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Sculpted icebergs grounded in North Bay, Rothera Point, Adelaide Island, Antarctica

Antarctic Treaty celebrates 50 years

As the Antarctic Treaty, with which signatories vowed to dedicate the continent to peace and science, reaches the grand old age of 50, the Head of IUCN’s Global Marine Programme, Carl Gustaf Lundin, looks back on this historic agreement. He discusses the impact the increasing number of tourists are having on this delicate ecosystem and talks of the need for marine protected areas in the Antarctic. …  

14 Apr 2009 | Audio

33rd GFCM in Tunis

GFCM: the Mediterranean consensus!

The 33rd Session of the GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) was held in Tunis from March 23 to 27, 2009. …  

31 Mar 2009 | News story

Farasan's Reef

Farasan Banks Expedition Ready to Launch

From April 4 – 28, 2009, a four-year collaborative coral reef research program along the Red Sea Coast of Saudi Arabia will be completed with an expedition to the Farasan Banks. …  

31 Mar 2009 | News story

“Protecting Marine Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction

Greening blue energy: IUCN’s partnership project with E.ON underway

The potential impact of offshore and marine-based renewable energy on marine biodiversity is not negligible. IUCN has therefore embarked on a partnership with the multinational energy corporation E.ON to improve the environmental performance of offshore renewable energy projects covering offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. …  

30 Mar 2009 | Media advisory

Trawler, Hobart harbour, Australia

World fisheries: in stable but critical condition

The 2009 State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report released last week in Rome produced very much the same findings as the previous report released in 2007. The document, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), reported that global trends in marine fish stocks have continued to deteriorate slightly. …  

10 Mar 2009 | News story
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Thomas Laughlin

IUCN US WELCOMES DEPUTY HEAD OF THE GLOBAL MARINE PROGRAM

IUCN is delighted to announce not only a new member of staff to the Washington DC office, but also a new position. Thomas Laughlin joins IUCN as the recently appointed Deputy Head of the Global Marine Program. …  

13 Feb 2009 | News story

Western Gray Whale and ship.

Scientists concerned about Sakhalin Energy’s inadequate collaboration on whale conservation

The 5th Report from the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) published last week expressed strong concerns about Sakhalin Energy’s inadequate collaboration on whale conservation on the Sakhalin shelf in eastern Russia. The Sakhalin shelf is not only the location of one of the largest oil and gas developments in the world, but also the principal known feeding grounds for the critically endangered western gray whales. …  

12 Feb 2009 | News story
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A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

S.O.S. - Save Our Seas

by Dan Laffoley, marine vice-chairman of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, and Sylvia Earle, founder of the Deep Search Foundation.

Could the oceans become the place where humanity finally gets its act together? Or will we become the victim of the many environmental threats now coming together? …  

11 Feb 2009 | News story
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