Tuesday, 27 November 2012

World losing 1pc mangroves every year

KARACHI: Mangrove forests are declining globally at a rate of one per cent a year though a few countries, including India and Pakistan, have had some success in curbing their depletion.
This was stated by speakers at the 9th Regional Steering Committee of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) meeting, organised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which began here on Sunday.

Round up of stories on Oceans inc.

As a round up from the last week, please see the links below of the news stories that we have published on Oceans inc.

Links for IUCN MPA definition and MPA Protected Area Management Guidelines

As concern increases on the state of natural resources and the degradation of the world’s oceans, it is critical to be clear on how countries are progressing with conservation actions for the environment. New guidance issued on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) will significantly improve ocean protection efforts.

Short film about Marine Protected Areas in Croatia - Pearls of the Adriatic

A new film has been released about MPAs in Croatia.

This video has been produced in the framework of the MedPAN South Project in Croatia: Strengthening of the Marine Protected Areas Network in Croatia. Project was implemented by Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce in cooperation with WWF Mediterranean and Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection.

Monday, 19 November 2012

American Samoa protects all sharks, plus three species of large coralreef fish in its waters

The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources has promulgated newregulations protecting these rare marine species which took effect onNovember 11, 2012. American Samoa has acted to protect all sharks plusthree species of large coral reef fish in all the waters of the territoryof American Samoa. It is now illegal to catch or even possess:

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Milestone Reached by Sandy Island / Oyster Bed MPA

November 15th 2012 -The first Marine Protected Area Manager has been appointed in Carriacou.

The Sandy Island / Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area Stakeholders’ Management Board, the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs are pleased to welcome onboard Olando Harvey as the first manager of the Sandy Island /Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area.

Friday, 16 November 2012

EU plan launched to halt seabird killing after decade-long campaign

EU plan launched to halt seabird killing after decade-long campaign

Today, after a long fight, the European Commission has finally launched an EU Plan of Action to reduce seabird bycatch: the incidental deaths of seabirds ensnared in fishing gears.

LINK: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-1222_en.htm?locale=en

IUCN supports Cook Islands to create the world’s largest marine park

Gland, Switzerland, 15 November 2012 – IUCN has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of the Cook Islands to support the establishment of the world’s largest marine protected area – the Cook Islands Marine Park.

The park will contribute to conserving the region’s marine biodiversity, boosting local economic growth and preserving the health of the ocean globally.

Friday, 9 November 2012

NOAA Coral Reef Watch releases publicly-accessible Light Stress Damage product

On October 26, 2012,

NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) released on its website an experimental daily Light Stress Damage product (http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/research/lsd_index.html) for the greater Caribbean region. This product seeks to improve upon the NOAA CRW operational Degree Heating Weeks (DHW) product (http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/current/products_dhw.html), by combining light data from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), and sea surface

Thursday, 8 November 2012

IUCN: CCAMLR members fall short on their obligations and leadership

7th November 2012, Switzerland.

IUCN deeply regrets that no new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) were declared by the thirty first meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), despite Members’ commitment to do so. This is deeply unfortunate at a time when pressures on polar regions are higher than ever from growth in human activities such as resource extraction, shipping, and

Save the date: IMPAC3

Save the date: CHOW 2013


June 4-6, 2013

Please note our new venue!

555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Knight Conference Center
(Use the 6th Street Entrance)
Washington, DC

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

High Seas Alliance Newsletter, November 2012

Dear High Seas Alliance Members and Friends,

Please find below news from the High Seas Alliance and its member organizations. Our newsletter will go out on the first of each month. Please feel free to submit member organization news and updates by the 20th of each month to be included. Items can be submitted to info@highseasalliance.org. We are also working on a new, splashy format for our newsletter which will be launched in December.

New Study to Examine Ecological Tipping Points in Hopes of Preventing Them

October 30, 2012

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Predation by otters keeps urchin populations in check, allowing kelp –– a favorite food of urchins –– to flourish. But what if otters were harvested to near extinction for their fur? The resulting overabundance of urchins would decimate the kelp forest, leaving little food or shelter for fish and invertebrates. And so it may go, as declines in these species are likely to affect others.

Call for a voluntary position of IUCN WCPA Leader of Young Professional Group

We are soliciting expression of interests and nominations for a voluntary leadership position to serve as ‘a Leader of the Young Professional Group’ of WCPA-IUCN. A candidate should be below the age of 35 years by 2016, and have meaningful experiences and commitment for protected areas. This is a wonderful opportunity to be the youth representative in the prestigious steering committee of WCPA as well as enhance one’s own professional development, networking while serving the cause of youth and

Peter Benchley Ocean Awards Nominations Now Open

The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards are the world’s preeminent awards for ocean conservation. They acknowledge outstanding achievement leading to the protection of our coasts + ocean across a broad range of categories. Give due recognition to leaders offering solutions in marine conservation while celebrating the beauty + wonder of our blue marble planet: submit your candidate(s) today.

To The Arctic Passes $10 Million Box Office Milestone

Laguna Beach, CA—Nov. 7, 2012—MacGillivray Freeman Films, IMAX Filmed Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that the IMAX® 3D film, To The Arctic, has crossed the $10 million benchmark at the worldwide box office - highlighting its universal appeal and ongoing success with IMAX® audiences. The film debuted on April 20, 2012 in 50 IMAX theatres across North America and has since launched in more than 75 IMAX locations, including 22 international theatres.