A new polar protection plan

Major shortfalls in marine conservation

A new study says that more than 17,000 marine species worldwide remain largely unprotected. The authors (including several CEED researchers) looked at the ranges of some 17,348 species of marine life, including whales, sharks rays and fish, and found that 97.4% have less than 10% of their range represented in marine protected areas. http://ceed.edu.au/ceed-news/ceed-media-releases/322- major-shortfalls-identified-in-marine-conservation.html

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Conservation and offshore hydrocarbon exploitation

All around the world there are marine areas important for biodiversity that are experiencing exploration and extraction of oil and natural gas resources. Such operations are expanding to previously inaccessible deep waters and other frontier regions. Conservation challenges arising from offshore hydrocarbon development are wide-ranging. These challenges include threats to ecosystems and marine species from […]

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A giant cuttlefish on Australia’s Great Southern Reef.
(Photo by Catlin Seaview Survey).

More to marine biodiversity than GBR

Two CEED researchers have made a plea for a review of the Commonwealth marine protected areas around Australia to be more representative. Jennifer McGowan and Hugh Possingham have recently posted an editorial on the National Geographic blogsite pointing out Australia has a big opportunity to better conserve our marine natural heritage. The researchers bemoan the […]

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Are Australia’s MPAs representative?

Marine protected areas (MPAs) have become the cornerstone of many national and international strategies for halting the loss of marine biodiversity. Australia has made strong international commitments to increase its coverage of MPAs through the principles of systematic conservation planning and, in the last ten years, has rapidly expanded its MPA coverage using these principles.

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