NASA sees 2 tropical cyclones competing in the Indian OceanEurekAlert | 13 May 2013
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Indian Ocean is alive with tropical activity today, May 10, as there's a tropical storm in both the northern and southern oceans. Tropical Cyclone Jamala (formerly 24S) and newborn Tropical Cyclone 01B were both captured on one image from NASA's Terra satellite today.
Greenpeace attacks IOTC effortsWorld Fishing | 13 May 2013
Greenpeace International has accused the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) of lacking in action to halt the decline of the region's vulnerable tuna and taking measures to protect sharks.
Fishing capacity in Indian OceanWorld Fishing | 08 May 2013
Greenpeace International has released a report, presented to delegates attending the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) in Mauritius last week, highlighting the lack of data on fishing capacity in the Indian Ocean.
Oman Joins Ramsar, Designates Nature Reservebiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 06 May 2013
2 May 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) has reported that the Government of Oman has acceded to the Convention, becoming its 167th contracting party. The wetland Qurm Nature Reserve was designated as its first Ramsar site.
Mozambique Leads in Marine Conservationtheterramarproject.org | 02 May 2013
Mozambiques pristine Primeiras and Segundas coastal belt is now formally under conservation, thanks to the recent proclamation of Africas biggest marine protected area (MPA).
New fund for more responsible shrimpWorld Fishing | 26 Apr 2013
The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) has launched the Farmers in Transition (FIT) Fund at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels.
Israeli scientists discover why soft corals have unique pulsating motionEurekAlert | 24 Apr 2013
Scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have discovered why Heteroxenia corals pulsate. Their work, which resolves an old scientific mystery, appears in the current issue of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US).
Great white sharksEurekAlert | 11 Apr 2013
Captain Chris Fallows from Apex Expeditions collaborated with University of Miami scientists Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and Austin Gallagher, to explore the behaviors of Great white sharks scavenging on dead whales in South Africa. The team documented as many as 40 different sharks scavenging on a carcass over the course of a single day, revealing unique social interactions among sharks.
Bloom: Photosynthetic pods for mid-ocean livingsmartplanet.com | 05 Apr 2013
Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that float around the water surface, harnessing sunlight to make energy for themselves. Like plants, they use chlorophyll to produce oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide. So, with impending sea level rises, French architecture firm Sitbon Architectes designed a livable, phytoplankton farm to be installed in the Indian Ocean.
Ancient pool of warm water questions current climate modelsEurekAlert | 04 Apr 2013
(University College London) A huge pool of warm water that stretched out from Indonesia over to Africa and South America four million years ago suggests climate models might be too conservative in forecasting tropical changes.
Australian fish mapping tool launchedWorld Fishing | 02 Apr 2013
FishMap has been launched to allow users to discover which fish live in any location at any depth along Australia's continental shelf and slope.
SGP Seychelles Launch of the Community-Based Adaptation Programmesgp.undp.org | 20 Mar 2013
Adapting to climate change involves reducing exposure and sensitivity to the effects and increasing the capacity of local communities in the face of such adversity. The first steps to community-based adaptation to climate change in the Seychelles were taken on 18 January 2013 by the official launch of the AusAID funded Small Islands Developing States(SIDS) Community Based Adaptation (CBA) programme.
Jakarta skipjack fishery seeks MSC certificationWorld Fishing | 20 Mar 2013
In a bid to capitalise on the increase in international demand for sustainably managed pole-and-line and hand-line caught fish, Jakarta's skipjack fishery is gearing up for Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
Third Ramsar Site in United Arab EmiratesRamsar Convention | 19 Mar 2013
The UAE has designated its third Wetland of International Importance, effective 10 March 2013 and located in the emirate of Sharjah. The Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Khor Kalba, a National Protected Area, is located in the far east of the country near the border with Oman and comprises coastal subtidal, intertidal (sand beach, mangroves, mud and tidal channels), supratidal sand, salt marsh and saline flats.
IPNLF to help Indonesia gain MSC certificationfishupdate.com | 18 Mar 2013
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) has confirmed that it will share its experiences and insight of coordinating the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification process for the Maldives' pole-and-line skipjack (Katsuwonus pelamis) fishery with Indonesia, which is also now evaluating the pursuit of MSC certification for its own pole-and-line skipjack fishery.
Australia's new marine protected areas: why they won't work (opinion)theconversation.edu.au | 15 Mar 2013
On land and in the sea, were losing sight of what nature conservation is about. Weve become dangerously focused on protected areas, but rarely consider what theyre supposed to achieve. One result is that biodiversity is declining almost everywhere while protected areas expand.
Maldives skipjack tuna validatedWorld Fishing | 15 Mar 2013
The Maldives Seafood Processors and Exporters Association (MSPEA) has issued all exports of Maldives pole-and-line skipjack tuna caught in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery with a validation certificate.
All exports of Maldives pole and line caught tuna to carry MSC certificatefishupdate.com | 15 Mar 2013
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) has praised a new initiative that will see all exports of Maldives pole-and-line skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) caught in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery carry a 'Validation Certificate'? issued by the MSC client, the Maldives Seafood Processors and Exporters Association (MSPEA).