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In the News
Posted on August 2, 2017 - 11:45am, by nwehner

[Punta Gorda, Belize] (July 20, 2017) Marine park staff from Honduras, Belize and The Bahamas are meeting in Punta Gorda, Belize to assess sustainable financing mechanisms for protected area management, and to share innovative financing solutions between Roatan Marine Park in Honduras and Port Honduras Marine Reserve in Belize.

In the News
Posted on August 1, 2017 - 9:59am, by nwehner

Punta Gorda, July 31, 2017 – Representatives from eight marine protected area organisations came together in Belize to develop strategic plans in support of marine protected area law enforcement.  

“With our national partners and with our counterparts from three Caribbean countries we’re looking at the future of our marine protected area enforcement programs,” explained Mrs. Celia Mahung, Executive Director of the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, TIDE Belize.

In the News
Posted on July 28, 2017 - 9:55am, by nwehner

The Government of Tonga, MACBIO, Vava’u Environmental Protection Association, and the Waitt Institute are supporting a marine spatial planning process in Tonga, which will include all of Tonga’s ocean area. As many of you may know, Tonga has substantial deep ocean resources and features. We are seeking photos and videos of Tonga’s deep ocean that we can utilize to share with the communities of Tonga as part of our ocean awareness campaign. We will utilize photos and videos in a variety of materials focused on educating people about the resources of Tonga, what they are, why they are important, how to sustainably manage them, etc.

If you have or know of photo or video resources from Tonga that you can share with us, we would be much obliged (and happy to cite the source of any materials). If you do send photos or videos, it would be useful if you could highlight location of photo and key features. It would be great if we could receive the materials by August 18, 2017.

In the News
Posted on July 14, 2017 - 1:03pm, by nwehner

We would like to cordially invite you to take part in a short online questionnaire relating to your experience and familiarity with a variety of pelagic platforms (e.g. aerial/vessel surveys, underwater videography, animal-borne tags, environmental DNA, drones, etc. amongst many more). This work is part of ongoing efforts to develop standard operating procedures for the collection of consistent, comparable, interpretable and fit-for-purpose empirical evidence useful in assessing status and trends in ocean ecosystems.