces are limited.

3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, Chiang Mai Thailand

In October 2018, IOI-SA attended the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  The Congress is an international gathering of approximately 350 researchers, practitioners, academics, fisher organisations, CSOs, international development agencies and policy makers to share information about all aspects of small-scale fisheries and to formulate action plans and capacity development programmes to support the implementation of the UNFAO SSF Guidelines. The main theme for the 3rd World Congress was ‘Transdisciplinarity and Transformation for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries’ with the aim of facilitating interaction, information sharing, cross-fertilization of ideas and networking opportunities for participants.


IOI-SA presented its Small-scale Responsible Fisheries Training Project  at the dynamic Science Cafe session on Day 1 of the Congress, themed ‘Science Day’. The presentation focused on building partnerships for enhancing sustainable fishing practices in South African coastal communities and showcased the Projects innovative methods in communicating messages on sustainable fishing practices. Continue reading “3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, Chiang Mai Thailand”

Transdisciplinarity in Small-Scale Fisheries, Chiang Mai Thailand

In October 2018 IOI-SA attended the Too Big To Ignore Network (TBTI)  Train-the-Trainer workshop for Transdisciplinarity in Small-Scale Fisheries in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Train-the-Trainer workshop forms part of a 5 month online training course on Transdisciplinarity in Small-Scale Fisheries. The Train-the-Trainer training brings together of a group of around 30 academics and NGOs who are involved in small-scale fisheries  training, teaching or capacity development in different regions. The group discusses the use of transdisciplinarity methods as a tool to address challenges in small-scale fisheries, as well as effective teaching and training methods.
In January 2019 TBTI will launch the online Transdisciplinarity in Small-Scale Fisheries course. In this way, the Train-the-Trainer workshop creates a network of facilitators for the online training, but also to partner in disseminating face-to-face training in Transdisciplinarity in Small-scale Fisheries.

Port Biological Survey in Rodrigues, Mauritius

Deploying equipment
Deploying the wave and tide recorder that will sit at the bottom taking measurements all week.

Adnan Awad is in Mauritius overseeing a port biological baseline survey, with the team from Mauritius Oceanography Institute. They are sampling all habitats in and around the Port Mathurin and adjacent marina, including video transects on the outside coral reefs. This will give them a baseline of marine biodiversity and indication of any introduced alien species. So far they are very impressed with the species richness for corals and reef fishes and haven’t yet noticed any serious invaders. Following 5 days in the field, samples will be sent back to Mauritius and South Africa for taxonomic ID, which may take several months.

National Coast Guard divers
Some of the divers from the National Coast Guard getting ready to go sampling
Logging samples
Logging samples

2018 Course in Ocean Governance

Applications are now open for the 2018 Course in Ocean Governance. The course will run from the 3rd – 28th September at Kirstenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. The course will be run in collaboration with our partners SAIMI and SANBI.  The deadline for applications is the 13th April 2018. Spaces are limited. For more information please go to the course page.


The course is designed to contribute to building a sustainable core of experts on ocean governance for the continent and is intended for professionals, managers, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests, preferably from or with an interest in countries within the African region.

Building International Partnerships Meeting

IOI-SA has been the Cape Town support base for the Building International Partnership to Enhance Science-Based Ecosystem Approaches in Support of Regional Ocean Governance Meeting.

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The meeting was organised by The GEF, UNDP, UNESCO IOC, UN Environment and FAO. The goal of the meeting was to enhance cross-sectoral, science based ecosystem approaches to regional ocean governance in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It took place in Cape Town on the 27th and 28th November, 2017 and was immediately followed by the 19th Large Marine Ecosystem Meeting from the 29th November until the 1st December.

Picture1The meeting report is available here: Report 2017. The agenda and all presentations are available on the IW:LEARN website.

Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans: Local and Global Solutions

Recent studies on the amount and nature of plastic that is ending up in the ocean, as well as the ecosystem and health impacts associated with this modern source of pollution have caused an increase in public awareness of the issue and concern about how to tackle it. Eighty percent of plastic that ends up in the ocean is getting there through land-based sources. In a world that produces 300 million tons of plastic per year and about eight million tons of that ending up the ocean, from where it is almost impossible to retrieve, the issue of plastic pollution has become a global concern (Ocean Atlas 2017).  The solution to the majority of plastic pollution in the ocean starts on land, and while we are only just coming to terms with the scale of the problem, we are also looking for innovative, collaborative solutions.

The United States Consulate General, in partnership with the South African Maritime Safety Authority, the International Ocean Institute – African Region, the V&A Waterfront, and Operation Phakisa, held a public discussion on international, regional and local perspectives on ocean sustainability, with a focus on mitigating plastics pollution.

This forum on plastic marine debris is intended as one of many opportunities for decision makers and experts to get together to discuss solutions and mitigation measures to prevent plastic reaching our oceans, as stakeholders begin to realise the urgency of this issue. It is anticipated that this will be the first of many structured discussions that allow for effective engagement amongst the public, academics and government stakeholders on a variety of marine and maritime subjects. The report is available here: Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans

Small Scale Responsible Fisheries Training

IMG_5199IOI-SA is the National Coordinator of the WWF-SA and TETA Small Scale Responsible Fisheries Training Project. The project is designed so that a pool of members from small scale fishing communities are trained as trainers and empowered to deliver workshops to small scale fishing communities around South Africa. The workshops explain the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and responsible practices through a series of discussions, videos, interactive games and presentations.


So far, training events have been conducted in Kleinmond, Gugulethu, Doringbaai, Papendorp and Hondeklipbaai and have reached in excess of 89 people.

The goal of the project is to reach at least 850 people in small scale fishing communities throughout four coastal provinces over the next two years. To find out more, please visit the project website.