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First steps to recognise significant areas for marine mammals

First steps to recognise significant areas for marine mammals

Results from the first ever workshop on the identification of important marine mammal areas (IMMAs) have been published.  The workshop was focused on the Mediterranean Sea and took place in Chania, Greece, in October 2016.  GOBI is supporting a further five IMMA workshops focusing on the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In the Mediterranean workshop, 41Continue Reading First steps to recognise significant areas for marine mammals

The IMO designates Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as a PSSA

The IMO designates Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as a PSSA

Following the adoption by the Maritime Safety Committee of a new Area to be Avoided as an Associated Protective Measure, on 11 July 2017, the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) confirmed the final designation of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, situated in the Sulu Sea, Philippines as a Particularly Sensitive Sea AreaContinue Reading The IMO designates Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park as a PSSA

BirdLife’s Seabird Tracking Database breaks new record

BirdLife’s Seabird Tracking Database breaks new record

An unsuspecting Southern Giant Petrel has become the ten millionth record to be added to BirdLife’s Seabird Tracking Database – a significant and impressive milestone for the partnership, worthy of celebration.  The database was established by BirdLife in 2003 and has since grown into one of the largest conservation collaborations in the world, enabling scientistsContinue Reading BirdLife’s Seabird Tracking Database breaks new record

GOBI Coordinator seeks alternatives to single-use plastics at the UN

GOBI Coordinator seeks alternatives to single-use plastics at the UN

GOBI Coordinator David Johnson is asking United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to consider phasing out single-use plastics at the United Nations. Throughout the UN Ocean Conference (5-9 June 2017, New York), David has been asking participants to sign a letter of support that will be sent to the Secretary-General on Thursday 8 June 2017. As part ofContinue Reading GOBI Coordinator seeks alternatives to single-use plastics at the UN

UN Ocean Conference, 5-9 June 2017, New York

UN Ocean Conference, 5-9 June 2017, New York

GOBI representatives are attending the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York (5-9 June). The conference focuses attention on ocean pollution, overfishing and climate impacts and is calling on countries to set aside short-term gain to avoid catastrophe. Its main message is to promote the positive momentum generated by the adoption of the Paris AgreementContinue Reading UN Ocean Conference, 5-9 June 2017, New York

Successful expedition to the Costa Rica Thermal Dome

Successful expedition to the Costa Rica Thermal Dome

GOBI partner MarViva Foundation, in collaboration with Misión Tiburon and Mission Blue, has recently completed a successful high-seas research expedition to the Costa Rica Thermal Dome (CRTD). During the 2-vessel mission in early April 2017, plankton samples were collected from various depths in the water column, as well as water samples for the detection ofContinue Reading Successful expedition to the Costa Rica Thermal Dome