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Monetary Awards available from the Australian Government for Caribbean Citizens

The Australian Government has announced monetary awards that are available to Caribbean citizens interested in further study in the Region. These are Australian Government sponsored scholarships, and combine awards from three Australian Government implementing agencies: • The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) • The Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and • The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR1) In the Caribbean, there are four kinds of awards available: 1. The Australian Development Scholarship (ADS), 2. The supplementary Australian Leadership Award (ALA), 3. The Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF) 4. Endeavour Awards (EA) Members can download the file to learn the details and how to apply. Good luck!

Scientific Conference of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC)

The 36th Scientific Conference of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC) will be hosted by the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, University of the West Indies, in Jamaica from June 17-21, 2013. The AMLC Scientific Conference is held every 2 years and is attended by international scientists, managers, professionals, and students whose interest is focused on marine resources and the related issues relevant to the greater Caribbean region. Activities include a complete science program, poster exhibits, social events and field trips. A unique feature of this year’s meeting will be two Panel Discussions that will focus on the secondary themes that will include changing the paradigm of coastal zone management in the Caribbean, Principles of interconnectivity, the challenge of translating scientific knowledge into effective management practices, Trans-boundary marine science as a vehicle for improving International partnerships and Caribbean challenges related to Coastal Restoration. The meeting will also host a presentation by GCRMN Science Director, Jeremy Jackson where he will discuss findings from the analysis of quantitative data of the Caribbean tied to the GCRMN and the IUCN Project: Enhancing the management relevance of reef monitoring in a changing world and will discuss the future of monitoring within the Caribbean and Tropical Americas Region.

Pillage in the marine village: environmental impacts near the Spratly Islands

This relatively recent report was posted by the Asia Pacific Defense Forum on December 26, 2012.  Make sure you view the images in numbers 9 through 19 in the slide show.  The reef scarring is obvious (and disturbing- especially for such a remote location). Remote sensing can obviously help us locate and monitor this kind of impact. What can be done to change the human behavior?