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Modelling and Mapping Fishing Impact and the Current and Potential Biomass of Coral-Reef Fishes in South Florida

Modelling and Mapping Fishing Impact and the Current and Potential Biomass of Coral-Reef Fishes in South Florida

The Nature Conservancy collaborated with Alastair Harborne’s Tropical Fish Ecology Lab at Florida International University to model and map cumulative fishing impact and reef fish biomass across the the 580 km (360 miles) of coral reefs along Florida’s east coast. The models and resulting maps provide key insights for  assessing the potential benefit of conservation and management investments such as restoration and other protection activities. 

Recovering Tourism and Saving Nature

Recovering Tourism and Saving Nature

In newly-released research, authors from The Nature Conservancy, the World Resources Institute and the University of Central Florida point to some of the changes to the world of travel and tourism imposed by Covid-19, and to responses which could ultimately favour...

Harnessing big data to support the conservation and rehabilitation of mangrove forests globally

Harnessing big data to support the conservation and rehabilitation of mangrove forests globally

Mangroves are a key habitat for our Mapping Ocean Wealth work, and its easy to see why. These coastal forests protect shorelines, store and sequester vast amounts of carbon, enhance fisheries, and even provide opportunities for recreation and tourism. but identifying and accessing the most reliable source of data can be a challenge. A new paper presents a potential solution.

Nature-based tourism makes the case for long-term conservation strategies in the Gulf of California

Nature-based tourism makes the case for long-term conservation strategies in the Gulf of California

Each year, people travel from all over the world to visit the Gulf of California, or the world’s aquarium, as Jacques Costeau once famously dubbed it. Sea lions, whale sharks, whales, big game fish make up the 40 key species groups that bring people to the region looking for an opportunity to interact with marine wildlife – from up-close encounters with grey whales, to witnessing the unmistakable grace and curiosity of a bull shark, to dancing with a sea lion to tracking a wahoo in a catch and release game – the Gulf of California provides an unparalleled variety of options to experience  life-changing moments.

Discover the Carbon-capturing Power of Mangroves in your Country

Discover the Carbon-capturing Power of Mangroves in your Country

Coastal wetlands provide many benefits, from fisheries habitat to improved water quality and shoreline protection, but they are also excellent at capturing and storing carbon from the atmosphere – a service we refer to as Blue Carbon. Blue carbon habitats include salt...

New Restoration Guidelines for Shellfish Reefs

New Restoration Guidelines for Shellfish Reefs

Capitalising on the ongoing success of The Nature Conservancy’s shellfish reef restoration projects all around the world, a new manual has been published to help others do likewise. Quantifying the social and ecological benefits of shellfish reefs has been a...

A Refreshed Mapping Ocean Wealth Website is Here!

A Refreshed Mapping Ocean Wealth Website is Here!

If you've visited oceanwealth.org recently, you may notice a few subtle, but meaningful changes.  During the first phase of Mapping Ocean Wealth the primary focus was on the data -- identifying existing sources, consulting experts, deriving new models, and creating...

The Caribbean Needs Tourism and Tourism Needs Healthy Coral Reefs

The Caribbean Needs Tourism and Tourism Needs Healthy Coral Reefs

The  Caribbean is more dependent on tourism than any other region across the globe, and a new study by The Nature Conservancy and JetBlue shows the powerful value of coral reef ecosystems to both the tourism industry and to the to the economic success and stability of...

Blue carbon: A Portfolio Solution to Climate Change

Blue carbon: A Portfolio Solution to Climate Change

Climate change is a portfolio problem. There’s no one cause, nor is there a silver bullet to fix the problem.  Rather, the solution will lie in a portfolio of measures, and many of the solutions will stem from nature. To explain how natural solutions to carbon storage...

Explore the Mangrove Restoration Potential Mapping Tool

Explore the Mangrove Restoration Potential Mapping Tool

Healthy mangroves are a precious, almost priceless resource, and yet over the past 50 years the world has witnessed staggering levels of mangrove loss and degradation. Mangroves can, quite literally save lives during storms, but losing mangroves also means losing...

MOW Maps of Micronesia Fisheries Can Help Inform Coral Reef Management

MOW Maps of Micronesia Fisheries Can Help Inform Coral Reef Management

The MOW team in Micronesia has published a new paper, Modelling and mapping regional-scale patterns of fishing impact and fish stocks to support coral-reef management in Micronesia in the journal Diversity and Distributions.  Led by Alastair Harborne of Florida...

Accounting for Mangroves in Flood Protection

Accounting for Mangroves in Flood Protection

Mangroves are multi-taskers in the world of ocean wealth. In addition to providing habitat for both artisanal and commercially-fished species, sequestering carbon, and bolstering tourism, mangroves are essential for protecting coastal communities from the effects of...

TNC Teams up with IUCN to Map Mangrove Restoration Potential

TNC Teams up with IUCN to Map Mangrove Restoration Potential

The importance of mangrove forests – for food, carbon storage and sequestration, coastal protection, and even tourism and water purification – is widely acknowledged. So much so that there is an increasing drive not only to halt further losses, but to increase mangroves through restoration.

Notes from the Field: MOW Australia Measures Blue Carbon in Australia

Notes from the Field: MOW Australia Measures Blue Carbon in Australia

Review. Model. Map. Those are the stages that Mapping Ocean Wealth uses to build an understanding of various ecosystem services. In the review phase, scientists conduct a detailed and systematic exploration of field data, expert literature and knowledge to fully...

Mapping Ocean Wealth Wins Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award

Mapping Ocean Wealth Wins Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award

The Mapping Ocean Wealth Initiative is the winner of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award.  The WTTC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the travel and tourism sector’s contribution to the economy, while promoting...

How Can Nature Help Us Combat Climate Change?

How Can Nature Help Us Combat Climate Change?

Coastal wetlands are small but mighty.  They provide habitats for a diverse array of species, improve water quality, and play a significant role in protecting coastal communities from the impacts of wave action and storms. But they also provide another valuable...

Mapping Ocean Wealth Named a Finalist for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Mapping Ocean Wealth Named a Finalist for Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

  The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has announced that The Mapping Ocean Wealth Initiative is among the finalists for the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.  The WTTC is dedicated to promoting awareness of the travel and tourism sector’s contribution to...

Oyster Reefs: How Much Is Enough?

Oyster Reefs: How Much Is Enough?

Contributed by Bryan DeAngelis Oysters are amazing. If you’re like me, and love the cold, salty taste of fresh oysters, know that our desire to consume them is not new. Oysters were a dietary staple for Native Americans and then for early European settlers, who...

Australia’s Forgotten Coastline No Longer Forgotten

Australia’s Forgotten Coastline No Longer Forgotten

Contributed by Helen Savidge Mapping Ocean Wealth Picks Up Marine Conservation Across Australia’s Forgotten Coastlines. On the Southern edge of the Australian continent sit beautiful waterscapes, grass meadows and kelp forests. These southern coastlines are home to...