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Marine reserve boosts snapper numbers outside its borders – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 18th, 2017.

Whether or not marine reserves help the unprotected sea creatures beyond their borders has been hotly contested, but new research from the University of Auckland suggests that protected marine areas can serve as local fish nurseries. The study, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, examined the genetics of adult snapper near Goat […]

Ross Sea gets protected area – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 31st, 2016.

At its annual meeting in Hobart last week, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) unanimously agreed to a proposal from New Zealand and the United States to establish a marine protected area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The protected area would cover roughly 1.55 million square kilometres, including 1.12 million km2 […]

Marine Protected Area definition too loose – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 28th, 2015.

Countries should move away from establishing ‘Marine Protected Areas’ (MPAs) with varying limits on fishing activity and focus on clear cut ‘no-take’ marine reserves, say New Zealand marine biologists. Prof Mark Costello and Dr Bill Ballantine from the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Lab outlined the argument in a new article published in the journal […]

Antarctic marine reserve bid fails – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on November 1st, 2013.

Efforts to reach an international agreement establishing a Marine Protected Area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea have failed for the third time in a row. The proposal to create Marine Protected Area (MPA) was a key focus of the annual meeting of the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) taking place in […]

Antarctic reserves back on the agenda at CCAMLR

John Kerr posted in on October 17th, 2013.

Policy makers are hoping an Antarctic conservation meeting in Hobart could lead to no-fish zones in the Southern Ocean, but will the US government shut down throw a spanner in the works? The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is tasked with managing the protection of Antarctic marine ecosystems and is […]

Dolphins protected in reserves, but still at risk of extinction

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2012.

New research has shown the survival of Hector’s dolphins in Marine Protected Areas is slightly increasing due to a lack of net fishing – but the dolphins are still at risk of extinction. The study, published this week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, details the findings of a 21-year survey of dolphin numbers in […]

Fishing mishaps reignite calls for Ross Sea protection

John Kerr posted in on January 12th, 2012.

The Green party has called for the Ross Sea in Antarctica to become a marine protected area, in the wake of several fishing vessels running into strife in the region. Korean vessel Jung Woo 2 was evacuated on Wednesday in the Antarctic Ross Sea following a fire which broke out aboard ship. It has been […]

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