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Can Traditional Agriculture Restore the Reef?

Ninety percent of the land was covered with invasive weeds. But that degraded land could hold the key to restoring the reef on the island of Oʻahu. Just add agriculture.

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Making Sea Turtles “Climate Proof”

Sea turtles are projected to be hit hard by climate change, as the island beaches they need for nesting erode and disappear. But Rick Hamilton has a vision: make these animals “climate proof.”

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Got Gonads?

Everyone knows her as the gonad girl. And she owns it. Social media meets traditional knowledge in an effort to improve Hawaiian fisheries management.

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Can Big Data Save the World’s Fisheries?

Big Data is here to solve the world’s problems — including fisheries management. But beyond the hype, is this a realistic way to save large fish from pirates of the sea?

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The Octopus’ Birthday: Understanding an Intelligent & Elusive Marine Creature

Science sheds new light on octopus intelligence, as the animals open jars and pick Super Bowl winners. But despite all that attention, remarkably little is known about their life history in the wild.

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What’s the World’s Largest Bird Feeder? You’ll Never Guess

What’s the world’s largest human-created source of bird food? Hint: it’s not in your backyard. And it creates an interesting dilemma for conservationists.

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Hawksbill Turtles: A Rare Good News Story for a Species on the Brink

From a history of violence to sea turtle success: a new article in the journal PLOS ONE documents one of the first recorded recoveries of a hawksbill rookery. An unlikely good news story following 150 years of over-exploitation.

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Douglas McCauley on Marine Mammoths, Rhino Steaks & Garage-Band Science Communications

The giant Pleistocene beasts are still among us, argues a recent Science paper. They’re just underwater. But are we at a tipping point? A conversation with the paper’s lead author, Douglas McCauley.

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Eating Lionfish: Effective Conservation, or a Cure Worse than the Disease?

Around the Caribbean, there are lionfish safaris, lionfish fritters, even lionfish jewelry — all aimed at stopping a particularly damaging invasive species. But is this really effective conservation, or just lionfish hysteria?

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The Penguins of Boulders Beach

Forty years ago, Boulder Beach in South Africa had no penguins. Today, tourists flock there to see thousands of these charismatic birds. A conservation success? Not quite. The real story is a bit more complicated.

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Power to the People: Community Based Marine Conservation

Local communities are working together to manage their coastal marine resources. Learn how Pate Marine Community Conservancy is revamping marine conservation.

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Innovation: Drone Mapping of Coral Reefs and the Coastal Zone

Join the Conservancy’s Steve Schill and an enterprising student in northern Haiti as they use an amphibious drone to monitor marine habitats — above and below water.

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Protect Parrotfish, Protect the Reef?

A recent report argues that the path to saving Caribbean reefs starts with protecting parrotfish. That’s undeniably an important step, but that alone won’t save the reefs. A conversation with NatureNet Fellow Stephanie Wear on parrotfish and reef health.

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The Klepto-Octopus and Other Adventures in Coral Reef Restoration

A thieving octopus? Dolphin volunteers? Welcome to the unexpected cast of characters encountered during coral reef restoration.

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Northern Elephant Seals: A Dramatic Conservation Success

Northern elephant seals were declared extinct, a victim of the blubber trade. Today, you can see thousands on California beaches, and the population continues to grow. The story of a dramatic (and often unheralded) conservation success.

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