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News from WCS's Zoos, Aquarium and Field Conservation Programs Across the Globe
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April 22, 2013
Helping Corals Survive a Changing Climate
Coral reef fisheries expert Dr. Tim McClanahan highlights the resilience of coral reefs and the conservation efforts that will help them adapt to changing conditions.
August 06, 2012
Microbes, Sponges, and Worms Add to Coral Reef Woes
Study by Wildlife Conservation Society and University of the Azores identifies additional risks to reefs stemming from pollution and heavy fishing NEW YORK (August 6, 2012)— Microbes, sponges, and worms—the side effects of pollution and heavy fishing—are adding insult to injury in Kenya’s imperiled reef systems, according to a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Azores. The authors of the study have found that pollution and overfishing on reef sys...
February 23, 2012
Indonesia Steps Up Fight Against Illegal Orangutan Trade
Illegal orangutan owner and trader prosecuted in Sumatra NEW YORK (February 23, 2012) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) announced today Sumatra’s first ever successful sentence of an illegal orangutan owner and trader in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia.The seven-month prison sentence is only the third for Indonesia, despite orangutans being strictly protected under Indonesian law since 1924. Although there have been over 2,500 conf...
December 22, 2011
Protecting a Lagoon’s Food Chain, Top to Bottom
Researchers find that fishery closures in Belize’s Glover’s Reef help barracudas, groupers, and other predatory fish recover while the parrotfish and other herbivores essential for reef recovery still need more protection.
December 21, 2011
Belize Protected Area Boosting Predatory Fish Populations
But Herbivorous Fish Needed for Reef Recovery Still Lagging14-year study finds need for increased protections for parrotfish and other herbivores in marine reserves NEW YORK (December 21, 2011) —A 14-year study by the Wildlife Conservation Society in an atoll reef lagoon in Glover’s Reef, Belize has found that fishing closures there produce encouraging increases in populations of predatory fish species. However, such closures have resulted in only minimal increases in herbivorous fi...
December 01, 2011
WCS’s New York Aquarium’s Coral Lab Fascinates And Educates Visitors
Coral propagation lab allows aquarium staff to grow various species on site, eliminating the need to disrupt fragile reefs in the wild Brooklyn, N.Y. – Dec. 1, 2011 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium is now growing corals on site in an effort to educate the public about the need to preserve fragile reef systems in the wild. Coral reefs are vital to the health of marine life. They provide shelter and food for countless marine species and help maintain a balanced ocea...
September 28, 2011
WCS Study Uncovers a Predictable Sequence Toward Coral Reef Collapse
Research identifies eight factors that can alert managers to the threat of overfishing in otherwise healthy looking reefs NEW YORK (September 28, 2011)—Coral reefs that have lots of corals and appear healthy may, in fact, be heading toward collapse, according to a study published by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups. Using data from coral reef systems across the western Indian Ocean, an international team of researchers identified how overfishing creates a serie...
September 28, 2011
A Countdown to Coral Collapse
A new study identifies a better way to determine if coral ecosystems are in danger of collapse.
August 12, 2011
A Map for Reef Relief
WCS marine scientists provide a color code for coral conservation by mapping out the stress loads of the world's reefs.
August 11, 2011
Worldwide Map Identifies Important Coral Reefs Exposed to Stress
WCS leads global assessment showing where climate stresses on reef systems will beExposure map highlights places to focus management NEW YORK (August 11, 2011)—Marine researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups have created a map of the world’s corals and their exposure to stress factors, including high temperatures, ultra-violet radiation, weather systems, sedimentation, as well as stress-reducing factors such as temperature variability and tidal dynamics. ...
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