Partners & Collaborators

A major focus of Oceans Without Borders is to lead and facilitate world-class scientific marine research at its island sites, and to contribute to broader, global efforts to better understand and protect our oceans. Among current collaborations, Oceans Without Borders works with some of the world’s leading marine scientists and institutions, including:

  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia
  • Universidad Lurio, Mozambique
  • Movement & Trophic Ecology Lab, University of Windsor, Canada
  • Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • SMRU Consulting, USA
  • Oceanographic Research Institute, SAAMBR, South Africa
  • Marine Megafauna Foundation, Mozambique
  • African Parks, Mozambique
  • University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • UNISA, South Africa
  • Kwanini Foundation, Tanzania

Apex Predators

Using the latest tracking technology we study the movements, habitat use and behaviours of apex predators, including sharks and giant trevally, to inform conservation and the establishment & management of marine protected areas.

Community Development

Working in close partnership with coastal communities to build capacity, develop sustainable livelihoods, promote marine conservation education and train & employ Marine Community & Conservation Rangers.

Coral Reef Diversity

With some of our sites hosting among the highest coral diversity outside the Coral Triangle, coral reef studies are a major focus of our work including documenting & monitoring coral, fish & invertebrate health, diversity & abundance.

Fisheries & Food Security

Many millions of people depend directly on marine resources in East Africa. Our work contributes to fisheries monitoring, promoting sustainable fishing practices & assessing the nutritional value of fish to people as reef ecosystems change.

Seascape Mapping & Monitoring

Mapping habitats & multiple use zones & deploying environmental sensors at our sites provides vital information for marine scientists, & informs marine spatial planning and the establishment & management of marine protected areas.

Terrestrial Biodiversity

Islands have high conservation value for threatened & endemic plants & animals. Our work focuses on plants, birds, reptiles & mammals, including a unique sub-species of the Samango monkey and the Endangered Ader’s duiker.

Sea Turtles

Five species of sea turtles occur in the Western Indian Ocean, with our sites supporting important nesting areas for four of these. Our sea turtle nest monitoring projects on Mnemba and Vamizi Islands are amongst the longest continuously running programs in East Africa.

Whales & Dolphins

Numerous whale & dolphin species occur at out sites in East Africa with our focus on regular surveys and monitoring & research of resident and migrating populations, including Humpback Whales, using passive acoustic monitoring (underwater microphones).

Ocean Soundscapes

Listening in on ocean soundscapes using underwater microphones enables us to monitor the health of coral reef ecosystems, study the behaviour of iconic marine animals and assess the impacts of noise pollution.


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