Wednesday, 25 September 2013

$5 Million Investment Gives Vital Boost to Pacific Islands' World Heritage Site in Kiribati

Endowment for Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust supports long-term success of the California-size, multi-use protected area that sustains Kiribati’s people and hosts some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs

Tarawa, Kiribati/Arlington, Virginia, USA (September 23, 2013) – One of the most pristine, ambitious and globally-important protected areas in the world received a vital boost of financial support today, with the investment of $5 million toward an endowment to support its long term viability and management.

CALL for Case Studies - PAs for DRR and CCA - Asia Parks Congress and World Parks Congress

There is increasing recognition of the role of Protected Areas in reducing risks posed by disasters (DRR) and climate change impacts. However, there is limited literature published to demonstrate this role. This makes it challenging to establish capacity building products, influence policy and advocate for better management of Protected Areas.

Monday, 23 September 2013

New Publication! Investing In Our Oceans: Insights for Building Lasting Marine Conservation Funding Initiatives

I am excited to share a recently released report on ocean and marine conservation funding. Coastal Quest, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, is pleased to announce the publication of an executive summary, Investing In Our Oceans: Insights for Building Lasting Marine Conservation Funding Initiatives.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Namibian Cabinet Decision on Moratorium for Marine Phosphate Mining

Swakopmund Matters: 18 September 2013

Large scale phosphate mining in the sea off the Namibian coastline is a concern to many. "The decision taken by the Namibian Cabinet to

· impose a moratorium for 18 months on marine phosphate mining;

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Giving up on Antarctica? New York Times Editorial

New York Times Editorial: The idea of creating extensive marine reserves in the Southern Ocean, around Antarctica, seems like a no-brainer. Recent opposition to the MPA proposal in the Ross Sea now sees the original staunchest supporters - USA and New Zealand - do exactly the wrong thing...scale back. Simple greed and a desire to exploit the Antarctic wilderness and keep future exploitation options open from one or two other countries goes against the trust people have put in Governments to do the right thing in this most fragile of world environments. Future generations will give us no thanks for failing to uphold the highest standards for environmental protection and management. It is not like we exactly have loads of MPAs around Antarctica right now - getting the first one right would show exemplary leadership. Read the New York Times Editorial here

Friday, 13 September 2013

News from St Vincent and Grenadines Network of MPAs

In St Vincent and the Grenadines News. Clifton, Union Island, September 3rd, 2013 – Staff from six marine protected areas from Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines were trained in lionfish capture and handling during a recently-concluded Networking Meeting in Carriacou – Grenada from August 28th -30th, 2013.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Japan to Build $12 Million Fisheries Complex in Nevis

Japan’s government will be soon building a $12 million fisheries complex in Nevis, the island’s government announced.

The news of the long-awaited project, which will be located in the Bath Village area, was revealed by Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alexis Jeffers this week.

Short film celebrating Sargasso Sea Alliance SeaKeepers Award released

to see film click here

Sargasso Sea Alliance honored with esteemed 2013 International Seakeepers Award

Accolade Bolsters Urgent Need for Greater Stewardship of High Seas Marine Ecosystems like the Sargasso Sea

WASHINGTON D.C., Sept. 10, 2013 – In recognition of its ongoing work to secure international protection for the Sargasso Sea’s unique and vulnerable open ocean ecosystem, the executive committee of the Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA) has been named “2013 International SeaKeepers of the Year” by The

Monday, 9 September 2013

XPRIZE foundation to offer new prize for ocean health

Join XPRIZE tonight at 7pm (BST) for an exciting live announcement that will have a significant impact on our ocean’s health, with speakers Wendy Schmidt (Schmidt Family Foundation), Dr. Peter Diamandis (Chairman& CEO, XPRIZE), Dr. Jan Lubchenco (NOAA) and Julia Roberson (Ocean Conservancy).


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Nature editorial: Deep-sea trawling must be banned

Trawling the bottom of the ocean, dragging heavy metal equipment along the seabed at high speed, is the most destructive form of deep-sea fishing in the world. The fishing industry loves it because it is very effective. But it is indiscriminate and leaves behind a trail of devastation.

This month, the European Union (EU) is scheduled to vote on a proposed ban on deep-sea bottom trawling. If passed, the ban would be the first of its kind, although it would build on existing prohibitions on trawling in shallower water. It could give the seas some breathing space and fish stocks a chance to recover. To read the full editorial by Les Watling click here

 See also It’s Time to Throw in the Trawl

BBNJ Working Group Makes Progress Towards Rio+20 Commitment

23 August 2013: The sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group (the Working Group) to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) aimed to identify gaps and ways forward with a view to ensuring an effective legal framework on BBNJ, drawing on inputs provided by intersessional workshops that were held in early May 2013 to improve understanding of BBNJ issues and lead to a more productive debate in the Working Group.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Let's give the Ocean a flag!

Creating a flag for the Ocean by uniting kids and designers worldwide will create a powerful symbol that we will present to the world as a visual identity for our Ocean and an education standard to build the future. Bringing design to communicate awareness simply, clearly and efficiently of the global problem that is the collapse of our Ocean is the mission we embrace.

Kids, apply now at and send us your creative inspirations as to what a flag for the Ocean should look like! You have until 30 September!