Archive for December, 2006

Aquaculture and the Environment in Vietnam

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Guidelines for the environmental management of aquaculture investments in Vietnam have been recently made available by Vietnam’s Ministry of Fisheries and the World Bank. The guidelines provide an analysis of the impacts on the environment and risks associated with aquaculture development in Vietnam and guidance on better environmental management and monitoring for its future development […]

Artificial Coral Reefs for the Gulf of Thailand

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

According to the New Straits Times, RM10 million will be spent to establish artificial coral reefs off Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia during 2007. It is intended that these coral reefs will improve coastal fisheries for fishing communities already suffering the effects of over-fishing in the Gulf of Thailand. State Agriculture and Rural Development committee chairman Datuk […]

Re-Interpreting the Fisheries Crisis

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

A recent article in Science suggesting that the world’s major fish stocks could collapse by 2048 was big news – significant enough to capture the attention of The Economist, and to grab front-page headlines in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Interestingly this has generated a lively debate on the topic between one […]

Gonedau - A Fisheries Blog from the Pacific Islands

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Gonedau is a new Pacific Islands fisheries blog run by staff of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in New Caledonia. During several of our fisheries meetings this year we discussed that a lot can be learned from fisheries management in the Pacific, especially regarding the management of small-scale fisheries in areas where fishing […]

National Hazard Mapping Programme for the Philippines

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Manila: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has instructed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to produce a national hazard mapping programme for use in warning communities and local governments about potential natural disasters. Arroyo said that the national hazard mapping programme would forewarn vulnerable communities and help increase the capability of local governments to […]

The Wanli Shipwreck

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

In year 1625, a Portuguese vessel set off from China on a voyage to the Straits of Melaka. Onboard were tonnes of chinaware and pottery that would bring lucrative profits for the Portuguese. However, the ship now named “Wanli” never reached the Portuguese fort of Melaka as she sank half way sailing through the South […]

Call for Global Effort to Manage Seagrass

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

The December 2006 issue of Bioscience features an article calling for a global conservation effort to preserve seagrasses and their ecological services. The article cites the critical role seagrasses play in coastal ecosystems and how coastal development, population growth, and the resulting increase of nutrient and sediment pollution have contributed to large-scale losses wordwide. The […]