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Panel strongly concerned about industry’s negative impact on whale

Significant changes in the distribution and behaviour of whales was noted in the 2008 feeding season off Sakhalin Island. An independent panel of scientists has recommended a moratorium on all activities by oil and gas companies in eastern Russia that could adversely affect the western gray whale population. …  

25 Jun 2009 | News story

Deepwater coral accidentally caught during a bottom trawl. December 2007.

A Decade in Review: oceans and law of the seas

The tenth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS or ICP) was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 17th to 19th June 2009.  …  

24 Jun 2009 | News story

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

Maritime momentum

The world is awash with conventions and agreements that are supposed to conserve our oceans but none are achieving the right results—reversing the multiple threats that are ruining the health of our marine environment. …  

21 Jun 2009 | News story

Turtle in the Red Sea

Responding to Climate Change: A workshop for Coral Reef Managers

 IUCN is organising four-day workshop aimed at coral reef managers is being held in Marsa Alam, Egypt, 18th - 21st June 2009. The focus of this training workshop is on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation for tourism and coral reefs in the red sea.
For more information please contact Ameer Abdulla, Senior Specialist with IUCN's Global Marine Program;ameer.abdulla@iucn.org / +34 65398 4609 …  

16 Jun 2009 | News story

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Happy World Oceans Day

IUCN is delighted to join the international community in celebrating World Oceans Day on June 8th 2009, now officially designated as such by the United Nations . This annual event serves to remind us all of our collective responsibility to protect the world's living ocean and conserve its resources for present and future generations. …  

08 Jun 2009 | News story

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

Claire Nouvian, IUCN Ambassador for the Oceans

IUCN Ambassador for the Oceans to tackle Hong Kong marine crisis

IUCN's Ambassador for the Oceans, French author and film maker Claire Nouvian, is raising awareness in her adoptive city, Hong Kong, to try to turn back the clock and reverse decades of degradation of the marine environment.  Once a paradise of clear water, pristine corals and home to exotic species of shark and grouper, Hong Kong's marine environment is now in crisis.  As Claire says, if Hong Kong, with its unequalled material comfort and its legendary reactivity can’t resolve it, no other place in the world will. …  

05 Jun 2009 | News story

Alien Invasive Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) which has spread around the entire tropics and is now moving north into southern Europe as Climate Change makes conditions suitable for it.

International Biodiversity Day sounds the alarm on invasive species

International Biodiversity Day, celebrated each year on May 22, pays tribute to the global importance of biodiversity, both as an asset for posterity and a vital resource for people and their livelihoods. …  

22 May 2009 | News story

Coral Reef, Bali, Indonesia

Coral triangle initiative celebrated

The first inter-state agreement in the coral triangle towards marine conservation efforts has been signed by six countries at the Coral Triangle Summit. …  

18 May 2009 | News story

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


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