Marine and Polar

White capped Albatross, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Getting seabirds off the hook

The Hawaiian longline tuna fishery has managed to reduce seabird bycatch by 67% since 2001 by making alterations to their fishing gear and methods, a new scientific study shows.  A combination of new bait technologies and fishing techniques have dramatically reduced seabird bycatch.  More birdlife could be saved, however, if the rules were applied in a larger area and fishing effort reduced in certain seasons.   …  

03 Nov 2008 | News story

Earth viewed from space. Courtesy: NASA.

New Impetus for the High Seas following IUCN World Conservation Congress

IUCN members at the World Conservation Congress have called for strong action to protect high seas biodiversity and to regulate the human activities impacting it. This signals a growing awareness of the vital role oceans play in sustaining life on our planet and alarm at the multiplying threats to marine biodiversity from human activities in areas beyond national jurisdiction (the high seas). …  

24 Oct 2008 | News story

Whale photograph

Watch the whales

IUCN’s members voted in favour of a resolution on whale conservation which called for the promotion of non-lethal use of whales through responsible whale watching. …  

14 Oct 2008 | News story

Phytoplankton bloom off Argentina.

Is marine geo-engineering a solution to climate change?

Climate change is destroying ecosystems and desolating communities dependent upon them. Should we now be seeking to reverse this trend through intentional large-scale manipulation of the marine environment? …  

09 Oct 2008 | News story

Adrift - Tales of ocean fragility

Tales of 12 species: Conservation or destruction?

The book Adrift: Tales of Ocean Fragility was launched today, with stories of curious sharks and ghost fishing on high seas. …  

07 Oct 2008 | News story

Turtle

Marine issues go high tech

A new layer of Google Earth Outreach was launched today which will bring marine conservation to millions of desktops around the world for the first time. …  

07 Oct 2008 | News story

Manta Ray

IUCN President Valli Moosa to launch 10 principles to save the high seas

IUCN’s President, Valli Moosa, will this Tuesday launch 10 Principles for modern high seas governance and challenge international experts to find new ways to implement them. The 10 Principles reflect fundamental principles that nations have agreed to in various treaties and declarations but have largely failed to implement on the nearly 50% of the planet that lies beyond individual nation’s jurisdiction. …  

05 Oct 2008 | News story

IUCN Marine Journey at IUCN Congress 2008

Join the Marine Journey at Congress

The Marine Journey features over 60 events including workshops, films, book launches, technological demonstrations, expedition launches, receptions and debates. These are captured in the navigational chart that the Global Marine Programme has put together to guide participants through the marine journey. …  

05 Oct 2008 | News story

Marovo Lagoon Solomon Islands

Islands Journey at WCC

Islands Journey - In the mood for an Island Getaway? …  

03 Oct 2008 | News story

Tall Ship at the Harbour Village

Sailing to Barcelona - Book your event onboard!

From 4 to 9 October, Sailing to Barcelona boats will be moored at the Port Vell, Barcelona’s main harbour next to the city centre. Come and visit us at Port Vell every day after Congress from 19:30 onwards, and discover what participating boats are doing for coastal and marine conservation! …  

25 Sep 2008 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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