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New Online Course
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

New resource for Caribbean coral reef managers

This new handbook provides tools, information, and management recommendations for coral reef managers highlighting the latest scientific research on reefs and resilience to inform management actions.

Locations: Caribbean

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News round up

Read about a few new resources and articles for coral reef managers: New handbook for Caribbean coral reef managers New Coral Reef Watch products Lionfish hunters New comprehensive online database of MPAs in the Philippines Reef resilience in French Polynesia

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Social marketing campaign engages Madagascar fishing villages in sustainable fishing practices

Can social marketing campaigns affect fisheries in Madagascar? Yes, they can, by using messages on the radio, banners, posters, t-shirts, and festivals to change a communities’ way of thinking about fisheries management issues.

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Coral reefs work as nature’s sea walls – It pays to look after them

A group of researchers found that intact coral reefs reduce wave energy by 97% and wave height by 84%. The study, published recently in the journal Nature Communications found that the risk reduction provided by reefs is relevant to some 200 million people worldwide.

Locations: Global

Managing fisheries for reef resilience: Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area

Herbivore protection and strong community support: will this be enough to increase fish biomass, decrease algal blooms, and enhance reef resilience?

Locations: Pacific