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Track the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress Underway in France…

The 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC) is underway in Marseille, France this week (October 21-25). Organized by IUCN with the French Marine Protected Areas Agency, IMPAC gathers major marine specialists and other stakeholders every four years to assist in the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans.

For the congress, a Web TV has been launched, which features films about oceans in general and marine protected areas (MPA) in particular. More than 90 films from contributors from all over the world have been uploaded so far, but none from the Caribbean.  As you follow this event, we’d like to recommend “Lionfish infestation in Atlantic Ocean a growing epidemic” by Shanta King, Project Manager at the Ministry of Finance in St. Lucia. The film was shared with us by Dr Horst Michael Vogel, Head of Programme, Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions.

Dr Vogel notes that the film, which looks at the escalation of lionfish infestation in the Caribbean, ties in well with a new research study by the James Cook University that suggests the “ghostliness” of lionfish is one reason for their incredible success in the Caribbean. You may download the open access research paper titled Ultimate Predators: Lionfish Have Evolved to Circumvent Prey Risk Assessment Abilities for more details.

Also peruse the Catch Share Design Center's comprehensive collection of research-driven materials on improving fisheries management, including a fisheries toolkit.

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