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Dynamite fishing destroying fisheries and coral reefs along the Tanzanian coast

Thursday, 16 May 2013 Hits 13038 Categories Marine & Coastal

Tanzania is the only country in Africa where dynamite fishing still occurs on a large scale. This illegal practice is extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys the coral reef and local habitat that supports the fish.


Kenya: Will showcasing captive whale sharks advance or hinder marine conservation efforts?

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 Hits 34460 Categories Marine & Coastal | Wildlife News | Habitat News

Protecting a dwindling species, increasing income for a poor community and raising awareness for environmental issues – these are the ambitious objectives of a proposed Indian Ocean Sea Park near Mombasa, Kenya. Will a marine enclosure designed to keep whale sharks inside attract tourists and benefit this endangered species?


Innovative fishery closures debut in Rodrigues

Thursday, 30 August 2012 Hits 5904 Categories Marine & Coastal | Habitat News

Today in the Indian Ocean a landmark fishery closure is being held to boost the artisanal fisheries of island communities. Small-scale fisheries face growing challenges in the face of continued over exploitation. Rodrigues, a tiny Mauritian island, has been battling declining fisheries productivity for the last 15 years. Lying nearly 1,000 kilometres east of Madagascar, Rodrigues established its first national closure of all octopus fishing grounds on the island last week, in order to help safeguard the future sustainability of its reef octopus, the island's most economically important fishery.


Tanzania: Crayfish Invasion Threatens Local Marine Life in Lakes

Monday, 16 January 2012 Hits 3687 Categories Marine & Coastal

Tanzania needs to be constantly on alert following the invasion of the Louisiana crayfish that are infamous for eating small freshwater fish, fish eggs, other aquatic organisms and plankton.


Africa: Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises Suffer Dramatic Declines From Bycatch in Fishing Nets

Monday, 24 October 2011 Hits 5456 Categories Marine & Coastal

Bonn — For 86 per cent of all toothed whale species, entanglement in gillnets, traps, weirs, purse seines, longlines and trawls is resulting in an unsustainably high death toll. This is among the findings of a report published today by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals under the UN Environment Programme.


Namibia: Dolphins, Whales And Jellyfish to Be Studied

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 Hits 3953 Categories Marine & Coastal

Walvis Bay — An isolated community of bottle-nose dolphins; killer whales killing leatherback turtles (never heard of before); and uncommon lethal box jellyfish are just the tip of the iceberg of what the sea off Namibia's central coast has to offer.


Tanzania: More effort needed to end dynamite fishing

Monday, 11 April 2011 Hits 12343 Categories Marine & Coastal

Tanzania is lucky to have many coral reefs that support extensive fishing besides attracting tourists. However, this natural endowment is endangered by dynamite fishing that abounds in large scale.


SAIAB: High-tech research to shed light on fish migrations

Wednesday, 30 March 2011 Hits 3875 Categories Marine & Coastal

Surprisingly little is known about marine biodiversity on our planet and even less is understood about the migration patterns of marine animals.

This is about to change as a global network of marine scientists are currently pooling research efforts to learn more about the mysterious lives of underwater creatures.


Cameroon: Marine Resource Protection - Diplomats Urged To Join the Fight

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 Hits 3782 Categories Marine & Coastal

The Ministry of Environment organized a sensitization meeting in Yaounde on Tuesday to solicit the support and assistance of diplomats. The Minister of Environment and Nature Protection, Hele Pierre has called on foreign diplomats based in the country to join efforts in protecting the degrading mangrove ecosystems of West African countries which he said were being threatened by growing human activity and climate change.


Namibia: Coastal Area Declared Dorob Park

Friday, 16 July 2010 Hits 3983 Categories Marine & Coastal

Cabinet has approved the renaming of the National West Coast Tourist Recreation Area in the Erongo Region to the Dorob National Park. The Environment and Tourism Ministry, through the Namibian Coast Conservation Management Project (Nacoma) had consultations with various groups in the Erongo Region to find an appropriate name for the park. The Topnaar Traditional Authority proposed the name Dorob National Park, which was accepted.


Egypt's Mediterranean Coast Protected In Reserve

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 Hits 3487 Categories Marine & Coastal | Habitat News

Egypt wants visitors to discover its Mediterranean coast at a marine reserve being established near the border with Libya, the government said Tuesday. "The goal is to protect endangered species ... and encourage ecotourism in the reserve area, putting it on the global ecotourism map," Environment Minister Maged George said.

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