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2012-06-13 10:20:45

World's largest network of marine protected areas includes massive fully protected marine reserve in Coral Sea WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Australia is expected to announce an historic decision today to create the world's largest network of marine protected areas, including a massive fully protected marine reserve in the Coral Sea, a move hailed by the Pew Environment Group. The Coral Sea no-take marine reserve, known in Australia as a national park zone, would...

2012-03-29 08:56:22

Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas — long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals — actually work. Their study, based on 21 years' monitoring and published today in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, reveals that a marine sanctuary off the coast of Christchurch has significantly improved survival of Hector's dolphins — one of the rarest dolphins in the world. Covering 1170 km2 of...

Marine Protected Areas Prove To Be Vital Aspect Of Green Turtle Sustainability
2012-03-21 05:08:51

Ryan Parson for RedOrbit.com Some sea turtles appear to be reaping the benefits of government designated areas of bodies of water, known as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A recent study published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography suggests that the MPAs are playing a key role in the support and nourishment of the Green turtle. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, all six species of sea turtles that inhabit US waters are currently listed under the Endangered...

2012-03-15 23:30:12

Special conservation zones known as marine protected areas provide many direct benefits to fisheries and coral reefs. However, such zones appear to offer limited help to corals in their battle against global warming, according to a new study. To protect coral reefs from climate change, marine protected areas need to be complemented with policies that can meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said. The new study was conducted by scientists from Conservation...

2012-03-06 07:18:00

PARIS, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, has announced a partnership agreement with the National Geographic Society, identifying Davidoff Cool Water as a partner for the Pristine Seas program. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/53777-davidoff-nationalgeographic The ocean covers 72% of the surface of the Earth, but only 1% is protected. National Geographic, through the...

2012-03-02 13:12:47

Unprecedented study also finds fish teeming in fully protected areas Centuries of overexploitation of fish and other marine resources – as well as invasion of fish from the Red Sea – have turned some formerly healthy ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea into barren places, an unprecedented study of the Mediterranean concludes. Research by an international team of scientists designed to measure the impact of marine reserves found that the healthiest places were in...

2012-02-21 10:58:48

University of British Columbia researchers have identified conservation "hot spots" around the world where the temptation to profit from overfishing outweighs the appetite for conservation. Combining economic outlook and fisheries population growth rates for all countries currently reported to fish in the ocean, UBC fisheries researchers William Cheung and Rashid Sumaila developed a conservation risk index to reveal the economic-conservation trade-offs of fishing. Areas with the highest...

2012-02-16 18:15:39

Marine protected areas (MPAs) may turn out to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result of changing conditions, marine species have been on the move with observed shifts of as much as three kilometres per year over the past 50 years, and forecasts of shifts of as much as 300 kilometres in the coming 50 years. Decisions on where to put MPAs weren't always made with a changing climate in mind. That has researchers asking how these areas–meant to protect...

2011-10-21 09:10:14

Report highlights local, regional, global stressors to Keys marine ecosystem NOAA scientists have found that pressure from increasing coastal populations, ship and boat groundings, marine debris, poaching, and climate change are critically threatening the health of the Florida Keys ecosystem. Many historically abundant marine resources such as green sea turtles and coral habitat continue to be at risk with low rates of recovery. The findings were released today in the Condition Report...

2011-04-26 07:00:00

Project to Map Genetic Relatedness of Dolphin Populations in the South Pacific WASHINGTON, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scott Baker, Ph.D., associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute and professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, has been awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. His project will map patterns of isolation and interaction among populations of dolphins in the South Pacific Ocean and identify habitats important to protect...