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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...

2010-02-20 09:57:09

As biologists and ecologists propose ever-larger conservation areas in the tropics, ones that encompass multiple countries, social scientists say it's local people banding together with their community leaders who ultimately determine the success or failure of such efforts in many parts of the world. "When people sacrifice to conserve, they want to benefit from that sacrifice," says Patrick Christie, University of Washington associate professor of marine affairs and a Pew fellow in marine...

2010-01-07 18:34:52

You can conserve fish and eat them too, according to a fisheries economist at UC Santa Barbara, along with a team of experts. "We found that if you have the key spatial (location) information on fish, you can put the Marine Protected Areas in the right places, thus increasing conservation and making the fisheries more profitable," said Christopher Costello, economist and professor with UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. Information on fish, from spawning...

2009-11-09 15:24:37

Studies conducted in California and elsewhere provide support for the use of marine reserves as a tool for managing fisheries and protecting marine habitats, according to biologists at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A recent study in the Gulf of California, for example, confirmed the validity of a key concept behind marine reserves--the idea that offspring produced in a protected area can replenish the stocks of harvested species outside the reserve. "It seems really obvious, but...

2009-09-09 09:56:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF), the private, non-profit partner to NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, announced today that Jason Patlis has been selected by its Board of Trustees to serve as the new President and CEO. "We are excited and very fortunate to welcome Jason aboard. His vast experience and expertise will allow the Foundation to continue serving as a strong partner to NOAA's Office of National...

2009-08-13 12:21:05

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is among the healthiest coral reef ecosystems in the tropical Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, according to a new NOAA report.The report, A Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities and Associated Benthic Habitats within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, offers insights into the coral and fish communities within the sanctuary based on data collected in 2006 and 2007. Sanctuary managers will use the report to track and...

2009-08-03 12:22:00

First-of-its-kind study has major applications in California SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The premise of California's ocean habitat protection strategy for the past decade has just been validated -- again -- by a major scientific study. A major research effort conducted over two years involving 21 scientists who surveyed 166 areas where specific fish species are caught, which was published in Science today, found that management techniques such as marine protected...

2009-07-29 15:26:00

New Campaign Exposes Million Dollar Effort by Out-of-State Interests to Kill California Ocean Protection Efforts SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) today launched a statewide campaign and Web site (www.somethingsfishyaboutpso.com) that unmasks the "Partnership for Sustainable Oceans" (PSO), an industry front group that is raising more than $1 million from foreign and national fishing equipment manufacturers, boat...

2009-07-22 09:17:24

A reduction of as little as five per cent in fisheries catch could result in as much as 30 per cent of the British Columbia coastal ecosystems being protected from overfishing, according to a new study from the UBC Fisheries Centre.The study, by Natalie Ban and Amanda Vincent of Project Seahorse, proposes modest reductions in areas where fisheries take place, rather than the current system of marine protected areas which only safeguard several commercially significant species, such as...

2009-05-24 18:43:13

Governments seeking to stop global warming must give a higher priority to protecting marine ecosystems, scientists said Sunday in Washington. Meeting at the International Marine Conservation Congress, the scientists stressed that because the oceans act as a vital carbon sink absorbing much of the ever-increasing supply of carbon emissions, maintaining their health is a prerequisite for battling climate change, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a Swiss environmental group,...


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