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Charting New Waters at Glover’s Reef

April 23, 2012

With support from the Summit Foundation, WCS conservationists and their local and international partners have introduced a new system of managed access to the Glover's Reef Marine Reserve’s conch fishery.

In Fiji, a Fishing Fundraiser Takes a Toll

March 23, 2012

When local fishers in Kia Island opened a protected coral reef to fishing for a short-term community fundraising effort, the effects of the harvest bore long-term consequences for the reef's health.

Marine Mammals on the Menu

January 24, 2012

A newly released study finds that people are increasingly consuming marine mammals—including some very rare species, like the Fraser’s dolphin—in more than 100 countries around the world.

WCS Wins Grand Prize for Fisheries Project

January 10, 2012

A WCS marine project to reduce bycatch in Kenya and Curacao through a low-cost, low-tech fish trap design takes the top honor in a contest sponsored by Rare, in partnership with National Geographic.

Protecting a Lagoon’s Food Chain, Top to Bottom

December 22, 2011

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.

Fishing Communities Put the Heat on Climate Change Talks

December 8, 2011

As global leaders convene in Durban, South Africa to tackle climate change, WCS coral reef fisheries expert Dr. Tim McClanahan and his colleague Dr. Joshua Cinner urge action on behalf of the world’s fishing communities dependent upon the increasingly threatened bounty of warming tropical seas.

A Countdown to Coral Collapse

September 28, 2011

A new study identifies a better way to determine if coral ecosystems are in danger of collapse.

Netting Change for Fisheries in Belize

September 6, 2011

WCS conservationists help Belize develop a management program to restore the health of both fisheries and the coral reef ecosystems at its Glover’s Reef and Port Honduras Marine Reserves.

Modern Fish Live Fast and Die Young

June 24, 2011

An archaeological study by a WCS marine researcher in Kenya compares fish communities from modern times with those from the Middle Ages. The scientist finds that the modern fish are overwhelmingly smaller, lower on the food chain, and shorter-lived.

Coral Reefs and a Scourge of Sea Urchins

January 11, 2011

A long-term WCS study off the Kenyan coast finds overfishing in coral ecosystems can stunt the growth of reefs.


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