Catch of the Week
Top 15 CTKN Stories in 2015

Top 15 CTKN Stories in 2015

Catch of the Week

The Coral Triangle Knowledge Network has shared a lot of interesting, intriguing and eye-opening stories this year. It’s all about letting everyone know more about the Coral Triangle Region, the state of the world’s oceans, and the impacts climate change has had on various islands in the Pacific as well as other parts of the world.

A girl of the Sama Bajau ethnic group collects shellfish near her stilt village off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Photo by: James Morgan/WWF)

A girl of the Sama Bajau ethnic group collects shellfish near her stilt village off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Photo by: James Morgan/WWF)

Here are the top 15 stories we’ve featured on CTKN, based on our web statistics on most number of views from our regular site visitors.

1. Vanuatu Fisheries and Food Security after Cyclone Pam
At the top of the list is an article on how the Government of Vanuatu, through the support of various agencies, has implemented actions to revive fish harvest after the devastation left by Cyclone Pam.

2. USAID Teams Up with SEAFDEC and CTI to Form the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership Project
A news story on the announcement of US Secretary of State John Kerry of USAID’s commitment to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud in the Asia-Pacific region.

3. New Directions in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific
A quick rundown of the outcome of the Pacific Regional Planning Meeting held in May that gathered country representatives and program managers from Coral Triangle countries with technical experts and advisers.

4. EU Lifts Yellow Card Warning on Philippine Fisheries
Big news on the efforts of the Philippines to take responsible action and a proactive approach against illegal fishing.

5. ADB Grant Helps Build PNG’s Resilience to Climate Change
ADB announced in November a $24.25 million grant to help Papua New Guinea (PNG) build its resilience and responsiveness to the impacts of climate change.

6. Diseases Loom Large for Tropical Corals
New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks.

7. Conservation is about Relationships
Solomon Islanders get serious about modern marine conservation, seeing the need for a legal framework that defines and supports protected areas as well as a governmental structure to regulate them.

8. Integrated Coastal Management: Tidying up the Terminology
A CTKN special feature on minimizing the confusion of distinguishing between the many terms and acronyms use for managing natural coastal resources.

9. Achieving Shared Objectives in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific
Participants from the five member countries of the Coral Triangle Pacific region, together with technical experts and representatives from civil society met in Sydney in October to discuss the project on Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific (Phase II).

10. Taking Stock of the CTI-CFF Program’s Progress and Future Directions
The stock-take, conducted between May and October 2014, and updated in April 2015, has identified a number of lessons learned and some future directions for this initiative.

11. Sustainable Marine Tourism in the Coral Triangle Region
The 4th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Regional Forum held in Bali in August called for the implementation of sustainable tourism guidelines and standards for development and investment in protected maritime zones.

12. Monetizing Nature: Putting a Price on the Oceans
A repost from Nature.com that talks about a marine scientist who has placed a ‘minimum figure’ on the value of the seven seas in an effort to revive conservation.

13. Coral Triangle Key Part of $24tn Global Ocean Wealth
A report by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) highlights the Coral Triangle as a crucial asset but warns it may disappear if global warming continues at current rate.

14. Success Story: Taking Care of Her Reefs
One woman’s actions that directly contributed towards the Solomon Islands’ implementation of their Coral Triangle Initiative National Plan of Action.

15. New Study Tackles Conflicting Goals in the Coral Triangle
An international team of scientists is using one of the world’s natural wonders, the Coral Triangle region, to pioneer a new approach that conserves wildlife, protects people’s livelihoods and helps both adapt to climate change.

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