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One Solution to Global Overfishing Found

A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and other groups on more than 40 coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans indicates that 'co-management' -- a collaborative arrangement between local communities, conservation groups, and governments -- provides a solution to a vexing global problem: overfishing.
"We found clear evidence of people's ability to overcome the 'tragedy of the commons' by making and enforcing their own rules for managing fisheries, This is particularly encouraging because of the perceived failure of many open-access and top-down government-controlled attempts to manage fisheries around the world. More importantly, we have identified the conditions that allow people to make co-management successful, providing vital guidance for conservation groups, donors, and governments as to what arrangements are most likely to work."
- team leader Dr Josh Cinner of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University, Australia

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Salmon Advocates Win Major Victory in Federal Court Over Snake River Water Operations

Earthjustice, Wed May 24, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Portland, OR - coalition of fishing businesses and conservation groups today won a major victory for Pacific Northwest salmon recovery efforts when federal district court Judge James A. Redden declared illegal a federal plan for operating Bureau of Reclamation water storage projects in the Snake River basin in Idaho.

Colombian Frog Believed Extinct Found Alive

Conservation International, Fri May 19, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Researchers exploring a Colombian mountain range found surviving members of a species of Harlequin frog believed extinct due to a killer fungus wiping out amphibian populations in Central and South America.

House Votes to Protect Coasts From Drilling Rigs

Defenders of Wildlife, Fri May 19, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Defenders of Wildlife hailed today's vote by House members to keep the 25-year bipartisan offshore drilling moratorium in place as a great victory for coastal communities and marine wildlife.

A conservation vision for New Guinea’s wetlands

World Wildlife Fund, Wed May 17, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Madang, Papua New Guinea - A conservation "vision" to protect one of the Asia-Pacific region's largest, richest and most pristine wetlands on the island of New Guinea has been officially launched today, with governments, community leaders, scientists and conservation organizations declaring their commitment to support it.

Saving sharks with magnets

World Wildlife Fund, Fri May 12, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Brussels, Belgium - Thousands of sharks could be saved from being caught and killed on fishing lines thanks to the winning entry of this year's WWF-sponsored Smart Gear competition.

New species of monkey discovered in Tanzania is a new genus

Wildlife Conservation Society, Thu May 11, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - A new monkey species discovered last year by scientists with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other groups is now shown to be so unique, it requires a new genus – the first one for monkeys in 83 years, according to a study published in this week's Science.

The Road to Recovery: 100 Success Stories for Endangered Species Day 2006

the Center for Biological Diversity, Thu May 11, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Tucson, AZ - Endangered Species Day to "encourage the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide."

Caribbean Leatherback Sea Turtles Stage Comeback

Earthwatch Institute, Mon May 08, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - The first week in May marked the emergence of the first hatchlings from leatherback turtles nesting on Sandy Point, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

New marine protected areas for Australia

World Wildlife Fund, Fri May 05, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Melbourne, Australia - Australia has committed to creating 13 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), totalling 226,000km2 in Australia's south-eastern waters. The area covers waters off the Australian states of Victoria, Tasmania, southern New South Wales and eastern South Australia, paving the way for the creation of a national network of MPAs throughout Australia's vast ocean territory.

WWF and tourist operator sign agreement to protect the Arctic

World Wildlife Fund, Thu May 04, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Olso, Norway - WWF and Arctic tour operator Spitsbergen Travel have signed an agreement that will increase awareness about the Arctic environment among tourists, company employees and business partners.

African wetland managers armed with new technology

European Space Agency, Tue May 02, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Lake Naivasha, Kenya - Earth's wetlands are vital to the water cycle and havens for wildlife, but they are under threat. GlobWetland, an ESA-led initiative in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, has been addressing this issue by using satellite imagery to provide detailed wide-area views of individual wetlands to aid national and local conservation efforts.

Coral Reef Resilience: Better Feeders Survive Bleaching

Brown University, Mon May 01, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, RI - Coral bleaching, a stress response that turns rainbow-hued reefs into bone-white graveyards, is damaging reefs worldwide. But some corals survive.

Computers to save unique type of American red squirrel

University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Thu April 27, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Phoenix, Arizona - UK expertise is being exported to North America to help prevent a unique type of red squirrel dying out in as little as 30 years time.

Stolen Fish Off the Menu

Greenpeace, Thu April 27, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Las Palmas, Spain - Stolen fish from West Africa that was destined for the dinner tables of Europe will be confiscated by the Spanish government.

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