Blog Archives

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 […]

Bangkok Risks Being Under Water in 15 Years

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The Chairman of Thailand’s Disaster Prevention Centre, Dr. Smith Dharmasaroja said in an interview this week that Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, faces inundation within 15 years as it sinks further below sea level in the Gulf of Thailand and rains and high tides burst the banks of its waterways. Bangkok, once known as the “Venice of […]

The Importance of the Spratly Islands

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Sovereignty, control of hydrocarbons, control of the Sea Lines of Communication (S.L.O.C.s), and capability to project influence across a broad region…these are all issues influencing the geopolitics of the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands. The “Importance of the Spratly Islands” published in the Power and Interest News Report on 28th November 2006, provides some interesting […]

ASEAN and Transboundary Environment Issues

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Environment Ministers from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met during the recent 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment to discuss transboundary environmental issues, particularly the problem of smoke haze pollution. Dr. Soeng Rachtchavy, Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Secretariat stressed the importance of collaborative efforts among ASEAN […]

Vietnams Seafood Exports Increasing

Friday, November 24th, 2006

The Nhan Dan newspaper reported on 24th November 2006 that Vietnam’s seafood export targets for 2006 were met within 11 months. According to Vietnam Ministry of Fisheries statistics, Vietnam earned 3.08 billion US$ from seafood exports over the 11 months to the end of November 2006, 25 percent more than in 2005. Major export products […]

Trat Mangroves in the News

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

The Thai National News Bureau reported on 21st November 2006 that mangrove management in Trat Province would be used as a national model for guiding the sustainable use of mangrove resources in Thailand. The Inspector-General of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Paisarn Kuwalairat declared additional support would be afforded to mangrove management in Trat Province, […]