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What could be behind deaths of right whales near Magdalen Islands
MONTREAL, Canada, 27 June 2017 (CTV) - Experts are preparing for the massive, messy task of removing multiple dead whales from the sea for necropsies as they investigate at least six mysterious whale deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The political awakening of Croatia's islands
ROVERETO, Italy, 27 June 2017 (OBC) - Instead of being a passive tourist destination, visited by millions of people every year, Croatia's archipelago now intends to become active protagonist of its future.

On Burkini Island Muslim girls can finally learn to swim
WASHINGTON, US, 27 June 2017 (NatGeog) - In Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania, daily life centers around the sea, yet the vast majority of Zanzibari girls never learn to swim.

Tiwi Islands community signs 99-year lease with Commonwealth
DARWIN, Australia, 27 June 2017 (ABC) - After seven years of "difficult" negotiations, traditional owners in Pirlangimpi on the Tiwi Islands have signed a 99-year lease with the Commonwealth in the hope it will lead to jobs and economic development on their land.

Plastic threat to Scottish ocean and coastal wildlife
LONDON, UK, 27 June 2017 (BBC) - Plastic has been found in basking shark feeding grounds and the habitats of puffins and seals, according to a Greenpeace voyage around Scotland.

Trump order that could shrink Pacific Ocean marine sanctuaries
SAN JOSE, US, 26 June 2017 (Mercury News) - Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments - from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific - could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

Papua governor takes birds-of-paradise off the market
JAYAPURA, Indonesia, 26 June 2017 (Mongabay) - In an attempt to conserve the birds-of-paradise for which the region is famous, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has banned the use of their body parts in anything other than traditional ceremonies.

Islands of the World XV conference 2-8 July, 2017, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Island Invasives conference 10-14 July, 2017, Univ of Dundee, Scotland

15th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology 31 Aug-2 Sept, 2017, Rhodes, Greece

4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress 4-8 Sept, 2017, La Serena-Coquimbo, Chile

Our Islands, Our Past conference 14-17 Sept, 2017, Orkney, Scotland

Island Arks Symposium V 23-27 Oct, 2017, Nadi, Fiji

Senses & Sensibility conference 24-25 Oct, 2017, Funchal, Madeira

Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 8-12 Nov, 2017, Funchal, Madeira

7th Symposium & School 17-21 Nov, 2017, Univ of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

1st International Conference on Small Island States & Subnational Island jurisdictions 11-14 March, 2018, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten/St Martin

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 16-20 April, 2018, Hawaii

5th Congress Conservation in a Changing World 2-6 July, 2018, Wellington, New Zealand

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