Marine Protected Areas

Map of areas closed to fishing, Western Pacific

IUCN welcomes fishing closures in Pacific high seas pockets

IUCN welcomes the decision by Western Pacific island nations to close an area three times the size of California to fishing activity, effectively creating the world's largest no-take zone.  The decision was reached in order to protect one of the world's last great tuna stocks. The fishing effort in the economic exclusion zones (EEZs) around the islands, mainly carried out by foreign fleets that pay the island states for the right to fish, will continue at a unsustainable rate, however, according to IUCN. …  

07 Jun 2009 | News story

Fish and seagrass, Menorca, Spain

Protecting the oceans makes economic sense

Protecting the oceans through marine protected areas can provide higher and more sustained income through tourism and controlled fisheries than continued exploitation. This is the result of IUCN’s new compilation of case studies about the economic benefits of marine protected areas, launched on World Biodiversity Day at the 2nd International Marine Protected Area Congress in Washington, D.C. …   | French | Spanish

22 May 2009 | International news release

Arrecife de coral / Bali, Indonesia

Manage corals - Minimize climate change

A better assesment of the threats to coral reefs along with improved management will give corals a much higher chance of survival in the face of warming oceans, says IUCN’s latest report. …   | French | Spanish

20 May 2009 | International news release

Marine Protected Area, fish and coral at Nha Trang

Marine Protected Areas receive welcome boost

One of the cornerstones of improved ocean management – the establishment of networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world’s oceans - received a strong endorsement from the representatives from 76 countries at the World Ocean Conference (WOC) in Manado (Indonesia) today.  

15 May 2009 | News story

Thunnus obesus or Bigeye tuna.

Prescription for a blue economy

What do the global financial crisis and climate change have to tell us about the high seas? Both demonstrate the complexity of 21st century life. …  

06 May 2009 | News story
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Marine Protected Areas: Legislative and Policy Gap Analysis for Fiji Islands

IUCN is pleased to announce the release of a policy and legislation gap analysis for marine protected areas in the Fiji Islands. The paper was prepared on behalf of the IUCN Regional Office for Oceania, at the request of the WWF South Pacific Programme, and was co-authored by IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) member, Ms Erika Techera, and IUCN Legal Research Intern, Ms Shauna Troniak. …  

30 Apr 2009 | News story
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Sculpted icebergs grounded in North Bay, Rothera Point, Adelaide Island, Antarctica

Antarctic Treaty celebrates 50 years

As the Antarctic Treaty, with which signatories vowed to dedicate the continent to peace and science, reaches the grand old age of 50, the Head of IUCN’s Global Marine Programme, Carl Gustaf Lundin, looks back on this historic agreement. He discusses the impact the increasing number of tourists are having on this delicate ecosystem and talks of the need for marine protected areas in the Antarctic. …  

14 Apr 2009 | Audio

Fishermen at Marine Reserve Talk

Making Marine Reserves Talk

Blue Ventures
A four-day training workshop held by marine conservation NGOs, Blue Ventures and Shoals Rodrigues, and the Velondriake committee for four fishermen who had travelled to Andavadoaka from Rodrigues, a small island 650 km east of Mauritius. The objective of the workshop was to teach and inspire the Rodrigan fishermen through an exchange of experiences and ideas with the Velondriake committee. …  

23 Feb 2009 | News story
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A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

S.O.S. - Save Our Seas

by Dan Laffoley, marine vice-chairman of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, and Sylvia Earle, founder of the Deep Search Foundation.

Could the oceans become the place where humanity finally gets its act together? Or will we become the victim of the many environmental threats now coming together? …  

11 Feb 2009 | News story
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Aldabra

Dive into the oceans with Google Earth

Very little is known about oceans. That’s why very little - less than one percent - of the Earth’s oceans are protected, compared to 12 percent of the land surface. ‘Ocean in Google Earth’, launching today, lets virtual voyagers find out what marine species live where and discover marine protected areas, one of the best tools for protecting our oceans. …  

02 Feb 2009 | International news release