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Stags on Rum found tangled in lost fishing gear
LONDON, UK, 23 May 2018 (BBC) - Images have been released showing red deer stags on a Scottish island with marine pollution tangled in their antlers.

Stewart Island to continue on generators
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 22 May 2018 (Southland Times) - It appears as if Stewart Island will continue to run on diesel for the forseeable future. Several reviews have taken place into how to bring renewable energy to the island, including one in 2015 which looked at options including wind, solar, hydro and even running a cable from the mainland.

South Pacific islands search for five rare bat species
SYDNEY, Australia, 22 May 2018 (ABC) - It sounds like something from the age of exploration - scientists sailing between tiny islands in the South Pacific Ocean looking for rare bats.

Lessons from Madagascar's protected area network
NEW YORK, US, 21 May 2018 (Mongabay) - Developing countries worldwide are expanding their protected area networks, and a recent paper that examines how Madagascar greatly expanded its own protected area system over the past decade and a half may have valuable lessons for how they should proceed.

High-stakes battle over Obama's Atlantic Ocean National Monument
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 21 May 2018 (Oceans Deeply) - Mining and drilling for oil are already banned in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, established by former president Barack Obama in 2016 as the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean, 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Within five years, too, all commercial fishing will be phased out – or, at least that was the plan.

MP blames Pacific failed states for New Zealand's drug problems
DUNEDIN, New Zealand, 21 May 2018 (Guardian) - A New Zealand MP has said the country’s Pacific neighbours are to blame for New Zealand’s worsening drug problems, blaming “failed states” in the region for failing to stop drug smugglers.

No tender process for $444m Great Barrier Reef grant
LONDON, UK, 21 May 2018 (Guardian) - The government approached a non-profit group that will receive a record grant for reef protection only a few weeks before it announced the deal in the federal budget.

Smart Island World Congress 23-24 April, 2018, Calvia, Mallorca

Clean Energy in European Islands conference 23-24 April, 2018, Athens, Greece

Island Energy Conference 3-5 May, 2018, South Portland, USA

5th International Conference 17-18 May 2018 Minorca, Spain

CSA 43rd annual conference 4-8 June, 2018, Havana, Cuba

Islands of the World XVI conference 10-14 June, 2018, Leeuwarden - Terschelling, The Netherlands

14th conference on New Directions in Island Studies 16-18 June, 2018, Tatihou Island, France

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

10th International Conference on Islands Tourism 7-8 Sept, 2018, Palermo, Italy

Island Cities & Urban Archipelagos conference 26-29 Sept, 2018, Zhoushan, China

Economics & Development in Microstates, Islands & Arctic conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2018, Nuuk, Greenland

6th symposium 11-15 Feb, 2019, Rottnest Island, Australia

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