In just a few months, South Africa will host the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) - a World Wildlife Conference expected to be the largest global gathering of people focused on international wildlife trade since CITES came into force in 1975.
In cooperation with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and with the support of the European Union, the Government of Japan and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States of America, FAO has developed a database to document international, regional and national shark measures.
Two years after its establishment, members of the Marine Litter Action Network (MLAN) met again in Birmingham, UK, on May 26 to reflect on what the network has achieved so far, and share knowledge and expertise.
Representatives from 28 organisations, including Project AWARE, attended the event. The delegates discussed topics ranging from financial incentives and behaviour change, how we can tackle litter at sporting events through to beach and underwater clean-ups - maximising take up, impact and litter recycling, data reporting and litter monitoring methods to name but a few.
Earlier this month, our partners at the Ocean Conservancy released their 30th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Report, recognizing the efforts of Project AWARE divers around the globe who have contributed marine debris data through Dive Against Debris™.
When it comes to shark conservation, Costa Rica rarely shies away from the spotlight. In February, conservationists applauded as the country made headlines at the February meeting of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (MOS2), where international conservation measures spearheaded by Costa Rican delegates were formally ratified. But just a week before the meeting, Costa Rica’s president, Luis Guillermo Solís, was named Shark Enemy of the Year for his administration’s conservation policies.
June 1st saw the release of the European Parliament’s draft opinion on the Circular Economy. Authored by Italian Socialist MEP Simona Bonafè, it contains proposals that will be vital to tackling the EU’s contribution to the global marine litter crisis.
With each breath we take, we're connected to the ocean. It provides food, regulates our climate, gives us oxygen and acts as our planet's life support system, yet only a fraction is protected. As divers, we know that tackling two of the biggest threats facing our ocean – marine debris and over-exploitation of shark and ray species – is a real challenge. We see these issues first-hand, but they give us the drive and determination to take action for ocean protection - fins on and off.
Inspired by his father, a scuba diver of more than 35 years, Jack Fishman learned to dive at just eight years old. When he first donned scuba gear and dipped his head below the surface, he discovered a world without limitation – he was exposed to countless fish, marine creatures and underwater vistas. He revelled at the bright and beautiful colors, shapes and patterns of the ocean world. During annual family vacations in Bonaire, he began to develop a connection to marine conservation.
Obama Proclamation On National Oceans Month 2016: Covering more than 70 percent of the earth's surface, oceans have a profound impact on our way of life. Home to a great diversity of plant and animal species, their precious ecosystems provide food and energy that are integral to our survival. In bringing tourism and recreation to coastal areas, oceans are important to America's economy, and they help facilitate trade and transportation, give mobility to our Armed Forces, and preserve our Nation's maritime heritage.
Addressing the marine debris issue is no walk in the park. It’s a complex problem that is truly global by nature and requires collaboration among stakeholders at local, national and international levels. It can be daunting to face, but we really do have the power to drive change!
Our countdown to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) – to be held in South Africa from September 24 to October 5, 2016 – begins this Endangered Species Day, May 20.
In a study published today in the journal PeerJ, scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and the National Geographic Society revealed that the northern Galapagos islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare).