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“A life-changing experience” Emily Velasquez’s Review of her Scientific Training Program

My time at the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS) was nothing short of extraordinary, and I can confidently say that it was a life-changing experience. From the moment I set foot on the island, I knew that BCSS was the place where I was meant to be. After missing out on the opportunity the […]

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Ornate Eagle Ray Sighted in the Bazaruto Archipelago

While out for a dive in the Bazaruto Archipelago on the 27th of May, the team came across a very rare sighting: an endangered Ornate Eagle Ray (Aetomylaeus vespertilio). Marine Operations Manager Mauro Jije was conducting a routine research equipment inspection on the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), recently installed under the auspices of the

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Insights on the Biogeochemical Responses of Upwelling Events in Mozambican Waters

A major research project whereby BCSS is providing the research logistics & organizing the fieldwork, ReMoTURB, is facilitating learning about biogeochemical dynamics of the ocean in the Bazaruto Archipelago. It is also facilitating research on the correlation between chemistry and biology factors derived from areas around moorings in the pelagic deep waters off Bazaruto Archipelago

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New Partnership: BCSS Becomes Member of Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)

BCSS has partnered with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) in the form of an institutional membership, supporting the organisation’s mission to promote marine science, conservation, education, and sustainable development of marine environments and its resources. As a regional, non-profit organisation, WIOMSA has been dedicated to supporting all aspects of marine sciences in

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Benthic Organism’s Adaption to Drastic Disturbance Reveals Marine Life Tolerance to Extreme Environmental Change: Latest BCSS Chief Scientist Contribution to Marine Sciences

This article is written by Iris Uijttewaal, with contribution of Dr. Mario Lebrato. Extreme or catastrophic events in the natural environment are rare opportunities to study and understand ecosystems pushed to the limit. These occasions facilitate the understanding of how life adapts to a continuous changing world, where fundamental events can disrupt normality. A series

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Cyclone Freddy: Impact on Benguerra Island & Marine Environment

This article is written by Iris Uijttewaal, with contribution from Dr. Mario Lebrato. Lasting over 5 weeks, and traversing the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mozambique, C4 Cyclone Freddy hit Mozambique two times in 2023; the Bazaruto Archipelago and Vilankulos at the end of February, and again mid-March, making landfall northwards, near Quelimane. Sustained winds

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The UN High Seas Treaty: A Breakthrough for the Ocean’s Health

For nearly two decades, the United Nations member states negotiated on a legal framework that would protect large areas of the ocean, and on the 4th of March, finally an agreement has been reached during the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). The treaty represents the crucial legal mechanism that needed

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2022: Our Year in Review

We look back at a successful 2022 of both regional and international big steps for marine science and conservation. It’s been a busy year filled with open ocean expeditions, new scientific papers we contributed to, on-site scientific training programs, spectacular wildlife sightings, and high-end marine research. We are tremendously excited to continue on the same

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