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Australia pilots new marine monitoring programme

Australia pilots new marine monitoring programme

Australia has over 30% of its national waters designated as Marine Parks, recognising that they are worthy of protection for nature conservation.  However, like many other such similar areas across national and international waters, there is limited scope to measure and monitor their effectiveness as areas of conservation, or mechanisms by which to improve their efficacy.  AContinue Reading Australia pilots new marine monitoring programme

Voyage to the Ridge 2022

Voyage to the Ridge 2022

After months of meticulous and inclusive planning, the long-awaited NOAA oceanic expedition ‘Voyage to the Ridge 2022’ is underway aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, with the northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge in its sights.  The target and timing of the expedition could not be better, as the governance and management of the ocean above the northern Mid-Atlantic RidgeContinue Reading Voyage to the Ridge 2022

Covid-postponed IMMA workshop finally takes place

Covid-postponed IMMA workshop finally takes place

The resumption of international travel and in-person meetings has enabled the completion of the last (of the five scheduled) GOBI-sponsored regional IMMA workshop, targeting the South East Tropical and Temperate Pacific Ocean.  This IMMA region comprises 24% of the Pacific Ocean, and nearly half of the world’s whale, dolphin, porpoise, seal, sea lion and otter speciesContinue Reading Covid-postponed IMMA workshop finally takes place

GOBI gets UN Ocean Decade endorsement

GOBI gets UN Ocean Decade endorsement

In the latest tranche of projects and actions to receive endorsement from the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, GOBI’s work is duly recognised. Through our current portfolio of work, GOBI will contribute towards the Decade’s mission by: promoting a better understanding of mechanisms to conserve biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction andContinue Reading GOBI gets UN Ocean Decade endorsement

GOBI at CBD SBSTTA-24

GOBI at CBD SBSTTA-24

The second half of the 24th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD’s) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) was conducted in person in Geneva, Switzerland, between 14 and 29 March 2022.  As the first in-person meeting convened by the CBD after the Covid-19 pandemic, and as the final chance to negotiateContinue Reading GOBI at CBD SBSTTA-24

Sea turtle movements demonstrate marine connectivity across the high seas

Sea turtle movements demonstrate marine connectivity across the high seas

A recently published study – led by Duke University’s Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL) with support from GOBI – used satellite tags on sea turtles to analyse complex movements across critical habitats. In total 1,235 sea turtles representing six species were tracked. These highly migratory animals were tagged in 79 marine regions around the world,Continue Reading Sea turtle movements demonstrate marine connectivity across the high seas

GOBI research awarded a two-year extension

GOBI research awarded a two-year extension

Building on the success and achievements from GOBI’s five-year programme of work funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), a further two years of work has been approved to build on these results and implement them in a regional setting.  The extension recognises the value of GOBI’s continuing input to the science base underpinning the EBSAContinue Reading GOBI research awarded a two-year extension