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

Photo Credit: Chip Baumberger/Marine Photobank
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

Caribbean reef managers participate in Pacific Learning Exchange

From March 10-14, 2014, thirty managers (four from the Caribbean and twenty-six from Guam) participated in the Adapting to Changing Climate Workshop held in Tumon, Guam.

Locations: Caribbean, Pacific

Map of 87 MPAs studied by the authors (from Edgar et al. 2014).
Interview with Dr. Graham Edgar

Dr. Graham Edgar and his 24 co-authors recently stirred up the marine conservation world with their article, “Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas five key features”. In this article, they review 87 MPAs at 964 sites (in 40 countries) around the world using data generated by the authors and trained recreational divers.

Understanding coral reef resilience in Tobago

Jahson Berhane Alemu I (a participant in our 2010 Training of Trainers Workshop) and co-author Ysharda Clement recently published the paper “Mass Coral Bleaching in 2012 in the Southern Caribbean”. For 6 months, they monitored approximately 650 colonies (composed of 30 taxa) at three sites across Tobago during a bleaching event in 2010.

Locations: Caribbean, Global

Year when Degree Heating Weeks exceed 8 at least two times in the following decade under Representative Concentration Pathway 2.6.
Tool shows future predictions of bleaching and acidification

A new Google Earth tool contains the most recent projections of coral bleaching and ocean acidification for all coral reef areas.

Locations: Global

Managing coral reefs in the face of acidification

In “Preparing to manage coral reefs for ocean acidification: lessons from coral bleaching,” Dr. Elizabeth McLeod and her co-authors discuss how management strategies designed to address coral bleaching can be modified to address the impacts of ocean acidification.

Locations: Global