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CONSERVATION

Explore some of the Odyssey logs focused on the area of conservation.


November 10, 2002
'SUBIOS Underwater Festival'
"The Odyssey crew was recently in port for SUBIOS (Sub Indian Ocean Seychelles), an annual festival celebrating the rich and diverse marine life in Seychelles waters. It has since grown to become an annual, week-long festival that runs free activities and presentations around the country. In the year leading up to the festival, the Ministries of Environment and Education encourage curriculum-based activities aimed directly at school children, as well as ocean awareness campaigns that target the local community."
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October 8, 2002
'Protecting the Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary'
"The Seychellois are rightfully proud of their past environmental achievements and are probably most highly respected for their strong anti-whaling stance and commitment to the Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The sanctuary was initially declared in 1979 after meetings hosted and led by the Seychelles."
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August 25, 2002
'Lost in the Indian Ocean'
"Conflicts between humans and marine species, including endangered species like whales are bound to increase as our population continues to expand exponentially. Greed and competition for ocean resources is creating a 'tragedy of the commons', destroying that which we all share."
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August 20, 2002
'Wildlife Clubs of the Seychelles'
"Conservation through education is a leading priority among the Seychelles community. What is most impressive is that school children, with the support of teachers, parents and community volunteers, initiate and undertake 'action orientated' projects around the archipelago. Today, students and teachers from the 'Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles' toured the R.V. Odyssey."
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August 16, 2002
'Challenges to Conservation - The Magpie Robin'
"Establishing the critically endangered Magpie Robin population is a remarkable accomplishment considering the fragility of species that are endemic to isolated oceanic islands. As the team from Nature Seychelles and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) learned, the road to recovery is fraught with major challenges and unpredictable setbacks."
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August 13, 2002
'Magpie Robin Recovery Program'
"Before humans arrived in the Seychelles 250 years ago, birds like the Magpie Robin were numerous and widespread. Part of the reason was that there were almost no predators that threatened them apart from the odd lizard or gecko that may have destroyed some eggs or even killed a few young chicks. Today, the Seychelles Magpie Robin is one of the world's most endangered species."
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July 29, 2002
'Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary'
"In 1979, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) declared the Indian Ocean north of 55 degrees south latitude as a whale sanctuary. At that time, most Indian Ocean populations of large whales had been well and truly devastated by commercial whaling activities."
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May 29, 2002
'Farming Giant Clams'
"Recognition of globally declining stocks of giant clams prompted Paul Tod of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands to consider the potential for mariculture, a practice that once established is relatively low maintenance with high returns for both the environment and the producer."
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May 31, 2002
'Pulu Keeling National Park - Cocos (Keeling) Islands'
"Proclaimed as a National Park in December, 1995, 'Pulu'- the Malay word for island, includes its entire 1.2 square kilometers of land plus a band of sea around the island 1.5 kilometers wide. The terrestrial and marine environment of this park contain rare ecosystems now absent from other islands in Cocos (Keeling)."
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May 6, 2002
'A Win for Whales - The Establishment of a Whale Sanctuary in PNG'
"We were with whales late yesterday afternoon when we received news that lifted our hearts and hopes in a way few of us have experienced in our lifetimes."
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May 2, 2002
'Sustainable Rock Lobsters'
"In terms of the world's natural marine resources, we are obviously close to, and probably exceeding, the maximum global catch that it is possible to sustain. Stocks are currently in decline along every coastline, yet there are ever more humans to feed. Regardless of what direction you look the future appears grim, although we learned today that there is hope with one well managed fishery in Western Australia."
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April 28, 2002
'Aerial Surveys'
"While in Fremantle, we met with Chris Burton, Director of the Western Whale Research Institute here in Australia. Whereas we make most of our observations from a boat, Chris does most of his data collection from an airplane. He flies monthly aerial surveys over south-western Australia in search of the elusive Blue whale."
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April 2, 2002
'Selecting Seafood Wisely'
"More than 1 billion people now rely on fish as their main source of animal protein, making it the fifth largest agricultural commodity in the world. Once one of the cheapest animal meats, fish is now the most expensive, a direct reflection of its increasing scarcity."
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March 18, 2002
'A Live Link-up to School Kids'
"This morning the Odyssey crew linked live via satellite to two groups of Grade 7 students (that s 12 year old s) from Ballerine and Glen Waverley Secondary Colleges in Melbourne, Australia. The students had gathered together at the Melbourne Zoo in order to participate in a pilot program 6 months in the planning that we have called Ocean Encounters."
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November 27, 2001
'Coralculture'
"We are now headed south around the remote coast of Western Australia toward Shark Bay. Before we departed, we spoke with Steve O'Grady, coordinator of an innovative marine initiative, the Darwin Coralculture Project. Steve developed the idea of creating artificial coral reefs after becoming increasingly concerned and frustrated by the demise of Darwin's reef systems."
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September 23, 2001
'A Baby Boom'
"This year in an amazing turnaround, Northern Right whales gave birth to a record high 30 calves compared to last years worrying tally of only one, a record low. The births are a much-welcomed boost to the population."
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August 31, 2001
'Farming Native Species'
"The skin of the saltwater crocodile is the most highly valued crocodilian type in the world. In many countries, including Australia, programs involving the sustainable use of wild stocks are now in place."
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July 24, 2001
'Papua New Guinea Takes a Stand Against Whaling'
"It is the first day of the 53rd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Global tension is mounting as member nations gather in London, England to discuss the future of the whales of the world. It is highly likely that the resolutions of this years meeting will spell disaster for the great whales."
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July 20, 2001
'PNG - Marine Mammal Forum'
"The Odyssey crew have spent the last few days in Port Moresby, where the Ocean Alliance together with The Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery and the United States Embassy hosted a two day Marine Mammal Forum. The aim of the forum was to bring together fisheries officials, policy and decision makers and environmental management groups to discuss the status of marine mammal protection in Papua New Guinea waters. Currently, only the dugong, a relative of the manatee, is protected by law."
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June 18, 2001
'Saying 'No' to Logging'
"Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit the home of a group of traditional landowners near Madang called the Dipida Clan. Thirty-five years ago, when logging in Papua New Guinea, first emerged, the leader of this clan, Kiatik Batet, had the foresight to protect their precious forests from international loggers.
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June 14, 2001
'Local Students Learning to Make a Difference'
"Yesterday we spoke with over two hundred, Grade 9 and 10 students from Tusbab High School in the township of Madang. Many had spent World Environment Day collecting plastics and other unwanted refuse carelessly discarded by thoughtless individuals and which later wreaks havoc on marine life."
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April 24, 2001
'Using Media to Make a Difference'
"Captain and Expedition Leader, Iain Kerr along with some members of the Odyssey crew, were recent visitors to the Papua New Guinea National Museum in Port Moresby. We were invited to deliver a multi-media presentation to an audience that included Government Ministers, Ambassadors and Embassy Officials and members of the public."
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February 14, 2001
Meeting with the President of Kiribati
"Some of the Odyssey crew attended a function at the Australian High Commission in Tarawa. Among many high ranking officials and Government representatives was Teburoro Tito, President of Kiribati. We were introduced to the president and spoke with him for a while, during which time we discussed the sperm whales we had found in Kiribati waters, as well as the eleven other cetacean species sighted--three of which are rarely observed beaked whale species."
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June 30, 2003
'A Renewed Hope for Whales - The 2003 International Whaling Commission Meeting'
"The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has concluded for another year. The crew was ecstatic to learn that those working for the protection of the great whales 'for all time', achieved a narrow victory over the loathsome representatives of whaling nations that eagerly anticipate a return to the commercial slaughter."
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May 27, 2003
'Young Scientist Program'
"The Young Scientist program is an educational initiative developed by the Ocean Alliance that allows students to participate in real scientific research and exploration from the classroom while communicating with researchers in the field onboard the Odyssey. We spoke with students at the Brooks School in Lincoln, Massachusetts."
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May 6, 2003
'How Ships' Traffic Noise affects Whales In a Shipping Channel '
"The Odyssey crew is currently working 50 miles southwest of Dondra Head near the southern tip of the island. Over the past three days we have sighted between forty and fifty sperm whales, even though we are sailing in one of the busiest shipping lanes in the entire Indian Ocean. The majority of ships travelling around the southwest coast of Sri Lanka are moving between the Suez Canal and Eastern India and from there on to elsewhere in Asia or to Australia."
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February 23, 2003
'The Ironies of Watching Whales'
"Being in the Maldives, where local peoples rely all but entirely on the ocean for animal protein, it is striking to me to see how much less gear there is in these waters than in my home waters in Massachusetts (USA). What a welcome relief to find parts of this world where the whales can still swim freely, and the humans can still catch fish and where the ecosystem still prospers."
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February 7, 2003
'A School Visit in Male'
"Returning to port for a week to refuel and reprovision the boat has afforded us the opportunity to visit schools and talk with several hundred students. It is always great to come in from a research leg after having been with whales and share that experience with school children."
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February 13, 2003
'Tuna Pole Fishery'
"The tuna fishery is the pillar of Maldivian society. The Maldivian tuna fishery is known to date as far back as the sixteenth century utilizing live bait, pole and line techniques that target the smaller species of surface swimming tunas."
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