Monday, 22 September 2008

Pew proposes Coral Sea Heritage Park

On 10th September 2008, the Pew Environment Group and partners launched a report which calls for a no-take oceanic park in the Coral Sea covering one million km2. Extending east from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the Park would encompass Australia’s maritime boundary with Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. The Coral Sea is an Australian ecological and historical treasure. It has more than 25 spectacular coral reefs and abundant wildlife including sharks and rays, turtles, whales and dolphins, seabirds and majestic pelagic fish such as tuna, marlin and swordfish. The Coral Sea also has a rich maritime history. In May 1942, it was the site of a naval battle that turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific. Many trading ships were reduced to shipwrecks on its remote reefs and atolls.

The Pew Envrionment Group says that Coral Sea offers the Australian Government an unparalleled opportunity to protect a vast area of the world’s tropical marine environment and an area of great cultural significance. The initiative is part of a collaborative effort, Global Ocean Legacy, managed by the Pew Environment Group, supported by the Oak Foundation, the Robertson Foundation and the Sandler Family Supporting Foundation.

The Coral Sea project works with Australian environment groups including the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre. The proposal is supported by the Australian National Maritime Museum, the American Australian Association and the Battle for Australia Commemoration National Council.


Thursday, 18 September 2008

Call for proposals for the International Marine Conservation Congress

The Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology will be hosting its first stand-alone meeting, the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC), from 20-24 May 2009 at George Mason University near Washington D.C. This will be an interdisciplinary meeting that will engage natural and social scientists, managers, policy-makers, and the public. The goal of the IMCC is to put conservation science into practice through public and media outreach and the development concrete products (e.g., policy briefs, blue ribbon position papers) that will be used to drive policy change and implementation. This meeting will encompass the 2nd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC1 was held in Geelong, Australia in October 2005).

IMCC encourages authors to submit papers that apply to the major themes and tracks below, describing original work, including methods, techniques, applications, tools, issues, reporting research results and/or indicating future directions.

In an attempt to tackle the most pressing issues currently facing marine conservation, IMCC will host exciting plenary talks and solicit creative submissions for interactive symposia and workshops. The conservation community will be challenged to go beyond the typical communication of data and propose symposia and/or workshops where talks will be followed by lively, participatory discussions to address a controversial topic or develop innovative solutions to a current conservation challenge.


»1st Call for oral presentations, speed presentations and posters (max 250 word abstract)
1 September - 15 October 2008

Friday, 5 September 2008

Agreements for MPAs and oceans

In June 2008, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International and the Conservation and Community Investment Forum convened an invitational three-day workshop of U.S. and international experts to assess how conservation agreements can contribute to protecting the world's oceans and coasts. The workshop developed a long-term vision of strategy success; identified relevant opportunities, organizations, and stakeholders; determined needed actions, support, and funding; and initiated global recognition and acceptance of marine conservation agreements. The program guide, issue papers, tools, and case study white papers, presentations, and posters can be downloaded from the workshop web page at: For more information contact

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories in Ocean Conservation

A call for case studies. The International Marine Conservation Congress will take place in Washington, DC May 20th through the 24th 2009. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will kick-off the conference on a positive note with one-day public program entitled “Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories in Ocean Conservation.” The event, organized by Nancy Knowlton and Jeremy Jackson, will highlight conservation efforts that are making a difference around the world, allow conservation professionals to learn from the success of others, and demonstrate to the public and policy makers that the situation is not hopeless. A reception and public talk by Dr. Daniel Pauly will follow.

We are looking for clear, tangible results. We are not looking for descriptions of public awareness campaigns (unless there are tangible behavior changes tied to them) or for accounts of legislative actions that have not yet played out in the real world. We aim to have a diversity of proposals in terms of goals, ecosystems, strategies, and geography. Please send one- to two-page proposals clearly outlining the success story you would like to present. Explain why this case study is noteworthy and how “success” has been measured. Include your name and contact information, your organization, and your role in the case study you are presenting (e.g. are you an academic who has studied the rebound of a certain organism’s population, a resource manager who has implemented a local program, etc.).
Send proposals (due December 15th 2008) or questions to Christine Hoekenga:

You will be notified if your proposal has been selected by mid-January. If selected, you or someone from your project will be invited to present your success story in Washington next May. For more information on the International Marine Conservation Congress, visit: