Entries from May 2009

Trawling the seas for catastrophe

Date May 31, 2009

Marine world faces collapse due to unbridled and destructive fishing BANGKOK: – In the humid tropical dawn, the boats begin to arrive, unloading their plastic baskets of fish, shrimp, squid and crabs. Wiry tattooed men sort them, working among slabs of gleaming ice. Many of the fish are still flipping about; the crabs are tightly [...]

Killing the Ocean

Date May 27, 2009

World Ocean Conference and Coral Triangle Initiative participants should urgently consider nutrient pollution is killing coral as photographic evidence indicates, not CO2 induced climate change. Wrong diagnosis can be fatal. World Wildlife Fund and recent Indonesia CTI conference effort must focus on sanitation and proper sewage treatment to overcome nutrient pollution that is feeding algae [...]

Paper protection not enough for Vietnam's marine turtles

Date May 27, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Marine turtles are vanishing from Vietnam’s waters and illegal trade is largely to blame says a new study by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. An assessment of the marine turtle trade in Vietnam, launched to mark World Turtle Day found that large marine turtles are now virtually absent from Viet [...]

Paper protection not enough for Vietnam's marine turtles

Date May 27, 2009

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Marine turtles are vanishing from Vietnam’s waters and illegal trade is largely to blame says a new study by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. An assessment of the marine turtle trade in Vietnam, launched to mark World Turtle Day found that large marine turtles are now virtually absent from Vietnam’s [...]

Ocean Acidification Threatens Over 1 Million Species

Date May 26, 2009

Ocean acidification is the name given to the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by their uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Scientific data collected over many years are conclusive that oceanic absorption of atmospheric CO2 is causing chemical changes in seawater, making them more acidic (i.e. lowering pH). [...]

A new accord brings new hope for the world's largest coral habitat.

Date May 26, 2009

JAKARTA, Indonesia — With the Indonesian government leading the way, six countries signed a landmark agreement over the weekend to conserve one of the most important marine communities in the world. The Coral Triangle contains three-quarters of all known coral species on Earth but is under attack from over-fishing, destructive fishing techniques, pollution and climate [...]

Malaysian shellfish shipments re-admitted

Date May 26, 2009

INCREASED shipments of prawns and other shellfish are expected to enter the UK this summer following a decision by the European Union to re-admit frozen seafood from Malaysia. The country was suspended from sending fish nearly a year ago after they were suspended for failing to meet health standards. Fish exports from other Asian countries [...]

Australia contributes to Coral Triangle conservation

Date May 26, 2009

‘Bleached corals’    ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies © Australia will help fund conservation programs in the Coral Triangle region amid warnings its critical marine ecosystems face catastrophe if climate change goes unchecked.

Public Forum of SIBiol

Date May 26, 2009

First published on Raffles Museum News

How To Eliminate Illegal Fishing In Indonesia

Date May 25, 2009

The primary issue in the development of the sea and fisheries sector in Indonesia is the irresponsible fishing practices known internationally as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. These have become a direct threat to the efforts to responsibly manage Indonesia’s fish resources and are an impediment to achieving sustainable fishing. Illegal fishing in Indonesia [...]