With tuna stocks worldwide in decline, the growing international demand for tuna, including illegal, unregulated and unreported fisheries, has put the rich tuna stocks of the region under serious threat. 70 to 80% of the Indian Ocean Tuna, worth 2 to 3 billion US$ annually, is caught in the Western Indian Ocean sub-region. WWF and WIOMSA are announcing a call for the development of Concept Notes for innovative research projects regarding the ecological as well as socio-economic challenges facing the Tuna industry in the Western Indian Ocean sub-region.
The Concept Notes should come up with the most plausible, innovative and thought-provoking ideas on how to address the critical questions on the tuna industry. The lead authors of the five shortlisted submissions will be invited to present their Concept Notes during a special side-event at the upcoming 7th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium in Mombasa, Kenya, 24 to 28 October 2011.
For the full announcement see the attachment below.