About IYOR

The Third International Year of the Reef At the 31st General Meeting (November 2016 in Paris, France), the International Coral Reef Initiative declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef (view the recommendation in French , English , Spanish ) and encourages to: Strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems; Promote partnerships between governments, the private sector, academia and civil society on the management of coral reefs; Identify and implement effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency and sustainable use of these ecosystems and promoting best practices; and Share information on best practices in relation to sustainable coral reef management. ICRI encourages its members to support and participate in planning for IYOR 2018, and to facilitate the development of national level IYOR activities. For more information, contact the ICRI Secretariat . History 1997 was declared the first International Year of the...
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Scotland plans to ban plastic straws by end of 2019

Scotland is set to become the first UK nation to ban plastic straws , as part of plans to cut down on single-use plastics. The move follows the announcement that the Scottish Government is outlawing the sale and manufacture of plastic cotton buds, one of the most prevalent waste items found on beaches. Parts of Britain, including the remote Shetland Islands , have also set out their own plans to cut down on single-use plastics in an effort to combat pollution. There has been growing concern among the public about the impact of plastic waste on marine life, particularly after the issue was highlighted by BBC series Blue Planet II.  The Independent has launched its Cut the Cup Waste campaign to address the problem of unrecyclable, plastic-lined coffee cups. Ways to reduce your single-use plastic Businesses like Wetherspoon  and Wagamama have already ended the use of plastic straws, as has Buckingham...
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Triggerfish needed to grow reefs, new research finds

Orange-lined triggerfish. A recent study by marine scientists from WCS found that triggerfish may play a vital role in helping corals grow, specifically by keeping sea urchins in check. Credit: T. McClanahan/WCS. A study of complex coral reef ecosystems in the western Indian Ocean found that one species of fish—the orange-lined triggerfish—may play a significant role in maintaining a reef's ability to thrive and grow, according to investigations by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). Scientists working for WCS discovered that the orange-lined triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus)—a small but brilliantly colored predatory fish—was consistently found among corals and algae that build reef systems . Triggerfish are known to reduce sea urchin species that degrade reef structure when they become too numerous, and the authors believe this relationship may explain the positive association of these fish species and reef builders. The study titled "Similar impacts of fishing and environmental stress on calcifying organisms in...
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5 biggest threats to our oceans - and what we can do about them

Surfing, boating, long walks on the beach - yes, we love our oceans. And yet, we treat them horribly, even though we need them to survive. DW takes a closer look at the five biggest man-made threats to these massive bodies of water - and why we should try desperately to save the oceans while we still have a chance. 1. Depleted fish stocks Eating fish and seafood is good for our health and many people worldwide, particularly in low-income countries, rely on these important sources of protein. In the past, the number of fish and other sea creatures caught by humans could be replenished through natural reproduction. Today, however, we take out more than what nature can deliver. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), humans extracted more than 81 million tons of fish and seafood from the oceans in 2015, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to 2014. Around 30 percent of global fish...
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Feast your eyes on this amazing #underwater #video. "Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. #slowlife #corals #slowmotion #reef #theoceanroamer