Fisheries & Food Security

Towards improving resilience, productivity & sustainability of small-scale fisheries

Fishing is an important economic driver and the basis of livelihoods and food security for many hundreds of millions of people worldwide. However, unsustainable, illegal and destructive fishing practices threaten fish stocks, marine ecosystems and the services they provide.

Our work builds towards resilience, productivity & sustainability of small-scale fisheries at our island sites. Through our collaborations with Universidad Lurio in Mozambique, this includes documenting fish catches by local fishers to help Fisheries department data recording, and on Vamizi Island, supporting the work of the local Conselhos Comunitários de Pesca (CCP) – a community fisheries council group – to patrol their community marine sanctuary, inform fishers of rules and regulations regarding fisheries in the region, and help monitor ecological information regarding the condition of the Vamizi Marine Sanctuary and surrounding areas.

We are also supporting the ground-breaking work of marine scientists at Lancaster University and collaborators, working on the impacts of climate change and habitat alteration on the nutritional value of reef fish that local communities depend on. These studies have important implications for food security and the management of fisheries and coral reef ecosystems, particularly in subsistence communities that depend on small-scale fishing.

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Explore our activities at each of our different sites

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whales and 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).