News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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‘Small rock’ making big ocean conservation impact

By Max Marcovitch

September 25, 2023
The small South Pacific island nation of Niue recently launched a first-of-its-kind sustainable funding initiative that enables anyone to sponsor a square kilometer of its ocean waters — a sanctuary for humpback whales, sea snakes and gray reef sharks.
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How an extraordinary new effort is giving sharks ‘a fighting chance’

By Mary Kate McCoy

July 24, 2023
Earlier this year, three zebra shark pups became the first endangered sharks ever to be bred in captivity for the purpose of being released into the wild. They're part of a bold plan to bring sharks back from the brink of extinction.
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Walking shark, Hemiscyllium halmahera
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Indonesia protects ‘walking sharks.’ Are other sharks next?

By Mary Kate McCoy

April 19, 2023
The Indonesian government has granted six species of threatened “walking sharks” the highest level of protection — a move experts hope will lead to the conservation of other sharks, whose numbers have plummeted due largely to the shark fin trade.
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2022 in review: To protect our seas, scientists turn to innovative new solutions

By Will McCarry

December 21, 2022
As 2022 draws to a close, Conservation News is revisiting some of our most significant stories of the year. As experts warned that the time to turn the tide on marine protections is dwindling, conservationists and governments came together to advocate for oceans.
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New study dives into what's killing the world’s largest fish — and more

By Kiley Price

June 30, 2022
Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent research published by Conservation International experts.
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