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Fishery managers seek to open Pacific monuments to fishing
WASHINGTON, US, 29 May 2020 (NatGeog) - Managers of the American fisheries operating in the Pacific Ocean have asked President Donald Trump to open four national marine monuments to commercial fishing - a request that could inhibit protections in areas set aside, in part, for dwindling fish populations to renew themselves.

Marijuana cultivation whittling away Madagascar forest
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 29 May 2020 (Mongabay) - Northern Madagascar contains the largest block of connected forest left in the country. Tsaratanana Reserve is supposed to protect a large portion of this forest but it is being cleared at a rapid rate. Local officials say slash-and-burn agriculture for marijuana cultivation is to blame.

Indonesia to receive $56m payment from Norway
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 29 May 2020 (Mongabay) - Indonesia is set to receive $56.15 million from Norway, the first payment based on the results of the Southeast Asian country’s efforts to preserve its vast tropical rainforests to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

Japan takes the high ground over its outlying islands
TOKYO, Japan, 29 May 2020 (DW) - As an archipelago of 6,852 islands, Japan is extremely protective of the most far-flung outposts of its territory, in part because some of its neighbors are casting increasingly covetous looks at some islands.

Philippines opens up despite record cases, as outbreaks hit Asia
LONDON, UK, 29 May 2020 (Guardian) - The Philippines president has announced plans to ease one of longest and toughest coronavirus lockdowns in the world despite the country seeing its biggest daily spike in cases since the pandemic began.

Inter-country movement of whale sharks in Southeast Asia
MANILA, Philippines, 28 May 2020 (Mongabay) - A study blending old and new techniques has recorded young whale sharks returning to the same spot in the Philippines after visiting Malaysia and Indonesia. 

When the world's rarest primate couples up
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 28 May 2020 (Mongabay) - The Hainan gibbon, the rarest primate in the world, nearly went extinct in the 1970s, but the species is slowly rebounding, with a population of about 30 individuals in Hainan, an island off southern China.