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Rising seas and changing currents
by John Pernetta

Despite recent re-estimates of expected sea level rise, small island nations and deltas are still under threat. John Pernetta reports on the latest evidence. ... more

Secret treasures of the deep
by Sylvia Earle

Now is the time to uncover the mysteries of the ocean deep - the largest habitat on earth - says Sylvia Earle, internationally- renowned scientist and author. ... more

Where have all our mangroves gone?
Henrylito Tacio reports on the destruction of the Philippines valuable mangrove forests, and the latest efforts to restore them. ... more

Comment: Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Twenty years ago, Jacques-Yves Cousteau - who died in 1997 after a lifetime of campaigning for the seas � called for a people�s crusade to protect them. The words he spoke then still resonate. ... more

Managing the Oceans

1. Cleaning up the seas

by Bruce McKay and Kieran Mulvaney

Coastal seas and the wider ocean have become the sink for thousands of chemicals and heavy metals with widespread but uncertain impact on marine wildlife. Here, Bruce McKay and Kieran Mulvaney provide a fresh assessment of the causes, effects and future of marine pollution. ... more

2. Caretakers of the sea
by Jean-Pierre Levy

The Convention on the Law of the Sea has begun the job of protecting the world's oceans but there is a long way still to go, says Jean-Pierre Levy. ... more

3. A tide of change
by Sue Wells

Conservation efforts for oceans and coasts have lagged behind those for the terrestrial environment for many years. But there is at last a significant reaction to the pending ocean crisis, symbolised by the designation of 1998 as the Year of the Ocean. Sue Wells introduces our global report on recent efforts to manage the oceans. ... more

4. Fiji's fishers celebrate their first marine reserve
by Meg Gawler

Fiji's first community-based marine protected area has now been set up by local villagers - and officially recognised by the local authorities. Already the fish are returning in abundance, as Meg Gawler reports in this special report for People & the Planet. ... more

5. A Sanctuary for life in Florida's seas
by John C. Ogden

Ten years ago, the US Government formally established the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary - over 9500 km² in area including all of the Florida Keys from Key Largo to the Dry Tortugas and contiguous with Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Efforts since then to preserve this unique ecosystem have raised fundamental choices for the future of marine protected areas in the United States. John Ogden reports. ... more

6. A Visionary plan for the Banc d'Arguin
by Pierre Campredon and Meg Gawler

Africa's largest and most spectacular marine park, in Mauritania, is under enormous pressure from within and without. Pierre Campredon and Meg Gawler report on the master plan to secure the future of this beautiful World Heritage site. ... more

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