Marine Protected Areas

Alaskan pollock fishing boats

Good News for Arctic Fish

IUCN’s Global Marine Programme is delighted by the Obama administration’s recent approval of a management plan that prevents the expansion of commercial fishing in the Arctic, a decision that marks a huge step in the conservation of marine resources. …  

25 Aug 2009 | News story

Participants in the workshop on conservation of the Alboran Sea - Malaga, july 2009

Priority areas for conserving the Alboran Sea

Among the different marine areas of the Mediterranean Sea, the Alboran Sea represents a unique element given its ecological wealth, due to its blend of Atlantic and Mediterranean marine biodiversity, its socioeconomic importance, and its geopolitical location between Europe and Africa. The adequate management of this space, and in particular the conservation of certain areas, is essential for the three bordering countries of the Alboran Sea: Algeria, Morocco, and Spain. …   | French | Spanish

05 Aug 2009 | News story

Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Sylvia Earle: A wish big enough to change the world

IUCN’s Global Marine Programme and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Marine are delighted to announce that they have been appointed by Dr. Sylvia Earle as technical advisors on her 2009 TED Prize wish - “to protect the blue heart of the planet.”  

13 Jul 2009 | News story

Fishes in the Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, Belize

Belize barrier reef and Los Katios park in danger

The Belize Barrier Reef System and Los Katios National Park in Columbia are the two natural sites added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN. …   | Spanish

27 Jun 2009 | International news release

The Wadden Sea became the 200 natural site on the World Heritage List.

Two new natural wonders on World Heritage List

The Wadden Sea, on the coast of Germany and the Netherlands, and the Dolomites mountains in Northern Italy have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following IUCN’s recommendations. …  

26 Jun 2009 | International news release

A Sally lightfoot crab on Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Thirteen World Heritage Sites stay on Danger List

Thirteen natural World Heritage Sites, including the Galapagos Islands, will stay on the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN. …  

25 Jun 2009 | News story

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

Fish and seagrass, Menorca, Spain

Protecting the oceans makes economic sense

Protecting the oceans through marine protected areas can provide higher and more sustained income through tourism and controlled fisheries than continued exploitation. This is the result of IUCN’s new compilation of case studies about the economic benefits of marine protected areas, launched on World Biodiversity Day at the 2nd International Marine Protected Area Congress in Washington, D.C. …   | French | Spanish

22 May 2009 | International news release

Arrecife de coral / Bali, Indonesia

Manage corals - Minimize climate change

A better assesment of the threats to coral reefs along with improved management will give corals a much higher chance of survival in the face of warming oceans, says IUCN’s latest report. …   | French | Spanish

20 May 2009 | International news release