A scientific expedition to explore life on undersea mountains – or seamounts – in the high seas south of Madagascar is setting out from Reunion Island on April 23rd. The three-week-long expedition aboard the French Polar Institute’s research vessel Marion Dufresne will explore the fauna of the Walters Shoal seamount and its role in the surrounding ecosystem.
Our existence depends on flows of goods and services delivered by a stock of natural resources – our ‘natural’ capital. But as we have degraded the planet’s ecosystems, we’ve lost huge stocks of this natural capital and we are starting to feel the pinch.
Located approximately 25 km off the coast of Balochistan province, Astola is Pakistan’s largest offshore island. Also known as “Jezira Haft Talar” (Island of the Seven Hills) due to the small, rocky mountains that span the 6.7 km2 island, this scenic spot has all the hallmarks of a tourist getaway – sandy beaches, clear waters, and the sort of variety of marine life often found tucked away in remote and pristine corners of the world.
Monaco, 4 April 2017 (IUCN) – The Arctic Ocean urgently needs protection as melting sea ice is opening up previously inaccessible areas to activities such as shipping, bottom trawl fishing and oil exploration, according to a scientific report launched today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in partnership with the US-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.
Experts will examine how to protect cold-water corals, sponges, seamounts and submarine canyons and their interaction with deep-sea fishing.
Exploring Potential Opportunities and Synergies
IUCN, with the financial support of the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, and in collaboration with Ly Son Island District, Ly Son Marine Protected Areas and An Binh commune, are pleased to announce the street art contest with the theme “I love the ocean and born to be wild”.
IUCN Viet Nam and Hon Cau Marine Protected Area (MPA) are pleased to announce the call for marine turtle conservation volunteer programme 2017 in Hon Cau MPA, Tuy Phong, Binh Thuan Province, Viet Nam.