by Alan Yeung 2017-12-11
I will be presenting as Executive Director of Nature Pacific Foundation at the upcoming European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS2017) at Oxford, England on December 15, 2017.
Under Session 7 – Can volunteers bridge the knowledge gap in reef conservation and research? Lessons from the field, this talk is entitled “21st century education: supporting reef conservation and research through experiential and service learning in Borneo, Palau and China.”
The European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS2017) will be held at Oxford University, United Kingdom on December 13-15, 2017.
Austin and Alan Yeung will join many attendees from Europe, N. America and Asia Pacific at this event. Nature Pacific Foundation will be presenting at this symposium.
by TNP Editor 2017-09-28
Congratulations to Prof. Stephen Palumbi at Stanford University.
According to report, Steve has passed on the directorship of Stanford Hopkins Marine Station to Prof. Mark Denny, as of September 1, 2017.
Steve has led Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station with great success.
Many thanks to Steve for his vision, leadership, passion … and wonderful moments and fond memories.
by Austin Yeung 2017-08-3
I’m back! and this time, I brought three friends of mine with me on a research expedition to Palau. William Huang, Nigel Yang, and Sebastian Charmot, along with myself from Shanghai American School (SAS) came to conduct independent research on eco-tourism in Palau. We visited U.S. Ambassador Amy Hyatt and USDA Officer Paul Lake at the U.S. Embassy in Koror. It was our first time in a U.S. Embassy on American soil in a foreign country!
With the help of Ambassador Hyatt and Mr. Lake, we met with a number of Palau government officials and interviewed them on environmental policies set in place – by the Palauan government – to conserve and preserve. We explore, through inquiry-based learning and our own questionnaires, how Palau can protect its conservation success, yet further its eco-tourism industry.
It has been a great experience for all of us. And I am glad I had the privilege and honor in leading this expedition.
by Austin Yeung 2017-07-15
Chasing Coral – A Documentary Film. This amazing new documentary on coral captures the beauty of the ocean and outlines the causes of worldwide bleaching.
Its emotional journey takes place in Hawaii and Australia, where reefs are hit by rising sea temperatures. Highly recommended.
by TNP editor 2017-02-19
According to Miami Herald, a lionfish measured over 450 mm was caught during a weekend fishing derby off Key Largo, part of the Florida Keys. While the one-day weekend event for 48 Scuba divers, held annually since 2012, seemed to be a success, the single-day catches of 420 lionfish highlight the seriousness of such a problem – an invasive species that feeds on 50 important species of native fish has firmly established itself in the western Atlantic waters.
So how did lionfish, tropical natives of the Pacific, find their way to Florida and the Atlantic coast? It was suggested that lionfish were inadvertently released from an aquarium during the hurricane Andrew in 1992. As lionfish are highly reproductive (an adult female can spawn 30,000 eggs every few days), they are now widespread in the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Bermuda, and along the coastlines of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. And they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Unfortunately, the window of eradicating this invasive species may have passed. Catching lionfish through divers may be the only viable method to control their population. We humans are doing what we do best – trying to eat our way out of a problem caused by the unwelcome invaders.
Lionfish fillets are now offered at Florida Whole Foods Market stores at $8.99 per pound. bon appétit.
by Austin Yeung 2017-02-06
January 20th, US Senator Will Espero proposed a bill banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate: chemicals that have been found to be harmful to Hawaii’s reefs. The ban, if successful, helps to protect Hawaiian reefs and maintain the heavy tourism economy the coral reefs attract. The ban has also been noticed by other regions that rely on reefs, including Palau and the British Virgin Islands.
Research in 2016 by the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory in Clifford, Virginia has found octinoxate to stunt the growth of baby corals and oxybenzone to be toxic. These chemicals have been found to cause coral bleaching in the lab as well as in the wild. Field data show that levels of oxybenzone contamination were at 4,000 parts per trillion (ppt) along the most popular beaches off the coast of Maui. With 9 million visitors a year, oxybenzone and octinoxate sunscreen pollution pose a serious environmental hazard.
However, this bill is only a small step in protecting Hawaii’s reefs. Larger concerns of overfishing, coastal runoff, and pollution still pose serious concerns. We should take this step to help promote visitor awareness for Hawaii’s reefs.
To read more, click here.
by Austin Yeung 2017-01-03
The latest issue, Volume 31, Number 2, of Reef Encounter, the news journal of the International Society of Reef Studies (ISRS), has been published.
To read more of this issue of the news journal, click here.
I’m also pleased to report that the ‘Reef Perspectives’ article I wrote on coral reef conservation was accepted for publication in this same Dec 2016 issue.
You can view my op-ed article:
Yeung AH (2016) Post-truth in reef conservation: changing the narrative to focus on people through education and social media. Reef Encounter 31-2: 27-31
as published here.
by Austin Yeung 2016-12-30
My paper with Prof. David M. Baker:
Session 80: A.H. Yeung, D.M. Baker (2016) A turnaround at Sanya National Coral Reef Nature Reserve?
Proc 13th Intl Coral Reef Symposium Honolulu: 561-580
can also be downloaded here.