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Mr. Edson José finishes his master's program at UVic

November 27th, 2012


Edson José is heading home with that feeling of mission accomplished. After 14 months of hard work he, successfully, defended his thesis “The Effects of Climate Change on Coastal Aquaculture in British Columbia. An Examination of Anticipated Impacts in the Strait of Georgia” on November 23 with no changes to make. During the period of his graduate program, Edson had some opportunities to participate in conferences, field trips, as well as get know more about the wild life on Vancouver Island. He looks forward to joining his family and colleagues at INAQUA and applying some techniques and knowledge he gathered in Canada to best help aquaculture development in Mozambique.





III Aquapescabrasil International Fair of Fishery and Aquaculture

November 22nd, 2012


Simao Zacarias, SOED graduate student at UFSC, had an opportunity to participate in this conference held from November 7 - 9, 2012, in Salvador, Bahia, northeast of Brazil. Besides the fair of fishery and aquaculture which exposed equipment, books, scientific posters, Simao attended two presentations; one on shrimp culture and the other on marine fish culture. These presentations were very valuable as Simao found out that several species culture can be related to Mozambique realities as well as had a chance to discuss some issues related to his master program project. On top of that Simao left some doors open with great contacts with delegates of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (and an invitation to take a short course in Japan) and reseachers from University of Miami. Not to mention an opportunity to meet the Minister of Fishery and Aquaculture of Brazil (pictured with Simão).

Detailed report available on student section.





Two more courses held in Mozambique with UFSC team

November 8th, 2012


The last training held in Mozambique could not be better with the participation of UFSC members, Prof Dr. Luis Vinatea and two students Scheila Pereira and Lucas Cardoso. The team, firstly, arrived in Maputo for "General aquaculture" training from October 15-23 and then headed to Quelimane for "Scientific research methodology in aquaculture" course at the School of Marine and Coastal Science, from October 25 - 27, 2012. In Maputo, the training was held at INAQUA's head office with 15 participants being the majority extensionists from fisheries and agriculture sector. At the school, the target public was master's students and faculty, total of 10 attendees. Both courses were designed to attend each institution's needs, with practical classes since it is always requested by our Mozambican partners.


Detailed report on Course section

To watch part of INAQUA practical class: 





XII ENBRAPOA Conference - Bonito, MS, Brazil

September 18th, 2012


It was held from September 02 to 05, 2012, the XII Brazilian Meeting of Pathology of Aquatic Organisms (ENBRAPOA) in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. This conference brought together renowned researchers in this important area of knowledge in Brazil and abroad, and involved significant producers, technicians, undergraduates and graduates students, etc. Thus, Genyess Vieria, a graduate student at UFSC, had the opportunity to present a poster in the pathology area titled " The use of probiotics in the conservation and inhibition of Vibrio spp in mussel supplied for marine shrimp reproducers Litopenaeus vannamei." This conference allowed her to know more about problems, researchs, current technologies related to pathology of aquatic organisms and to increase her academic and professional networking.


Detailed report available on student section. 





Shellfish culture training in Brazil

September 6th, 2012


Two fishermen and members of the Fisheries Community Council of Paindane, Inhambane, Mozambique, were selected for an intensive training in Santa Catarina, Brazil. The 30-day training was held at two distinct companies: Moluskus Fazenda Marinha Ltda and Cavalo Marinho Criação e Beneficiamento de Frutos do Mar Ltda, on oyster and mussels cultures, respectively. During this period, the participants had an opportunity to learn about cultivation process techniques, how to better select the location, culture methods, equipment used for the respective culture and commercialization. Furthermore, Mr. Miguel and Mr. Justino also participated in a short internship at a mussel company for commercialization. Surely, it was a valuable experience for both of fishermen who came back to their

country willing to apply in practice what they gathered in Brazil.


Interview with Mr. Ivan Taffarel (owner of Moluskus Fazenda Marinha)



Dr. Luis Vinatea delivered one more course in Mozambique

July 31st, 2012


For the third time Dr. Luis Vinatea, a prof. from UFSC, arrived in Mozambique for one more training. During July 2 - July 13, Vinatea and Scheila (an UFSC aquaculture student who helped him to carry out this course) delivered two different courses "Analitycal chemistry applied to aquaculture" and "Water quality in freshwater fish culture" at the School of Marine and Coastal Science and at INAQUA, respectively. At the school the attendees were master's students, faculty and some technicians from Aquapesca and Aquacquel totalizing 25 participants. In Maputo, the course was focused on INAQUA extensionists as well as some fish farmers (total of 15 people).  No need to mention that these 2 trainings were well delivered and successful and both instituitions requested Dr. Vinatea back to Mozambican land.

Report is available on course section.



10th International Conference Coastal Zone Canada

July 9th, 2012


Sunday morning of June 10th, Edson Jose, UVic graduate student, arrived in Rimouski to participate in the 10th International Conference Coastal Zone Canada. The conference was held from June 10th to June 14th exploring the theme "time for action" where participants discussed the main challenges that coastal communities will face due to climate adversities besides others interesting topics. This was a great opportunity for Edson to interact with people who carry out similar researches as his as well as to deepen his knowledge of GIS techiniques.


Participation report available on student section



Business Aspects of Aquaculture workshop

April 26th, 2012


It was held at the School of Marine and Coastal Science, in Quelimane, from April 17 to April 20, a four day intensive workshop on "Business Aspects of Aquaculture" carried out by UVic professor Dr. Stephen Cross. Those 17 participants, among graduate students, technicians and professionals in aquaculture field, discussed on development of aquaculture business, elements of a business plan, as well as made a presentation about a business plan simulating they were opening a new aquaculture enterprise.


An assessment report is available on course section. 




Pilot Farm Project - Angoche: Small scale aquaculture farm

April 24th, 2012


To follow up on the aquaculture pilot farm activities in Angoche, INAQUA technician Mr. Gelane Ussane did a site visit from April 14 - 19, 2012. He was pleased told that five more farmers have joined the 2 first farmers, totalizing now 7 farmers and 23 tanks. Currently, 12 tanks are stocked with fish, 1 with shrimp and 10 are empty for maintenance. Some of the farmers also participated in the International Business Aquaculture Conference held in Pemba, 2011 and received training by the project. Some farmers mentioned that they have been inspired by those two pioneers, Mr. Omar and Mr. Momade.


Site visit report available on report section.




UVic and AUCC in Mozambique

April 10th, 2012 


Jack Littlepage (UVic) and Antoinette Chibi (AUCC) arrived in Mozambique in the end of March 2012 to review SOED activities. Initially, they met with INAQUA Co- Director and employees, in Maputo, and two days later they met with ESCMC team, in Quelimane. Taking advantage of his stay in Quelimane, Jack gave two lectures on shellfish culture to graduate students from ESCMC. After his meetings in Mozambique, he headed to Brazil where had an opportunity to talk to the two SOED graduate students at UFSC as well as met with UFSC and EPAGRI project`s partners. 



One more graduate student at UFSC

March 19th, 2012


One more student from the School of Marine and Coastal Science arrived in Brazil in the beginning of March/12. Simão Zacarias, who finished an undergraduate program on Marine Biology in September 2011, joined his graduate colleagues at UFSC under Prof. Luis Vinatea supervision, focusing on water quality in aquaculture.

Based on his dedication and commitment showed during his studies, trainings and workshops, Simão will successfully execute this academic task.




WDCAG conference - Kelowna, BC

March 15th, 2012


The Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers annual meeting was held in Kelowna from March 8 - 10, 2012 and once again UVic students shined among them Jessica Blythe, Ph.D student. She presented a paper titled " Adapting to environmental change in the artisanal fisheries in Mozambique", which investigates how communities perceive and respond to environmental change by measuring livelihood risks, household assets and adaptive strategies.  A copy of her presentation is available on students section.



EPAGRI training - Brazil

November 15th, 2011


Two technicians from INAQUA - Mr. Claudio Bonga and Ms. Alda Maria - went to Brazil from October 15 to October 31 to be trained by Mr. Albertino Zamparetti (technician from EPAGRI). These 15 days of training were filled with dynamic activities such as: visit to the EPAGRI training centre, lab classes, visit to several fingerling producers, workshop on tilapia products, etc. This training was an excellent opportunity to learn with partners not only about fish culture, but also a way of getting to know more about this wonderful work that EPAGRI has with extensionists and commumities.

Detailed report available in Portuguese (section "courses")




CFGS Symposium " Global Interdependence and You"

November 14th, 2011


To celebrate and be a part of the 11th annual International Education Week at UVic, CFGS promoted a Symposium entitled "Global Interdependence and You" on November 14th followed by an open house at the CFGS headquarters. The Symposium could not start better as it was a honour to have the Elder Dr. Marie Cooper who gave an interesting and exciting speech to kick off this event. This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of some international projects conducted by CFGS units and it was a successful event with the participation of approximately 140 people. Among many interesting projects, Dr. Jack Littlepage presented on SOED project in Mozambique.







WIOMSA Scientific Symposium

November 1st, 2011


Dr. Antonio Hoguane (Director of ESCMC) participated in the 7th WIOMSA (Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association) Scientific Symposium held in Mombasa, Kenya from 24-29 October 2011. The Symposium brought together practioners, academics, reseachers as well students, to share experience and solutions to the challenges experienced in their coastal and marine environment. Following the theme "Coping with Global Change", Dr. Hoguane made a presentation on "Rainfall and artisanal fisheries in Mozambique" which was attended by many participants and with interest. This was also a great opportunity to let people know more about the growing aquaculture activites in Mozambique and expand his network for future projects.




Water quality in shrimp culture training

October 24th, 2011


The water quality in shrimp culture training was held at the School of Marine and Coastal Science (ESCMC) from October 3 to 7, in Quelimane, Mozambique. This was the second course delivered by Dr. Luis Vinatea, a professor from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), but this time he brought a student, Scheila Pereira, to assist him on his classes (practical and theoretical). A total of 35 people attended this training among them students and faculty from ESCMC, technicians from INAQUA, AQUAPESCA and AQUACQUEL. Due to success of this course, the participants requested one more training on aquaculture for the next year. UFSC kindly donated someequipment such as: Oxygen meter, pH meter and refractometer.

Detailed report click here (Portuguese)




First Graduate Student from Mozambique at UVic

September 13th, 2011

Blue sky, bright sun and temperature above 20oC ... just a perfect weather to welcome Edson José the first graduate student from Mozambique at UVic. Edson has earned a Bachelor of Science and spent the past four years working for INAQUA (National Institute for Aquaculture Development) and started his masters program in the Geography Department under Dr. Mark Flaherty supervision.





Protocol on measuring pH of soil

July 14th, 2011

It is available on Resources section - Tilapia Project a protocol for taking pH measurement of soil (in Portuguese). This material has been kindly provided by Prof. Luis Vinatea (Federal University of Santa Catarina) and it is a great tool to help students at the School of Marine and Coastal Sciences on their tilapia culture project.





Shrimp Culture Training at Aquapesca Farm

July 12th, 2011

It was held in Quelimane, from June 27 to 30, a shrimp culture training at Aquapesca farm for goverrnment extension workers and artisinal farmers. This course, in cooperation with Aquapesca and INAQUA, focused on training and encouragement for aquaculture production in small scale. Many subjects were addressed such as: practical demonstrations on larvae reception, handling, transferring, stocking grow out and nursery ponds as well as general information on aquaculture and activities carried out by Aquapesca.

Detailed report available on courses section.



The World Aquaculture Society  Part II

June 17th, 2011

The other SOED student who attended the WAS conference was Ms. Genyess Vieira. She started her graduate studies in March/11, but had already the opportunity to follow her colleagues to this excited event. Although, Ms. Genyess has not had any research work posted, she took advantage of every minute of it participating in several seminars, courses, not to mention expanding her network in the aquaculture field. One of them was the president of ABCC ( Brazilian Shrimp Farmers Association) Mr. Itamar Rocha, who is pictured with Ms. Genyess (right).  



The World Aquaculture Society - Natal, Brazil

June 16th, 2011


The World Aquaculture Society was held in Natal from June 6 to 10 and well represented by the students from the Federal University of Santa Catarina among them Mr. Manecas Baloi, SOED graduate student. Besides his poster presentation on "Performance of Litopenaeus vannamei postlarvae cultured in reclaimed water from super intensive zero-exchange shrimp pond", Mr. Manecas, from Mozambique, had the opportunity to deepen his knowledge as well as expand his network including other Africans who were representing their respective countries.


Poster: Performance of Litopenaeus vannamei Postlarvae Cultured in Reclaimed Water from Super Intensive Zero-Exchange Shrimp Pond."





PhD student Jessica Blythe at the AAG Annual Meeting

April 18th, 2011


Jessica Blythe attended the AAG (Association of American Geographers) Annual Meeting held in Seattle from April 15 to April 17. She was accepted to present a paper. The title was " Responding to change in rural fishing communities: insights on resilience and vulnerability from coastal Mozambique", which is totaly related to her research she has been doing in Mozambique. Her presentation is available on the students section.




Genyess Vieira starts her graduate studies at UFSC, Brazil

March 23rd, 2011


At the beggining of March 2011 Geny joined to her colleague Manecas Baloi from the School of Marine and Coastal Science to do her masters program in aquaculture at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). In this first semester she will be taking four courses: Biochemistry, Statistics, Water quality management in aquaculture and shrimp reproduction technologies.


We all wish her good luck and success in her studies and professional career!






Jessica, UVic Ph.D. student, is back to Victoria, Canada

January 18th, 2011


After spending almost four months at UEM - ESCMC in Quelimane, Mozambique, Jessica Blythe returned to Canada on December 11th. She conducted research in four communities with the help of students from UEM-ESCMC as all surveys and interviews were in Portuguese. Additionally, Jessica taught Fisheries Ecology at the Master's level at UEM-ESCMC and developed great relationships with her students. "Living in Quelimane for almost four months allowed me to observe daily routines in and around the city and gain a more nuanced understanding of life in that part of Mozambique" said Jessica. Her research report is available on student's section.



Books from Brazil for SOED parnters in Mozambique

October 29th, 2010


The SOED project bought few more books from Brazil for the library at the School of Marine and Cost al Science in Quelimane. The books are:Fundamentals of Ecology and Manual of Identification of Marine Invertebrates. Besides these, the school also received books on Aquaculture: Brazilian experiences and Water quality in aquaculture, donated by the department of aquaculture at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and by Prof. Luis Vinatea (UFSC), respectively.



Workshop - Aquaculture and Environment

October 29th, 2010


Dr. Luis Vinatea a professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) went to Mozambique to deliver a workshop on Aquaculture and Environment. This workshop was held at INAQUA (Maputo) from October 25th to October 26th and at ESCMC (Quelimane) from October 27th to 29th. The main objective of this workshop was to promote good management practices in sustainable aquaculture where they discussed on water and aquatic ecosystem, water quality, physical, chemical and biological factors, environmental impact, good management practices and sustainable aquaculture. About 45 people, among students and technicians, attended it and they wish they had more time as everything was extremelly interesting.




The Office of International Affairs features a story on SOED graduate students at UVic: Genyess Vieira and Edson José

October 29th, 2010


It was early in the evening, but already dark when Genyess and Edson shuffled off a small jet from Vancouver, the fourth leg of their treck from Mozambique, after nearly two days of seatbelt signs and baggage carousels. In true Victoria style, it was January and there was no snow. But Geny and Edson, used to the wet heat of their home on the southeast coast of Africa, shivered in Canada's best winter weather.

Read more>>




Louis Perinbam Award in International Development

October 18th, 2010


Dr. Jack Littlepage is this year's recipient of the Louis Perinbam Award in International Development. In deciding upon his nomination, the trustees commented on his extensive volunteer work, particulary since 2000, and the wide ranging impact of his shellfish technology transfer program.

The award will be presented on the opening ceremony night of the Annual Assembly of World University Service of Canada on November 5th, in Ottawa.





Tilapia Culture Training  - Maputo, Mozambique

October 4th, 2010



Two Brazilian technicians from EPAGRI, Dr. Jorge Casaca e Dr. Albertino Zamparetti, delivered a tilapia training in Maputo, Mozambique, from September 22 to September 30, 2010. This tranining counted on 21 people among technicians and master students in aquaculture and was divided in 2 parts: theory and hands on activities. The group visited a tilapia farm located in Marracuene and gathered some species of tilapia for lab analysis and others practical activites. The last day of the course the Inaqua adjunct director e the head of department of technology and extension handed out the certificates to all participants and celebrated the success of this training. 


A detailed report is available on "course" section.




Workshop HIV/AIDS II at ESCMC - UEM 

September 25th, 2010


The second workshop on HIV/AIDS was delivered on the 25th of September at the School of Marine and Coastal Science. The guest speaker talked about this disease and its impacts on the community. There were about 37 people and they watched the movie "Prego na cabeça" and worked together in small groups and presented their discussions.





UVic Ph.D. student starts her research in Mozambique

September 6th, 2010  


Jessica Blythe, PhD student - Department of Geography, is carrying out her doctoral research in Quelimane, Mozambique. She is working with three communities named Zalala, Inhangome and Inhanssunge. These were chosen for their similiarities of size, population demographic and differing livelihood strategies - a coastal fishing, an estuarine fishing and a community dependent of the aquaculture industry, respectively. Her research investigates the relationship between vulnerability, adaptive capacity and resilience in these three communities.




HIV/ AIDS Workshop at UEM - ESCMC

August 21st, 2010                                                                                                           


On August 21st the HIV/AIDS workshop took place at the School of Marine and Coastal Sciences.  The program included an introduction and basic concept on HIV/AIDS, STD and gender issues. The guest speaker was Mr. Merino who works at National AIDS Council, Mozambique.

About 45 people participated at the workshop and they worked in groups to prepare their presentations according to the topic given to each group. More workshops are scheduled to happen this year.




University of Victoria's Office of International Affairs features a story on SOED

August 17th, 2010

The staff at the Southern Oceans Educational and Development (SOED)believe that a solution to rural poverty can be found beneath a few feet of sea water. After years of experience building capacity for subsistence aquaculture in Brazil, SOED director Dr. Jack Littlepage set his sight on the coastal nation of Mozambique in southeastern of Africa. A country of meandering rivers, rugged highlands and wide-open lowlands, Mozambique is rich in natural resources and has enormous potential for small and large scale aquaculture.



Real global issues: real policy solutions

August 17th, 2010


The UVic Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) is a place where big ideas become real

life solutions to big issues. Tucked into 20 offices in the Sedgewick building, CFGS is bustling with innovation as researchers and academics promote tangible policy solutions

to pressing international concerns. Among these are Governance and Leadership, Women's and children's rights, climate change, technology and development, and environmental sustainability.

Read more>>




Master’s Program!!

June 10th, 2010

The School of Marine and Coastal Sciences is offering three new master's program:

Masters ProgramSustainable Aquaculture, Marine Biology and Fisheries Management and Applied Oceanography.

The master’s program focuses on training human resources who can meet the country’s needs related to the integral and sustainable use of resources, conservation of marine and coastal resources for social welfare and sustainable economic development of Mozambique.

This program takes 2 years to complete and it is scheduled to start on July 15th.


For more information visit:




Ms. Nelia Paul gets her diploma

April 5th,2010


Ms. Nelia Paul successfully passed her examinations for the MSc. degree in Aquaculture from the Unversidade Federal de Santa Catarina on Monday. After making some minor corrections to her thesis as suggested by her committee Nelia will be leaving her many friends in Florianópolis to return to Maputo Mz where she will join her associates in INAQUA (Ministry of Fisheries). Dr. Littlepage had the pleasure of attending her well presented seminar based upon her research on the dietary requirements of tilapia.
Well Done Nelia!!

Official open ceremony

March 27th,2010


Dr. Jack Littlepage participated in the official opening ceremony of 2010 session of ESCMC on March 27, in Quelimane. Address by Dr. Littlepage on “ The Role and Effectiveness of Aquaculture in the Reduction of Poverty in Developing Country”. About 200 people were gathered at the School of Marine and Coastal Sciences among students, professors, staff and special guests such as Dr. Littlepage representing the University of Victoria, military representatives, Dr. Filipe Couto UEM president and Ms. Claudia Mazalo, Permanent Secretary of Zambézia. Ms. Mazalo acknowledged the commitment of the School in creating conditions for solving communities problems.


Dr. Jack Littlepage

Ms. Eulalia Mugabe finishes her studies

February 23rd, 2010


Ms. Eulalia Mugabe has a brand new Masters of Science degree in Aquaculture from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Eulalia passed her thesis defense with ease and she is now preparing for her return to ESCMC. CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL DONE EULALIA!!!!