Marine Ecotourism and Environmental Education: Case for Urban Protected Areas

submitted by: Taslim_Arifin
Indonesian Archipelago is characterized with long coastline and thousands small islands and high marine biodiversity. These resources are amongst attractions to be offered as Indonesia targets tourism as one of country's main economic sector. Marine ecotourism in Indonesia is developing and becoming more popular for travellers, and marine protected areas are amongst places being more visited as ecotourism sites. Indonesia established marine protected areas throughout the country; many are...

Using Ocean Biogeographic Information System data in the CBD EBSA process

submitted by: Ei_Fujioka

During the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, a set of criteria were approved to assist in the identification of ‘Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas' (EBSAs; Annex I of CBD Decision IX/20). These criteria were later consolidated during the Expert Workshop on EBSAs held in the Azores, in October 2007. OBIS and OBIS SEAMAP data have obvious relevance to several of the criteria.

High marine mammal species richness within a small inshore Special Area of Conservation undergoing gas pipeline development

submitted by: Mairéad_O'Donovan

Broadhaven Bay (c.70km2) in northwest Ireland has, since 2002, been the focus of a marine mammal monitoring programme surrounding a gas pipeline development. The bay's Special Area of Conservation designation is due to the presence of habitats listed on Annex I of the EU Habitats Directive. Communities of high species richness and rare marine invertebrate species have been recorded in the bay's cave and reef habitats.

Extreme Living: Comparative Biodiversity of Bryozoans in the Polar Regions

submitted by: Jennifer_Loxton

 Polar environments are unique habitats which feature year round low temperatures and extreme seasonality. Both the Arctic Ocean and the Southern ocean feature a high level of isolation and this combined with the environmental challenges this has given rise to a high degree of specialisation and endemism of benthic flora and fauna.  
This study reviews the comparative diversity of bryozoans in the Polar Regions and assesses patterns in endemism, distribution and morphology.

Can local-scale monitoring on mass mortalities and population dynamics of gorgonians contribute to the conservation of sub-littoral benthic Mediterranean communities?

submitted by: María_Segovia
Over the last few decades, marine ecosistems are not inmune to global warming and mass mortalities have been reported in a broad range of marine taxa. In the North-western Mediterranean region, for example, white gorgonian populations have experienced recent mass mortalities resulting in the loss of more than 50% in density and biomass. The white gorgonian, Eunicella singularis, is a colonial, sessile cnidarian which displays large long-lived structures that significantly shapes the habitat.