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Posted on November 20, 2012 - 1:36pm, by nwehner

We are pleased to announce that The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with NOAA, and with support from IUCN and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will offer a workshop for coral reef managers from the following countries: Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, India and the islands of Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius, Egypt, Sudan, Eretria, and Djibouti.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on November 20, 2012 - 11:54am, by nwehner

The University of Ulster has launched two new distance learning Masters courses on Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal and Marine Tourism.

The courses are aimed at professionals working in the marine resource management or planning field but who, because of rapid change in the emphasis in management of marine resources, now need to develop new skills and knowledge in marine spatial planning and marine tourism. The distance learning option will appeal to those being re-skilled as marine planners either from a scientific background, or from a planning background.

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on November 20, 2012 - 10:15am, by nwehner

The Mussel Watch Program is a nation-wide water-quality monitoring program run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Since 1986, it has been crucial in helping scientists and the public learn about the presence and extent of toxic contaminants in the nation’s oceans and bays. In Washington, monitoring of Puget Sound is administered by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

In the News
Posted on November 19, 2012 - 10:54am, by nwehner

The Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) organized a small informal discussion among civil society organizations to discuss how oceans-related issues might be incorporated in the proposed new global sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Representatives of organizations working on issues such as environment, animal welfare, law, health, and local fisheries participated. This included groups working at the local, national, EU and international levels.

Please download the attached PDF for the full, three-page report.

In the News
Posted on November 19, 2012 - 9:41am, by nwehner

The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources has promulgated new regulations protecting these rare marine species which took effect on November 11, 2012. American Samoa has acted to protect all sharks plus three species of large coral reef fish in all the waters of the territory of American Samoa. It is now illegal to catch or even possess:

In the News
Posted on November 16, 2012 - 9:36am, by nwehner

The following is the opening section of the new book The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea, by Callum Roberts. It is reprinted here by OpenChannels with permission from Viking Press. 

The water felt chilly as I waded out to fetch the battered skiff from its mooring. It slid easily over the glassy lagoon to the beach, where Julie waited with our diving gear. We had been married a month, and in lieu of a honeymoon I had persuaded her to accept two months of fieldwork studying fish behavior on this remote patch of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It was June 1987, winter in Australia and summer back home. Two herons picked their way along the shoreline looking for breakfast. They flapped off as the outboard engine coughed to life, and we set course for a spot a mile away, across a maze of coral so complex that it would have baffled the most capable navigator.

We anchored on a rubble ridge that separated the lagoon from the open sea. This was our first ocean dive here, and the thrill of expectation was tempered by a frisson of fear. Ahead of us the homely greens and browns of the shallow reef gave way to the dark indigo of the deep. Huge buttresses of coral plunged down hundreds of feet in parallel walls separated by deep channels. Vivid purple finger-corals vied for space with yellow lettuce-coral, while great mounds of blue and green polyps rose from the bottom.

In the News
Posted on November 8, 2012 - 9:31am, by nwehner

Recognizing the priority given by the Caribbean Countries to preserve marine areas, Mexico and the OAS, within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the OAS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), announced the Project "ReefFix: An Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Ecosystem Services Valuation and Capacity Building Project for the Caribbean".

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on November 7, 2012 - 7:47am, by nwehner

Aaron Gray-Block is aboard the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, which is on an expedition in the Indian Ocean to highlight issues around overfishing. In this series of images, taken by Paul Hilton, he joins a community in the Maldives that is using traditional pole and line methods to fish for tuna sustainably.

In the News
Posted on November 6, 2012 - 9:14am, by nwehner

Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote), an independent not-for-profit institution established in 1955, has recently adopted a new 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan that seeks to ensure a comprehensive and integrated 21st Century Mote enterprise with research, innovation and public education and outreach programs that are all among the most creative and fruitful in the world. It is critical that all elements of Mote are guided by the same integrated vision and strategic plan.

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