Marine and Polar


Nations agree to develop instrument to enforce minimum standards of port control to combat illegal fishing by 2009

Illegal fishing, trade in fish, the ecosystem approach to fisheries management, marine protected areas, and the strengthening of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) top COFI agenda …  

14 Mar 2007 | News story

SEIC (Sakhalin Energy Investment Company) provides informal briefing to WGWAP Members

On 5-6 February 2007, four members of the Panel (Reeves, Tsidulko, Vedenev and Yablokov) met for two days in Vladivostok (Russia) with staff and scientific team members from SEIC. …  

12 Mar 2007 | News story

Black grouper,near threatened due to fishing on its spawning aggregation.

Twenty coral reef fishes threatened with extinction

Twenty species of grouper, a globally important group of 162 coral reef food fishes, are threatened with extinction unless management or conservation measures are introduced. …  

06 Mar 2007 | News story

Progressing marine governance issues

This week the ELC hosted the Co-Chairs of the Oceans, Coastals and Coral Reefs Specialist Group (David Vander Zwaag and Nilufer Oral), the Co-Chairs of the High Seas Subgroup (Kristina Gjerde and Rosemary Rayfuse) and Francois Simbard of the Mediterranean Office. …  

08 Feb 2007 | News story

Acropora coral.

South Asia experts compare notes on reef resilience research

The South Asia Reef Resilience Workshop, held in Bentota, Sri Lanka, 15-18 January 2007, brought together coral reef scientists, managers and policy makers from five countries in South Asia and around the Bay of Bengal: Indonesia, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The main objectives of the workshop were to provide insight into the state of coral reef resilience research and management adaptations internationally, identify and discuss regional needs and priorities, as well as to promote learning and exchange of information. …  

25 Jan 2007 | News story

Is the Vaquita porpoise extinct?

Cetacean experts of IUCN’s Species Survivial Commission are meeting this week to review the status of the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises. …  

24 Jan 2007 | News story

WGWAP Picture

New Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel agrees on way forward

Solutions to issues surrounding oil and gas development in the summer feeding habitat of the critically endangered western gray whale population began to emerge at the first meeting of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, convened by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) recently. …  

20 Nov 2006 | News story

Whale photograph

New scientific panel to keep the finger on the pulse of the endangered Western Gray Whale

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) convenes a new independent scientific advisory panel to monitor the impact of the Sakhalin II offshore oil and gas development on critically endangered Western Gray Whale population LINKS:


02 Oct 2006 | News story

Whale carcass

Minke Whale Carcass Washed Up On Sakhalin Coast

IUCN has received a report from Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) of a Minke whale carcass found on the Sakhalin Coast in the area of Dagi Bay. The incident was reported to IUCN by SEIC management staff on Saturday 02 September, 2006, soon after the carcass was sighted by a regular flight along the coast that looks out for marine mammal carcases.

04 Sep 2006 | 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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