40 Priority Research Questions for Ocean Science in Canada

"40 priority research questions that, if answered, would have the greatest impact on addressing future opportunities and challenges relating to ocean science in Canada."

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Record number of Manatees counted in Belize

A record number of Antillean Manatees has been counted by an aerial survey in Belize. Adult population for the IUCN red listed species is around 2500 individuals.

Full story from National Geographic here

UNESCO rinde homenaje a programa de alfabetización en Colombia

Literacy programmes in Colombia, Rwanda, Indonesia and Buhtan have been awarded the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes for 2012.

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More information on the awards here.

23-08-12 - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

UNESCO Message 23-08-12:

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Día Internacional del Recuerdo de la Trata de Esclavos y de su Abolición

Journée internationale du souvenir de la traite négrière et de son abolition

IOC circular letter - 2448: Launch of the UN Secretary-General "Oceans Compact: Healthy Oceans For Prosperity, a new initiative to protect the ocean and its citizens"

"This new initiative is aimed at protecting the oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on it"

The circular letter is available for download here.

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Successes observed in Tortugas Ecological Reserve

Since its establishment in 2001 the Tortugas Ecological Reserve has seen slow annual increases in mutton snapper. In more recent years spawning aggregations have been observed. Data from a 2012 research expedition will play a role in future management decisions.

Full story from NOAA here.

New committee will advise federal leaders on integrating ocean observation systems (U.S.A.)

"A new committee to advise federal leaders on integrating the nation’s ocean observing systems  that collect and deliver ocean information will meet for the first time later this month in Washington. The meeting will be open to the public."

More information here.

Update: IOC request for proposals: Sea level stations in the Caribbean Sea (Bid closing date 14 September 2012)

"The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission has been given the mandate by its member states to coordinate the implementation of the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean Sea and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS)." (from IOC posting)

More information here.