Experts to boost marine conservation in the Philippines

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — On June 27-29, 2011, leading international and Filipino scientists and resource managers will meet in Cebu City to address one of the Philippines’ most intractable problems: how best to protect the nation’s internationally significant waters against rampant overexploitation. Organized by Project Seahorse Foundation (PSF), the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Workshop will …

El Santo Niño of the coral reef

By Dr. Amanda Vincent I heard a profoundly important yet humorous anecdote at the workshop we are leading in Cebu, Philippines.  Project Seahorse has gathered colleagues from many sectors for a discussion around our research findings on marine protected areas (MPAs) under the mantra of “MPAs in the Philippines: Ever more, ever better.” We are delighted that …

NOTES FROM IMCC 2011: The Whitley connection

By Dr. Amanda Vincent I was delighted this week to have a chance to meet two other conservationists who have won Whitley Awards for grassroots nature conservation: Deepak Apte from India and Rachel Graham from Belize. Having won the first of these awards in 1994, back in the mists of time, I have a strong interest in …

NOTES FROM IMCC 2011: Some thoughts on CITES

By Dr. Amanda Vincent So, how can we ensure that the commercial trade of marine life doesn’t damage wild populations? I am writing this while sitting in a discussion group with a bunch of other scientists, most of whom who have spent years working with CITES, a UN convention that controls exports of species that are …

Gulf of Mexico oil spill threatens seahorse species with extinction: researchers

A species of seahorse unique to the waters of the Gulf Coast could face extinction because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, warns marine conservation organization Project Seahorse. Without careful intervention, the dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) could virtually disappear within a few years, while many other fish populations, including several other species of seahorse, …