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May 21, 2020

New Study Finds Access to Education and Markets Vital for Coastal Fishing Communities Adapting to a Warming and Changing World

A new study investigating the links between coastal communities and coral reefs in Kenya and Madagascar has found that access to education and markets can help mitigate acute vulnerabilities for communities struggling with poverty and reliant on ecosystems degraded by overfishing.

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May 15, 2020

Strong Sharing Networks Can Help Communities Rebound From Crises

Of the top five countries in the world most at risk to disasters, three are Pacific Island nations. Yet time and time again, Pacific Islanders exhibit marked abilities to quickly recover. Part of the reason may be due to strong social networks that help to distribute resources to those most in need,...

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May 13, 2020

Good Governance Needed to Build Support for Fishing Restrictions

Good governance appears to be a prerequisite for local support of strong fisheries restrictions, the key finding in a recently published study of 16 fishing villages in East Africa that are struggling to achieve fisheries sustainability.

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March 03, 2020

World Wildlife Day Remarks by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper

The following are excerpts of remarks given today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper at the Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020, on the theme of “Sustaining all life on earth.”

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February 03, 2020

Scientists Listen to Whales, Walruses, & Seals In a Changing Arctic Seascape

A  year-round acoustic study of marine mammals in the northern Bering Sea is providing scientists with a valuable snapshot of an Arctic world already under drastic pressure from climate change, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), Columbia University, Southall Environmental Associa...

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December 19, 2019

Integrating Social and Ecological Science For Effective Coral Reef Conservation

While many conservation plans focus on only environmental indicators for success, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s coral reef program is trying a relatively new approach: focusing on both social and ecological processes and outcomes to ensure a long-term future for coral reef systems,...

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October 08, 2019

Study Finds Overharvest of Juvenile Queen Conch in Belize May be Reducing Size of Adults and Population

The new study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), the University of Miami, and Universidad de Puerto Rico have detected a decrease in the average size of adult queen conch (Lobatus gigas), possibly the result of fishers using shell length rather than thickness as a reliable indicator of age.

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October 02, 2019

Besides Hot Water, Coral Bleaching Also About Location, Location, Location

As conservationists grapple with unprecedented levels of coral reef bleaching in the world’s warming oceans, scientists in the Indian and Pacific Oceans used the most recent El Nino of 2016 (the warmest year on record) to evaluate the role of excess heat as the leading driver of coral bleachin...

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