Marine and Polar

Coral reef survey

'Game-changing visual record' of Great Barrier Reef published

IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney, November 14 2014 - The Catlin Seaview Survey, in which IUCN is a partner, announced today that a complete visual and data record from its expeditions along the Great Barrier Reef is now available to anyone to use through the Catlin Global Reef Record. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story

The Marumaru Atua arriving on the Gold Coast, Australia, as part of the Mua Voyage to Sydney for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Championing Ocean Issues at the Sydney World Park’s Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature will is holding its once in a decade World Parks Congress beginning November 12th. This year’s congregation of non-profits, private interests and agencies, all working on protected areas across the globe, will be unique for two important reasons. The event will have a much larger ocean focus than ever before, featuring over 250 ocean-related sessions joined together under a Marine Theme, and the Congress will be using technologies for ocean outreach and collaboration that are thoroughly new to the IUCN’s events. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story

The Mua Voyage vaka canoes about to sail under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pacific Island leaders sail into Sydney Harbour with call to protect oceans

The leaders of Kiribati, Cook Islands and Palau have called on the world to follow their lead in ocean protection, after sailing into Sydney Harbour aboard traditional voyaging canoes that have travelled more than 6,000 nautical miles from the Pacific Islands. …  

12 Nov 2014 | News story

Cozumel Emerald Hummingbird

IUCN welcomes 17 new Members

The IUCN Council has admitted 17 new Members to IUCN. …   | French | Spanish

10 Nov 2014 | News story

12A-048-026, Rubaiyat Mansur, WCS, Pantropical spotted dolphin, SOS - Save Our Species

Bangladesh creates new Marine Protected Area for Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and Turtles

On 3 November 2014, the Government of Bangladesh declared the country’s first Marine Protected Area, Swatch of No Ground, to safeguard whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other oceanic species under the Wildlife (Conservation and Security) Act, 2012.   …  

07 Nov 2014 | News story

His Excellency Anote Tong, President of Kiribati

Pacific Island leaders to help spread Mua Voyage’s message on conservation

As the Mua Voyage canoes sails south from the Gold Coast with their message on oceans and climate change, three Pacific Island political leaders have confirmed they will be on board the canoes when they sail into Sydney Harbour. …  

03 Nov 2014 | News story

SOS - Save Our Species, EWT, Jay Roode, Dugong, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park

A good year for Bazaruto's Dugongs

Reaching October without a single Dugong mortality is something we need to shout about according to SOS Grantee Karen Allen from IUCN Member, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT).   …  

31 Oct 2014 | News story

Climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of severe storms in the Pacific

Oceans and climate change at the forefront as three sailing canoes unite on an important voyage

Pressure increases on the developed world to open its eyes to the realities of climate change, as the Mua Voyage expands to three canoes – sailing on behalf of all Pacific Islanders with the message to the world about ‘Our People, Our Islands, Our Ocean, Our Future’. …  

14 Oct 2014 | News story

Shark Reef Marine Reserve logo

Creation of a new Marine Park in Fiji

In November 2014, the Fiji Shark Reef Marine Reserve will formally be declared a National Marine Park by the government of Fiji. This is a first in the archipelago and the result of an excellent local initiative which took 11 years to succeed from which the whole community will benefit. …  

09 Oct 2014 | News story

Fiji's Uto ni Yalo, Samoa's Gaualofa and Cook Islands' Marumaru Atua in Suva, Fiji, as part of the Mua Voyage to IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

Mua Voyage receives traditional welcome in Fiji

As momentum from across the Pacific builds for global action against climate change, members of Fiji’s Uto ni Yalo crew provided a traditional welcome for boat crew members from the Cook Islands and Samoan voyaging canoes who arrived into Suva today armed with their message on people, oceans and climate change. …  

06 Oct 2014 | News story

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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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