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Sea-map sonar linked to whale stranding off MadagascarGuardian Unlimited | 15 Oct 2013
The mysterious stranding of about 100 melon-headed whales in a shallow Madagascar lagoon in 2008 set off a rapid international response - a few of the 2.5- to three-metre marine mammals were rescued, necropsies conducted, a review panel formed. Did they follow prey into the lagoon? Were they sick? Was it the weather, or chemical toxins? The panel recently gave its best answer, and it is causing ripples of concern.
New trap reduces bycatch in AfricaWorld Fishing | 15 Oct 2013
Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research Institute have helped build a fish trap that keeps valuable fish in while letting undersized juvenile fish and non-target species out.
2008 mass stranding in Madagascariwc.int | 11 Oct 2013
In 2008, approximately 100 melon-headed whales stranded in the Loza Lagoon system in Madagascar. The response effort was multi-faceted and included local people, government officials, conservation organisations and marine mammal experts. A significant amount of information was collected and, several years later, the IWC facilitated a review of the circumstances of the stranding...
Threatened Marine Ecosystems Get Boost from US$4.5 Million Grant from the GEFcoraltriangleinitiative.org | 09 Oct 2013
The World Banks Board of Executive Directors today approved a project on September 30, 2013 to support the Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project, with US$4.5 million in grant funding provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This regional project will design innovative models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision making for improved environmental stewardship of these critical resources.
IslandLife: Oil and Whales dont mix (blog)theenvironmentinseychelles.blogspot.no | 07 Oct 2013
As oil exploration intensifies in our waters, we need to understand the potential impacts of not only oil drilling, if indeed commercially-viable oil deposits are found, but also of oil exploration on marine biodiversity.
Historic bill to grant collective rights to small-scale fishersEnvironment South Africa | 07 Oct 2013
The Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill, which is expected to come before the National Assemblys portfolio committee on agriculture, forestry and fisheries next Tuesday, allows for the allocation of fishing rights to identified small-scale fishing communities, which have previously been excluded from the commercial fishing rights allocation process.
Abalone export approvalWorld Fishing | 02 Oct 2013
South Australia's abalone industry is set to benefit from a five-year extension to the fisherys export approval.
'CSI turtle' launches investigation into ghost fishing nets found in the MaldivesGuardian Unlimited | 01 Oct 2013
Call it CSI Turtle. In the Maldives, at the heart of the Indian Ocean, scores of turtles are being found with gashed or ripped-off flippers and deep scars in their shells. The cause is clear: the turtles are becoming ensnared in "ghost" fishing nets that have either have been lost or dumped.
Future sea level rises should not restrict new island formation in the MaldivesEurekAlert | 27 Sep 2013
(University of Exeter) The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests. Islands like the Maldives are considered likely to be the first to feel the effects of climate change induced sea level rise, with future island growth essential to counter the threat of rising sea levels.
Tanzania: Prospects for Tanzania Becoming Major Hydrocarbon Exporting NationAllAfrica.com | 20 Sep 2013
THE last 4 or 5 years have seen an incredible amount of increased activity and interest in Tanzania's hydrocarbon (oil and Gas) industry - largely brought on by the announcements by companies like Ophir, BG, ENI and Statoil on the potentially very large gas discoveries being made in the deep water areas off the coast.
Coral reefs suffer as the relentless hunt for shark fins takes its tollGuardian Unlimited | 19 Sep 2013
The rampant overfishing of sharks, often solely for their fins, is causing a damaging chain reaction that could significantly degrade coral reef systems, a decade-long Australian-led study has found. Scientists from Australia and Canada, led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, discovered that the removal of sharks from two remote reef systems led to a sharp decline in the number of fish that help keep coral healthy.
Whale Shark Feeding EcologySave our seas | 13 Sep 2013
Our first field campaign in Ningaloo Reef (Western Australia) has been a real success! We sighted 102 whale sharks in 10 days and collected a bunch of whale shark biopsies.
Toothfish fishers MSC certifiedWorld Fishing | 09 Sep 2013
French toothfish fishers in the Kerguelen plateau have been granted Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
New video tells the story of Blue Carbon in Abu DhabiBlue Carbon Portal | 02 Sep 2013
Arendal and Abu Dhabi, 20 August 2013 – A new video released today tells the story of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project, which aims to improve our understanding of the other ecosystem services that coastal Blue Carbon ecosystems provide in Abu Dhabi.