Genetic study pursues elusive goal: How many Humpback whales existed in the North Atlantic before whaling?

NEW YORK, February 13, 2013 — Research team of scientists from Stanford University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Oregon State University and other organizations has found that North Atlantic humpback whales used to exist in numbers of more than 100,000 individuals. The new, more accurate estimate is lower than previously calculated but still two to three times higher than pre-whaling estimates based on catch data from whaling records. The study appears in the recently published edition of Conservation Genetics. The authors include: Kristen Ruegg…

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Indonesian Fishing Communities find balance between Biodiversity & Development

The beach of Tanjung Gelam, Karimunjava National Park.

Co-management approach safeguards marine protected area in Indonesian Coral Triangle NEW YORK / February 7, 2013 — Fishing communities living on the islands of Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park have found an important balance, improving their social well-being while reducing their reliance on marine biodiversity, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia. Over the past 5 years, the Government of Indonesia has turned Karimunjawa National Park, a marine paradise of turquoise seas and mangrove-ringed islands in the Java Sea just south of Borneo, into a model…

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