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Coral reef fishes exhibit beneficial phenotypes inside marine protected areas

Human fishing effort is size-selective, preferentially removing the largest individuals from harvested stocks. Intensive, size-specific fishing mortality induces directional shifts in phenotypic frequencies towards the predominance of smaller and earlier-maturing individuals, which are among the primary causes of declining fish biomass.

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Easter Island votes for world’s newest marine reserve

The Rapa Nui people and government of Chile are currently planning how the reserve will be enforced and monitored, prior to the official signing ceremony on February 27. 

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P.M. Tuilaepa says ‘below 1.5 degrees target not a choice, an absolute necessity’

The stark realities of climate change were laid bare at the opening of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Conference in Wellington. Calls from Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for urgent action were made as climate change is put under the microscope during the conference. 

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Asean officials learn about marine-protected areas

Several officials from environment offices of some Southeast Asian countries visited marine-protected areas (MPAs) in Batangas province in the Philippines early this month in order to observe and learn from the experiences of key stakeholders in protected area management.

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Exceptional new coastal Ramsar Site for Fiji

Fiji has designated its second Ramsar Site: Qoliqoli Cokovata (Ramsar Site no. 2331) covers over 134,000 hectares of fishing grounds on the north coast of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island. 

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How a Scientist Counted the Fish in a Huge Marine Reserve in Just 8 Days

Hydroacoustics allowed a single researcher to survey the fish population of a 17,600-acre preserve in Mexico in days. The technology could help small island states that are creating big marine protected areas but lack the resources to monitor them.

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