Kites, drones and reefs + a baby's seafood future
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The seafood future of Chonalyn, the Philippines’ 100th million baby 

On 27 July 2014, the Philippine government welcomed its 100 millionth citizen—a baby girl named Chonalyn. Over her lifetime, this child is likely to experience radical changes in her seafood diet, unless we better manage our seafood resources argues the WWF Coral Triangle Programme's Jose Ingles.

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Kites & drones: A new way of looking at coral reefs

What do you get when you cross a farm plow with a bunch of GoPro cameras? Unexpectedly, a new solution to measure reef cover. WWF-Philippines’ Gregg Yan revisits Tubbataha with a team of engineers to measure recovery of a badly scarred reef--and hears about ambitious plans to create a crowd-sourced atlas of Philippine coral reefs.

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Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Viet Nam join forces to crack down on marine turtle trade

In a bid to respond to marine turtle trafficking at a scale that can slow down the trade, government representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Viet Nam made an unambiguous commitment to improve intergovernmental cooperation on this issue across the Coral Triangle.

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Steering small scale fisheries away from rough seas

Ninety percent of the world's capture fishers are in the small scale fisheries sector, which is also bearing the brunt of fish stock depletion. Gathering on the island of Palawan, in the Philippines, WWF staff recently convened with the aim to provide small-scale fishers and the small-scale aquaculture business with a clearer roadmap to sustainability.

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Explore the ocean: The ultimate guide to Indonesia’s Bird’s Head Seascape is now online

The global coalition of conservation partners including Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, WWF and 15 other international and local partners in Papua, Indonesia officially launched the Bird’s Head Seascape website at www.birdsheadseascape.com. The website is the most comprehensive repository of scientific, conservation and tourist information for this one-of-a-kind marine destination.

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WWF’s Bancas for the Philippines prepares fishermen for a climate-defined future

In November 2013, 146,700 Filipino fishers lost their boats to the devastating Haiyan typhoon. Through the "Bancas for the Philippines " programme, WWF has helped to train fishers on the design of fibreglass boats that are faster, cheaper, and easier to make. This has boosted fishermen's resilience, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency.

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Ghizo women save for the future and fisheries

US$8,500--that's the amount deposited by more than 500 women into a saving scheme set up by WWF and partners on Ghizo Island in the Solomons. Now, these women are in a better position to improve their economic status, enhancing the lives of coastal artisanal fishing communities on and around the island of Ghizo.

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Viewpoint by Jackie Thomas, Coral Triangle Programme Leader

"It was an emotional experience for me as I sat in the audience of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Summit in Fiji in June and heard the President of Indonesia welcome additional Pacific countries to join the Coral Triangle Initiative."

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EXPERT OPINION by Kesaia Marama Tabunakawai

In this heartfelt Q&A, WWF Pacific Representative Kesaia Tabunakawai talks about the significance of the recent Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), the attendance of the President of Indonesia, and the possible linkages with CTI-CFF.

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REACTION: Keeping our feet in the water 
by Dr Lida Pet-Soede

On a recent fieldtrip, WWF's Global Ocean Campaign Leader and Global Marine Programme Senior Representative Dr Lida Pet Soede sits down with a fishing boat owner in East Java to chat about the need to protect shark nursery grounds. It is through trips like these that you realize how important it is to keep your feet in the water, she says, to know the real plight of people in coastal communities--and what truly matters to them.

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REACTION: CHALLENGING BUSINESS-AS-USUAL FORMULAS by Lory Tan, WWF-Philippines CEO

Conservation is not preservation. It is sustainable use. If we are to come to grips with sustainable oceans in a climate-defined future, then we must invest in strengthening the chains that link source to use, supply to demand, today to tomorrow.

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Image credit: © Jürgen Freund, © Gregg Yan / WWF, © WWF International, ©naturepl.com / Doug Perrine / WWF, © Derrick Lim / Imagine Nation Photography, © WWF Pacific/Sara Martin, © PIDF, © WWF Pacific, © Lida Pet-Soede, © Lory Tan