Sunday, 24 July 2011

Marine Conservation and Mobile Technology: QR codes

Use your smart phone to help protect Canada’s oceans! The unique QR code on this card directs you to the full report and summary of Science-based Guidelines for MPAs and MPA Networks in Canada and information about the authors. You will also be directed to an invite to endorse the guidelines as a scientist with a Ph.D. QR codes are also known as 2-D barcodes and can be read by the cameras on smart phones.

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) released these science-based guidelines at the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria, BC in May 2011. Two focus group sessions were held, led by Sabine Jessen (CPAWS), Isabelle Cote (Simon Fraser University) and Philip Dearden

Monday, 18 July 2011

Join international scientists in protecting Canada’s oceans!

Please add your name to an open letter by leading marine scientists calling for Canada to strictly protect 30% of its oceans in “no-take reserves”. The letter supports a recent report commissioned by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). In this report, 14 leading scientists aim to “raise the bar” for MPAs in Canada by clearly documenting how world-leading MPA standards should be applied in the Canadian context.

Swan Island expedition launched to help protect 'the Galapagos of the Caribbean'

HONDURAS, July 18, 2011 – Today, Dr. Sylvia Earle, world-renowned oceanographer, National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence, founder of Mission Blue and 2009 TED Prize Winner, joins a team of scientists, government officials and award-winning photojournalists on a week-long expedition to the Swan Islands and Mesoamerican Reef, “the Galapagos Islands of the Caribbean.” Located 90 miles off the coast of Honduras, the Swan Islands are situated at the southern boundary of the Mesoamerican Reef – the Atlantic Ocean’s largest coral reef and a “hope spot” as identified by Dr. Earle and her team.