Marine and Polar

Analyses cover for CITES CoP15

IUCN and TRAFFIC release CITES CoP15 Analyses of the Proposals

In preparation for the upcoming CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) meeting (15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, CoP15) that will be taking place 13 – 25 March 2010 in Doha, Qatar, IUCN and TRAFFIC have released the results of their Analyses of the Proposals to Amend the Appendices. See here for the table with the Analyses. …  

12 Jan 2010 | News story

Deep-sea squid (Teuthowenia pellucida)

To save the planet, save the seas

Just like forests, the oceans can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by trapping and storing carbon. The underwater world's potential to buffer climate change should be highlighted as a cost-effective solution, writes Dan Laffoley, marine vice chair of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas. …  

04 Jan 2010 | News story
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Silver spinyfin (Diretmus argenteus)

21st century explorers return with unique data from Indian Ocean

A team of the world’s leading marine experts, paired with scientists from the Indian Ocean region, have just returned from a six-week research expedition above seamounts in the high seas of the Indian Ocean with a whole new understanding of seamount ecosystems. They gathered a very rich collection of data and specimens, including some strange-looking marine creatures. …  

18 Dec 2009 | News story

Tuna ensnared near the mouth of a fish trap

General Assembly Commits to Strengthened Framework for Oceans

Following an extensive day-long debate on oceans and the law of the sea, the United Nations General Assembly adopted two wide-ranging resolutions last week to help to guide States in preserving ocean health including the protection of threatened fish stocks and marine habitats around the world. …  

09 Dec 2009 | News story

Antarctic Temp Trend 1982-2004

The next 50 years in Antarctica

1 December 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in Washington DC. To acknowledge this milestone, experts in the field of international governance attended the Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance symposium, hosted at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. …  

08 Dec 2009 | News story

Seamount species

Mysteries of deep-water life in the Indian Ocean to be revealed

A new project led by IUCN will unveil the mysteries of southern Indian Ocean seamounts and help improve conservation and management of resources. …  

12 Nov 2009 | News story

Whale photograph

Dead western gray whale found at Sakhalin

A western gray whale carcass was found washed ashore at Chaivo Bay, Sakhalin Island, by a local hunter in early September. …  

25 Oct 2009 | News story

Arctic

Arctic Survey Education: Real-life Learning on Climate Change

Based on the real-life experiences of three polar explorers on a 73-day ocean survey in 2009, new learning materials are free to download. Parents and teachers will want to explore these educational activities on climate change and the Arctic Ocean, says CEC member Rod Macrae.
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21 Oct 2009 | News story
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Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin Tuna: Endangered Species

The United States announced last week that it will seek the strongest possible management for the conservation of Atlantic bluefin tuna, sending a clear and definitive statement to the international community that the current status quo is not acceptable. …  

19 Oct 2009 | News story

Dan and Sylvia urge 106 leaders to step up global protection of the ocean

Sylvia Earle and IUCN Invite World Leaders to Celebrate and Extend Ocean Protection

Today legendary underwater explorer and ocean ambassador Sylvia Earle teamed up with IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas in a historic move to send individual letters to 106 world leaders inviting them to join Sylvia in her wish to better protect the world’s oceans. …  

05 Oct 2009 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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