South Pacific

Hundreds of whales die in mass stranding on New Zealand beach

Urgent plea issued for locals to drop work and school commitments and head to the remote beach to save surviving whales.

10 February 2017

Can tourism protect the Great Barrier Reef?

A severe bleaching event last year prompted reports of the Great Barrier Reef’s death. But tour operators say much of the reef still thrives, and their boats can help protect it.

07 February 2017

Endangered dolphins and turtles entangled in NSW shark nets

Report shows of 748 marine animals caught in 2015-16, 86% were threatened, protected or species not intended to be targeted by shark nets.

17 January 2017

Chilean family rescue humpback whale caught in fishing net

A family in Chile has saved a humpback whale which became entangled in an industrial fishing net.


05 January 2017

Biodiversity Conservation vital for the tourism sectors of Fiji and Tonga

The integration of tourism into the biodiversity sector was under the spotlight at the High Level Segment of the CBD COP13 in Cancun, Mexico.

05 December 2016

As Australian shipping grows, how can we avoid collisions with marine animals?

The numbers of growth in recreational boating and cruise shipping risk putting people on a collision course – literally – with whales, turtles and other marine life.

01 December 2016

Distinctive sperm whale cultures reveal dramatic population shifts in the Galápagos

Subtle dialect differences among sperm whales show that groups from thousands of kilometers away have moved into the former habitat of clans that left the Galápagos in the 1990s.

23 November 2016

Yesterday evening, the Great Barrier Reef mated

Once a year, all the corals on Australia's legendary reef get together to reproduce.

22 November 2016

A small window of opportunity to save the unique birds of Rapa

Rapa and the nearby Marotiri islets are the most important islands for seabirds in the Australs with the highest diversity for the archipelago, but also the greatest level of (sub-specific) endemis

13 Octubre 2016

Threatened species face extinction owing to ‘God clause’, scientists say

Western Australia’s government is seeking the power to approve activities that could ‘take or disturb’ an endangered species.

06 July 2016