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Solomon Islands - Govt pledges renewed support to East Rennell World Heritage Site program

18 August, 2017
The Government will continue to work with its development partners; private sector investors and other interested parties to continue provide necessary support towards East Rennell World Heritage Site development agenda said Minister of Environment and Conservation Samuel Manetoali. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Science shows riparian plantings are keeping streams clean

18 August, 2017
We bet you're thinking that keeping stock out of water, along with grass filters or native plantings along waterways are the equivalent of plastering over the nation's water quality cracks. Looks good, doesn't fix the problem – right? Well this might surprise you then, but no. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Fishing practices and representations of shark conservation issues among users of a land-based shark angling online forum

18 August, 2017
Recreational fisheries can play a significant role in the population dynamics of threatened fish species, but have received much less research and management attention than commercial fisheries. Land-based anglers are a group of recreational fishers that fish from beaches or piers; however, comparatively little is known about the practices and perceptions of this stakeholder group. Click on the link below for information on how to access the full article.


Solomon islands - Renbell Premier points out constraints to East Rennell conservation bids

18 August, 2017
Premier of  Rennell Bellona, Collin Tesuatai during opening of a three-day round table meeting to address the East Rennell world heritage conservation site on Wednesday highlighted certain factors that hinder the conservation efforts there since it started in 1998. Click on the link below to read full story.


Blue Pacific tops agenda

18 August, 2017
The concept of Blue Pacific was one of the major topics discussed at the two-day 2017 Forum Officials Committee meeting pre-forum session earlier in the week in Suva.  Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor said the secretariat, had prepared a paper to articulate the concept of Blue Pacific. Click on the link below to read the full story.
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United States - Four Pacific Marine National Monuments Face Threat Under Trump Order

18 August, 2017
Fishing interests push to roll back the world's biggest set of ocean reserves as Secretary Zinke prepares recommendations. Click on the link below for the full story.


Q&A: Jean-Michel Cousteau – The Need For Ocean Conservation

18 August, 2017
World famous French explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau was in Fiji recently to discuss ideas with the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, on the conservation of our oceans. Mr Cousteau founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999 – a not-for-profit marine conservation society that spreads awareness on the importance of protecting marine life across the globe. Click on the link below to read the full story.
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New publication - Performing “A New Song”: Suggested Considerations for Drafting Effective Coastal Fisheries Legislation Under Climate Change

11 August, 2017
A New Song for Coastal Fisheries, a strategy and roadmap produced through a participatory workshop facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, calls upon Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to ensure strong and up-to-date management policy, legislation, and planning for coastal fisheries. While climate change is not a core focus of the roadmap, the call of A New Song presents a unique opportunity to draft new or revised fishery legislation with climate principles in mind.


ISSF welcomes FAD measures, calls on IATTC to tackle remaining issues

11 August, 2017
Conservation proposals that were submitted to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) but not addressed at its recent meeting in Mexico need to be tackled at the next meeting...Topics that still need to be tackled following the July meeting include the introduction of conservation measures for sharks, turtles, and manta rays... Click on the link below to read the full story.


Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress arrives to Chile

11 August, 2017
This year, Chile will host the Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4), and Patagon Journal has the honor of being a media partner of the event, which will take place between September 4 and 8 in La Serena. Click on the link below to read the full story.


United States - Endangered species petition for bluefin tuna rejected

11 August, 2017
Federal fisheries managers rejected a petition to list Pacific bluefin tuna as endangered this week, concluding that the species is stable, despite its historic low numbers. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Blue Economy Conference looks at Pacific Islands ocean resources

11 August, 2017
Identifying opportunities the blue economy offers to Pacific Islands,  so that they can sustainably manage and conserve their ocean resources to benefit their economies and people will be the focus at the first high level Pacific Blue Economy Conference to be held on 23-24 August 2017, in Suva, Fiji. Click on the link below to read the full story.


Restoring health of oceans

11 August, 2017
Partnership is one of the cornerstones for successfully implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Click on the link below to read the full story.
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Marine reserves a solution to bycatch problem in oceans

11 August, 2017
Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study in the journal PNAS led by the University of California, Davis.  Click on the link below to read the full story.


OTGA/INOS-UMT Marine GIS Applications (using QGIS) Training Course

11 August, 2017
The course provides an introduction for marine data managers to the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to the marine environment using open source software (QGIS). This includes acquisition, processing, analysis, and interpretation of data to create products in support of marine and coastal programs. Click on the link below for further details about the course including guidelines for applying.
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SPREP vacancy - Protected Areas Officer (PAO)

04 August, 2017
The Protected Areas Officer (PAO) is a new position under phase two of the Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) implemented by SPREP. Applications Close: Friday 24th August 2017   Please click on the link below for the information package for this vacancy.


Gaps and opportunities for the World Heritage Convention to contribute to global wilderness conservation

04 August, 2017
Wilderness areas are important for biodiversity conservation, along with sustaining key ecological processes, and ecosystem services that underpin planetary life-support systems. Despite these widely recognized benefits and values they are insufficiently protected and are consequently being rapidly eroded.  Click on the link below to read the full abstract of the article and for information on accessing the full article.


Al Gore: 'The rich have subverted all reason'

04 August, 2017
With the sequel to his blockbuster documentary An Inconvenient Truth about to be released, Al Gore tells how his role at the forefront of the fight against climate change consumes his life. Click on the link below to read the full story.


International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) & UN Environment Grants Programme 2017

04 August, 2017
  This grants programme is a joint initiative of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment, to catalyze implementation of the ICRI Plan of Action 2016-2018 and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution 2/12 on sustainable coral reefs management. Grants under this programme are funded by UN Environment through contributions from France and the Principality of Monaco.
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Pew: IATTC fails to tackle drop in bluefin tuna stocks

04 August, 2017
During the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) meeting that took place in Mexico City last week, no measures were agreed to tackle the decrease in Pacific bluefin tuna... Click on the link below to read the full story.


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