Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Owners of ship Westerhaven must pay $11.5 million for damage to Barrier Reef caused by negligence

In what Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh called one of the most “technical” cases he has ever decided in his time in the Belize Supreme Court, the Government of Belize won its claim against the owners of Dutch cargo ship Westerhaven, which plowed into Belize’s Barrier Reef on the night of January 13, 2009, allegedly because of negligence on the part of its captain, Fritz Schroeder.

The MS Westerhaven Schiffahrb GMBH& Co. KG must now pay BZ$11.5 million in damages for running over an acre of pristine coral while on its way out of Belize, headed for Santo Tomas in Guatemala. The Company was represented by Michael Young and Darrell Bradley of Youngs Law Firm, while the case for the Attorney General was argued by the mother-daughter team of Lois Young and Deanne Barrow.

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Friday, 25 June 2010

MedPAN issues first monthly newletter

The new secretariat of MedPAN, the network of managers of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean, is pleased to share with you its first monthly newsletter that highlights some of the information posted on www.medpan.org.

Born in 1990, the MedPAN network brings together the managers of Mediterranean MPAs and supports them in their management activities. Now a legally independent structure based in France, MedPAN teams up with partners to deliver on its objectives.

Marie Romani, Executive Secretary, Magali Mabari, Communications Officer and their three interns have been driving the MedPAN network since the beginning of the year according to the strategy and action plan validated during the General Assembly of December 2009.

In 2010, the team works specifically on the development of the Mediterranean MPA directory, the organization of a regional workshop at the end of the year, and the set up of strategic partnerships.

The web site is currently being updated and numerous changes can already be found. A new site, better suited to the needs of the network, will be launched during the first part of next year. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to publish information on MedPAN's website.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Beyond the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Taking a new course for marine environmental protection and management

Statement by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas {download as PDF}


The Deepwater Horizon oil spill shows that healthy ecosystems really do matter. This is becoming starkly clear as the immense environmental, economic and social consequences of damage to such a system unfold in the Gulf of Mexico. The current attention is focusing rightly on stemming the flow of oil, and addressing and mitigating the impact of the spill on the environment, people and livelihoods. However, this catastrophe for the oceans, the biggest environmental disaster in USA history, will inevitably lead to a global examination of what happened, why, and how to prevent such disasters from ever happening again. This debate is particularly vital as the massive global demand for energy resources is pushing industry into all the corners of the earth.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

MoGo iPhone application available for the Gulf spill

With the largest oil spill in U.S. history looming in the Gulf of Mexico, the wildlife and coastal habitats of the Gulf are under siege.As oil hits the coasts, thousands of birds, dolphins and sea turtles will be stranded along coastal shorelines. Although wildlife rescuenetworks are in place and have started rescue efforts, the task is enormous and trained staff too few. But you can help save wildlife byinstalling the free MoGO app on your iPhone.Please go to http://www.savegulfwildlife.org/ for details and distribute this link to friends and colleagues that live/work along the Gulf Coast who might be interested in using the app.

Andy J. Danylchuk, PhDAssistant Professor of Fish ConservationDepartment of Natural Resources ConservationUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst160 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA 01003

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

WCPA – Marine Progress report 2009 - 2010

This has been another busy period for WCPA – Marine. We continue to work and strengthen our partnership as an IUCN ‘one program’, especially with the Global Marine Team and with the USA Office in Washington DC. This partnership is a tremendous endeavour that significantly advances marine conservation.