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
BERLIN, Dec 29, 2011 (Tierramérica) - For the last ten years, environmentalists and marine biologists have repeatedly warned that the world’s tuna populations, and particularly bluefin tuna, are being overfished to the verge of extinction.
Four new sharks—including a "rapier wielding" sawshark—are among 140 new species discovered by California Academy of Sciences researchers in 2011, the institution announced in December.
Anything that goes into the ocean will eventually either sink or float. Debris from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March could reach the United States as early as this winter, according to predictions by NOAA scientists.
BEIJING: China plans to enforce strict measures to prevent damage from the offshore oil drilling to the fragile ecosystem of the Bohai Bay.
Biologist Roger Payne played a key role in helping end the wholesale slaughter of whales. In this interview, he talks about the threats they continue to face
ScienceDaily (Dec. 13, 2011) — A team of WCS conservationists has reported that a young male elephant seal tracked for the past year swam an astonishing 18,000 miles -- the equivalent of New York to Sydney, Australia -- and back again.
The governments of Australia, the United States, New Zealand and the Netherlands have released a joint statement saying they are "disappointed" over the start of Japan's annual whale hunt off Antarctica.
7 - 9 December 2011, Bergen, Norway
ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2011) — Iconic marine predators such as sharks, tunas, swordfish, and marlins are becoming increasingly rare under current fishing trends, say University of British Columbia researchers.
The Mariana Trench in the western Pacific runs for about 2,500km and extends down to 10,994m.
Compilation of the Scientific Information on the Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity of Pelagic Fisheries of Lower Trophic Levels
Background Study to Review the Extent to Which Biodiversity Concerns Are Addressed in Existing Assessments
In the deep ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, scientists have found a species of crab that cultivates gardens of bacteria on its claws, then eats them.
Citizens groups and non-governmental organisations urged the government on Friday to implement a fundamental review of whaling as the Japanese fleet was expected to leave soon for this year's hunt in the Southern Ocean.
The great blue whale, seen here near Chiloé, Chile, depends on the abundant krill off the coast. Strong air currents are also abundant here, setting up a battle between developers of a planned wind farm and those concerned about its impact on the sea.
Frozen sperm and IVF embryonic cells from two species of coral that spawned in Queensland this month have been brought to NSW in an ambitious project to protect corals - that are threatened by pollution, warm water, and ocean acidification - from extinction.
Biodiversity in Europe's lakes and rivers is shrinking. Pollution, overfishing, habitat loss and the introduction of invasive species threaten a large number of fish, mollusks, snails and plants, according to a new European Commission report. The situation for animals on land isn't much better.
With about 25 million seahorses sold each year, global consumption of seahorses is massive.
The acidification of the world's oceans from an excess of CO2 emissions has already begun, as evidenced recently by the widespread mortality of oyster larvae in the Pacific Northwest. Scientists say this is just a harbinger of things to come if greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar.
22 - 25 November 2011, Nadi, Fiji
A species of crustacean makes silk underwater
New video footage captured by a tuna industry whistleblower has been released by Greenpeace, which reveals the routine slaughter of other marine species, including whale sharks, rays and whales.
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To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; FAO, UNEP, IUCN-CEM-FEG; RFMOs; relevant organizations
In notification number 2011-180, dated 23 September 2011, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity invited Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to nominate experts to participate in the Joint Expert Meeting on Addressing Biodiversity Concerns in Sustainable Fish ...English Spanish French
Dangerous and disruptive king crabs lurk in a deep pocket of the Antarctic continental shelf, clamoring to escape their cold-water prison to reach and permanently change the shallower, prehistoric paradise above.
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe EBSAs in the Western South Pacific Region
Seahorses are strange looking creatures, with a horse’s head on top of a kangaroo’s pouched belly, bulging, swiveling chameleon eyes, a prehensile monkey tail, color-changing armor and a royal crown, all shrunk down to the size of a chess piece. To marine biologist Helen Scales, these elusive cr ...