Wednesday, 24 November 2010

100 Best Blogs for Studying the Ocean

Oceans comprise the staggering majority of the Earth’s surface, providing a home for millions – if not billions – of species, and a major source of food and pleasure for humans. Unsurprisingly, it has captured the imaginations and intrigue of people for millennia, a fascination which continues today and will likely flow on into the future.

Thanks to the internet, even the most landlocked of individuals can explore its mysteries and wonders from their homes or offices. Learning about the sciences and politics behind the salty sea provides a broad glimpse about the bizarre, beautiful Earth and how to best keep it preserved and loved by upcoming generations.

Find out about the 100 best blogs for the ocean - click here

WWF Gift to the Earth recognises CCAMLR's commitment to network of MPAs in the Southern Ocean

The 29th Annual Session of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resource (CCAMLR) was held for in Hobart during October.
On the Monday of the second week of the CCAMLR meeting, the WWF Antarctic and Southern Ocean Initiative awarded CCAMLR a WWF Gift to the Earth in recognition of CCAMLR's commitment to designate a representative network of MPAs in the Southern Ocean by 2012 and the designation of the first component of that network and first high seas MPA in the world, the South Orkney's MPA.
WWF-Australia's CEO Dermot O'Gorman presented the award to meeting chairman Ambassador Don Mackay of New Zealand. The Gift to the Earth will be a valuable tool to spur CCAMLR members forward in their work to meet the World Summit on Sustainable Development Goal of implementing a representative system of MPAs by 2012.
During the meeting sessions there was substantive discussion on the MPA issue, setting the stage for major developments in 2011. These will include a major Southern Ocean MPA workshop and proposals being put forward to the Commission for consideration of inclusion in CCAMLRs system of MPAs at the 2011 meeting.
In addition, significant wins were achieved on the krill fishery with Japan and Korea moving closer to complying in full with CCAMLRs observer scheme and strong commitments from governments and the fishing industry to conduct the science required to support the sustainable management of the krill fishery.
Please click here for more information about CCAMLR's 29th Annual Session.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

The seamounts blog is back!

Almost one year from the scientific cruise organised by IUCN and its partners on the seamounts of the SW Indian Ocean, which Sarah Gotheil participated in, the painstaking work of identifying many of the 7’000 samples has begun. The results of this taxonomic analysis will improve scientific knowledge of this corner of the Indian Ocean, of seamounts more generally and will inform decisions on how we can better manage and protect these remarkably rich features.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

WIO-COMPAS certifies 11 MPA professionals

Western Indian Ocean Certification of Marine Protected Areas Professionals (WIO-COMPAS), in conjunction with local partners WWF South Africa and Kenya Wildlife Service, have successfully conducted two Level 1 Certification Assessment events, resulting in eleven experts in Marine Field Operations from South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania being certified as MPA PRO Level 1. WIO-COMPAS congratulates James Wood of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife; Vuyani Mapiya of Eastern Cape Parks Board; Owen Govender,

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Ocean Acidification: Coming Soon to an Ocean Near You

Monaco, 4 November, 2010 (IUCN) – Manmade ocean acidification will have profound impacts on marine life, even without a further increase of CO₂ emissions. Latest evidence shows that sea water chemistry is already changing and only rapid and huge reductions of fossil fuel use and deforestation can help restore ocean’s health, according to IUCN.

A new guide, Ocean Acidification: Questions Answered, states that ocean acidification is now happening ten times faster than that which preceded the extinction 55 million years ago of many marine species. If the current rate of acidification continues, fragile ecosystems such as coral reefs, hosting a wealth of marine life, will be seriously damaged by 2050. The guide provides the latest science on the speed and scale of impact that CO₂ emissions will have on the ocean and on humanity.