Archive for April, 2013

Students Adopt a Beach and Clean it Up

Last week, as part of their service learning component, a group of students from the American International School of Mozambique (AISM), Maputo, cleaned up their local beach. Over a period of two hours, the group managed to `sweep’ an area of approximately 177 metres, collecting a total of 39 rubbish bags worth of litter. The beach clean-up formed the launch of `iKubasa’ a service learning… Read more »

What Does CITES mean for Mozambique?

by Lauren Warnell   Last week marked a victory for marine conservationists, after the CITES plenary accepted the committee’s decision to include five species of sharks and both species of manta ray on Appendix II of the convention, and elevate the freshwater sawfish to Appendix I. CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) is an international agreement that… Read more »

Incidental Catch in Guinjata is Out of Hand

Over the course of February gill nets continued to wreak havoc in Guinjata, with incidental catch being landed at an alarming rate. The legal 100m gill nets are capturing everything that swims by and leaving bystanders to wonder what will be left? Incidental catch or bycatch, is fish caught unintentionally by a fishery. In industrial fisheries, this catch is often discarded, but in subsistence fisheries… Read more »

INTERPOL Launches Major Global Initiative to Fight Illegal Fishing

INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme, with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, announced the launch of a major global effort to stem illegal fishing and its associated crimes. This initiative, called Project SCALE, was launched at the 1st INTERPOL International Fisheries Enforcement Conference held at the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France.INTERPOL’s Project SCALE will confront fisheries crime… Read more »

Call for Information: Are Dolphins Being Used as Sharkbait?

A representative from the Environmental Investigation Agency is compiling information about two threats recently being posed to dolphins. The first is the use of dolphin meat in shark fisheries, and the second is the direct catch of dolphins for consumption. This practice is thought to occur in remote unstudied areas, therefore it is important to gain help from citizen scientists to report on these matters…. Read more »