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Me holding a penguin

Penguin patrol

IUCN’s Caroline Edgar recently spent two weeks living, breathing and talking penguins on South Africa’s famous Robben Island and her life will never be the same. …  

18 Oct 2011 | News story

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Experts Identify World’s Most Threatened Sea Turtle Populations

Top sea turtle experts from around the globe have discovered that almost half (45%) of the world’s threatened sea turtle populations are found in the northern Indian Ocean. The study also determined that the most significant threats across all of the threatened populations of sea turtles are fisheries bycatch, accidental catches of sea turtles by fishermen targeting other species, and the direct harvest of turtles or their eggs for food or turtle shell material for commercial use. …   | French | Spanish

29 Sep 2011 | International news release

2011 California bills bans sale and trade of shark fins

New Californian bill marks a major victory for global shark conservation

On 7 September 2011, the California State Senate passed an Assembly bill that effectively prohibits the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state. This landmark decicion will shortly close one of the biggest markets for shark fins outside of Asia. …  

09 Sep 2011 | News story

Broadgilled Hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus

Depletion of the body snatchers: bad news for marine environment

A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has determined that 20% of hagfish species are at an elevated risk of extinction*. Scientists warn that this figure could be much higher. …  

28 Jul 2011 | International news release

A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

Western gray whale

Western gray whale makes unexpected journey

In October 2010, a team of scientists from Russia and the United States satellite tagged a western gray whale off Sakhalin Island, Russia. This is the first individual from the Critically Endangered western gray whale population to be tagged and tracked using telemetry. This whale, nicknamed Flex by researchers, has now been successfully tracked for over four months, revealing its long and unexpected migration route. …  

17 Feb 2011 | News story

Platform

New oil platform off Sakhalin – whale scientists will have a say

The oil and gas company Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) announced on December 4th its intention to begin planning for construction of a third offshore oil and gas platform in the Piltun-Astokh field along the coast of Sakhalin Island, eastern Russia. As this platform would be located near the primary feeding ground of the endangered western gray whale population, Sakhalin Energy requested the advice of an independent panel of scientists, convened by IUCN, to minimize risks to the whale population. …  

07 Jan 2011 | News story

Katarina Gjerde

Reversing the fate of the oceans

IUCN's High Seas Policy Advisor, Kristina Gjerde, studies the law of the high seas - the 64% of our ocean that lies beyond national legislation. She recently gave a TED Talk presentation outlining some of the problems facing the open oceans and what can be done about them. Stunning photos show the hidden worlds that Gjerde and other lawyers are working to protect from trawling and trash-dumping, through smart policy making and a healthy dose of PR. …  

30 Nov 2010 | Video

Whale photo

Saving western gray whales: Ask your questions before 6 December!

Business has joined forces with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to protect the critically endangered western gray whale population. You are invited to send us your questions on this unique collaboration to save the whales. …  

26 Nov 2010 | News story
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Coral bleaching in 2010 around Mayotte in the Indian Ocean

Fading fast: 2010 expedition examines the worrying state of Indian Ocean coral reefs

IUCN scientists were part of a recent expedition, Tara Oceans, to investigate coral bleaching on the reefs of Mayotte, an island that lies to the north west of Madagascar. The team found that bleaching here, which was first reported in March this year, is the worst seen in the Indian Ocean. …   | French

15 Oct 2010 | News story

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