Monday, 28 February 2011

Beyond the Horizon: Creating a Network of Special Ocean Places

Beyond the Horizon is a discussion of a potential network of special ocean places to help strengthen the ecology, economy and culture of the Gulf of Mexico. The discussion includes a conference May 11-13, 2011, at Mote Marine Laboratory. Please visit for more information.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Follow the first systematic survey of Chile's Salas y Gómez MPA

National Geographic and Oceana, in collaboration with the Chilean Navy, are traveling to the remote Salas y Gómez Island, some 200 miles (about 323 km) east of Easter Island, Chile, where they will discover what lies beneath these largely unexplored waters.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Scientists start work under International Blue Carbon Working Group

Leading scientific experts in the field of coastal and marine biogeochemistry, carbon dynamics and ecology gathered in Paris (15-17 February 2011) to discuss the role of coastal and marine ecosystems in the global carbon cycle and for climate change mitigation. This 3-day workshop was organized by IUCN together with Conservation International and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, with additional financial support from NASA and UNEP.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Save the date: State of the Gulf of Mexico - Summit II

State of the Gulf of Mexico - Summit II

Hosted by the Harte Research Institute
December 4 - 8, 2011
Omni Galleria Hotel
Houston, Texas

The Harte Research Institute (HRI) is planning a second State of the Gulf Summit along with several partners: Gulf of Mexico Foundation, Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Changing Oceans Expedition

The Changing Oceans Expedition is a ten-year adventure through the world's most important marine eco-regions to bring the world the latest update information on the state of our oceans. The expedition will develop new ways of exploring and studying the oceans while fully share these discoveries, day by day, moment by moment, through the new interactive media of the internet generation.

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Introducing the Sargasso Sea Alliance

Sylvia Earle has called the Sargasso Sea “the golden rainforest of the ocean.” It is a unique pelagic ecosystem based on species of Sargassum that are able to develop without contact with land. The Sargasso Sea is bounded by ocean currents circulating around the North Atlantic sub-tropical gyre. Although it includes the Bermudan Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ), the vast majority occurs in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The Sargasso Sea supports a range of endemic species and plays a

Saturday, 12 February 2011

The Ross Sea, Antarctica: A Sylvia Earle Alliance Hope Spot Initiative

Protecting Our Ocean – Introducing the Ross Sea Hope Spot

Currently about 1.2% of the world ocean is set aside for wildlife and their habitat, as compared to around 14% of Earth’s terrestrial surface. We must take action to increase substantially the level of ocean protection that experts consider necessary for healthier oceans and a more sustainable fisheries future. Hope Spots are ocean areas that are especially important for their wildlife and habitats, and merit urgent and effective protection.

One of the most important Hope Spots is the Ross Sea in Antarctica. The Antarctic and Southern Ocean

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Coral Reef MPAs of East Asia and Micronesia updated and upgraded

The regional MPA database "Coral Reef MPA of East Asia and Micronesia" was developed on ReefBase website in 2005-2007 as one of the ICRI Secretariat Plan of Action under Japan and Palau Co-Secretariat term. It updated the MPA data in both regions on MPA Global database (now taken over by WDPA database) and linked with ReefGIS where it achieved to identify over 300 new MPAs. Under the above initiative on MPA networks that took place during 2008-2010 in East Asia, upgrading of this MPA database

Helping solve the global ocean crisis: incentive-based approaches

Conservation International is pleased to announce the release of a guidebook and two policy briefs that offer contributions to solutions for the global ocean crisis. Conservation practitioners increasingly are turning to incentive-based approaches to encourage local resource users to change behaviors that impact biodiversity and natural habitat. Drawing on twenty-seven cases from around the world, the guidebook considers various

Seeking marine protected area restoration expertise

The IUCN-WCPA Ecological Restoration Task Force is seeking advice on best practices for ecological restoration in marine protected areas. This advice will contribute to the development of a best practice guideline that is intended to provide a consistent, globally-applicable, principles-based approach to planning and decision making about ecological restoration in protected areas. If you are interested and knowledgeable

Pacific Oceanscape moves forward!

In August 2010, the 15 leaders attending the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum in Port Vila, Vanuatu, unanimously endorsed the Framework for the Pacific Oceanscape . Covering an ocean area of nearly 40 million sq km – or over 10 percent of the Earth’s surface – the Pacific Oceanscape hosts the world’s largest remaining stocks of tuna providing approximately a third of the world’s catches of tuna and related species.

UNESCO Marine World Heritage Meeting

In December 2010, the first UNESCO marine World Heritage meeting brought all 43 Marine World Heritage site managers together with a selection of leading marine scientists and practitioners whose work has been instrumental for marine conservation and management to establish a productive exchange of success stories and management experiences among marine World Heritage site managers. One of the take-home messages from the gathering was the value of regional cooperation among sites to leverage data, resources and lessons

Big Ocean Launch: creating a network of the world's large-scale marine managed areas

Following the UNESCO meeting on marine World Heritage in Hawaii in December 2010, Papahanaumokuakea and the Phoenix Islands, with Conservation International support, convened the first meeting of the managers for five of the world’s largest MPAs – four of which were established in just the past two years. Joining the two convening MPAs, managers for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Chile’s newly authorized Motu Motiro Hiva Marine Park surrounding Salas y Gómez Island east of Easter Island, and the

Monday, 7 February 2011

The Savannah Ocean Exchange announce the $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award 2011.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah Ocean Exchange proudly announces Gulfstream as the worldwide sponsor of the Gulfstream Navigator Award 2011, which recognizes the best technology, idea or solution to improve the world's coasts and prepare them for the future.

The award is given to the top solution submitted as part of an annual Call for Solutions sent out through the Savannah Ocean Exchange Board of Governors. The governors, currently numbered at 27, have selected "Shaping the Future of Our Coasts" as the theme for this year's submissions, which are due by April 15. An

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Grenadines Network of Marine Protected Areas Established

[Hillsborough] (JANUARY 28, 2011) Sandy Island/Oyster Bed, Moliniere-Beausejour and Tobago Cays Marine Parks this week came together in Carriacou for their first networking meeting and are pleased to announce the establishment of the Grenadines Network of Marine Protected Areas.