Meet the Winners of the Fifth Annual Ocean in Focus Photo Contestmarinephotobank.com | 23 May 2013
Congratulations to Andy Murch for his grand prize winning photo essay titled "Gillnets: An Indiscriminate Fishery," chosen from a group of six finalists. For his essay, Murch focused on the wasteful practice of gillnet fishing, specifically in the halibut fishery of Baja California.
A Day in the Delta (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 21 May 2013
One recent Monday, I got to spend the day doing something outside, not in a conference room, not in my office, just out in one of North America's great natural wonders. Directly north of Mobile Bay, within a broad river valley that leads northward to the confluence of the Tombigbee and Alabama Rivers, lies a vast region of wetlands known by various names, including the Mobile-Tensaw delta, the Mobile Delta, or simply the Delta.
Hector's dolphins caught in netsNew Zealand Herald | 12 May 2013
Two Hector's dolphins have been captured by set nets during an electronic monitoring programme of the set net industry in Timaru.
Oman Joins Ramsar, Designates Nature Reservebiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 06 May 2013
2 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Oman has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 167th contracting party. The wetland Qurm Nature Reserve was designated as its first Ramsar site.
Fishermen want humpback whales off endangered listNew Zealand Herald | 04 May 2013
A group of Hawaii fishermen is asking the US federal government to remove northern Pacific humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the population has steadily grown since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago.
Kiribati Joins Ramsar, Designates Coastal WetlandInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 03 May 2013
The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Kiribati has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 166th contracting party. The coastal wetland No'oto-North Tarawa was designated as its first Ramsar site.
Puerto Rico moves to protect turtlesBBC | 14 Apr 2013
Puerto Rico introduces a new law protecting a swathe of the island's coast that has become a major nesting site for the leatherback turtle.
Report highlights 'lack of clarity' with English MCZsfishupdate.com | 12 Apr 2013
A parliamentary report highlighting a chronic 'lack of clarity?' with English marine protection plans sends a strong signal to the Scottish Government about its proposals for a marine protected area network to safeguard Scotland?s marine biodiversity, says Scottish Environment LINK.
Oceana joins Cabrera National Park BoardWorld Fishing | 09 Apr 2013
Global conservation organisation, Oceana, has been chosen to represent Spanish conversationalist organisations on the Board of Trustees of Spain's Cabrera Maritime Terrestrial National Park by Greenpeace, WWF, Amigo de la Tierra and Ecologistas en Acción.
Protection extension recommended for Hector's dolphinsNew Zealand Herald | 08 Apr 2013
New Zealand's endangered Hector's dolphin population could recover if protection measures were extended to 100m deep throughout its habitat, according to a new University of Otago review.
Guest Article #16: The UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme (opinion)biodiversity-l.iisd.org | 03 Apr 2013
By Dr. Fanny Douvere, Coordinator, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Marine ProgrammeThe 1972 World Heritage Convention is founded on the premise that certain places on our planet are of Outstanding Universal Value and as such, should form part of the common heritage of humankind. On a planet of over 70 per cent ocean, a huge amount of our heritage is located in marine areas.
Extra training for Northern prawn fishersWorld Fishing | 02 Apr 2013
Fishermen from the Australian Northern Prawn Fishery have undertaken new TAFE-recognised training on best-practice fishing to help them reduce their bycatch and avoid protected species such as turtles.
A Billion Baby TurtlesThe Ocean Foundation | 27 Mar 2013
If you've watched Animal Planet you know that odds are generally working against sea turtles.From the moment an egg is deposited in a sandy nest on a tropical beach, to the first time a baby turtle touches the sea, to decades later when she returns as an adult to lay her own eggs on very same beach, life is an endless series of life-and-death challenges for a sea turtle.