Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Marine Digest April 2010

Potential for eco-labelling of more than half a million tonnes of tuna
PacNews - 29 April 2010
The eight Pacific island nations that control most of the region's tuna stocks are having more than half a million tonnes of skipjack tuna assessed for eco-certification. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, or PNA, which includes the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, announced earlier this year that it was approaching the Marine Stewardship Council to begin the certification process... more

Study examines decline of coastal fisheries in Pacific
PacNews - 27 April 2010
A group of marine researchers from around the Pacific has set out a plan to try to figure out how great a role climate change is playing in the decline of coastal fisheries. The team of 20 biologists, modelers, economists and monitoring experts is being funded by AusAid to conduct a two-year study on coastal ecosystems in at least five Pacific nations. One of the researchers, marine scientist Johanna Johnson, said it may be tempting to attribute the decline in coastal fisheries to climate change, but there are many other factors in play too...more

Three Pacific countries stake claim to 600,000 sq km of seabed
Commonwealth Secretariat - 27 April 2010
Area covered in historic submission to UN may prove an important source of natural resources such as oil, gas, minerals and living marine organisms. Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia today formally presented their joint continental shelf submission before the United Nations. In the submission, made on 5 May 2009 pursuant to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the three countries jointly claimed an additional 602,000 sq km of continental shelf in an area called the Ontong Java Plateau - an area equivalent in size to the land area of France. It also represents the only submission to have been made by three small island states anywhere in the world and the first joint submission to originate from the Pacific region. This area of seabed covered by the submission may one day prove to be an important source of natural resources such as oil, gas, minerals and living marine organisms, and thereby contribute to the sustainable economic development of the three small island states...more

Greenpeace hails historical decision by Pacific nations to close portion of Pacific Ocean for tuna
Pacific Scoop - 27 April 2010
A decision to set aside 4.5million square kilometers of international waters in the Pacific as off-limits to purse seine fishing for tuna represents one of the largest ocean protection moves in history said Greenpeace. In congratulating the leaders who orchestrated this as a component to the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) meeting in the Marshall Islands last week, the international environmental group said Pacific Island Countries have shown exceptional and much needed leadership in defending the Pacific ocean at a time when it is needed most. "By taking protective moves to rescue the region's declining tuna stocks and to protect the broader marine biodiversity, the people of the Pacific are one step closer to sustainable fisheries and a healthy Pacific," said Duncan Williams, oceans campaigner with Greenpeace Australia Pacific. In addition to these proposed areas, the PNA countries previously pushed for almost complete protection of two large high seas areas in the western part of the Pacific Ocean ... more

PNG MINING GROUP PROTESTS RAMU 'MISINFORMATION': Waste to be treated before disposal into sea
Pacific Islands Report - 26 April 2010
In Papua New Guinea, the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum believes there appears to be a lot of misinformation surrounding the deep sea tailings placement system (DSTP) for the Ramu project. Executive director of the Chamber Greg Anderson said his organization was concerned about the misinformation that it believed was being deliberately spread about the NiCo project in Madang...more

Pacific Nations Honoured for Leadership in Whale Sanctuary Establishment
SPREP - 26 April 2010
Several Pacific islands have received recognition awards from the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium (SPWRC) for leadership in establishing whale sanctuaries in their national waters. The awards were presented by New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Island Affairs, the Hon. Georgina te Heuheu and Her Royal Highness, Princess Pilolevu of Tonga, who hosted a formal public event in Auckland to celebrate work done to date in the conservation of whales in Oceania. In Oceania, Australia, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Niue, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu have officially declared nation-wide Marine Sanctuaries for cetaceans in an effort to protect whales and dolphins in these areas. "People of the islands are associated with the ecosystems in which they live and conservation of these ecosystems and the life in it is part of our culture and essential to our economic well-being," said the Hon. Steven Kalsakau, Vanuatu's Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Quarantine and Fisheries, speaking on behalf of the group of Pacific islands receiving the awards...more

Limited whale hunts proposed
PacNews - 23 April 2010
The International Whaling Commission has proposed allowing whale hunts with strict limits for minke and other species, replacing a ban in place since 1986. Japan, Norway and Iceland have continued whaling under a variety of exceptions to the ban. The proposal released late Thursday night would seek to end those exceptions and instead strictly monitor all whaling. The proposal allows 400 minke whales to be hunted in the Antarctic each year for five years, then lowers that limit to 200 for the next five years. It also allows limited hunts of other species, including fin, bowhead and gray whales. Environmental groups immediately criticised the proposal.

PNA ANNOUNCES DATE FOR CLOSURE OF 4 MILLION SQ KM HIGH SEAS AREAS TO PURSE SEINE FISHING
FFA - 23 April 2010
As this week's meeting of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) drew to a close today, the PNA agreed for the world's largest closure of the high seas to purse seine fishing. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) includes Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu - collectively these countries are the owners of 25% of the world's tuna supply. Today the PNA announced that from 1 January 2011 high seas surrounding these countries will be closed to purse seine fishing vessels licenced to fish in their waters.

This closed high seas area:

  • Stretches from Palau and Papua New Guinea in the West to Kiribati in
the East, Marshall Islands in the North to Tuvalu in the South
  • Covers all high seas areas from 10 degrees North latitude to 20
degrees South latitude and 170 degrees East to 150 degrees West in longitude
• Covers an area of 4,555,000 sq km

 

The PNA also has 100% observer coverage of purse seine vessels to monitor compliance of the high seas area closure...more

Editorial: U.S. SHOULD TEST GUAM'S APRA HARBOR FOR RADIATION
Pacific Islands Report - 22 April 2010
VICE speaker BJ Cruz has reason to get riled up from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to forego radiation testing of dredge materials from Apra Harbor prior to their disposal into Guam waters. Guam still resents the federal government's refusal to acknowledge the toxic remnants of herbicides such as Agent Orange that veterans swear they sprayed on several areas in the north when they were detailed at Andersen Air Force Base between 1960s and 1970s. The U.S. veterans appeals courts have handed four decisions upholding the claims of sick veterans, and recognizing that their diseases were the result of their exposure to Agent Orange while they were stationed on Guam, neither the military nor the federal government has acknowledged the veterans' testimonies. Former University of Guam professor Dr. Luis Szyfrez, who has since left Guam, has produced volumes of research with tons of evidence that support suspicions that Guam, 30 miles long and 8 miles wide, is a toxic chemical dumpsite. Nobody even bothered to look into Dr. Szyfrez's study, which has been swept under the rug. Now, EPA is proposing to designate the permanent ocean disposal site for dredged material...more

Hong Kong theme park denies capturing dolphins
AFP - 22 April 2010
A Hong Kong marine park on Monday rejected environmentalists' allegations that it was trying to capture dolphins in the Solomon Islands, possibly in breach of animal conservation rules. The Washington-based Animal Welfare Institute has said the popular Ocean Park venue was believed to be importing 30 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. "These wild dolphins are believed to have been recently captured or about to be captured from waters surrounding the Solomon Islands. The importing facility is believed to be Ocean Park, Hong Kong," several conservation groups told Hong Kong lawmakers in an April 16 letter. The Institute said there was "mounting and irrefutable evidence" that dolphin imports from the cluster of islands near Papua New Guinea would breach the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Ocean Park rejected the allegations...more

TORIBIONG HONORED FOR SHARK PROTECTION EFFORTS: Palau leader receives Shark Savers award
Pacific Islands Report - 22 April 2010
The Shark Savers, a worldwide organization dedicated to shark conservation presented on Friday to President Johnson Toribiong a book consisting of signatures and comments thanking the Palau leader for his shark sanctuary announcement...more

PACIFIC NATIONS TAKE AIM AT OVERFISHING: Majuro meeting seeks to protect marine resources
Pacific Islands Report - 21 April 2010
Eight Pacific island nations that control an area where more than half of the region's tuna fish is caught have put fishing nations on notice that they want a larger share from the $4 billion the industry generates annually. To accomplish this goal, a meeting this week in the capital of the Marshall Islands aims to flesh out details of plans to tighten conservation controls, reduce annual catch limits and increase revenue to the islands, said Transform Aqorau, director of the new headquarters for the Parties to the Nauru Agreement that is based in Majuro. "There are far too many days available for fishing and too many boats fishing in the region now," Aqorau said Sunday. Reducing the number of days and vessels fishing will accomplish both conservation and revenue generation goals. Three days of meetings by officials from the eight nations that comprise the PNA - Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu and Marshall Islands - will be followed Thursday by a one-day ministers' meeting to approve tuna plans and policies...more

PNG COURT UPHOLDS INJUNCTION AGAINST MINE WASTE: Residents object to Ramu Nickel deep sea disposal plan
Pacific Islands Report - 20 April 2010
The RAMU nickel cobalt project will continue to be [withheld] from completing the construction of the U$S1.5 billion (PGK3.8 billion) deep sea tailings placement system (DSTP) approved by the State. This comes after the National Court last Wednesday [denied] the latest bid by mine developer, Ramu NiCo (MCC) Management Limited to set aside interim injunction orders against it. The injunction stems from a legal proceedings started by four individuals of the Rai coast community in Madang Province. It is an association that says it will be affected by the tailings discharged into the sea. They claim these deep sea tailings will cause irrevocable damage to their lives and lifestyle and that it is better for the mine project not to start until a proper environmental report is in place to assess the potential risks this will pose on their environment...more

ENDANGERED DUGONGS FOUND DEAD IN PALAU: Dynamite hunting by poachers suspected
Pacific Islands Report - 20 April 2010
Three dugongs this year were found dead and at least two of them are believed to have died due to illegal dynamite. Mandy Etpison, who coordinates the 2010 Palau Dugong Awareness Campaign on behalf of the French Embassy said that in January there was a report of dead dugong being cut up by Palauans at the Ngardmau Dock...more

Hawaii divers pump fuel from WWII tanker: Combustible fluids had been leaking into Pago Pago Harbor for the past 60 years
Star Bulletin - 19 April 2010
Hawaii divers pump fuel from WWII tanker Combustible fluids had been leaking into Pago Pago Harbor for the past 60 years ...more

Environmentalists want Solomon Islands government to ban dolphin trading
PacNews - 16 April 2010
The environmental organisation, Earth Island Institute, wants the Solomon Islands government to ban dolphin trading. The institute's Mark Berman has just returned to the United States from a visit to Solomon Islands, where he said a deal's been struck with the people of Fanalei and Walande in south Malaita to stop their annual slaughter of 2000 dolphins...more

TEXAS-SIZE 'VORTEX' TRASHES UP NORTH PACIFIC: Marine scientists voice growing concern
Pacific Islands Report - 16 April 2010
For many years its existence was unknown and when it was first discovered in 2000, marine researchers were shocked. Ten years on, scientists still know little about the man-made problem. But over the past two years a group of marine scientists and activists have been measuring the scale of the vortex, and looking for ways to control it. They call themselves Project Kaisei and one of its coordinators is Doug Woodring, who's based in Hong Kong. Mr Woodring says the dump is made of mainly non-biodegradable plastics and synthetics including fishing nets...more

SCIENTISTS CONCERNED ABOUT PNG SEABED MINING : Proposed 'Solwara' project called threat to marine life
Pacific Islands Report - 16 April 2010
Proposed seabed mining at PNG's Solwara 1 project and elsewhere in the Pacific is on a collision course with some leading scientists and oceanographers studying the ocean floor. Nautilus Minerals is pioneering the technology to extract precious minerals from ocean floors in what has been described as the "world's first" approach and the PNG Government gave the green-light to its environmental impact study (EIS) last September. "The recent approval of the Solwara 1 project environmental permit is an exciting and significant milestone for the company and represents the culmination of over three years of effort on the part of our Environmental team," the company announced on its website. The environmental team is led by the environment manager for Nautilus, Dr Samantha Smith. However, a conservation biologist Prof Rick Steiner, formerly of the University of Alaska, who was called in to examine the company's original environmental impact assessment study has expressed concern about the impact of the project. Interviewed by BBC news yesterday, Prof Steiner is concerned about the dumping of thousands of tons of rock on the seabed and the danger of spillages of toxic residue and destruction to vent chimneys and unknown species of marine life...more

MALAITA AGREES TO MORATORIUM ON DOLPHIN HUNT: Solomons province to get community project in return
Pacific Islands Report - 15 April 2010
THE belief that the more you give, the more you receive does not bother Earth Island Institute (EII)who only give to save the intellectual animals known as dolphins. Led by Earth Island Institute EII regional director Lawrence Makili, EII associate director Mark Berman and the famous Ric O'Berry struck a tangible deal with Fanalei and Walande communities in Malaita to stop dolphin harvesting. The delegation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the communities last week during their visit to the communities. The MOU will see a stop to harvesting of dolphins by the two communities for the next two years...more

South Pacific nations fight to protect humpback whales
PacNews - 15 April 2010
A group of South Pacific nations is fighting to protect the humpback whale, by creating a number of sanctuaries in the region. There are now eleven countries including Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa which are part of the whale sanctuary banning whaling in a 290,000 square kilometre exclusion zone. They say these safe havens are critical for whales as many migrate south each year through these sanctuaries...more

Rising waters are threatening to destroy the homes and culture of Pacific islanders [Kiribati]
RuralPovertyPortal - 15 April 2010
"I had the wall here initially and that was destroyed by the very high tides in 2005. I built this quite some time back. Over the years that was destroyed so I rebuilt it," explains Anote Tong, the president of Kiribati, a tiny coral island nation of 33 atolls stretching across the Pacific Ocean, with a total land area of 811 square kilometres. Kiribati sits remote, a seven-hour flight from Australia, 10 hours from the United States. Its coral islands are narrow strips of land, so low on the edge of the world that when seen from water level, they seem to disappear against the blue sea. But they really are vanishing...more

Environmental groups welcome Tokelau's whale sanctuary move
PacNews - 15 April 2010
Environmental groups are applauding Tokelau's move to declare its exclusive economic zone a whale sanctuary, the eleventh such designation in the Pacific. The International Ocean Conservation for PEW Environment Group says the more countries in the Pacific region who move to declare their commitment to whale conservation, the stronger the voice to protect the species ...more

Tokelau declares its waters a whale sanctuary
PacNews - 15 April 2010
Tokelau is joining the fight to stop whaling in the Southern Oceans with the creation of a sanctuary in its waters. The territory declared the safe zone for whales at a gathering of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium in Auckland today. The sanctuary is the 11th to be created in the Pacific. It will outlaw whaling in the 20,000 square kilometers of Tokelau's exclusive economic zone...more

MICRONESIAN REEF INITIATIVE GETS $155,000 U.S. GRANT
Pacific Islands Report - 14 April 2010
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Tony Babauta has signed a Coral Reef Initiative grant in the amount of US$155,000 to support the Micronesia Conservation Trust. The funds will be used by the MCT to strengthen coordination and technical support for the conservation of island natural resources through the Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Areas Community. These efforts will also further advance the Micronesia Challenge in the Marshall Islands, Guam, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the CNMI.

Double-hulled waka prepare for voyage to Pacific islands
NZ Herald - 12 April 2010
Four traditional double-hulled waka set sail on the Waitemata Harbour yesterday, ahead of a far larger journey across the Pacific...The regatta was held to preview the Pacific's Challenge, which will start from Auckland on Wednesday and take the waka fleet thousands of kilometres from Auckland to French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji...Ms Douglas said the aim of the regatta and the Pacific voyage was to raise awareness of environmental issues that face the Pacific Ocean, recapture traditional Pacific voyaging skills and re-establish cultural links among the countries that share the Pacific... more

BUSINESS: STOP WORK ORDER DELAYS RAMU NICKEL MINE'S PROGRESS : Court injunction a victory for landowners
Islands Business - April 2010
The PNG National Court has ordered the US$1.37 billion Ramu Nickel project in Madang to stop work on its controversial Deep Sea Tailings Placement (DSTP) system. An interim injunction sought by local landowners was granted by Justice David Cannings on March 21 at the Madang National Court, pending substantive proceedings. The injunction prevents Ramu Nico Management (MCC) from going ahead with its plan to blast a section of the reef and to build the DSTP pipeline. The order to stop work is a victory for the landowners along the Rai Coast who have been concerned about the effects of dumping millions of tons of waste into the sea...more

POLITICS: THE TIDE IS HIGH, BUT WE ARE HOLDING ON : Tuvalu hosts King Tides Festival
Islands Business - April 2010
For the first time, Tuvalu has hosted a King Tides Festival to highlight the challenges of global warming but also the resilience of the nation's cultural heritage...more

ENVIRONMENT: CORAL TRIANGLE IN BIG TROUBLE : Climate change beginning to take its toll
Islands Business - April 2010
It covers a huge area of roughly 6.8 million square kilometres in the waters of six countries in South East Asia and the Pacific-the eastern half of Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands-where there are over 18,500 islands and 132,800 kilometres of coastline. It sustains more than 100 million coastal people, supports multi-million dollar tuna, fishing and tourism industries and is home to 76 percent of the world's reef-building corals, over 35 percent of the world's coral reef fish species and six of the world's seven different marine turtles. It's the Coral Triangle-the richest place on our planet in terms of biodiversity. But it's in trouble-big trouble. There is no single problem facing the triangle; more a whole raft of problems. Everything from coastal deforestation and coastal reclamation, declining water quality, pollution and sewage to destructive fishing and over-exploitation of marine life.
Coastal ecosystems are deteriorating badly and 40 percent of reefs and mangroves have already been lost during the past 40 years. To make matters worse, climate change is beginning to take its toll...more


MALAITA DOLPHIN HUNTERS SHUN ACTIVISTS: Film crews unwelcome, Solomons elders say
Pacific Islands Report - 7 April 2010
In the Solomon Islands, twelve village elders and representatives in north Malaita have signed a petition to shut off foreign dolphin activists from filming in their areas. The representatives were reportedly furious with dolphin trader Chris Potter who they claimed had betrayed them. They claimed that Mr. Potter had switched over to join international dolphin activists who will turn against their culture and tradition in relation to dolphin harvesting. In their open letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Opposition leader and Immigration director, they said the group must be denied from filming and deported immediately...more

Whaling compromise only chance of success - NZ Govt
PacNews - 2 April 2010
Negotiations over the future of international whaling are delicately poised and a compromise between pro- and anti-whaling nations is the only realistic goal to push for, the New Zealand Government says. Environmentalists and Opposition parties are pushing for New Zealand to take the stance with the International Whaling Commission (IWC) of eliminating whaling in the southern ocean. New Zealand needs to get enough support for its yet to be finalised compromise by April 22 so it can then be taken to an IWC annual meeting in Morocco in June for a vote. At a media conference headed by Foreign Minister Murray McCully and New Zealand's IWC representative Sir Geoffrey Palmer yesterday, the pair said New Zealanders needed to put emotion aside and accept that different countries and cultures had different takes on whaling...more

U.S. FISHERIES COUNCIL OKS FISHING AT MONUMENTS: Limited to subsistence, recreational angling
Pacific Islands Report - 1 April 2010
The American Government's Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has approved fishing rules for three new national marine monuments in the US Pacific. A marine monument is a reserved area, similar to a national park. The Honolulu-based advisory body has agreed to allow subsistence fishing in the Marianas Trench monument near Saipan and Guam. It also voted to allow recreational and charter-for-hire fishing in the Marianas Trench, Rose Atoll monument in American Samoa and the Pacific Remote Islands Area monument. Under its decision, which requires approval of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, people won't be allowed to sell or trade catch from recreational trips to these three monuments. U.S. President George W. Bush created the three monuments last year.

SOLOMONS DOLPHIN TRADER TO END OPERATION: Controversial broker disillusioned with industry
Pacific Islands Report - 1 April 2010
Chris Porter, a controversial dolphin trader with a lucrative business of capturing the animals in the Solomon Islands and selling them to aquariums, says he has had a change of heart and is planning to release his last 17 bottlenose dolphins. The controversial dolphin broker and marine mammal trainer, who also trained Tillikum the killer whale when he was at Sealand in Victoria and then became Vancouver Aquarium's head trainer, has sold 83 dolphins around the world over the last nine years, drawing the fury of animal-rights groups. "To be sure, I have a bad name. I have been deemed the Darth Vader of dolphins," said Porter in an interview. "But I have decided to release the remaining animals back to the wild. It's driven by the incident with Tillikum and I'm disillusioned with the industry," said Porter, who splits his time between Victoria and the Solomon Islands...more

 

 

PEIN Events -a diary of upcoming regional and international Conferences, Workshops and Meetings of particular relevance to the Pacific environment community


Spillcon 2010 - Asia-Pacific's International Oil Spill Prevention and Preparedness
Conference and Pre-Spillcon Awareness Seminar on Regional Cooperation for Preparedness for and Response to Maritime Pollution Incidents and the Bunker Convention for Pacific, Melbourne, Australia. 11-12 April


IFAW - NZ/WEG
Prevention of Illegal Wildlife Trade Training - Oceania
Under the auspices of the OCO Secretariat and supported by the Pacific Security Fund
Apia, Samoa May 4 to 6

 

International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) Conference. July 6-9, Sigatoka, Fiji
The International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) is a developing collective of marine educators throughout the Pacific. The idea for this group was one of the outcomes of a two-day meeting (One Ocean Marine Forum) on the Hawaiian island of Maui in July 2005.The aim of the Forum was to create a global network of marine educators to share knowledge, expertise and resources to solve ocean related environmental issues. It was decided to further the Forum goal by first forming a network of Pacific marine educators as a pilot. The conference theme for IPMEN 2010 is Vakarau ni se siga toka - Marine education in the new millennium. Vakarau ni se siga toka is something Fijian elders used to say (and still do today, but rarely), which translated means "Prepare whilst there is time."...go to conference website - http://www.ipmen.net/default.htm

 

Articles of note - a selection of recent academic literature

Compiled by Peter Murgatroyd . Articles marked with an * are available from the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via OARE [Online Access to Research in the Environment].

- April 2010

The susceptibility and resilience of corals to thermal stress: adaptation, acclimatization or both? / WEIS, VIRGINIA M.. Molecular Ecology, Apr2010, Vol. 19 Issue 8, p1515-1517, 3p; DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04575.x; (AN 48857603)*

Conservation of oceanic island floras: Present and future global challenges / Caujapé-Castells, Juli; Tye, Alan; Crawford, Daniel J.; Santos-Guerra, Arnoldo; Sakai, Ann; Beaver, Katy; Lobin, Wolfram; Vincent Florens, F.B.; Moura, Mónica; Jardim, Roberto; Gómes, Isildo; Kueffer, Christoph. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution & Systematics, Apr2010, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p107-129, 23p; DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2009.10.001; (AN 49111811)*

Coral assemblages and reef growth in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Western Pacific Ocean) / Houk, Peter; van Woesik, Robert. Marine Ecology, Jun2010, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p318-329, 12p; DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2009.00301.x; (AN 49105267)*

Global patterns of marine turtle bycatch / Wallace, B.P. et al. Conservation Letters (2010) doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00105.x. Available via open access at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/123340556/PDFSTART

Implications of Urbanization for Artisanal Parrotfish Fisheries in the Western Solomon Islands / ASWANI, SHANKAR; SABETIAN, ARMAGAN. Conservation Biology, Apr2010, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p520-530, 11p; DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01377.x*

Use of Habitats as Surrogates of Biodiversity for Efficient Coral Reef Conservation Planning in Pacific Ocean Islands / DALLEAU, MAYEUL; ANDRÉFOUËT, SERGE; WABNITZ, COLETTE C.C.; PAYRI, CLAUDE; WANTIEZ, LAURENT; PICHON, MICHEL; FRIEDMAN, KIM; VIGLIOLA, LAURENT; BENZONI, FRANCESCA. Conservation Biology, Apr2010, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p541-552, 12p*

 

* see also Latest news from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme [SPREP]

** more PEIN Resources [ http://www.sprep.org/publication/pub_top.asp   ]: 

Pacific Environment Databases and Recommended Internet Resources Directory

Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Country Profiles Directory

Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Virtual Environment Libraries:
American Samoa , Cook Islands , Federated States of Micronesia , Fiji , French Polynesia , Guam , Kiribati , Marshall Islands , Nauru , New Caledonia , Niue , Northern Mariana Islands
, Palau , Papua New Guinea , Samoa , Solomon Islands , Tokelau , Tonga , Tuvalu , Vanuatu , Wallis and Futuna

Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Regional Frameworks and Strategies Directory

Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Directory of Pacific Environment Videos on YouTube 

Pacific Environment Information Network [PEIN] Virtual Library of Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Environment Management

 

 

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