UNITED NATIONS, Mar 16, 2012 (IPS) - The United Nations, which is hosting a major international summit on the global environment in Brazil in late June, points out that while the world's oceans account for 70 percent of the earth's surface, only one percent of this area is protected.
Marine Biodiversity: Marine Spatial Planning and Voluntary Guidelines for the Consideration of Biodiversity in Environmental Impact Assessments and Strategic Environmental Assessments in Marine and Coastal Areas
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Addressing Adverse Impacts of Human Activities on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, Including Coral Bleaching, Ocean Acidification, Fisheries and Underwater Noise
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: Voluntary Guidelines for the Consideration of Biodiversity in Environmental Impact Assessments and Strategic Environmental Assessments in Marine and Coastal Areas
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: Draft Summary Report on the Description of Areas Meeting The Scientific Criteria for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (Addendum)
The world's biggest squid species have developed huge eyes to give early warning of approaching sperm whales.
A group of European Union member states are planning to thwart key reforms aimed at conserving dwindling fish stocks
THE moratorium on commercial whaling, imposed by the International Whaling Commission in 1986, is not going well.
Training Manual for the Description of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAS) in Open-Ocean Waters and Deep-Sea Habitats
Remote camera traps, which have become a hugely important conservation tool on land during the past decade, have now gone underwater.
Almost half of the world's seabirds have populations that are thought to be in decline, according to a new review.
Japan has ended its whaling season with less than a third of its annual target, said the country's Fisheries Agency.
A UN team has arrived in Australia to investigate possible damage to the Great Barrier Reef by the mining industry.
THE world heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef will be scrutinised by a delegation from the United Nations concerned about environmental pressures being exerted by the boom in mining and coal seam gas drilling.
TOKYO, Mar 2, 2012 (IPS) - The arrest and release of a Dutch activist in Japan has put in bad light this country’s refusal to heed international calls to limit traditional dolphin and whale hunting practices in favour of conservation.
Reef-building corals turn a turbulent upbringing into an advantage. Although currents break up fragile coral embryos, each fragment can develop into a normal adult.
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.
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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.