Entries from June 2009

Heal Oceans To Save Planet Earth

Date June 30, 2009

The world’s oceans which cover two thirds or more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface, are an important source of life. Millions of people depend on oceans and coastal areas in earning a living. Indonesia’s marine tourism revenue reached US$2 billion per year and the country earned around US$2.2 billion from fish exports in 2008, [...]

Fishing Puts A Third Of All Shark Species At Risk Of Extinction

Date June 30, 2009

Overfishing threatens to drive a third of the world’s open-ocean shark species to extinction, say conservationists. Hammerheads, giant devil rays and porbeagle sharks are among 64 species on the first ever red list for oceanic sharks produced by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Sharks are vulnerable because they can take decades to mature and they [...]

Yellow-lipped sea krait

Date June 29, 2009

A young Yellow-lipped sea krait finds me on the reef as I try to untangle some fishing hooks snagged on the reef. After jumping out of my wits, I hit the video on my camera on and follow the young snake as it goes about the shallow reef, popping its head that encases some of [...]

Blind shrimp and shrimp Goby

Date June 29, 2009

Terribly tedious to get close to, the blind shimp tenaciously hawls loads of sand out of its burrow in Pulau Hantu’s reef slope as a Shrimp goby stands guard at the entrance. Shrimp gobies are extremely alert and skittish. With its tail, the goby signals to the shrimp if it is safe to some out. [...]

Giant Reef Cuttlefish

Date June 29, 2009

To whet your appetite for the multitude of pictures and videos that are to follow, here’s a teaser of what divers with the Hantu Blog got to encouter over this very warm weekend! This Giant Reef Cuttlefish was pointed out to me by volunteer dive guide Pei Min, I swam towards the direction her finger [...]

Shark Fins Dealer Pleads Guilty to Illegally Dealing in Fins From Protected Species

Date June 17, 2009

Mark L. Harrison, a resident of Southport, Fla., and Harrison International LLC, a Florida corporation, today pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Atlanta to violating the Lacey Act, a federal fish and wildlife trafficking law, by dealing in shark fins, the landing of which was not reported as required by law, the Justice Department [...]

Malaysian PM pledges US$1 million to save corals

Date June 11, 2009

NO ONE predicted that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s simple gesture at the World Oceans Conference in Manado, Indonesia, last month would create waves. By pledging US$1 million (RM3.5 million) to a fund to save corals in the Coral Triangle, the world’s centre of marine life, he not only crested the waves of [...]

Fishermen launch nationwide mangrove replanting program

Date June 8, 2009

DAPITAN CITY — Fishermen seeking to protect the Coral Triangle have launched a nationwide watershed and mangrove tree planting program here during the opening of the 57th Zamboanga del Norte Founding Anniversary. Dubbed as “Puno ko, Sagip-Buhay Mo,” the project was spearheaded by the department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic [...]

First ASEAN-wide Photo Contest on Biodiversity

Date June 4, 2009

The Award Ceremony will be held in Singapore in conjunction with the ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity which will be held on 21-23 October 2009.

Pacific Ocean faces threats that will render some coastal areas uninhabitable

Date June 2, 2009

WASHINGTON – A new research by scientists has determined that the Pacific Ocean, occupying a third of the planet’s area, faces threats that will render some coastal areas uninhabitable. According to a report in ENN (Environmental News Network), pollution such as sewage, runoff from land and toxic waste; habitat destruction; over-fishing; and climate change leading [...]