The Aquatic Commons is a thematic digital repository covering the natural marine, estuarine /brackish and fresh water environments . It includes all aspects of the science, technology, management and conservation of these environments, their organisms and resources, and the economic, sociological and legal aspects.
Some marine toxins
The article presents some toxins of marine origin. These are tetrodotoxin from pufferfish, saxitoxins from red microalgae that mussels and shellfish ingest, and palitoxin the most toxic marine product isolated from zoonthurian Palythoa toxica.
Management of mangrove areas
The article discusses the management of mangrove areas in the Philippines to prevent further negative effects of mangrove depletion on the income of coastal fishers. The article suggests that the conversion of mangrove areas should be regulated by means of land lease.
SEAFDEC appeals - Save mangroves!
The article presents action plans that could be done to stop and prevent further degradation of the mangrove ecosystem. These action plans are: conservation, mangrove reforestation and the practice of ecologically sound aquaculture.
Socio-economic monitoring report for St Martin's Island, Bangladesh
This report was based on fieldwork conducted by trainees at the Socio-economic Monitoring (SocMon) workshop held at St Martin's Island. Topics included: community infrastructure; educational services; health services; water and sewerage; coastal and marine activities; material style of life; status of women; governance; and perceptions
Assessment of the efficacy of Myanmar's shark reserves
A formal evaluation of the reserves efficacy was undertaken using an adapted version of the Philippines Marine Protected Area (MPA) Management Effectiveness Assessment Tool (MEAT). This report details the results and major findings of the evaluation
Ecosystem characterisation of Indian coast with special focus on the west coast - Kumar, S.P.; Ramaiah, N.; Sreepada, R.A.
CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO), Goa, India in collaboration with CSIRO, Australia organised a 2 day national experts workshop to: pool information between fisheries and oceanography experts; verify a draft ecosystem characterisation for the east coast of India; and develop a draft ecosystem characterisation for the west coast of India.
An ecosystem characterisation of the Bay of Bengal - Brewer, D.; Hayes, D.; Lyne, V.; Donovan, A.; Skewes, T.; Milton, D.; Murphy, N.
This study summarises the high level drivers on ecological systems of the BOBLME. The ecological characterisation resulted in the identification of 29 subsystems. The report recommends the development of fully integrated approaches that considers human needs and the ecological system, involving stakeholders in a transparent way.
Strategies for sustainable use of living aquatic resources
Recommendations of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Philippines) to conserve biodiversity, maintain the integrity of the environment, protect fishery stocks, involve fishing communities in the management, and use environment-friendly technologies for enhancing fishery production.