Ocean Governance

Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered

Third of open ocean sharks threatened with extinction

The first study to determine the global conservation status of 64 species of open ocean (pelagic) sharks and rays reveals that 32 percent are threatened with extinction, primarily due to overfishing, according to the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. …   | French | Spanish

25 Jun 2009 | International news release

The Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

Maritime momentum

The world is awash with conventions and agreements that are supposed to conserve our oceans but none are achieving the right results—reversing the multiple threats that are ruining the health of our marine environment. …  

21 Jun 2009 | News story

Map of areas closed to fishing, Western Pacific

IUCN welcomes fishing closures in Pacific high seas pockets

IUCN welcomes the decision by Western Pacific island nations to close an area three times the size of California to fishing activity, effectively creating the world's largest no-take zone.  The decision was reached in order to protect one of the world's last great tuna stocks. The fishing effort in the economic exclusion zones (EEZs) around the islands, mainly carried out by foreign fleets that pay the island states for the right to fish, will continue at a unsustainable rate, however, according to IUCN. …  

07 Jun 2009 | News story

Thunnus obesus or Bigeye tuna.

Prescription for a blue economy

What do the global financial crisis and climate change have to tell us about the high seas? Both demonstrate the complexity of 21st century life. …  

06 May 2009 | News story
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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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Whitetip Reef Shark over Palau coral reef

A monumental decision for the oceans

President Bush today will formally designate three areas in the Pacific as Marine National Monuments. IUCN has been one of the major partners of the U.S. Government in the creation of these marine protected areas. The scientific and technical advice provided by IUCN to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has paid off, as it will result in the creation of the world’s largest ocean protected area covering 195,280 square miles. …  

06 Jan 2009 | International news release

St Lucia Marine Protected Area, South Africa

Protected areas in the oceans a matter of great urgency say scientific community

More protected areas in strategic ocean locations need to be set up and benefit from proper enforcement in order to address the rapid degradation of the world’s marine environment. …  

21 Nov 2008 | News story

White capped Albatross, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Getting seabirds off the hook

The Hawaiian longline tuna fishery has managed to reduce seabird bycatch by 67% since 2001 by making alterations to their fishing gear and methods, a new scientific study shows.  A combination of new bait technologies and fishing techniques have dramatically reduced seabird bycatch.  More birdlife could be saved, however, if the rules were applied in a larger area and fishing effort reduced in certain seasons.   …  

03 Nov 2008 | News story

Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture - Aquaculture site selection and site management

Sustainable Development of Mediterranean Aquaculture

Aquaculture site selection and site management …   | Spanish

28 Oct 2008 | Fact sheet

Earth viewed from space. Courtesy: NASA.

New Impetus for the High Seas following IUCN World Conservation Congress

IUCN members at the World Conservation Congress have called for strong action to protect high seas biodiversity and to regulate the human activities impacting it. This signals a growing awareness of the vital role oceans play in sustaining life on our planet and alarm at the multiplying threats to marine biodiversity from human activities in areas beyond national jurisdiction (the high seas). …  

24 Oct 2008 | News story