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#102564
2015-01-30

Previous climatic shifts deprived oceans of oxygen

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Dead zones -- massive stratified columns of oxygen-deprived water -- could become the new normal in oceans around the world as global temperatures continue to rise. New research, published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, links ancient climate change to dead zon ...

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#102565
2015-01-30

Scientists investigate link between skyrocketing sea slug populations, warming seas

A team of California scientists believes a far-flung Okenia rosacea bloom -- along with a slew of other marine species spotted north of their typical ranges -- may signal a much larger shift in ocean climate and a strong forthcoming El Niño.

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#102551
2015-01-29

Ocean acidification changes balance of biofouling communities

A new study of marine organisms that make up the 'biofouling community' -- tiny creatures that attach themselves to ships' hulls and rocks in the ocean around the world -- shows how they adapt to changing ocean acidification.

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#102540
2015-01-28

'One in five fish linked to illegal activity'

The EU has imposed sanctions on imports from Sri Lanka's fisheries after the country failed to curb illegal fishing.

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#102543
2015-01-28

Goverments Will Forge First Treaty Protecting Global Oceans

NEW YORK, New York, January 27, 2015 (ENS) – Government representatives from around the world agreed Saturday to develop the first legally-binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas and international seabed, an area covering roughly half the planet.

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#102468
2015-01-21

Final Push to Launch U.N. Negotiations on High Seas Treaty

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 2015 (IPS) - The United Nations will make its third – and perhaps final – attempt at reaching an agreement to launch negotiations for an international biodiversity treaty governing the high seas.

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#102454
2015-01-20

Australian government seeks to opt out of protection of five shark species

The Australian government has been accused of an unprecedented reversal of its international conservation obligations by seeking to opt out of the protection of five shark species.

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#102436
2015-01-19

Marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction

An important meeting will take place from January 20-23, 2015 at the United Nations (UN) HQ in New York.

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#102416
2015-01-16

Empty seas? Scientists warn of an industrialized ocean

This is obvious, but still important: humans are not a marine species. Even as we have colonized most of our planet's terrestrial landscapes, we have not yet colonized the oceans.

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#102420
2015-01-16

Sixth Extinction Proves Slower at Sea

When we consider the state of wildlife on the planet, the general consensus is that humanity hasn't had the best track record with species extinctions.

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#102394
2015-01-15

Climate, friends influence young corals choice of real estate

Researchers in Queensland have found that where baby corals choose to settle is influenced by ocean temperature and the presence of their symbiotic algae in the water.

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#102396
2015-01-15

Ocean 'calamities' oversold, say researchers

The state of the world's seas is often painted as verging on catastrophe. But although some challenges are very real, others have been vastly overstated, researchers claim in a review paper.

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#102369
2015-01-13

Protecting the Maldives' coral reefs

Global warming threatens coral reefs around the world. Matthias Hammer, director of Biosphere Expeditions, talks to DW about involving local communities in reef conservation in the Maldives.

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#102347
2015-01-09

Old whales - good genes

Bowhead whales get old - very old. They can roam the Arctic seas for up to 200 years. Now, researchers have found that the key to the whales' longevity might just lie in their genes.

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#102302
2015-01-07

Cool deep-water protects coral reefs against heat stress

1991, 1995, 2003, 2010 - again and again, increased water temperatures lead to bleaching with fatal consequences for stony corals in the Andaman Sea.

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#102280
2014-12-19

Coral Reefs Could Soon Fall Silent As Ocean Acidification Ravages Ecosystems

Doug E. Fresh may have some competition in the beatboxing arena from unlikely source. It’s not from some underground phenom but rather an underwater rising star, or well, fish.

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#102286
2014-12-19

Tanzania: Saving Marine Ecosystem From Damage Resulting From Oil and Gas Development

IN the middle of waves of expectations of super earnings from extraction of natural gas resulting from continued discoveries in Tanzania and elsewhere in the region, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an organisation dedicated to protecting the natural environment is concerned over threats ag ...

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#102270
2014-12-18

Multitalented giant clams keep corals reefs healthy

It's time they came out of their shells. It seems the world's largest molluscs, the giant clams of the Indo-Pacific coral reefs, have been doing a huge amount of good work we knew little about.

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#102230
2014-12-15

World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development

From Florida to the Costa del Sol, costly sea defences are accelerating beach erosion and will ultimately fail to protect coastal towns and cities from rising tides, say experts

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#102179
2014-12-09

Caribbean gorgonian corals are resistant to ocean acidification

A new study on tropical shallow-water soft corals, known as gorgonians, found that the species were able to calcify and grow under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations.

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#102150
2014-12-05

Isolated for 70,000 years, Arabian Sea humpbacks genetically distinct

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- If you've been wondering where the most the most genetically distinct group of humpback whales in the world are, don't fret, scientists have been asking themselves the same question.

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#102148
2014-12-04

A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms.

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#102048
2014-11-28

Another human footprint in the ocean: Rising anthropogenic nitrate levels in North Pacific Ocean

Human-induced changes to Earth's carbon cycle -- for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification -- have been observed for decades.

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#102005
2014-11-27

Cute, cuddly gray seals are mutilating porpoises in the North Sea

UTRECHT, Netherlands, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Scientists had always assumed gray seals only preyed on fish. Though there had been the odd sighting of what looked to be seals attacking porpoises, there was no conclusive corroborating physical evidence.

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#101974
2014-11-25

Goce gravity map traces ocean circulation

Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

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#101946
2014-11-21

Salinity counts when it comes to sea level

Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.

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#101906
2014-11-18

First clues found in mysterious sea star die-off

DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus.

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#101909
2014-11-18

Japan cuts Antarctic whale quota after UN court ruling

Japan said Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting real science, not hiding a commercial hunt behind a veneer of research.

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#101913
2014-11-18

Growing Coral to Keep a Sea Claim Above Water

TOKYO — Amid warnings that rising sea levels caused by global warming could lead to the disappearance of some entire island states, two tiny uninhabited islets in the Pacific are at the forefront of Japanese research into the preservation and regeneration of coral reefs.

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#101888
2014-11-14

Extinction risk may be overrated but reefs still vulnerable

We may be overestimating the extinction risk of individual marine species on coral reefs but this is no cause for complacency, scientists warn.

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#101868
2014-11-13

Can't dump on Great Barrier Reef but you can next door

This could muddy the waters. Australia has announced it will not allow the dumping of dredged up material inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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#101870
2014-11-13

The oceans' sensitive skin: Ocean acidification affects climate-relevant functions at the sea-surface microlayer

Ocean acidification might alter climate-relevant functions of the oceans' uppermost layer, according to a study by a group of marine scientists.

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#101833
2014-11-11

A Surprising Appetite for Dead Jellyfish

In an ocean popularity contest, jellyfish would rank near the bottom. They sting. Their increasing population blooms clog power plant intakes, kill farmed salmon and frighten swimmers. Experts warn of the jellification of the oceans.

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#101785
2014-11-05

Small fish in a big pond: the plight of the lemon damsel fish

Research by marine scientists into Great Barrier Reef fish populations remind us of the need to protect the tiny creatures in a vast ocean

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#101771
2014-11-04

UK hotspots for sharks, dolphins and whales 'need legal protection'

The threat to dolphins, porpoises, whales and sharks from boat tours, windfarm construction and fishing nets around British shores has prompted conservationists to call for legal protections of hotspots to preserve such ‘marine megafauna’.

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#101692
2014-10-30

Illegal Med fishing claims up to two tons of swordfish per boat per day

Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists

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#101657
2014-10-28

Protection plan 'will not save Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

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#101660
2014-10-28

Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change'

Scientists warn the government’s strategy is likely to prove ineffectual as ‘unless Australia cuts back on carbon dioxide emissions we won’t have much of a Great Barrier Reef left’

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#101618
2014-10-24

Science chief warns on acid oceans

The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

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#101629
2014-10-24

Acid oceans: the risk from carbon emissions

Some species 'may not last the century' as rich eco-systems are threatened by industrial emissions

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#101575
2014-10-22

Australian scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine life

Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.

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#101590
2014-10-22

Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.

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#101557
2014-10-21

Why we need to save the sharks

Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. But this depiction could not be further from reality.

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#101516
2014-10-20

Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its mar ...

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#101492
2014-10-17

Panama’s Coral Reefs Ringed with Threats

TABOGA, Panama, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Fermín Gómez, a 53-year-old Panamanian fisherman, pushes off in his boat, the “Tres Hermanas,” every morning at 06:00 hours to fish in the waters off Taboga island. Five hours later he returns to shore.

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#101461
2014-10-16

Sharks that hide in coral reefs may be safe from acidifying oceans

The epaulette shark displays physiological tolerance to elevated carbon dioxide in its environment after being exposed to carbon dioxide levels equivalent to those that are predicted for their natural habitats in the near future.

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#101444
2014-10-15

Plenty more fish in the sea: preserving stocks in Madagascar

Projects where local fishers manage marine areas to ensure sustainability are being replicated across the Indian Ocean

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#101365
2014-10-10

Carbon Emissions Are Bringing Ocean Acidity To Catastrophic Levels

Most scientists whose heads aren't firmly wedged inside the Koch brothers' rear ends have ascertained that human-sourced carbon emissions are contributing to a dangerous warming of our planet, one that pretty much spells out the end of Earth as we know it unless world leaders do something about ...

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#101378
2014-10-10

Marine Litter: Plunging Deep, Spreading Wide

ATHENS, Oct 10 2014 (IPS) - Imagine a black-footed albatross feeding its chick plastic pellets, a baby seal in the North Pole helplessly struggling with an open-ended plastic bag wrapped tight around its neck, or a fishing vessel stranded mid-sea, a length of discarded nylon net entangled in its ...

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#101380
2014-10-10

Great Barrier Reef: 'a massive chemistry experiment gone wrong'

Scientists warn that pollution may be dramatically increasing the rate of ocean acidification in inshore areas, threatening coral

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