The Bahamas Government Bans Commercial Shark Fishing; 'Year Of The Shark'
Nassau, The Bahamas - Jul 5, 2011 19:38 EST
Sharks in The Bahamas can breathe more easily after the nation's government announced today that all commercial shark fishing in the approximately 630,000 square kilometers (243,244 square miles) of the country's waters is now prohibited.
"2011 is fast becoming the...
Guy Harvey Calls For Bahamas Shark Fishing Ban 'Before It Is Too Late'
Nassau, The Bahamas - Mar 1, 2011 22:05 EST
Dr. Guy Harvey, world-renowned scientist and marine wildlife artist, has joined the growing ranks of individuals and organizations calling for strict regulations to ban the commercial fishing of all sharks in The Bahamas. In support of the program, Dr.Harvey is...
Group Granted Right To Recover Shipwrecks From The Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Oct 25, 2010 13:46 EST
Anchor Research & Salvage, S.R.L. (ARS) has entered into an agreement with the Dominican Republic Oficina Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático. The contract gives ARS the exclusive rights to explore and archaeologically recover historic shipwrecks along an undisclosed stretch of...
Study: Caribbean Coral Comprehensively 'flattened' Over The Last 40 Years
East Anglia, U.K. - Jun 9, 2009 21:54 EST
Coral reefs throughout the Caribbean have been comprehensively 'flattened' over the last 40 years, according to a disturbing new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The collapse of reef structure has serious implications for biodiversity and coastal defences –...
Study: Caribbean Sea Turtle Assessments Are Too Optimistic; 99% Drop in Population
Washington, D.C. - Aug 1, 2006 22:45 EST
Current conservation assessments of endangered Caribbean sea turtles are too optimistic, according to Loren McClenachan and colleagues from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. McClenachan, Jeremy Jackson and Marah Newman agree that conservation efforts since the 1970's have dramatically helped increase...
Whaling commission closes meeting, Japan mulls separate meeting 'of the willing'
Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis - Jun 21, 2006 21:27 EST
The International Whaling Commission ended its annual meeting Tuesday, with Japan, unhappy with the moratorium on commercial whaling, considering "a meeting of the willing" outside the IWC for "normalizing" the whaling business.
On Monday, the commission elected William Hogarth, commissioner representing...
Study: Caribbean Leatherback Sea Turtles Stage Comeback
St. Croix, Virgin Islands - May 8, 2006 21:39 EST
The first week in May marked the emergence of the first hatchlings from leatherback turtles nesting on Sandy Point, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. If this year follows recent trends, it will continue one of the most positive turns for...
Scientists look to the Bahamas as a model for coral reef conservation
Palo Alto, California - Feb 20, 2006 18:27 EST
One of the greatest challenges facing marine ecologists today is finding innovative ways to reverse the rapid decline of coral reef ecosystems around the world. Ten percent of the planet's reefs already have been degraded beyond recovery, according to one...