28 February - 2 March 2012, Recife, Brazil
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe EBSAS in the Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic Region
(Reuters) - The World Bank announced on Friday a global alliance to better manage and protect the world's oceans, which are under threat from over-fishing, pollution and climate change.
Decision is a blow to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and other campaigners calling for end to fishermen's practice
SINGAPORE: Finding Nemo is about to get a lot easier with the launch of a scientific survey that will allow anyone with access to the internet to take a virtual tour of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 21, 2012) — Parasites and pathogens infecting humans, pets and farm animals are increasingly being detected in marine mammals such as sea otters, porpoises, harbour seals and killer whales along the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada, and better surveillance is required to m ...
THE long-awaited report from the independent scientific audit of Marine Parks in NSW has been released. Chaired by an environmental expert, associate professor Bob Beeton, the audit panel set out to determine if our marine parks strike the right balance between sustainable fishing and conservation.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. marine scientists on Florida's Atlantic Coast say they're using corals grown in an onshore nursery to help restore a damaged reef.
Canadian researchers have trained sea lions to take part in an experiment designed to find out why the species is dying out.
Montreal, 17 February 2012 – The Josephine Seamount, located in the Horse-shoe Seamount Group of the Atlantic Ocean has been added to the prototype online repository that scientifically describes ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) (available at http://ebsa.cbd.int).
THE O'Farrell government will continue its moratorium on the establishment of new marine parks for at least another five months as it seeks public feedback on a scientific audit released yesterday.
The precise structure of sea urchins' strong spines has been unravelled - and the find may contribute to stronger concrete in the future.
Management of marine resources for sustainable development needs local capacity for science, particularly in the Pacific region.
The restoration of fish stocks would yield more to the economy than current fishing subsidies are worth, claims New Economics Foundation
STONY BROOK, N.Y., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says he's found that contrary to popular belief, there aren't plenty of fish in the sea, and he's measured surprisingly low fish biodiversity.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 8, 2012) — A study shows that the impact of fishing for tuna and similar species during the last 50 years has lessened the abundance of all these populations by an average of 60%. Experts add that the majority of tuna fish have been exploited to the limits of sustainability.
Noise from ships stresses whales nearby, researchers have shown
Coral might appear solid and inanimate, but surprising new footage of a mushroom coral inflating itself to escape a sandy burial has brought the organism to life.
PERTH, Australia, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- DNA testing suggests a swathe of seagrass in the Mediterranean could be the oldest known living thing on Earth, Australian researchers say.
In 2011, green sea turtles laid a staggering 1.44 million eggs on just one island in the Philippines thanks to conservation efforts, breaking all previous records.
6 - 8 February 2012, Agadir, Morocco
Scientists in Cape Cod are trying to determine what is causing dolphins to swim dangerously close to shore, with more than 100 becoming stranded in the last three weeks.
Jellyfish might be able to shut down a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, but they are not taking over the world's oceans and turning them into slime, say scientists.
VANCOUVER - Fisheries management in Canada places too much discretion in the hands of the federal minister, conferring "czar-like" powers that have meant the country has lagged far behind others in protecting its oceans, says a study by an expert panel of some of Canada's most distinguished scie ...
NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Humpback whales on both sides of the southern Indian Ocean are singing different tunes, a totally unexpected finding, U.S. researchers say.
ScienceDaily (Feb. 1, 2012) — Blooms, or proliferation, of jellyfish have shown a substantial, visible impact on coastal populations -- clogged nets for fishermen, stinging waters for tourists, even choked intake lines for power plants -- and recent media reports have created a perception that t ...
A huge crustacean has been found lurking 7km down in the waters off the coast of New Zealand.
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (January 31, 2012) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association today designated the Atlantic sturgeon an endangered species, providing it greater legal protections, following a petition the Natural Resources Defense Council submitted in September 2009.
Reference: SCBD/STTM/SBSTTA15/DC/JG/78811 (2012-020)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, POWPA Focal Points and relevant organizations
The increase in hunting territories available to killer whales in the Arctic due to climate change and melting sea ice could seriously affect the marine ecosystem balance.
Gulf countries that lack freshwater resources rely deeply on seawater desalination to meet their daily needs and cool down thermal generation plants.
Australia leads the way in trying to protect the world's fish population. But stocks of jack mackerel, down 90 per cent in 20 years in the once-rich southern seas, point to a wider global calamity.
Tropical sea cucumbers and their faeces could save coral reefs from the harmful impacts of climate change, scientists have found.
The U.S. government is imposing limits on the number of fish that commercial and recreational fishermen can catch in the waters it controls in the Caribbean, saying previous types of restrictions haven't protected dwindling populations of dozens of species.
FIJI: Rising sea temperatures caused by climate change may have contributed to a sharp increase in the incidence of a severe form of tropical fish poisoning afflicting people living on small islands around the Pacific region, a study has shown.
SINGAPORE: A 15-km (10 mile) stretch of crisp white beach is one of the key battlegrounds in Singapore's campaign to defend its hard-won territory against rising sea levels linked to climate change.
The fate of the world's great whale species commands global attention as a result of heated debate between pro and anti-whaling advocates, but the fate of smaller marine mammals is less understood, specifically because the deliberate and accidental harvesting of dolphins, porpoises, manatees and ...
(Reuters) - Cleaner and better-managed seas and coasts would help boost economic growth and reduce poverty and pollution, a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report said on Wednesday.
Threats to marine mammals usually include climate change, drowning as by-catch, pollution, depletion of prey, but what about eating marine mammals?
Ningaloo Marine Park's manta rays are threatened by the growing worldwide demand demand for their gill rakers, according to a new report.
Abu Dhabi: Growing prosperity together with an increasing population in the Gulf states is exacting a heavy toll on coastal marine life in the Arabian Gulf, experts heard at a marine environmental conference this week.
Demand for the gills of manta and mobula rays has risen dramatically in the past 10 years for use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), even though they were not historically used for this purpose, a team of researchers from the conservation organizations Shark Savers and WildAid has discovered.
ONE OF THE MOST important features of science is that scientific progress regularly leads to important ethical questions.
The world's deepest known volcanic vents are also the hottest, a UK-led expedition has indicated.
First there was the octopus that mimicked fish; now researchers say a fish is copying the octopus.
Leaked document reveals former socialist government's plans to oppose planned EU ban on discarding edible fish at sea
Storms and rising sea levels could wreak havoc as defences that protect beaches and dykes are overwhelmed
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/JG/78386 (2012-001)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, and other Governments; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); regional seas conventions and action plans and regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) in the western Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic region; other competent organizations and regional initiatives