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North Stradbroke Island sand mining to end by 2019
SYDNEY, Australia, 26 May 2016 (ABC) - Sand mining will come to an end on North Stradbroke Island by 2019, reversing a decision by the former Newman administration to extend Sibelco's lease to 2035.

McDonald's in historic agreement to contain Arctic cod fishing
OSLO, Norway, 25 May 2016 (AFP) - Food giants McDonald's and Tesco have signed a "historic" agreement to not expand cod fishing into untouched parts of the Arctic, where the ice melt has sparked fears of a rush on unexploited areas.

The illegal pet trade is wiping out Indonesia’s birds
WASHINGTON, US, 25 May 2016 (NatGeog) - Indonesians on the island of Java have an old saying: A man is considered to be a real man if he has a house, a wife, a horse, a keris (dagger), and a bird.

Italians petition to save paradise island's hermit
ROME, Italy, 25 May 2016 (The Local) - A petition has been launched to stop a Sardinian island from evicting a 77-year-old hermit who has lived there alone for 27 years while working to keep its footpaths and beaches clean.

3 Phuket islands closed to tourists due to coral damage
PHUKET, Thailand, 25 May 2016 (BP) - Marine officials have banned tourist activities at coral reefs near three islands off Phuket’s east coast to prevent further damage to coral at the popular tour sites.

Does Norfolk 'mutiny' disguise bounty of privilege?
LONDON, UK, 25 May 2016 (BBC) - Descendants of the mutineers on Norfolk Island have been accused of invoking the romance of the Bounty story to protect their own interests.

Residents taking ownership of conservation on Cerf Island
VICTORIA, Seychelles, 25 May 2016 (SNA) - The residents on Seychelles' Cerf Island have teamed up to create awareness of their natural environment and to find ways to protect the island’s marine and terrestrial biodiversity.

Mouse blitz team leaves for Antipodes
SANTA CRUZ, US, 24 May 2016 (Island Conservation) - The Million Dollar Mouse project to rid Antipodes Island of mice and restore the islands vulnerable plants and wildlife is underway with the departure of a rodent eradication team to the remote nature reserve and World Heritage Area.

Blue Week: An international conference to Promote Blue Growth and Investment 14-22 May, 2016, St. George's, Grenada

22nd Pacific History Association conference 19-21 May, 2016, Guam

Islands of the World XIV conference 23-27 May, 2016, Lesvos, Greece

23rd Pacific Science Congress 13-17 June, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan

12th International Small Island Cultures conference 17-20 June, 2016, Naha, Okinawa

Island Biology conference 18-22 July, 2016, Azores, Portugal

Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region 26-28 July, 2016, Lautoka, Fiji

World Conservation Congress 1-10 Sept, 2016, Hawaii

Rethinking Remoteness and Peripherality conference 16-19 January 2017, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Local Sustainable Development and Global Challenges conference 15-20 May, 2017, Sakhalin, Russia

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

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

7th International Conference on Environmental Future - Humans and Island environments 17-21 July, 2017,

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