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Welcome To South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Project
SWIOFP is an ambitious multinational research project with an overall goal that will see the West Indian Ocean’s marine resources ecologically managed for sustainable use and benefit by the region’s riparian countries. The project forms part of the Large Marine Ecosystem Programme approach (LME) and is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) as a contribution to its international waters programme and implemented by the World Bank. Over the next five years, nine countries of the Western Indian Ocean will work together to understand and management better their fisheries through an LME and Ecosystem Based Approach. Click for Project Area Map
Satellite Tracking of Marine Turtles in Mozambique Done!!

Latest News: Satellite Tracking of Marine Turtles in SWIOFP Component 5

Satellites tracking of marine turtles under the SWIOFP C-5 started with Mozambique. A team composed by AICM (Associaçao para Investigaçao Costeira e Marinha), CTV (Centro Terra Viva) and POPMR (Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve) deployed 3 satellite tags early February on loggerhead turtles at the end of the nesting season. The 3 turtles respectively named Lurdes, Esperança and Mingas just started their post nesting migration.In march Tanzania also started deploying the tags and very soon SWIOFP is expected to deploy more satellite tags in Madagascar, Kenya, Seychelles and Mauritius. This project will allow identifying the main feeding sites of marine turtle nesting in the South West Indian Ocean and then contributes assessing interaction between marine turtle and industrial fisheries during their migration. See below an interactive map showing the virtualization of the deployed tags.

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