In a recent study, Stanford scientists and their colleagues used the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system to modify genes in coral. Click on the link to read the full article.
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This is the 1st announcement and call for papers for the 3rd Conference of the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN), to be held at the University of French Polynesia from Monday, October 8th to Wednesday, October 10th 2018.
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A team of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientists is currently researching coral reefs in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), the Pacific Oceanscape’s foundation site. The reefs here have bleached and died for almost a century but have always recovered. The red hot question is why?
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The 2018 International Year of the Reef is an opportunity for the world’s media to highlight the many threats faced by coral ecosystems and the need to protect them. One of the main challenges faced when implementing coral conservation activities is the financing of it; the funds currently needed to achieve effective and lasting conservation greatly exceed the available funds, generating a substantial financing gap.
One of the main challenges faced when implementing coral conservation activities is the financing of it...the International Coral Reef Initiative released a study of opportunities offered by innovative financing mechanisms for coral conservation.
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The wetlands of 21 countries and territories of the Pacific Islands region are reviewed: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna. There remain, however, some serious gaps in basic inventory, particularly in freshwater biodiversity.
Conservation starts at home and includes conserving energy and water as well as reducing the use of plastic bags and plastic utensils.Marine resources should also be protected.
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The Wildife Conservation Society (WCS) has just finished a report on the “Contribution of Marine Conservation Agreements to Biodiversity Protection, Fisheries Management and Sustainable Financing in Fiji.”The report documents the degree and scale to which Marine Conservation Agreements (MCAs) are being used in coastal waters in Fiji. The study focuses on partnerships involving local communities and the tourism sector.
The report documents the degree and scale to which Marine Conservation Agreements (MCAs) are being used in coastal waters in Fiji. The study focuses on partnerships involving local communities and the tourism sector. The study documented tourism-related MCAs included an estimated 266.25 km2 (26,625 ha) of MPAs, of which 210 km2 (21,000 ha) comprised deep water and offshore reefs within two large no-take reserves (Namena Marine Reserve and Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park), and the remaining 56.25 km2 (5,625 ha) comprised mostly shallow fringing reefs and slopes.
By 2048, the Asia-Pacific region may not have any fish stocks left. The region risks losing 45 per cent of its biodiversity and 90 per cent of coral reef, says a report released at the sixth plenary session of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Medellin, Colombia.
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