SECOND COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Seaweed mariculture for community development
Organizers: International Ocean Institute (Southern Africa)
Venue: University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
Date: November 25 to December 15, 1998
Seaweed cultivation (mariculture) has considerable potential to contribute to the economic
development of coastal communities in some rural areas. It has been used successfully for
this purpose in a number of countries, for example, Philippines and Tanzania. The seaweed
Gracilaria gracilis is harvested from beach cast in a few sheltered bays in South Africa. Recent
studies by the Sea Fisheries Research Institute in Cape Town have
provided the technical basis for cultivation of this species. By taking the information from
the cultivation trials, and a variety of economic and environmental data, we have shown the
feasibility of farming this seaweed as a contributor to economic development. However, research
using test rafts is still needed before Gracilaria mariculture can be developed on an economically
feasible scale. With this in mind, we offered a course in Seaweed Mariculture to community
members in 1997, to enable them to take advantage of opportunities should mariculture of
Gracilaria prove feasible. The course was successful in terms of skills transfer and community
empowerment. We are now offering a similar course to interested persons from neighbouring
countries. Focus will be on cultivation of different types of seaweed as well as all possible
cultivation methods, the teaching of basic business skills and teaching of project planning.
. The objectives of the course are to disseminate knowledge and provide training to enable rural
development officers and members of coastal communities to critically evaluate seaweed farming
as an option for their area and if so, to implement a seaweed farming project. Practical exercises
will also be carried out.
The topics to be covered include the following:
. General background: seaweed mariculture
. Seaweed biology for mariculture purposes
. Laws, policies and water rights
. Technical skills and requirements
. The pre-feasibility and feasibility study
. Business skills
_ Cost analysis & profit margins
_ Market sourcing and marketing
_ Pre-processing and processing
_ Quality control
. Scope for community development
. Management as a community enterprise
The participants will be expected to do practical exercises in the area of raft design and construction,
observations on raft placement, the preparation of a pre-feasibility plan for their area and target
seaweed species, and cost analysis.
WHO SHOULD DO THIS COURSE?
Access to the December course is open to people from neighbouring countries, especially the
following: Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion,
Comoros and Madagascar. Rural development officers and resource managers may benefit from
the course, as may graduate students of rural development and mariculture. Women are encouraged
to apply. A total of 16 participants may be accepted.
A working knowledge of English is essential, as this course will be offered in English. If you are
a graduate student, a letter of recommendation from your supervisor is required. If you are working
for an organization or government, a letter from the head of your department is required.
Accommodation: US$40/day; Meals: US$15/day; Tuition: US$400
Accommodation cost is based on double rooms. If you require single accommodation, please
indicate on the application form. A limited number of bursaries to cover the above costs are
available and will be awarded on a combination of merit and need. Participants must find their
own transportation to and from their home countries to the course venue. A limited number of
transportation bursaries are available and must be applied for separately, but these do not include
airport tax, visa fees, or local travel within your home country. Please complete the application
form below and return it to IOI-SA.
An abbreviated CV & letter of recommendation must accompany the application form.
ABOUT The International Ocean Institute, Southern Africa (IOI-SA).
The International Ocean Institute (IOI) is an international non-governmental organization
headquartered in Malta. IOI operates regional centers in various countries around the world.
IOI is a scientific, educational and non-profit organization, whose purpose is to promote education,
training and research to enhance peaceful uses of ocean space and its resources,. IOI-SA was formally
established in early 1996, and it operates in-part through its linkages with other organizations involved
in Ocean research and management in Southern Africa.
IOI-SA develops and offers high quality training programs relating to sustainable ocean and coastal
management in response to on-going assessment of needs within the Southern African region, with
a particular focus on rural coastal communities, decision makers, and schools. Whenever possible,
it also seeks to undertake activities to help broaden the economic base of coastal people in a
Director: Prof. Derek Keats
Staff: Ms. Bernadette Brown
Mr. Henry Engledow
Ms. Tanya Potts
International Ocean Institute - Southern Africa
University of the Western Cape
Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535
Telephone: +27 21 959 2594
Fax: +27 21 959 2266
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APPLICATION FORM (closing date for receipt of applications by
IOI-SA: August 31, 1998). Please send by mail or email to Ms. Tanya
Potts at the addresses above.
Highest formal education level achieved:
Sex: rM rF
Are you presently employed? rYes rNo
If yes, please state your employer
and in what capacity you are employed:
Date of birth: ____________________________
Type of bursary required:
? Accommodation, tuition and subsistence
Type of accommodation required:
? Single ? Double
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