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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.