WIOMSA Billfish Workshop Launches Fisheries Research Throughout Africa

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Participants at the workshop on billfish

University of Denver and Secure Fisheries postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Isigi Kadagi, hosted a multi-country, interdisciplinary workshop on billfish in Kilifi, Kenya. The workshop launched Dr. Kadagi’s project, “Billfish Interactions, Livelihoods, and Linkages for Fisheries sustainability in the Western Indian Ocean.” This project, funded for three years by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, brings together scientists and managers from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Somalia to study the biology, socio-economics, and governance of billfishes (marlins, swordfish, and sailfish) in the Western Indian Ocean. Secure Fisheries is coordinating the research in Somalia, which involves a Somali master’s student and data collection around the country. Isigi is one of the youngest Principal Investigators to be awarded a WIOMSA grant of this size ($350,000) and it is one of the first scientific research projects to include scientists from Somalia.