European Waste Reduction Week 19-24 November 2019

Marine debris pose a mounting threat to life in the oceans and on land, including human life, and technologies to observe, measure and monitor the flow of debris into, and within, the oceans are urgently needed in support of mitigating the threat.

We suggested you to attend the next month workshop to be held in Brest : “Marine Debris Indicators: what’s next ?” from 16-19/12 2019. Continue reading “European Waste Reduction Week 19-24 November 2019”

17th of October : International Sawfish Day !

This year we decided to celebrate International Sawfish Day by congratulating the work just performed during Brest Ocean Hackathon to conduct deep-machine learning for identification of illegal trade of sawfishes on Internet through semi-automatic image recognition.

Many thanks to engineers and students : Arnaud, Thomas (from ITM Atlantic), Vinicius, Lucas, Paul and Solenn (from UBO) for their commitment and productive outputs to the ‘Traffic-Track’ challenge.

For sure the continuation of this team work will be profitable to sawfishes who are still suffering from massive outlawed business world around and are unfortunately targeted to meet the demand for trade (rostrum, teeth, meat, fins and skin).

Wishing you all active sawfish projects for next year.

Shark Finning Working Group

The STECF (Scientific, Technical and Economic Committees for Fisheries) is the scientific adviser of EC for fisheries subject related to conservation and management of living marine resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations.

From 7th to 11th of October the Joint Research Center (Ispra, Italy) will host an Expert Working Group dedicated to “Review the implementation of the shark finning regulation and to assess the impact of the 2009 EU actions plan on sharks”.

DRDH will contribute to the working week.

Opening ceremony for sawfish focal point meeting and training.

Surabaya, East Java, Quarantine office. Director Pak Muhlin, just officially declared the Indonesaw workshop open.

Focal points are coming to share their updated date their information from last year research.
Some exercises to improve the data collection and sensitization is scheduled during the week.

Pak Dharmadi remind the objectives of the Indonesaw project and is expected some good new information for the project.

Celebrating the #5yearsBlueSolutions

Training courses on Marine Spatial Planning named Blue Planning in Practice (BPiP) have been conducted in many places.
DRDH was delightful to collaborate with the trainers group to perform these 5 days training in Senegal, Namibia, Guinea, Turkmenistan where we appreciated the richness and adaptability of the course. The last training held in August in Madagascar in collaboration with WCS was our first experimentation in using BPiP exercices for a concrete case study.

After an intoductory course in Tananarive the delegation from Fisheries and Territorial Management ministries went to Nosy Bé in the northern area of the country. Local stakeholders joined the group to work on the identification of the needs for this area, the mapping of current uses and the assessment of stakeholder interest and relationships. We ended up with some instructive preliminary outputs for establishment of MSP in Nosy Bé and a strategic road map for his realization.

BPiP courses are fantastics open access tools, remarkably shaped for offering a broad vision of the overall MSP for any institution or country willing to jump into that approach for management of their marine and coastal ressources.