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April 27, 2009
Belizean Government Announces Sweeping New Laws to Protect its Coral Reefs and Fisheries
Wildlife Conservation Society research helped inform new rule changes Parrotfish, Nassau grouper, and other species under new protection; spearfishing is banned in marine reserves NEW YORK (APRIL 27, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and its partners commend the Government of Belize, in particular the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Honorable Rene Montero, who earlier this month signed a sweeping set of new laws to protect its extensive coral reefs, considered to be the...
April 23, 2009
Africa's Super Reefs
In the face of warming ocean waters due to climate change, some coral reefs off East Africa are demonstrating unusual resiliency. A WCS study shows that successful fisheries management is key.
April 23, 2009
WCS Study Finds “Super Reefs” Resilient to Climate Change
Successful reef management coupled with geophysical factors produces hearty corals off East Africa coast NEW YORK (April 23, 2009) – The Wildlife Conservation Society announced today a study showing that some coral reefs off East Africa are unusually resilient to climate change due to improved fisheries management and a combination of geophysical factors. WCS announced the results of the study at the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), which is meeting this week in Phuket, Thailand. The ...
April 01, 2009
Nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins are alive and swimming in Bangladesh, according to new WCS research. Prior to this study, the largest known populations of Irrawaddy dolphins numbered in the low hundreds or less.
March 31, 2009
WCS Confirms Huge Population of Rare Dolphins
Nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins are alive and swimming in Bangladesh NEW YORK (April 1, 2009) -- The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today the discovery of a huge population of rare dolphins in South Asia—but warns that the population is threatened by climate change and fishing nets. Using rigorous scientific techniques, WCS researchers estimate that nearly 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins, which are related to orcas or killer whales, were found living in freshwater regions of Bangladesh’...
March 16, 2009
A Tiger Cannot Change its Stripes
Wildlife Conservation Society scientists help track tigers with new three-dimensional software Software also has potential to locate origins of confiscated tiger skins NEW YORK (March 12, 2009) – New software developed with help from the Wildlife Conservation Society will allow tiger researchers to rapidly identify individual animals by creating a three-dimensional model using photos taken by remote cameras. The software, described in an issue of the journal Biology Letters, may also help identi...
March 16, 2009
High-Tech Tiger Tool
WCS scientists track tigers with a new 3D software program that may speed up conservation efforts. The software can also help locate the origins of confiscated tiger skins.
March 12, 2009
Economy Squeezes Reef Fish
WCS researchers find that coral reefs next to middle class communities in East Africa have far fewer fish than the reefs in either poor or affluent communities.
February 12, 2009
Penguins Are Marching Into Trouble, Wildlife Conservation Society Says
A quarter-century of data reveals how changing weather patterns and land use, combined with overfishing and pollution, are taking a heavy toll on penguin numbers. NEW YORK (Embargoed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for release 9:30 a.m. EST Friday, Feb. 13, 2009) – A combination of changing weather patterns, overfishing, pollution, and other factors have conspired to drive penguin populations into a precipitous decline, according to long-term research funded by the Wi...
February 10, 2009
Study Says “Middle Class” Coral Reef Fish Feel the Economic Squeeze
The Wildlife Conservation Society, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and other groups say the health of coral reef fish is directly linked to local economies. Wealthy and least developed regions have the healthiest fish populations, while those in the middle are suffering.
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