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2011-03-21 07:22:45

Fish are not as dumb as people sometimes think: marine scientists have found that fish that are regularly hunted with spearguns are much more wary and keep their distance from fishers. In investigating the effects of marine areas closed to fishing by customary laws, an international team of researchers working in the Pacific found that fish exposed to speargun fishing take flight much earlier when a diver approaches compared with those living in protected zones. To assess the effectiveness of...

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2011-01-27 11:01:59

Researchers at Australia's leading coral reef research centre have developed a way to protect both coral reef fish - and the interests of fishers. In pioneering research carried out in Fiji in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the CoECRS team has reported a new approach that enables communities to balance the need to protect the environment with the need to maintain local food supplies and incomes. Concern over the worldwide decline of coral reefs has prompted many...

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2010-09-09 06:22:57

A UN study showed that coral reefs would benefit from networks of small no-fishing zones to confront threats such as climate change, rather than single, large protected areas. Peter Sale, a leader of the study at the UN University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health, said: "People have been creating marine protected areas for decades. Most of them are totally ineffective." "You need a network of protected areas that functions well," he told Reuters. "It's important to get away...

2010-06-11 13:43:11

North America's nearly 2,000 marine protected areas represent an unprecedented effort to protect the continent's fragile marine environments and are found throughout the marine ecoregions that encircle our continent. The latest map from the North American Environmental Atlas"”coordinated by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)"”for the first time brings together information about all types of marine protected areas in Canada, Mexico and the United States, offering...

2010-06-08 08:00:00

LOS ANGELES, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of World Ocean's Day, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today announces the release of Disneynature OCEANS as a Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) and 1-Disc DVD, October 19, 2010 and the extension of the "See OCEANS, Save Oceans" efforts - an initiative developed between Disneynature and The Nature Conservancy to help establish new marine protected areas. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100608/LA17278) (Photo:...

2010-06-08 05:00:00

Scientific Statement Released for World Oceans Day WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 245 marine scientists from 35 countries are calling for the establishment of a worldwide system of very large, highly protected marine reserves as "an essential and long overdue contribution to improving stewardship of the global oceanic environment." While small marine reserves are known to protect some species, large reserves -- comparable to large national parks on land -- are...

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2010-05-11 11:24:59

A team of Spanish and French researchers has undertaken a pioneer analysis of red coral populations in the oldest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Mediterranean and the impact that fishing activity has had. Results show that MPAs are a guarantee for conserving this species. Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum) has been highly valued for jewelry since ancient times. But intensive fishing, particularly in shallow waters, has transformed populations and hindered the recovery of this...

2010-03-01 15:15:00

Largest study of marine protected areas links social, ecological systems KINGSTON, R.I.  -- In one of the most comprehensive global studies of marine reserves, a team of natural and social scientists from the University of Rhode Island and other institutions has found that community involvement is among the most important factors driving the success of marine reserves. "We make a big mistake thinking that a marine reserve is just about coral, fish and other aquatic organisms," said...

2010-02-21 12:00:00

Move, adapt or die. Those are the options marine plants and animals have in the face of climate change, said Stanford biologist Steve Palumbi, who has been exploring how to help them go with the first two options, rather than the third. He's come up with some surprising answers. Palumbi will be discussing the results of his research in two talks at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego. How to design marine protected areas to best benefit a...

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2010-02-21 11:05:50

Protecting vulnerable reproduction sites key to long-term health of fish populations Once described by Jacques Cousteau as the "world's aquarium," the marine ecosystems of the Gulf of California are under threat. Destructive new fishing methods are depleting the sea's habitats, creating areas that are ghosts of their former existences. But, as Octavio Aburto-Oropeza of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will describe during a presentation at the 2010 American Association for...


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