Wednesday, 20 March 2013

IMPAC 3: time to register and submit proposals!!

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce the launch of, the official website of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, which will take place in Marseille and Corsica, France, from Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, 2013.

Monday, 18 March 2013

High seas need better management: findings of new study released

In a new study just published online in the journal Conservation Letters, an international group of researchers found that much of the world’s oceans lack mechanisms to properly manage for biodiversity conservation or for sustainable use.

“Almost half of Earth’s surface lies beyond the jurisdiction of nations,” says Dr Natalie Ban, lead author of

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

New research reveals secrets of world’s richest marine area

Sea surface temperature, as well as the size and variety of habitats are the main factors responsible for the proliferation of marine life in the Coral Triangle – the most biologically diverse marine region in the world. Research carried out by scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Old Dominion University, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggest that climate change may have a direct impact on species

Desventuradas Islands expedition returns

The Desventuradas Islands (the 'unfortunate islands' in Spanish), located 530 miles off the coast of Chile, are one of the most mysterious and unknown places in the Eastern Pacific. San Ambrosio (uninhabited) and San Félix (with only a small garrison of the Chilean Navy) have never been filmed underwater, and there is very little scientific information about the underwater world of these islands.

Findings released from a new study on MPA governance

Findings released on a new study on MPA governance.

Debates surrounding governance strategies for marine protected areas (MPAs) have to date largely focused on top-down, bottom-up or market-based approaches. Whilst co-management approaches for governing MPAs are widely accepted as a way forward for combining these three strategies, many interpretations of this concept exist and it is applied in many different ways to MPAs in different contexts. This study aimed to explore governance through a case-study approach based on a specifically developed empirical