Marine and Polar

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

Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Ocean life in Oceania

Pacific Islanders have a long history of connection to the oceans. It features in their dance, art, and provides sustenance for life. …  

15 May 2009 | News story

Tuna Longliners in the Cook Islands

Longline fishermen quizzed by IUCN

IUCN Oceania’s marine programme is currently collecting information from longline fishermen about the fish they catch at seamounts, underwater mountains. …  

15 May 2009 | News story

MFF at World Ocean Conference 2009

MFF Announces the first call for project proposals in Indonesia at the World Ocean Conference in Manado

MFF together with partners from University of Rhode Island, NOAA, USAID and Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia held a one-day workshop on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and Actions for Coastal Areas as one of the key side events at the World Ocean Conference, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia 11 May, 2009. 

13 May 2009 | News story

Acropora coral in seagrass, Mombasa

Corals – an ecosystem at risk

Over one-quarter (27%) of the world’s 845 species of reef-building corals have been listed as threatened on the 2008 IUCN Red List of Thretened Species™, and an additional 20% are considered Near Threatened. Reef-building corals are essential habitat for many species of fish and invertebrates making them the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the ocean. …  

08 May 2009 | News story

“Protecting Marine Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction

Greening blue energy

IUCN’s partnership project with E.ON is underway. IUCN and E.ON met to identify the key issues of offshore renewable energies and agree on a collaborative research programme. …  

07 May 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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