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After years of decline, sea turtle numbers rising

...a recent global study of the planet’s sea turtles by a team of scientists from Greece and Australia reveals a surprising twist to decades or even centuries of decline: Conservation efforts are working.

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Fiji - Vatuvara Foundation Blog - now live

The Vatuvara Foundation's blog on their recent marine survey with the WCS is now live. The blog outlines  survey findings by Vatuvara Foundation and WCS, along with links to download the full report.The blog and report is available on both Vatuvara Foundation and WCS websites.

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Marine Biological Surveys of Coral Reefs in the Northern Lau Group

The province of Lau, located in Fiji’s Eastern Division,comprises 60 islands and islets collectively known asthe Lau Group. The Lau Group has been identified as anarea of national significance and high priority for marineprotection. On 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston that caused widespread damage across the country. Cyclone Winston made first landfall through the Eastern Division, severely damagingthe islands and diverse ecosystems of Northern Lau.

Dive into marine data with Ocean+ Data

UNEP-WCMC launches Ocean+ Data, an online library of 183 ocean-related data resources to support informed decision-making for ocean conservation.

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Fiji - Reef systems show resilience

The "Marine Biological Survey of Coral Reefs in the northern Lau Group" report revealed that Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston affected half of the 33 reef sites surveyed.

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Training Opportunity in oceanographic observations - POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowships

This programme is jointly funded by POGO and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans.The fellowship program is open to scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (preferably of PhD level) and post-doctoral fellows of developing countries and countries with economies in transition and involved in oceanographic work.

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Samoa hosts Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium

Pacific history was made with the very first Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium opening in Samoa today, demonstrating global leadership from the island region in protecting and conserving Pacific sharks and rays.

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