Tuesday, 27 September 2011

It is official!!!! .First MPA for green turtles in Uruguay

It is official!!!! Decree 285/11. The most important foraging and developmental area for juvenile green turtles in Uruguay has been declared Marine Protected Area last 10th of August, 2011.

Since 1999, Karumbé is working in Cerro Verde for the protection of sea turtles, and in 2006 we were able to put together a complete report for DINAMA (National Environmental Agency) highlighting the priority of

Monday, 26 September 2011

National Framework for Canada's Network of Marine Protected Areas Approved‏

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is pleased to inform you that the National Framework for Canada's Network of Marine Protected Areas was approved in principle on September 1st by the federal-provincial-territorial Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers.

The document provides strategic direction for the design of a national network of MPAs, including the

Monday, 19 September 2011

For the Future of the Caribbean Marine Environment

[San Pedro] (September 12, 2011) Environmental managers, park rangers and marine biologists from eight Caribbean countries meet this week in Belize to train together and share experiences in the management of marine protected areas (MPAs).

An initiative of the Caribbean Environment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) and the Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM), the ‘CaMPAM Training of Trainers Course’ will run for two weeks at Hol Chan Marine Reserve on the

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Shipwrecks and their associated iron pose significant threats to coral reefs in iron-limited regions.

The Line Islands are calcium carbonate coral reef platforms located in iron-poor regions of the central Pacific. Natural terrestrial run-off of iron is non-existent and aerial deposition is extremely low. However, a number of ship groundings have occurred on these atolls. The reefs surrounding the shipwreck debris are characterized by high benthic cover of turf algae, macroalgae, cyanobacterial mats and corallimorphs, as well as particulate-laden, cloudy water.

Scientists Raise Alarm About Poor Protection For South West Australia Marine Life

More than 170 marine scientists from Australia and overseas, including 14 Pew Fellows and Advisors, have joined together to raise concerns that critical areas for marine life in the South West of Australia have been ignored in a federal government plan for new marine parks.

The scientists have sent Environment Minister Tony Burke a ‘statement of concern’ about the proposed plan and highlighted that no marine sanctuaries have been proposed for three of the seven bioregions in the South

Summary Report released on the Regional Exchange on Monitoring and Evaluation for Improving MPA Management Effectiveness in the Coral Triangle Countries

The Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Regional Exchange and Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation for Improved Marine Protected Area (MPA) Management Effectiveness in the Coral Triangle (CT) Countries was held on 8-13 May 2011. The workshop was hosted by the Government of the Philippines through its CTI National Coordinating Committee with assistance from the U.S. CTI Support Program and in coordination with the CTI Regional Secretariat.

Map Identifies Important Coral Reefs Exposed to Stress:

Marine researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other groups have created a map of the world’s corals and their exposure to stress factors, including high temperatures, ultra-violet radiation, weather systems, and sedimentation, as well as stress-reducing factors such as temperature variability and tidal dynamics.

The study, said the authors, will help to conserve some of the world’s most important coral reefs by

Impacts of Fishing Low-Trophic Level Species on Marine Ecosystems

Reduced catches of small oceanic ‘forage’ fish may be needed in some areas in order to protect the larger predators that rely on these species for food. This is a finding from the first major study of the ecosystem effects of fishing forage species.

Published in the 21 July 2011 issue of Science, Beth Fulton, science leader at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and colleagues used a range of ecosystem models to explore

Large Recovery of Fish Biomass in a No-Take Marine Reserve

Enric Sala, explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, Exequiel Ezcurra, the director of the University of California Riverside Institute for Mexico and the United States, and colleagues have published a paper in the 12 August 2011 issue of PLoS ONE in which they discuss no-take marine reserves as effective management tools to restore fish biomass and community structure in areas depleted by overfishing.

“Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP) was created in 1995 and is the only well enforced no-take area in the