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Greek fishermen approve a marine sanctuary

Dedicated marine conservationist and IUCN Ambassador, Pierre-Yves Cousteau is founder of Cousteau Divers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the marine world. Cousteau Divers is behind the move to create a marine sanctuary in waters off the Greek Island of Santorini which is gaining broad support from the community. …  

11 Jul 2014 | Article

Sargasso Sea

Liquid assets

Interview with IUCN Patron Sylvia Earle, legendary underwater explorer and ocean ambassador. She says protecting the ocean is not a choice, it’s an imperative - our health and wellbeing depend on it. …  

11 Jul 2014 | Article

12A_48_06, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast, by Rubaiyat Mansur WCS, SOS - Save Our Species

SOS Marine: Collaboration key to saving Bangladesh’s cetaceans from gillnets

The lives of Bangladesh's fishermen and its coastal cetaceans are intertwined. Regarded as their brethren at sea, fishermen often lament the death of these top predators through entanglement in gillnets. Finding mutually beneficial solutions, Brian Smith and colleague Rubaiyat Mowgli Mansur, working for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society, report on the promising start to an initiative to align priorities for both fishermen and cetaceans using new processes and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. With such an innovative project, there has been some learning on the job generating new insights and practices according to Brian.   …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

Vaquita

International Day of the Vaquita

The Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, is a large and extremely rich body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. Spreading over more than 1,130km of coast and reaching a surface area of 160,000km2, the Gulf of California is listed as one of the 66 Large Marine Ecosystems of the world. Its unique location accounts for some of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth, where blue lagoons meet the desert sand. …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

2013A-058, Manta Ray, Wildaid, SOS Save Our Species, Shawn Heinrichs

SOS Marine: WildAid Launches Campaign to Reduce Consumption of Manta Ray Gills in China

Influencing consumer behaviour toward protecting a species such as the iconic Manta Ray is a nuanced and lengthy process gaining awareness, changing attitudes and finally changing actions. It is work that SOS Grantee WildAid, has been doing for some time using a toolkit including celebrity ambassadors, social media, television and billboard advertising to win hearts and minds. First and key, however, is up to date market information: in this case the manta gill plate consumer market of Guangzhou, China – where 99% of the world’s consumption occurs.   …  

09 Jul 2014 | News story

Rainbow parrotfish grazing in the Caribbean

From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed

With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

02 Jul 2014 | News story

Rainbow parrotfish grazing in the Caribbean

From despair to repair: Dramatic decline of Caribbean corals can be reversed

Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 (IUCN) – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …   | Dutch

02 Jul 2014 | International news release

12A_29_34, WCS, Illegal trawler greeted at anchorage, SOS Save Our Species

Enforcement paying off for the Atlantic humpback dolphin of Western Africa

Like many threatened species, the Vulnerable Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teuszii) is under pressure from anthropogenic activities. Industrial and commercial scale fishing forces locally-based artisanal fishers to within 200 metres of the beach – using their nets in critical habitat for this poorly understood marine mammal. In a recent field report SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reports on the impact of routine and frequent surveillance patrols in the waters of Conkouati-Douli National Park (CDNP), in the Republic of Congo – one of two project sites- to deter and intercept the trawlers that are deemed the root cause of the problem.   …  

30 Jun 2014 | News story

Gorilla in Virunga National Park

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage

Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s iconic Virunga National Park, at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar. …   | French | Dutch

19 Jun 2014 | News story

Hippos in the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Illegal trade puts more World Heritage sites in danger

Doha, Qatar, 18 June 2014 (IUCN) – Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve has been listed as World Heritage in Danger due to unprecedented levels of illegal wildlife trade, as announced today at the 38th annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar. …  

18 Jun 2014 | International news release