Conservation News

News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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Plastic marine pollution, Panama
© CI/Edgardo Ochoa

Plastic ban — why you shouldn’t worry

By Vatapuia Maiava

February 11, 2019
With Samoa now a little over a week into the nationwide ban on single-use plastic bags and straws, many are left wondering just what the future of Samoa will bring.
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Efforts to eradicate the menacing rat continue in Samoa

Efforts to eradicate the menacing rat continue

By Vatapuia Maiava

February 4, 2019
Creeping around the house, getting into and contaminating stored food, spreading various diseases, gnawing at anything and everything they can find, and just overall being a pest — most people can agree that rats can be a real nuisance.
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A female sea turtle makes her way back to the ocean after laying eggs.
© CI/Roderic Mast

Helping our ocean’s gentle, shy and harmless giant

By Vatapuia Maiava

January 27, 2019
There are seven species of marine turtles in the world, and most of them are classified as endangered or critically endangered on the International Union Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red list.
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Two Tilapia fishes in hands of fisherman, Ecuador.
© Kseniya Ragozina

Easy-going Tilapia — alleviating marine pressures on Samoa’s fisheries

By Vatapuia Maiava

January 13, 2019
Whether fresh, frozen, or canned, fish is crucial to the Samoan diet, which makes protecting this resource an important task.
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Little fire ant

The dangers of the invasive Little Fire Ant to Samoa

By Vatapuia Maiava

January 6, 2019
With the threat of the invasive Little Fire Ant now at Samoa’s doorstep, Samoa’s biosecurity team is on high alert with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment leading the charge with various awareness campaigns.
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