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 Wells Fargo has awarded the University of Miami’s R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program a grant for $40,000 in support of marine conservation science. The grant will address two major needs: the lack of engaging science education opportunities that inspire youth to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills and adopt conservation attitudes and behaviors, and a lack of knowledge and awareness about marine ecology and conservation, particularly in relation to shark species.

The program will impact a local audience through hands-on trips, as well as people across the globe via online education tools, including virtual expeditions, webinars, pod-casts, blogs, online curricula and social media. Students are lead through a series of field research activities and assignments that give them the feeling of actually being in the field. Interactive Twitter “teach-Ins” every month provide teachers nationwide with knowledge and feedback on scientific topics of interest.

Watson-Wright                                                                                                                  A leading expert at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is urging the Caribbean’s 40 million people to be prepared for a tsunami, two years ahead of a planned early warning system for the region.

Wendy Watson-Wright, assistant director-general and executive secretary of the UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, said the Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System, coordinated through UNESCO-IOC, saved lives in that region following an 8.6 magnitude earthquake off northern Indonesia.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony says his administration will remove an environmental levy on goods entering St. Lucia which he admits to being illegal, following complaints from a number of Caribbean community (CARICOM) countries.

Speaking on local televison last month, Anthiny said that over the past couple years St. Lucia had been heavily criticized by at least three CARCICOM states for the imposition of the levy.

The Prince Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation recently conducted a coral reef research expedition, involving nine Bahamian scientists, amid concerns that coral reefs here are threatened with extinction due to over fishing and climate change conditions.

"We don't aticipate any new legislation as a result of the research that was conducted," said Environment Minister Earl Deveaux, noting that "what we expect will happen is that it will inform and amplify our completed legislative work."