Event Schedule

Here is our event schedule

OPENING CEREMONY DAY 2 – Saturday, 19th August 2023 at the African Regent Hotel Nhyiemu Meeting Room

Arrival and Registration

Welcome Cultural Display

Welcome Remark

Boateng Onwona-Agyeman

PROVOST, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana

Purpose of WAMSS

Edem Mahu

Chair, WAMSS Planning Committee

Message from the Sponsors

Julia Luthringer

National Geographic Society

Goodwill Message from UN Ocean Decade

Alison Clausen

UN Ocean Decade Coordinating Unit

Goodwill Message from Ocean Decade Africa Task Force

Kwame Koranteng

Member, Ocean Decade Africa Task Force

Message from Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Africa

Prof. AFFIAN Kouadio

Chair, IOC Africa

Goodwill Message from Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)

Arthur Tuda

Executive Secretary, WIOMSA

Message from Regional Seas Convention

Jared Bosire

UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Nairobi Convention

Group Photograph

All Participants

SESSION 1 - Promoting Marine Environmental Health

Moderators: Benjamin O. Botwe - University of Ghana

Nubi Olubunmi Ayoola - Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research

Keynote Talk - Marine Environmental Health at Crossroads: SERVE THE OCEANS TO SERVE US

Francis Emile Asuquo

University of Calabar, Nigeria

Presentation - An Assessment of Beaching Incidences of Pelagic Sargassum along the Western Coast of Ghana

Philip-Neri Jayson-Quashigah

University of Ghana

Presentation - Assessing the Effects of Heavy Metal and Total Hydrocarbon Pollution for Promoting Marine Environmental Health along the West African Coast: A Case Study of Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos

Temitope Adewale

University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Presentation - Coastal and Marine Microplastic Pollution of the Gulf of Guinea: A Systematic Review

Emmanuel Ansah

University of Ghana

Presentation - Coastal Marine Ecosystems as Diarrhoea Transmission Pathways: A Case Study of the Central and Eastern Coasts of Ghana

Sylvia Salama Opoku

University of Ghana

Presentation - Policies to Limit Marine Plastic Pollution: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment in Coastal Nigeria

Nnaemeka Andegbe Chukwuone

University of Nigeria Nsukka

Presentation - An Overview of Ocean Acidification Awareness and Research in Africa

Sheck Sherif

Queen's University Belfast, UK

Working Cocoa Break

All Participants

Discussion Session

All Participants

SESSION 2 - Restoration, Conservation, and Management of Living Marine Resources

Moderators: Jemimah Etornam Kassah - University of Education, Winneba, Ghana

Zacharie Sohou - Institute of the Benin Center for Scientific Research and Innovation, Benin

Keynote Talk - Conservation of Marine Resources, are we Winning the Fight?

Andrews Agyekumhene

University of Ghana

Presentation - Increased Awareness of Shark Knowledge and Perception among Children in Ghana: An Educational Approach

Samuel Kweku Konney Amponsah

University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana

Presentation - A Snapshot of Beach Seine Discards: Any Concerns for Marine Macrofauna Biodiversity?

Margaret Fafa Awushie Akwetey

University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Presentation - Plankton Dynamics and Diet Compositions of Mangrove Oysters in Two Coastal Lagoons: Implications for Oyster Production and Consumption in Ghana

Eric Appiah Krampah

University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Presentation - An Assessment of the Historical Population Trends of Crassostrea Tulipa in West Africa

Gabriella Akpah Yeboah

University of Ghana

Presentation - Prioritizing Habitats towards the Restoration of Lost Oyster Reefs in Ghana: A Case Study on the Anyanui Creek

Maurice Oti Edusei

University of Ghana

Presentation - Protecting Life in Oceans for Sharks and Rays in Cameroon

Ghofrane Labyedh

African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization (AMMCO), Cameroon

Discussion Session

All Participants


All Participants

SESSION 3 - Outreach, Science Communication and Storytelling

Moderators: Shivan Parusnath – National Geographic Society, South Africa

Rachel Wambui - Nature Environment Wildlife and Filmmaking, South Africa

Keynote Talk - Sea Tales of Transformation: Merging Science, Outreach, Science Communication and Storytelling for Ocean Conservation

Nancy Iraba

Underwater Program Aqua-Farms Organization, Tanzania

Presentation - Ancestry: Indigenous Knowledge System and Climate Conservation

Jubilian Ngaruwa

National Geographic Society, Nigeria

Presentation - The Blue Generation Revolution

Forbah Sandra Ngwemetoh

AMMCO, Cameroon

Presentation - Bringing Science to the World with Black in Marine Science Television

Leslie Townsell

Black in Marine Science, USA

Presentation - Diagnostic Analysis of the Canary Current System of West Africa: The Need for a Paradigm Shift to Proactive Natural Resource Management Storytelling with ArcGIS Story Map

Todota Tchegoun Christian

Capacity Development for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Experts (CABES) - CoKnow Consulting

Panel Discussion: African Science Communication for Impact and Action

Nancy Iraba

Underwater Program Aqua-Farms Organization, Tanzania

Jubilian Ngaruwa

National Geographic Society, Nigeria

Precious Ashunganya

NEWF, Cameroon

Randall Mabwa

NEWF Fellow, Marine Scientist, Science Communicator, Marine Conservationist (Blue Ventures, KE)

Discussion Session

All Participants

Wrap-up of the Day’s Activities

Antoinette Kailey Ankrah

Coordinator, WAMSS

Cocoa Break & Interactive Poster Session

All Participants