Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science 2023-10-02T10:12:52+00:00 Prof José Paula Open Journal Systems <p>The <em>Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science </em>(WIOJMS) provides an avenue for the wide dissemination of high quality research generated in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region, in particular on the sustainable use of coastal and marine resources. The journal publishes original research articles dealing with all aspects of marine science and coastal management. Topics include, but are not limited to: theoretical studies, oceanography, marine biology and ecology, fisheries, recovery and restoration processes, legal and institutional frameworks, and interactions/relationships between humans and the coastal and marine environment. In addition, <em>Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science </em>features state-of-the-art review articles and short communications. The journal will, from time to time, consist of special issues on major events or important thematic issues. Submitted articles are subjected to standard peer-review prior to publication.</p> <p>Journal abbreviation: WIO J. Mar. Sci.</p> <p>Other websites associated with this journal: <a href=""></a></p> A decade of the Blue Economy concept in the western Indian Ocean region: research and technology perspectives 2023-06-26T14:58:58+00:00 Majuto C. Manyilizu <p>The World Bank defines the Blue Economy as “the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem”. The implementation of Blue Economy concept at global, continental, regional and country levels have had mixed results since its origin in 2012. Here, a systematic review of progress in the western Indian Ocean region is undertaken, focused on research and technology between 2012 and 2021. Apart from applications to ocean modelling, big data and satellite data, the term Blue Economy did not appear as a key term in most publications from the region, suggesting that it is not well understood or researched. Existing studies aligned with three Africa Blue Economy Strategy thematic areas: (1st) fisheries, aquaculture and ecosystem conservation; (3rd) environmental sustainability, climate change and coastal infrastructure; and (5th) policies, institutional and governance. Multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations focusing on technology are required to boost Blue Economy implementation in the Western Indian Ocean region, including for thematic areas for shipping transportation and trade (2nd) and sustainable energy, extractive minerals, gas, and innovative industries (4th).</p> 2023-10-02T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science