Fisheries & Aquaculture

Kai community visit team of IUCN ORO, French Embassy and Rewa Provincial officials at Muana village.

A day out for kai : Community visit to Muana village, Rewa, Fiji for the kai fishery project

On Tuesday 10 November, IUCN Oceania Regional Office successfully organised a community visit trip to a kai fishery project site in Muana Village in Rewa, led by the Regional Program Coordinator, Mason Smith. The community visit consisted of a small delegation from the French Embassy led by the Head of Culture, Education and Science section, Emmanuelle Charrier as well as officials from the Rewa Provincial Office. …  

13 Nov 2015 | News story

Participants to the first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) in Tonga.

Ha'apai hosts the first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) in Tonga

The first ever national workshop on Special Management Areas (SMAs) was opened on Wednesday 14 October by the Governor of Ha’apai District, Mo’ale Finau. In his opening remarks, Governor Finau stressed that that the whole of Tonga need to embrace the SMA programme in order to preserve all marine life in our coastal areas not only for our immediate needs but most importantly for future generations. …  

14 Oct 2015 | News story

Shark presence in Maio, Cape Verde

Fishermen turning to shark conservation in Maio, Cape Verde

According to SOS grantee Edita Magileviciute, the recent in-water survey of sharks in Maio, one of the islands of the Cape Verde archipelago, confirmed presence of nurse and lemon sharks. Moreover, there is a high potential that the coastal waters of Maio could be shark breeding grounds.    

06 Jan 2015 | News story

Organic shrimps collected by farmers at Nhung Mien, Ca Mau Province

Paving the way for sustainable shrimp farming in Viet Nam

Extensive shrimp farming has had major negative impacts on many coastal areas in Asia, with farmers converting large areas of intact mangrove forest to shrimp ponds. While the business can be lucrative, when prices fall or disease hits entire harvests may be wiped out. Even worse, the integrity of coastal ecosystems suffers, leaving local communities extremely vulnerable to natural disasters.  …  

06 Jan 2015 | Article

13A-069-018 Reef Manta Ray Ventral Shot, Maldives _ Guy Stevens, SOS SAve Our Species, Manta Trust

A good news story unfolds for mantas and sharks

What did it take to get here? And what will it take to go further? asks Isabel Ender, Conservation Strategy Manager with the Manta Trust, an SOS Grantee. …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story

Pacific Islander diving for bêche-de-mer

Challenges facing management of coastal fisheries and bêche-de-mer in the Pacific

The Pacific Islands region is reaching a critical point in the management of its coastal fisheries (including bêche-de-mer), as unsustainable fishing practices risk the region’s future sustenance, livelihoods and safety. Fisheries ministers from across the Pacific Islands region will discuss how to address these challenges at a three-day meeting this week in Nadi, Fiji. …  

05 Aug 2014 | Article

12A_48_06, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast, by Rubaiyat Mansur WCS, SOS - Save Our Species

SOS Marine: Collaboration key to saving Bangladesh’s cetaceans from gillnets

The lives of Bangladesh's fishermen and its coastal cetaceans are intertwined. Regarded as their brethren at sea, fishermen often lament the death of these top predators through entanglement in gillnets. Finding mutually beneficial solutions, Brian Smith and colleague Rubaiyat Mowgli Mansur, working for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society, report on the promising start to an initiative to align priorities for both fishermen and cetaceans using new processes and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. With such an innovative project, there has been some learning on the job generating new insights and practices according to Brian.   …  

10 Jul 2014 | News story

2013A-058, Manta Ray, Wildaid, SOS Save Our Species, Shawn Heinrichs

SOS Marine: WildAid Launches Campaign to Reduce Consumption of Manta Ray Gills in China

Influencing consumer behaviour toward protecting a species such as the iconic Manta Ray is a nuanced and lengthy process gaining awareness, changing attitudes and finally changing actions. It is work that SOS Grantee WildAid, has been doing for some time using a toolkit including celebrity ambassadors, social media, television and billboard advertising to win hearts and minds. First and key, however, is up to date market information: in this case the manta gill plate consumer market of Guangzhou, China – where 99% of the world’s consumption occurs.   …  

09 Jul 2014 | News story

scalloped_hammerhead, sphyrna lewini, simon rogerson

Oceana requests Undersecretary of Fisheries measures to prevent shark bycatch in Chilean oceans

SOS Grantee and international marine conservation organization, Oceana, made big news for shark conservation in Chile at the end of April 2014. Calling on the Chilean government to protect its sharks, Oceana hit the nation's television screens with a 3 minute feature on TVN's 24 horas news programme. Speaking to camera Oceana's Executive Director, Alex Muñoz reached an estimated audience of 2 million viewers explaining the impacts of practices such as over-fishing and shark finning. …  

05 May 2014 | News story

SOS Save Our Species, West African Manatee, Lucy Diagne

Manatee hunters turned fish-keepers

The West African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is the least studied mammal in Africa despite having a range larger than the United States: encompassing 21 African countries. At the same time, it faces serious threats from hunting and accidental capture in fishing nets. …  

07 Apr 2014 | News story

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