Finance Tools for Coral Reef Conservation: An Overview

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For the week of 13 May 2019 

Please join us for our webinar on Finance Tools for Coral Reef Conservation: An Overview with David Meyers of the Conservation Finance Alliance and Venkat Iyer of the UN Environment. 

This webinar will be offered at two different times:

The Wildlife Conservation Society, in collaboration with the Conservation Finance Alliance and in support of the 50 Reefs initiative, recently released "Finance Tools for Coral Reef Conservation: A Guide" as a resource for protected area managers and others charged with managing and financing reef conservation. The report describes 13 types of finance tools which have either been proven successful at or have great potential to support reef conservation and sustainable management. Some of the finance tools to be covered in this overview webinar include various tourism-based fees, biodiversity offsets, bonds, debt swaps, and conservation trust funds. This webinar will share key findings and recommendations from the report and invite discussion from participants. This webinar is sponsored by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), an informal partnership which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, as part of its collaboration with the Conservation Finance Alliance for promoting innovative financing for coral reef conservation.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News), the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe), and the Reef Resilience Network

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NGOs Call for NOAA to Strengthen Seafood Import Standards

Last year NOAA released the Seafood Import Monitoring Program that aims to lessen America's import of seafood associated with IUU fishing. An overall good program, the NRDC thinks there could be a few improvements made (via NRDC).

In fight to shield coral reefs from warming oceans, U.S. and Australian experts join forces

A close-knit relationship over the love of warm-water corals formed between researchers from Florida, USA and Queensland, Australia in order to share knowledge about these fragile ecosystems (via

Thirty sharks captured on barrier reef and exported to France all died in captivity

Over a span of eight years, thirty scalloped hammerhead sharks native to the Great Barrier Reef died in a French Aquarium. The cause of death for the threatened sharks is being further investigated (via The Guardian).

Not 'if' but 'when' is the next Deepwater Horizon spill?

The Trump administration consistently pushes for expanding offshore oil drilling. Conservationist groups have shut down many of the administrations efforts, but more action will be needed to ensure the next disaster doesn't happen.  (via The Hill).

In other News this week

  • The Skimmer: Read up on the May edition of The Skimmer (formerly MEAM). Lead article on "What is marine plastic pollution costing us? The impacts of marine plastic on the Blue Economy" (Read Full Issue Here)
  • Cleaner New York waterways are causing surge in beached whales (via NY Post)
  • Pacific islands set example in protecting ocean for generations to com (via Post Guam)
  • Wildlife in peril as British beach clean-up fails (via The Times)
  • Proposed marine protection measures for south-eastern South Island (via NZ Herald)
  • Fishing activity near marine protected areas affects the feeding ability of glass sponges (via MBARI)
  • The U.N. says 1 million species could disappear. Pacific islands have a solution. (via Grist)
  • Russia exploits climate change in the Arctic, ignoring threat to infrastructure (via The Hill)
  • Sad reality: Trash found during record-setting dive to deepest place on planet (via ABC News)
  • In the warming Arctic, a promising solution to climate change (via Grist)
  • Retired oil rigs off the California coast could find new lives as artificial reefs (via
  • New threat revealed for baby turtles (via
  • It was 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this weekend as carbon dioxide hit its highest level in human history (via The Washington Post)

1 new Podcast Episode and 2 new Archived Webinars this week

  • OCTOPOD - Like us on Facebook because we post Octopus pics (
  • Archived Webinar: China’s Underwater Cultural Heritage in the South China Sea: Nanhai #1, A Window on the Maritime Silk Road (
  • Archived Webinar: Current Actions of the West Coast Marine Debris Plans – a project of the West Coast Marine Debris Alliance (

2 new Conferences this week

  • Arctic Futures 2050 in Washington, D.C. from September 4-6, 2019. (
  • Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in Tampa, Florida from February 3-6, 2020. (

24 new Literature items this week

  • Frontiers in Marine Science has released, Better Regional Ocean Observing Through Cross-National Cooperation: A Case Study From the Northeast Pacific (Freely Available) (
  • Geoforum has published, Assembling global conservation governance (US $19.95) (
  • PeerJ has published, Preference classes in society for coastal marine protected areas (Freely Available) (
  • See the rest HERE

11 new Jobs this week

  • Apply for the Conway Science Fellowship with the National Park Foundation. Applications due June 30th. (
  • Become a Research Assistant for Blue Earth Consultants, a Division of ERG. (
  • Integrated Statistics is hiring for a Fisheries Biologist to work with NOAA. (
  • See the rest HERE