This working group is being co-led by Paubert Tsimanaoraty Mahatante (Madagascar) and Stephanie Wangare Kamau Adamba (Kenya). Although small scale fisheries and community-based aquaculture are strong interests of this group, they acknowledge that fisheries and aquaculture are not just about food security, but can also contribute to GDP.
Senior lecturer at Toliara University, Madagascar, Dr. Paubert Tsimanaoraty Mahatante is a researcher working mainly on fisheries and climate change – how does climate change impact on fisheries, nutrition and food security in general. Recently, Paubert has been particularly interested to work on the impacts of ocean acidification on critical marine ecosystems and fishery resources and will try to link this to policy. The creation of WIOGEN is an opportunity for scientists in the WIO region to exchange information and collaborate to fill the gaps in terms of data to help decision makers taking the right decision and putting in place better policy based on sciences.
Stephanie is a Research Assistant at Egerton University, Kenya. She is a young female scientist – enthusiastic and passionate when it comes to Aquatic systems (both marine and inland), conservation of fish species (especially endemic species) and fishery resources. She has been part of several aquaculture projects, investigating the pathology of the endemic Oreochromis niloticus baringoensis (and other fish species) and the conservation and sustainable culture of Marphysa mossambica (Polychaeta) a bait popularly used by artisanal fishers along the Kenyan Coast, among other projects.