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Shark Depredation and Unwanted
Bycatch in Pelagic Longline Fisheries

Improved Understanding of Interactions between Sharks and Longline Fisheries Benefits Both Fishing Industry and Sharks

Interactions between sharks and pelagic longline fisheries are causing ecological, economic and social problems. Studies, announced recently by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, indicate that action is needed to develop methods to deter sharks from taking hooked fish from longline gear - amove that will benefit sharks and the fishing industry. …  

07 Sep 2007 | News story

Economic Valuation workshop participants,Cape Town

IUCN host workshop on Economic Valuation of LMEs at GEF International Waters Conference

Economic Valuation (EV) is a practical tool that can be used within a business approach to ecosystem management. It can be applied in a multitude of different ways but is commonly used to assess potential benefits and costs, and to identify potential stakeholders and threats. At the end of July 2007, IUCN offered participants at the GEF Fourth Biennial International Waters Conference the chance to attend a workshop to learn more about this tool applied in the context of Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs). …  

06 Sep 2007 | News story

Inspection of the hull of a ship in Malakal Harbour,Koror as part of the IUCN project addressing invasive species in the Pacific Ocean.

Invasive species in the Pacific: looking under the water

Invasive species do not recognise Marine Protected Area (MPA) boundaries, yet very little is done to address the problem of alien invasive species in marine protected area planning and management. In the case of an MPA, invasions can pose serious threats and lead to dramatic impacts, particularly when management is unprepared for them.To help address this issue in the western Pacific, in July 2007, IUCN co-hosted a marine invasive species survey and training workshop with the Palau National Invasive Species Committee (NISC) and in collaboration with the Australian Maritime College.
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06 Sep 2007 | News story

Participants at the workshop on developing cooperation efforts for marine reserch

IUCN works with Sida to foster information exchange on Marine Science across East and West Africa

Capacity building efforts for research should reflect the same kind of cumulative and learning process as science itself. This was one of the findings of a workshop co-organised in May 2007 by IUCN, Sida, PRCM, FIBA, Swedish Water House and hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Practioners from several sub-saharan Africa countries were joined by marine scientists from Europe to take stock of experiences and identify key factors for success, with the aim of further enhancing development co-operation efforts for marine research, at national, regional and local levels in East and West Africa.
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28 Aug 2007 | News story

Thunus obesus or Bigeye tuna

Self-assessment of Regional Fisheries Management Organisations: are they on track?

Though Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) and their members face conflicting pressures, if they do not take steps now to better manage fish stocks, these resources will continue to decline to the detriment of the ocean’s wellbeing, food security and human health. IUCN believes that all RFMOs should conduct self-assessments this year or next and include a review of how each RFMO accepts scientific advice and incorporates that advice into its conservation and management measures. …  

21 Aug 2007 | News story

Invasive anemone.

Invasive species one of most dangerous threats to our islands, says President of Palau

A world-renowned lake in Palau, an island nation 800km east of the Philippines, is currently being invaded by a prolific species of anemone. It is taking over more than half of Jellyfish Lake, a tourist attraction that lures thousands of visitors to Palau each month. …  

26 Jul 2007 | News story

Western Gray Whale and ship.

World Conservation Union panel voices concern over impact of noise on whales

Scientists highlight the importance of noise limits for energy companies operating in Russia to protect the critically endangered western gray whale …  

20 Jul 2007 | International news release

Deep-sea starfish

Conserve the gene pool of our oceans, urges the World Conservation Union

The unreachable depths of the ocean are now reachable – and so is the genetic marine material that lives there. As a new potential industry opens up, a set of rules is urgently needed to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans’ resources, according to the World Conservation Union …  

25 Jun 2007 | International news release

The porbiagle (Lamna nasus) was one of member of marine spicies that failed to be awarded CITES Appendix 2 listing. Photo courtesy of NOAA

Oceans fourteen: a round-up of marine-related activities at the 14th CITES Conference of Parties

Despite the thirteenth Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) strongly reaffirming the contribution of the convention to the sustainable harvest of marine resources, at COP 14, the Parties seemed to back away from this approach to resource management. …  

18 Jun 2007 | News story

Two colonies of brain coral (Diploria strigosa) on Curacao affected by a coral disease called white plague

Caribbean Corals in Danger of Extinction

Climate Change, Warmer Waters Cited as Leading Cause …   | French | Spanish

07 Jun 2007 | International news release