ICRI News

2014-05-27 07:16

Fisheries ministers from member states of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) met at Fort Young Hotel, in Roseau, Dominica, on Friday, May 23, 2014, for the Eight Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council.

According to CRFM's Executive Director, Milton Haughton, the first sub-regional fisheries management plan (FMP) to facilitate co-operation in the conservation, management and sustainable use of the flying fish resources shared among countries in the Eastern Caribbean, recently endorsed by the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, was presented to the ministers for their review and endorsement.

2014-05-20 04:10

Representatives from 29 countries and 13 international organizations made a commitment to ensure the sustainability of marine resources in the Manado Communiqué, which was agreed upon at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014. The Communiqué, titled ‘The sustainable utilization and conservation of coral reefs, food security, and partnerships and initiatives,' confirms commitments to achieve the long-term conservation and sustainable management of coral reefs for food security, poverty eradication and climate change adaptation.

2014-05-19 06:05
HRH The Princess Royal presented a Whitley Gold Award, a prestigious international nature conservation prize, to Jean Wiener at a special ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in honour of his work to conserve Haiti’s coastal ecosystem and help secure the country’s first-ever Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Haiti’s most productive coastal and marine environments have been under continued threat of over-exploitation from over-fishing, marine pollution, and salt and charcoal production. With large numbers of the Island’s population engaged in subsistence livelihoods, relying on the coastline and surrounding waters for resources and employment, this exploitation threatens to continue unabated.

2014-04-29 05:40

23 April 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) is developing a guidance document to help countries value coastal ecosystems. ‘Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting: Incorporating the Protective Service Values of Coral Reef and Mangroves in National Wealth Accounts,' a PTEC Project Brief, outlines the scope and process of developing such a guidance document.

2014-04-04 05:33

The coral reefs of Mesoamerica - Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico - are known for their striking beauty and colorful diversity, but are we doing enough to protect these natural underwater treasures? That is the focus of a just published study by the Healthy Reefs Initiative. Their 2014 Eco-Audit of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Countries is a systematic multinational evaluation involving four countries, over 50 organizations and more than 350 analytical documents - and is thought to be the only multi-national environmental audit of its kind globally. It was verified by PriceWaterhouseCoopers - Costa Rica.

2014-04-01 04:03

27 March 2014: Tioman Island, Malaysia, has adopted a "reef etiquette" philosophy following a six-year project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The project expanded Malaysia's marine park system by 6,400 hectares and addressed illegal fishing and relationships between local communities and conservation authorities.

2014-03-12 05:55

With help from the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), the Healthy Reefs Initiative, and Amatela, a Tela-based organization, the Honduran government has designated Tela Bay, which contains one of the Caribbean’s healthiest coral reefs, a federal Site of Wildlife Importance. Close to 800 elkhorn corals (Acropora palmata), listed as critically endangered on the IUCN’s Red List and threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, live in the Bay while the Capiro Banks reef has almost four times more live coral cover than most reefs in the region. When the area was first surveyed and described in 2011, the partnership also measured an uncommonly high density of the long-spined sea urchin, which has seriously declined throughout the Caribbean, on the reef.

2014-03-11 04:03

21 February 2014 - The World Bank has announced a US$47.38 million project loan focused on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's coral reefs. This financing is the last tranche of a three-phase program that began in 1998. The loan is supplemented by a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Indonesia has also pledged US$5.74 million for the 5-year project.

2014-02-26 16:15

24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries. The launch ceremony took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 24 February 2014.

2014-02-26 15:34

Indonesia on Friday instituted the world's biggest manta ray sanctuary covering millions of square kilometers as it seeks to protect the huge winged fish and draw more tourists to the sprawling archipelago.

New legislation gives full protection to the creatures across all the waters surrounding Southeast Asia's biggest country, which for years has been the world's largest ray and shark fishery.

2014-02-26 15:44

The International Coral Reef Initiative is supporting fruitful collaboration between Mexico and Costa Rica to respond to the lionfish invasion, which is seriously impacting commercially important species such as lobsters in Cahuita and Manzanillo in the south of Costa Rica.

Dr Ricardo Gomez Lozano from the Mexican Commission on Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), co-chair of ICRI’s Regional Lionfish Committee, is working with Costa Rica this week, with funding provided by the ICRI Secretariat, to help develop a national plan of action to control the lionfish invasion.

2014-02-25 13:12

17 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has announced that nine States in the Arab region signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MoU) concluded under CMS.

2014-02-11 07:05

Participants discussed how to achieve healthy oceans and seas, including through a "stand-alone" Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), at an event on 4 February 2014, in New York, US. ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: A Way Forward' highlighted the role of healthy oceans and seas in the survival of people and the planet and discussed the role of technology in preventing and mitigating impacts from natural phenomena.

Addressing ocean-related challenges and protecting marine biodiversity will require "conservation, but also innovation, not least through the power of technology,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said in his opening remarks. He emphasized the UN's commitment to working with stakeholders “to achieve healthy oceans and sustainable development for all.”

2014-02-11 06:39

The University of Queensland is offering a free online course led by Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and delivered by world leaders in coastal ecology. The seven-week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), starts April 28 and is designed for resource managers, students, professionals, divers and anyone with an interest in coastal ecology and marine conservation. To find out more watch the short video for the course or visit the registration page.

2014-01-29 06:50

On December 18, 2013, Colombia formally declared Acandi, Playon and Playona Wildlife Sanctuaries as its newest national park, adding 26,232 hectares to the country’s marine protected area system, and providing further protection for the world’s largest sea turtle, the leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, which is in danger of extinction. The new park will also help provide refuge for another turtle species, the hawksbill, Eretmochelys imbricate, which is also endangered.

2014-01-22 05:04

Gland, Switzerland, January 21, 2014 - A quarter of the world's sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(tm), with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG).

2014-01-20 07:38

Following a recent request to provide input to their work plan on coral bleaching, the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) has once again approached us to provide input on a Draft Updated Synthesis on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity (the Synthesis) – see the CBD formal notification on this matter.

2014-01-19 06:49

Are you working in Protected Areas in the Pacific? The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is seeking input to develop a Pacific Islands Protected Area Portal, which aims to provide easy access to all available protected area resources and facilitate the sharing of expertise among protected area practitioners in the Pacific Islands.

2014-01-09 12:02

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 the Haitian government published the creation of Haiti’s second Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the official journal, Le Moniteur. The new MPA is hereby called the “The Three Bays Protected Area (Parc Marin des Trois Baies)” and is located in Northeastern Haiti. This new protected area encloses an area covering a total of close to 90,000 hectares (900 sq.km.) and includes the bays of Limonade, Caracol, and Ft. Liberté, as well as the Lagon aux Boeufs.

2013-12-15 09:16

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has decided to install an Executive Director and launch its Permanent Secretariat in Indonesia in mid-2014. The Initiative is also anticipating implementation of its Monitoring and Evaluation System, and has released a set of guidebooks for designing local marine protected areas.

2013-11-29 14:59

The Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) requested ICRI’s input to update their work plan on coral bleaching (see Appendix 1, approximately half way down the page), taking into consideration projected impacts of ocean acidification and the effects of tropical storms and rising sea levels.

2013-11-18 06:22

In association with the Government of Australia, the Government of Belize hosted the 28th General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) from 14 to 17 October in Belize City. Approximately 60 delegates from over 20 countries attended the meeting.

2013-10-10 05:06

30 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved US$4.5 million for the regional Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services Project. Focused on Indonesia and the Philippines, the project aims to design models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision-making, in this biodiversity epicenter.

2013-10-10 05:13

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), through its Regional Lionfish Committee, is urging Caribbean countries to adopt a regional roadmap to control the invasive lionfish.

Regional Lionfish Committee co-chair and lead author Ricardo Gomez Lozano said a Regional Strategy for the Control of Invasive Lionfish in the Wider Caribbean had been developed to help control the introduced reef pest. “The strategy outlines specific actions and encourages transnational collaboration because we believe that by pooling efforts and resources, lionfish control efforts by Caribbean countries can be more efficient,” Mr Gomez Lozano said.

2013-10-04 08:58

London – October 3rd 2013: An international panel of marine scientists is demanding urgent remedies to halt ocean degradation based on findings that the rate, speed and impacts of change in the global ocean are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought.