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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.

“Seamounts are islands of marine life with an important role in maintaining the health of the ocean. They contribute to food security by supporting fish stocks, and the unique species they harbour could provide genetic material for the development of future...
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BEST RUP Project
“BEST RUP”  works within the framework of the BEST initiative and the pilot project 'inventory of species and habitats in the French Outermost Regions (ORs)' submitted by the Member of the European Parliament Younous Omarjee in 2015. The project,...

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.

People have long depended on natural systems for our survival and development, nowhere more visible than in our history of extracting minerals and fuel products. However, we have also started to see the importance of healthy ecosystems for providing essential...
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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.

The island is also ecologically important. Its beaches are a nesting ground for the endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbracata), while also supporting a large variety of water birds such as coursers, gulls and...
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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. 

The report identifies seven globally significant marine sites in the Arctic Ocean that warrant protection and could potentially qualify for World Heritage status.   “The Arctic Ocean plays a crucial role in shaping global climate and hosts a diverse...
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Experts will examine how to protect cold-water corals, sponges, seamounts and submarine canyons and their interaction with deep-sea fishing.

Malaga hosts a meeting of the experts group for the identification of vulnerable marine ecosystems of the Mediterranean, co-organized for the first time by the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the FAO, the International Union for...
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Exploring Potential Opportunities and Synergies

This new publication, aiming at exploring potential opportunities and synergies between aquaculture and conservation, is being launched at The Monaco Blue Initiative Conference on Monday April 3rd 2017. Acknowledging that both aquaculture and MPA may benefit...
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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”.

The call is open for all Vietnamese professional and non-professional artists who have a love of the ocean, islands and the environment and voluntarily participate in the contest. For detailed responsibilities and requirements of the programme, please see...
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Background Small scale fisheries and environmental conservation have a long history in the Mediterranean basin, with many common features but also numerous conflicts on the use and management of the marine resources. The FishMPABlue PHASE 2 proposal is...

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.

The call is open for all Vietnamese citizens under the age 21 – 50 years old and interested in wildlife conservation. There are three time options with 4-6 volunteers/time which are (i) 27– 31 May, (ii) 10 – 14 June, (iii) 1-5 July. Please see the programme...
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