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Interactions of tuna fisheries with the Galápagos marine reserve

...Since 2012, 5 protected areas that exceed 1 million km2 in size have been created, mostly in remote oceanic areas. The potential conservation and fisheries benefits of such reserves have been debated in the public, the media, and the scientific literature.  Here we analyse the iconic Galápagos Marine Reserve, documenting interactions with and changes in associated tuna purse seine fisheries in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. 

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Fishing commission’s moves on conservation praised

The Pacific environmental agency SPREP says it's happy with the progress made on conservation issues at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in The Philippines last week.

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UNGA Adopts Resolutions on Oceans

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two resolutions that aim to advance implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

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Conserving the Pacific’s fish stocks

The western and central Pacific Ocean is home to the world’s most productive tuna fisheries, supplying global markets with canned tuna, sashimi and other tuna products...Conservation is increasingly a concern as some tuna and associated species are threatened by overfishing. 

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FAO: Call for Expression of Interest for Technical Specialists (VA#170290)

 A Call for Expression of Interest for Technical Specialists (VA # 170290) for Asia and the Pacific region was recently advertised on FAO’s new recruitment portal called Taleo. The call is open until 30 June 2018 and all interested and qualified candidates must apply in order to be considered for interviews and possibly qualify for organizational roster of consultants that RAP will develop for the region. The announcement lists different technical and functional areas and the regional office will start interviewing and developing rosters for all fields.

New tuna conservation measures eyed in Manila

A five-day series of meetings kicked off in Manila Sunday at which representatives from over 30 countries are eyeing to craft new tuna conservation measures in the western and central parts of the Pacific Ocean.

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Impact of anthropogenic disturbances on a diverse riverine fish assemblage in Fiji predicted by functional traits

Anthropogenic disturbances particularly affect biodiversity in sensitive freshwater ecosystems by causing species loss. Thus, measuring the response of species to multiple disturbances is a key issue for conservation and environmental management. 2. As it is not practical to assess the response of every species in a community, we compared the performance of trait and taxonomic-based groupings of species for their abilities to predict species loss in a threatened freshwater fish assemblage.

Habitat change mediates the response of coral reef fish populations to terrestrial run-off

Coastal fish populations are typically threatened by multiple human activities, including fishing pressure and run-off of terrestrial pollution. Linking multiple threats to their impacts on fish populations is challenging because the threats may influence a species directly, or indirectly, via its habitats and its interactions with other species. Here we examine spatial variation in abundance of coral reef fish across gradients of fishing pressure and turbidity in Fiji.

Atlantic bluefin tuna quota jumps as wild stocks recover

Bluefin tuna are found in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Atlantic population has begun rebounding, thanks to an early start in conservation efforts, but stocks in the Pacific remain low.

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