ICRI News

2013-04-30 05:10

Gland, Switzerland, 28 April 2013 - At least 12% of groupers - globally-important food fish species that live on coral and rocky reefs - face extinction, putting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people around the world at risk, finds a report published today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission's (IUCN SSC) Grouper and Wrasse Specialist Group.

2013-04-16 09:35

An international team of scientists has recently adopted a 'consensus statement' which assesses the current state of knowledge, and identifies knowledge gaps on coral reef physiology and reproduction. Successful reproduction processes in corals are essential to maintain, renew and restore coral colonies. However, these processes are highlysensitive to various environmental stressors (including impacts of climate change) and these stresses tend to divert their energy away from growth and reproduction. The statement aims to draw attention internationally on this worrying trend, and calls for action at local levels to reduce these threats. The consensus statement is available in both English and French.

2013-04-16 06:42

The offshore Sistema de Humedales de la Isla de Utila (16,226 hectares, 16o06’00”N 085o56’14”W) comprises the Bahía Islands Marine Park, which includes two Marine Special Protection Zones and one Wildlife Refuge. The importance of the site, which includes the Isla de Utila and surrounding waters, is based on its diverse and interdependent ecosystems, which are part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System and include coral reefs, marine grasses, mangroves, swamps, coastal lakes, rocky shores, hypersaline shallow waters, and floodplains, as well as above and below ground karstic systems.

2013-03-21 12:25

CITES plenary today accepted Committee recommendations to list five species of highly traded sharks under the CITES Appendices, along with those for the listing of both manta rays and one species of sawfish. Japan, backed by Gambia and India, unsuccessfully challenged the Committee decision to list the oceanic whitetip shark, while Grenada and China failed in an attempt to reopen debate on listing three hammerhead species. Colombia, Senegal, Mexico and others took the floor to defend Committee decisions to list sharks.

2013-03-21 07:42

Palau's president has proposed banning all commercial fishing in the Pacific nation's waters to create one of the world's largest marine reserves, covering an area roughly the size of France.

President Tommy Remengesau, who was elected last November, says a commercial fishing ban could help Palau earn more money from tourism than it currently gets from tuna fleets.

He says his vision is for an area "so well protected" that Palau would become the world's largest marine sanctuary. "No longer will Palau be merely a shark sanctuary, it will be a sea sanctuary that protects all marine wildlife within Palau's exclusive economic zone (EEZ)," President Remengesau said.

Palau won international acclaim when it created the world's first shark sanctuary in 2009.

2013-03-04 08:37

26 February 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported on the impacts of the La Niña phenomenon in 2010-2011, which caused a massive ocean heatwave in the Indian Ocean, more than 10,000 km off of Australia’s western coast.

2013-03-04 08:43

Feb. 25, 2013 — In a study published February 24 in Nature Climate Change researchers used the latest emissions scenarios and climate models to show how varying levels of carbon emissions are likely to result in more frequent and severe coral bleaching events.

2013-02-26 08:17

The 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly has once again recognised the importance of our Partnership by “reiterating its support” to ICRI in the resolution entitled Oceans and the law of the Sea adopted on 11 December 2012.

2013-02-26 07:41

20 February 2013: The Second Signatory State Meeting for the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MoU) convened from 19-20 February, in Manila, the Philippines, acknowledged progress in the conservation of the dugong, while four new Signatories – Bangladesh, Egypt, Somalia and Sudan – joined the MoU.

2013-02-25 05:44

Montreal, 18 February 2013 – In response to the call for champions in support of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the Republic of Maldives has pledged to become the first nation where the entire country and its Exclusive Economic Zone will be a Biosphere Reserve.

2013-02-14 11:02

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is calling on Pacific communities to assist with ongoing efforts to track over 15,000 sea turtles in the region. Communities are asked to report turtle sightings, along with turtle tracking information to SPREP.

2013-02-14 04:26

The government of the Netherlands has designated three new coastal and near-coastal Wetlands of International Importance, with coral reefs, on the Netherlands Antilles island of Curaçao, a constitutent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in the Leeward Antilles 70km north of Venezuela.

2013-01-31 05:43

The Parque Nacional Manglares del Bajo Yuna (77,518 hectares, 19º10’12”N 069º40’48”W) has been named as the Dominican Republic’s third Wetland of International Importance, effective as of World Wetlands Day, 2 February 2013. A large subtropical coastal wetland, with estuarine characteristics, predominance of mangroves, and many watercourses, it is located in the Samaná Bay, the largest semi-closed bay in the Caribbean, which contains a specific salinity gradient capable of supporting a great mosaic of habitats. It is also important by being part of karst systems and springs.

2013-01-21 04:57

The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on an upcoming mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project in two of the Marshall Islands’ wetlands of international importance, Namdrik and Jaluit Atolls.

2013-01-21 04:49

The Government of Belize has announced that it is to create a marine reserve around Turneffe Atoll, part of the largest and most biodiverse coral reef system in the western hemisphere.

2012-12-06 11:14

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and its partner NOAA are soliciting conservation grant proposals for coral reef conservation.

2012-12-06 10:55

New York (December 5, 2012) — The Wildlife Conservation Society congratulates Madagascar’s Ministry of Fisheries and local communities around Ankarea Marine Protected Area (MPA) for working together to eliminate illegal sea cucumber harvesting from an area known for highest coral species richness in the Western Indian Ocean.

2012-11-24 11:12

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and aims to benefit 63 countries.

2012-11-23 13:00

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, Seychelles, Mauritius, Egypt, Sudan, Eretria, Djibouti and the islands of Madagascar. The workshop "Responding to Climate Change and Reef Resilience Workshop" will be held in Zanzibar, Tanzania in early June 2013 (dates TBD).

2012-11-14 03:12

The Primeiras and Segundas have been approved as a marine protected area in Mozambique making this diverse ten-island archipelago Africa’s largest coastal marine reserve.

Comprising ten islands off the coast of northern Mozambique, and featuring abundant coral and marine turtle species, the protected area will cover more than 1,040,926 hectares. WWF has worked for eight years to secure this important marine reserve, which has been threatened by overfishing and unauthorised tourism.

“This is a great response to the appeal by local communities to help them protect their resources,” said Florêncio Marerua, WWF Mozambique´s Country Director.

2012-11-11 12:00

On October 26, 2012, NOAA Coral Reef Watch (CRW) released on its website an experimental daily Light Stress Damage product for the greater Caribbean region: http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/research/lsd_index.html.

2012-11-01 14:23

18 October 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Mexico announced joint implementation of a project aiming to improve the capacity of Caribbean countries to value and measure ecosystem services of coral reefs and to strengthen coastal zone management systems.

2012-10-31 05:11

This report is based on the information collected by hard working scientists, managers, conservation organisations and non-governmental organisations working tirelessly across the Pacific. It shows that the coral reefs of the Pacific are in better condition than those in other reef regions in the world, and remain the less stressed compared to reefs elsewhere. This is encouraging considering that recent global reports paint a gloomy picture of the status (and likely future prospects) of large areas of the world’s coral reefs.

2012-10-10 05:01

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 8 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, directly following the sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The two-week meeting will address a series of cross-cutting and ecosystem-related issues, as well as financial, administrative and implementation-related topics.

2012-10-05 16:09

This guide provides best practices for lionfish control and management, including control strategies, outreach and education, research, monitoring, legal considerations, and ideas for securing resources and partnerships. By following these best practices, resource managers can reduce the local impacts of invasive lionfish in marine protected areas and other places of ecological and economic importance.

This project would not have been possible without the support of NOAA, REEF, ICRI, United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme, SPAW-RAC, and the over 40 participants of the 2010 Caribbean Regional Lionfish Workshop.