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Call for participation - Scaling success in octopus fisheries management in the western Indian Ocean

03 September 2014, London, UK – WIOMSA, the Marine Stewardship Council and Blue Ventures will hold a three-day workshop in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 3rd -5th December 2014, to share experiences in octopus fisheries management and eco-certification in East Africa and the western Indian Ocean region.

 BV Garth Cripps 2008 0029Despite the proliferation of octopus fisheries management efforts in the western Indian Ocean (WIO) over the past decade, in particular measures that focus on building local capacity for management of reef octopus (Octopus cyanea) fisheries, there have been few opportunities for stakeholders across countries to share information and lessons learned. 

Importantly, several octopus fisheries are now in the process of seeking pre-assessment or full assessment as part of MSC’s certification and eco-labelling programme, and there is growing interest in fisheries improvement projects (FIPs) across the region. 

Given these factors, conservation, research and fisheries organisations across the region are working to bring relevant stakeholders together to evaluate octopus fisheries management across the region. The December workshop will identify what can be learned from efforts undertaken across the region to improve octopus fisheries sustainability, share experiences and practical support in monitoring and assessment of octopus fisheries, and provide insight and guidance for stakeholders in the MSC certification process.

 BV Garth Cripp underwaterCall for participation
This workshop is open to individuals involved in octopus and small scale fisheries management from across the WIO region. Applications are welcomed from fisheries technicians, researchers, conservation practitioners, industry experts and employees, government and regulatory bodies, and community groups. Applicants should submit a cover letter in English outlining their experiences of small-scale fisheries management in the WIO and their motivations for attending the event. If you are interested please contact the workshop convener for more information.

A small number of assisted places are available to those unable to fund themselves. Participants wishing to apply for travel support should send a CV and cover letter explaining their motivation for attending the meeting to the workshop convener.

Please note the workshop will be held in English

This meeting is being convened by the Marine Stewardship Council and Blue Ventures, with generous support from WIOMSA.

For more information please contact:

Ms Jo Hudson
Workshop Convener

Blue Ventures Conservation
39-41 North Road
N7 9DP
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 207 697 8598
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