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Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Marine miracles at Convention on Biological Diversity

The move to create a network of marine protected areas that spans the entire globe took a huge step forward at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which ended last week in Bonn. …  

03 Jun 2008 | News story

Blue shark

You can swim but you can’t hide – more oceanic sharks on the IUCN Red List

Bonn, Germany, May 22, 2008 (IUCN/Wiley-Blackwell) – The first study to determine the global status of 21 species of oceanic pelagic sharks and rays reveals that 11 of them are threatened with extinction, says IUCN on International Biodiversity Day. …  

22 May 2008 | International news release

Whale photograph

Construct an oil pipeline next to gray whale feeding area? Think twice, warns independent panel of scientists

Members of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, an independent scientific body convened by IUCN, have voiced their concern to Exxon Neftegaz Ltd. over plans to build an oil pipeline and an ice bridge across the Piltun Lagoon on the Sakhalin Island. The Lagoon is believed to be of crucial importance for the productivity of species on which western gray whales feed. …  

07 May 2008 | News story

Shark Depredation and Unwanted
Bycatch in Pelagic Longline Fisheries

Improved Understanding of Interactions between Sharks and Longline Fisheries Benefits Both Fishing Industry and Sharks

Interactions between sharks and pelagic longline fisheries are causing ecological, economic and social problems. Studies, announced recently by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, indicate that action is needed to develop methods to deter sharks from taking hooked fish from longline gear - amove that will benefit sharks and the fishing industry. …  

07 Sep 2007 | News story

The porbiagle (Lamna nasus) was one of member of marine spicies that failed to be awarded CITES Appendix 2 listing. Photo courtesy of NOAA

Oceans fourteen: a round-up of marine-related activities at the 14th CITES Conference of Parties

Despite the thirteenth Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) strongly reaffirming the contribution of the convention to the sustainable harvest of marine resources, at COP 14, the Parties seemed to back away from this approach to resource management. …  

18 Jun 2007 | News story

Spiny godfish

CITES conference to impact on music, food, and jewelry industry

Wood species used for violin bows, shark species featured in British fish and chip meals and coral species exploited for jewelry rank high on the CITES conference agenda for international trade controls in endangered species, opening on Sunday. …  

04 Jun 2007 | International news release

Critically endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal.

One in six European mammals threatened with extinction shows new assessment by the World Conservation Union (IUCN)

The first assessment of all European mammals, carried out by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), shows that nearly one in every six mammal species is now threatened with extinction. Europe is now home to the world’s most threatened cat species, the Iberian Lynx, and the world’s most threatened seal, the Mediterranean Monk Seal. …  

22 May 2007 | News story

Saving western gray whales.Summary brochure on the conservation project for the critically endangered western gray whale population

Saving western gray whales - IUCN release summary brochure on the conservation project for the critically endangered western gray whale population

Business has joined forces with the World Conservation
Union (IUCN) to better understand the biology of
and threats to western gray whales. The purpose of
this broad engagement is to do everything possible
to ensure the survival and recovery of this population. …  

21 May 2007 | News story

Grey Whale

Oil business and conservation work to protect Western Pacific Gray Whales

Sakhalin Energy and the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, convened by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), have agreed to work together on seismic surveys and oil spill prevention. These are some of the biggest threats to the critically endangered Western Gray Whales from the oil and gas development in the whales’ feeding area, off Sakhalin island. …  

27 Apr 2007 | News story

Black grouper,near threatened due to fishing on its spawning aggregation.

Twenty coral reef fishes threatened with extinction

Twenty species of grouper, a globally important group of 162 coral reef food fishes, are threatened with extinction unless management or conservation measures are introduced. …  

06 Mar 2007 | News story

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