In recent weeks, millions of North Pacific krill, a species of tiny crustacean that makes up a crucial part of the ocean's food chain, have washed up along the shores of Northern California and Oregon--the largest die-off that's ever been recorded in the region.
Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, explorer and Oscar-winning director James Cameron, and Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson are calling on nations to grant protection to waters off Antarctica at an international meeting in Germany this week.
Jellyfish infestations along beaches worldwide are troubling tourists and scientists alike. It is a creature that thrives on over-fishing and pollution. But how dangerous is it for the ecosystem?
The 130-km-long stretch between Pamban and Athiramapattinam in the Palk Bay coast has a treasure of luxuriant seagrass beds, according to Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI).
When people think of fisheries, they generally think of seafood. But there is another, surprisingly large fishery that has not made it into the headlines.
The world's corals are in dire straits, so it will take an ambitious plan to save them. But will cooling the climate locally by making clouds brighter, the latest proposal on the table, help?
WASHINGTON, Jul 9 2013 (IPS) - Environmentalists on Monday filed a petition with the U.S. government requesting regulatory safeguards for 81 particularly vulnerable marine wildlife species, from corals to sharks.
Blue and beaked whales' behaviour is disturbed by simulated navy sonar, according to two published studies.
June 27, 2013 — Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans -- a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that they have dubbed the "plastisphere."
SUVA, Fiji – The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has wrapped up a month-long coral reef research expedition in Fiji.
Public hearings are under way in The Hague as Australia and Japan take their fight over whaling to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
A new study showed that of the 72 known genera of Scleractinian or "stony" corals identified in the Philippines, about 46 of them can be found in the waters of Mabini, Compostela Valley.
Pacific islands are set to become the global frontier for a new industry—the mining of minerals from the seabed.
June 24, 2013 — The oxygen content of the ocean may be subject to frequent ups and downs in a very literal sense -- that is, in the form of the numerous sea creatures that dine near the surface at night then submerge into the safety of deeper, darker waters at daybreak.
A hairy crab named after David Hasselhoff hitched a ride on an ocean "super-highway" to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic millions of years ago.
Undercover pictures taken by Greenpeace show a harpooned whale being cut up for meat likely to be exported to Japan
The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
World Heritage Committee says reef will be listed as threatened ecosystem unless government takes steps to protect it
June 17, 2013 — Ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels will reduce the density of coral skeletons, making coral reefs more vulnerable to disruption and erosion, according to a new study of corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater.
Environment minister Tony Burke says the government has done its best to stop downgrading of UN heritage status
Call it a cod comeback, or at least the beginnings of one. The fish has been so over-exploited that eco-conscious consumers avoid it, but North Sea stocks are now rising.
Before making changes to ocean management, it helps to know something about the status of living creatures and ecosystems you’re trying to use sustainably.
June 12, 2013 — In the race against climate change and ocean acidification, some sea urchins may still have a few tricks up their spiny sleeves, suggesting that adaptation will likely play a large role for the sea creatures as the carbon content of the ocean increases.
On June 8, people from around the world take a moment to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the oceans on World Oceans Day. It tends to be a day crowded with announcements from every ocean advocacy organization, which is both exciting and a bit dizzying – it’s easy for important individual mess ...
Scientists have long known that ocean acidification is leading to a decline in Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) in the U.S.'s Pacific Northwest region, but a new study in the American Geophysical Union shows exactly how the change is undercutting populations of these economically-important mol ...
Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world's most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists.
ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, Jun 12 2013 (IPS) - Khadija Komboani’s nearest well is filled with salt water thanks to the rising sea around Tanzania’s Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar.
The seafloor is our planet’s most biodiverse realm. It is in the sea that life on earth began over 3.5 billion years ago. It is in the sea where 34 of the 36 known phyla of animals remain to this day, 15 of which are exclusive to the world’s oceans. And it is in the sea where myriad opportunitie ...
SYDNEY, Jun 8 2013 (IPS) - The immense scale of the Pacific Ocean, at 165 million square kilometres, inspires awe and fascination, but for those who inhabit the 22 Pacific island countries and territories, it is the very source of life. Without it, livelihoods and economies would collapse, hunge ...
SYDNEY - The immense scale of the Pacific Ocean at 165 million square kilometers inspires awe and fascination, but for those who inhabit the 22 Pacific island countries and territories, it is the very source of life.
LONDON – Marine biologists’ worst fears seem to be confirmed: coral colonies take a long time to recover from catastrophic climate events.
According to a newly published study carried out by scientists from Southampton Solent University for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the planet’s most perilous oceans with the most accidents between 1999 and 2011 are the South China Seas and East Indies, the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, and ...
The oceans are some of the world’s most vital and productive natural resources, impacting our food supply, climate, biodiversity and global economy.
Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs. Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs.
Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world’s most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists.
The flora and fauna of the American west coast is generally believed to be well explored and studied. However, a new study and a taxonomic assessment of the octocorals from the north eastern Pacific Ocean proves such assumptions wrong, with two new beautiful and colourful species of soft corals ...
I was in sixth grade, and I needed to do a science-fair project. I was worried about the environment even then — unseasonably warm winter days used to send me into paroxysms of anxiety — and given that the year was 1990, the environmental issue to be worried about was acid rain.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) is currently working to establish a Marine Protected Area to further conserve and safeguard the coral reefs and marine life in the Sultanate. The project is expected to be launched this year, Borneo Bulletin reported.
A coral-killing starfish has begun infesting a channel of water in the Philippines famed for having some of the most diverse marine life in the world, the government said Friday.
HIDDEN from view beneath the waves, coral reefs and their benefits to man are often ignored. Yet, they are highly productive ecosystems that provide numerous services, including fisheries, recreation, tourism and coastal protection.
Nearly all of the member countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) will attend the week-long workshop to further cooperation and understanding on international ocean forecasting capabilities and needs in the Indian Ocean.
WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've discovered what may be the world's largest methane seep on the ocean floor, where life thrives under extreme conditions.
May 21, 2013 — Researchers from the University of Hawaii -- Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands including two species currently under consideration a ...
The Earth's ever-shifting geology is affecting the diversity of coral reefs across the Indian and Pacific oceans, a new study shows.
SPOTTING a spoon-billed sandpiper was not on the agenda, but it happened. The first sighting in nine years in Penang, one might argue that only someone as bird-crazy as David Bakewell, an environmental consultant and avid birdwatcher, could have spotted it.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 20 (UPI) -- Blue whales, the world's largest animal almost hunted to extinction in the 19th Century, are making a comeback in waters off New Zealand, scientists say.
When David Booth spotted his first seadragon he thought the colourful 40 centimetre-long fish looked like an intergalactic hybrid: half alien, half animated seaweed. "They are amazing things," the marine ecologist says.
The bleached bones of seabirds are telling us a new story about the far-reaching impacts of industrial fisheries on today's oceans.
Namibia sighting suggests much-hunted whales are regaining ancient migratory routes, or may be down to climate disruption
UN World Heritage Committee to rule on whether fossil fuel industry threatens Australia's reef, but its coral is already in peril