African coastal countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) rely heavily on fishing and related employment, yet these livelihoods are all under threat due to declining fish stocks. Coastal erosion and shoreline habitat loss have taken a toll on poor coastal communities that are the most vulnerable to…

Read more: Africa leads in the pursuit of a sustainable ocean economy

1 September 2016 – Addressing an African ministerial conference, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency today stressed the need to mitigate the impacts of climate change and illegal fishing on oceans and coastal communities as fisheries and aquaculture emerge as driving forces behind the transformation of…

Read more: UN agriculture chief stresses role of healthy oceans as drivers of Africa’s prosperity

Mauritius is hosting from 1 to 3 September 2016 the African Ministerial Conference on Ocean Economies and Climate Change which will be held at Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa in Balaclava. The conference, organised by the Government of Mauritius and the World Bank, will bring together African…

Read more: Mauritius Hosts African Ministerial Conference On Ocean Economies and Climate Change

Zanzibar, one of the world’s largest producers of seaweed, is unable to increase production of the sushi covering because of a mystery disease thought to be caused by warming oceans.

The island nation, off the coast of Tanzania, expects to produce 16,000 metric tons of dry seaweed this…

Read more: Mystery Disease in Warming Ocean Halts Zanzibar Seaweed Plan

African Women in Maritime Organization (WIMAfrica) commemorated the World Oceans Day (8 June) and the African Day of the Seas and Oceans (25 July) that provided an opportunity to alert and sensitize coastal populations towards a daily contribution in the mitigation of impacts on the marine environment and the threats to marine life due to waste, especially plastics, which are often abandoned in coastal areas and at sea.

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Read more: World Ocean Day and African Seas and Oceans Day - Angola Commemoration


With streams in Operational Oceanography and Applied Marine Biology

The Applied Oceans Sciences Taught Masters Degree at UCT is a 13-month

programme commencing in mid-January every year and comprising

coursework (50%) and a short research project for the mini-dissertation (50%).

DEADLINES for 2017 applicants

International students: 31 August 2016

South Africans: 30 September 2016

For course details and how to apply see: 

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