Catch of the Week
Timor-Leste continues to protect its rich coastal areas (Photo from the Global Environment Facility)
Timor-Leste Establishes Two MPAs
The Government of Timor-Leste has established two marine protected areas (MPAs) as part of ongoing efforts to protect the country’s marine resources. Letters of agreement for two MPAs in Atauro...
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Community involvement remains one of the keys in managing the Coral Triangle and its rich resources (Photo courtesy of Patrick Christie)
Report Cites Emerging ‘Regional Identity’ for the Coral Triangle
Communications between leaders and vertical integration of regional and national management plans are giving rise to a Coral Triangle “regional identity.” This emerging regional identity is just one of the...
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A fisher displays his catch of the day (ADB Photo Library)
Timor-Leste Unveils Aquaculture Development Strategy
The Government of Timor-Leste has unveiled its first Aquaculture Development Strategy which aims to develop the local aquaculture sector and help strengthen food security in the country. In its report...
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Colorful coral species in the Solomon Islands (Photo from the Coral Triangle Initiative)
Coral Triangle Featured in Animal Planet’s ‘Wild Deep’
The Coral Triangle has been featured in a three-part documentary in Animal Planet’s “Wild Deep” series. In a news release, the marine conservation group and nongovernment organization (NGO) Coral Triangle...
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A temperature rise of 2–3 degrees Celsius in the Pacific in 2070 could lead to reduced fish catches, coral bleaching, and falling tourism numbers (ADB Photo Library)
Pacific Nations Face Economic Losses Due to Climate Change
Nations across the Pacific face economic losses due to climate change, according to a study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The ADB report predicted that the economic loss can...
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Community participation is key to sustainable fisheries production (Photo by Jack Fields)
Coastal Communities Need More Climate Change Policies
Coastal communities across the Pacific need more policies and programs to offset the adverse effects of climate change. A policy brief from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community said projected...
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Volunteers bring crown-of-thorns to shore in cleanup drive (Photo by the Fisheries Department of Vanuatu)
Crown-of-Thorns Outbreak Threatens Vanuatu Tourism
An outbreak of crown-of-thorns (COT) has been reported on the island of Santo which can threaten tourism activities in the area particularly in the community of Luganville. According to a...
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Nessim Ahmad of the Asian Development Bank (left) and Stephen Lintner of the World Bank (Photo by Edzelle Peña for CTKN)
Collaborative Learning Needed to Replicate Successful Marine Conservation Programs
Closer collaboration among development partners is needed to ensure the sustainability, scalability, and replicability of coastal and marine conservation programs, according to representatives of multilateral financial institutions (MFIs) who visited...
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A boy helps tend the net of a local fisher (Photo by OECD)
Report Cites Climate Change Challenges to Fisheries Industries
A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has outlined the many challenges that fisheries industries across the globe face due to the continuing threat of climate...
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Taken during Day 2 of the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment being held 3–5 December at the Asian Development Bank headquarters in Manila, Philippines. Inset photo shows Patrick Duggan, trial attorney for the Environmental Crimes Section of the United States Department of Justice, who spoke during one of the morning tracks about legal problems in the trade of marine resources (Photo from and Duke University)
International Community Cooperation Needed to End Illegal Trade of Marine Resources
The illegal trade of protected marine resources stemming from high commercial demand is one of the areas on which the recently launched Asian Judges Network on Environment (AJNE) should focus,...
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