Conservation (Page 2)
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.
Seagrass Awareness and the SeaGrass Grow Campaign (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 25 Mar 2013
We are into the third week (one more week left!) of Florida's Seagrass Awareness Month and the Seagrass Recovery crew wanted to showcase one of our partners, The Ocean Foundation, who is helping us in our efforts to conserve and promote seagrass ecosystems.
Pew drops anchor in EuropeWorld Fishing | 21 Mar 2013
The American NGO Pew Charitable Trusts is spending millions of dollars financing NGOs that deal with marine conservation by coming into public and legal conflicts with the American fishing industry and management, reports Menakhem Ben-Yami.
It's Official! African Manatees are now CITES Appendix ISave our seas | 21 Mar 2013
Last week was a very big week for African manatees: the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) voted at their Conference of Parties in Bangkok, Thailand to uplist African manatees from Appendix II to Appendix I, a more protected status which will likely ban all commercial trade.
Third Ramsar Site in United Arab EmiratesRamsar Convention | 19 Mar 2013
The UAE has designated its third Wetland of International Importance, effective 10 March 2013 and located in the emirate of Sharjah. The Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Khor Kalba, a National Protected Area, is located in the far east of the country near the border with Oman and comprises coastal subtidal, intertidal (sand beach, mangroves, mud and tidal channels), supratidal sand, salt marsh and saline flats.
Seafood Scotland welcomes Marine Conservation Society visitfishupdate.com | 18 Mar 2013
Seafood Scotland (SFS) held productive discussions with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) last week, when it hosted a visit by the organisation's new Fisheries Officer Sam Stone, to the northeast heart of the industry.
The Antarctic is left defenceless to tourismThe Independent UK | 17 Mar 2013
Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labelled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters. Tourism is rebounding here five years after the financial crisis and is now growing fast, with the number of cruise ship passengers visiting doubling in a year.
Antarctica concerns grow as tourism numbers riseNew Zealand Herald | 16 Mar 2013
Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labelled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters.Tourism is rebounding here five years after the financial crisis stifled what had been a burgeoning industry.
The fragile bonds between tourism and wildlife (opinion)The Independent UK | 16 Mar 2013
On one hand, the news from this week's Cites conference, held in Bangkok, was good: the international trade in manta rays and five species of sharks has been regulated for the first time, offering protection to extraordinary species including the great hammerhead shark. On the other hand, the news was bleak.
Wildlife meeting gives 100s of species protectionNew Zealand Herald | 15 Mar 2013
A 12-day global wildlife conference concluded after granting better protection to hundreds of threatened animal and plant species. More than 1,000 delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora voted to introduce trade regulations for vulnerable animal species such as sharks, manta rays, tortoises and turtles.
Australia's new marine protected areas: why they won't work (opinion)theconversation.edu.au | 15 Mar 2013
On land and in the sea, were losing sight of what nature conservation is about. Weve become dangerously focused on protected areas, but rarely consider what theyre supposed to achieve. One result is that biodiversity is declining almost everywhere while protected areas expand.
Beachcombers to hunt out 'mermaid's purses' to help protect sharksGuardian Unlimited | 15 Mar 2013
Members of the Co-operative in the UK are being recruited to take part in an egg hunt with a difference - looking for shark eggs on beaches. The Shark Trust's "great eggcase hunt" will see volunteers heading to the coast to search for the eggcases, known as "mermaid's purses", in which the young of many skates and rays and some sharks are laid.
Illegal trade of threatened reef fishWorld Fishing | 15 Mar 2013
The valuable humphead wrasse is still being traded illegally, despite being listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), reports WWF.
CITES 16 (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 15 Mar 2013
The glow of the screen in the darkened house is mesmerizing"Whitetip (sharks) protected!"Mantas protected!Hammerheads protected!
Shark fin soup still on offerNew Zealand Herald | 14 Mar 2013
Shark-fin soup is available at many of Auckland's Chinese restaurants despite a determined environmental campaign to ban the collection of fins.The soup is a staple part of Chinese banquets such as weddings and celebratory birthday dinners.
Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Contest 2012 Finalistsmarinephotobank.org | 14 Mar 2013
SeaWeb and Lindblad Expeditions would like to extend our gratitude to all those who competed, tweeted, and helped spread the word about the 5th Ocean in Focus conservation photo contest. Images contributed from around the world tell stories of peril, passion and perseverance. The following six finalists will now compete in the grand prize photo essay competition.
New International Regulations Could Stop Shark Finning (opinion)biodiversity-l.iisd.org | 14 Mar 2013
In the past, sharks have been better known for their deadly attacks on surfers or as the main delicacy in shark fin soup, but what is now making headlines in the science sections of newspapers around the world is that prolonged over-fishing of sharks has led to the lowest shark populations ever seen. A key international meeting in Thailand may finally put a stop to this.