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  • The rapid catch of marine megafauna (marine mammals, sea turtles and elasmobranchs) poses a threat to these vulnerable species.The purpose of this study is to assess bycatch and use of vulnerable megafauna (marine mammals, sea turtles and elasmobranchs) in the SWIO artisanal fisheries using interview surveys. This study focuses on areas where bycatch of vulnerable megafauna has been previously identified, suspected or least known as for the east coast of Africa (Mozambique). This study also provides recommendations for future research, management and mitigation of vulnerable megafauna bycatch in artisanal fisheries of the SWIO region Results collected in this study are consistent with previous local studies, undertaken in the southwest Indian Ocean, both in term of species involved and bycatch incidence.

  • This is the report for the survey carried out during the SWIOFP that investigated the oceanographic processes and biodiversity of the sea mounts in the South West Indian Ocean.

  • The Fisheries project, described in the following is based on a government agreement, signed on May 22nd 1980 between the republic of Seychelles and the Federal Republic of Germany. In this document, all intentions of the project, the staff to be at disposal by each partner, the project-financing and the different research and commercial tasks are specified.

  • In 1981 a Joint Fisheries Research Project of the Republic of Seychelles and the Federal Republic of Germany was carried out in the area of Seychelles. Two chartered trawlers performed 108 valid hauls with one-boat trawl on the Mahe Plateau. Density, total biomass and potential yield of demersal fish was estimated. This report covers the results on bottom fish of the Mahe plateau.

  • The Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) launched in November 2004 a research and development program with the assistance of the Institut de Recherche pour le Development (IRD) meant to help the local semi-industrial fishery. The objectives of the program were to study the behavior of the fishing gear under different setting scenarios, study the habitat of the targeted species (depth, temperature) and evaluate the efficiency of various types of bait, which is one of the important constraints in this kind of fishery. Longline trips were conducted with either the SFA research vessel or in collaboration with commercial longliners along the Mahe Plateau. An instrumental line was used to provide data on the behavior of the fishing gear, the vertical distribution of fishes and to collect environmental data. This report presents the results obtained, a discussion on thus research program and perspectives for the future.

  • During Cruises 2 and 5 of the National Science Foundation research ship Anton Bruun in the Indian Ocean, scientists from the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Biological Laboratory, Honolulu, conducted long line fishing as part of the fishery phase of the U.S. biological effort in the International Indian Ocean Expedition. The catch consisted of 431 tunas (yellowfin, bigeye, skipjack, and albacore), 124 sharks, and 259 other fish. Additional specimens were taken by trolling (14), by rod and reel (61), and by hand line (14). Physical, chemical and biological data were collected.

  • During the cruise 2 & 5 of the National Science Foundation Research ship Anton Bruun in the Indian Ocean, scientists from the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Biological Laboratory, Honolulu, conducted longline fishing as part of the fishery phase of the US biological effort in the International Indian Ocean Expedition. The catch consisted of 431 tunas (yellowfin, bigeye, skipjack and albacore), 124 sharks and 259 other fish. Additional speciments were obtained by trolling (14). Physical, biological and chemical data were collected.

  • This report presents the reduced oceanographic, chemical and biological data, station lists of plankton and benthic collections, and bathythermograph positions for Cruises 7&8 of the R/V ANTON BRUUN; and station lists of reef and inshore, plankton, benthic, and miscellaneous biological collections, and bathythermograph positions for Cruise 9. Cruises 7&8 were devoted primarily to benthic biology while Cruise 9 emphasized reef and shore collecting in some of the remote island areas in the southwestern Indian Ocean.

  • Cruise 5 of the R/V ANTON BRUUN originated from Bombay on January 26 and terminated at Bombay on May 4, 1963. A special program of longline fishing was conducted to study the distribution and abundance of pelagic fishes in the Western Indian Ocean in the period of northeast monsoon. This report presents the station lists, bathythermograph positions and reduced oceanographic, chemical and biological data for Cruise 5. It includes a summary of the longline catch by stations.

  • This report presents the reduced oceanographic, chemical and biological data, station lists of plankton and benthic collections, and bathythermograph positions for Cruises 7&8 of the R/V ANTON BRUUN; and station lists of reef and inshore, plankton, benthic, and miscellaneous biological collections, and bathythermograph positions for Cruise 9. Cruise s 7&8 were devoted primarily to benthic biology while Cruise 9 emphasized reef and shore collecting in some of the remote island areas in the southwestern Indian Ocean.