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WE ARE 10!!!

Can you believe it? A decade ago, TNC – with the support of partners AROUND THE WORLD– launched the Reef Resilience Network, creating what would grow to become a global network of resource managers sharing ideas, experiences, and expertise to effectively manage our coral reefs and reef fisheries.

(All Rights) Outplanted staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) coral after one year of growth. In January 2010 the Conservancy’s U.S. Virgin Islands Coral Restoration program installed its first in-water coral nurseries. Since then the team has successfully propagated over 2,500 individual corals. Early in 2012 the restoration team transferred 1,022 nursery-raised specimens to seven locations off St. Croix and St. Thomas to help restore damaged reefs and increase genetic diversity. Image size 12X9@300dpi.  Photo Credit: © Kemit Amon- Lewis/TNC
It’s not loo late for coral reefs

In a new article published today in the world’s leading academic journal, Science, Mark Spalding, Senior Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy looks at the broad issues surrounding the current situation of coral reefs and highlights points of hope. “There is growing concern around coral reefs,” said Spalding.

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Behind-the-scenes on Project REGENERATE

Project REGENERATE, a collaborative conservation science and management project to enhance the resilience of social-ecological coral reef systems in the Maldives, supports the sustainable management of coastal resources, particularly coral reefs, in order to build economic, social, and environmental resilience to the adverse effects of climate change.

A group of four fishermen from the village of Malem gillnet fishing on the reef edge in the breaking waves in front of their village, they will take their catch home and divide it amongst their families. Photo © Nick Hall

Dr. Bob Steneck and Ramon Lloveras TNC Caribbean Program Trustees snorkeling off of Playa Girón, Cuba, viewing healthy endangered Elkhorn coral stands. © Alex Quintero, Director of Operations, North America Region.
The Nature Conservancy in Cuba: A major step in protecting Caribbean resources

The Nature Conservancy has partnered with Cuban conservation agencies for more than 20 years, providing trainings such as protected area management and planning, GPS and GIS, coral reef monitoring, climate adaptation, and sustainable tourism that otherwise would not be available.

Locations: Caribbean

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New Reef Resilience Online Course Launched

Check out the six new modules on stressors affecting coral reefs, guidance for identifying coral reef resilience indicators, design principles for resilient MPA networks, methods for implementing resilience assessments, and important communication tools for managers.

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Lionfish invasion in the Caribbean – Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC)

The Bahamas has taken the lead to address the lionfish invasion, creating a Lionfish Taskforce to document, collect, and remove lionfish from Bahamian waters. The Taskforce includes representatives from government agencies and local NGOs. Preliminary results from a pilot project to remove lionfish in the Bahamas suggest that invasive species can be effectively managed through public-private sector partnerships with substantial benefits for biodiversity and local economies.

Locations: Caribbean

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Pacific managers participate in Strategic Communications Learning Exchange

From September 9-11, 2014, fourteen practitioners from Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and Yap participated in a Strategic Communications Learning Exchange in Maui, Hawaii.

Locations: Pacific

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Welcome New Reef Resilience Team Members

Aurora Justiniano, Conservation Planner is based in Puerto Rico and Kristen Maize, Strategic Communications Manager is based in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Locations: Caribbean, Pacific