Fleshy whorls of thick brown algae blanket the once-vibrant corals in Glover’s Reef, Belize. According to a controversial study published August 14 in the journal Coral Reefs, a decade of marine reserve protection has failed to help these damaged Caribbean corals recover.
Shoals of fish are able to move and turn in seamless formation by following simple rules that are like those used by car drivers, say researchers.
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/rg/78095 (2011-212)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; relevant organizations
The Secretariat has prepared, with the assistance of a team of consultants, draft voluntary guidelines for the consideration of biodiversity in EIAs and SEAs in marine and coastal areas using the guidance in Annexes II, III and IV to the Manila Workshop Report (UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/14/INF/5). In prep ...English Spanish French
JOHANNESBURG — The first time scientists explored deep in the Indian Ocean, they found a new species of glowing squid. Now researchers who are departing from South Africa on Monday with even better equipment are hoping for similar success.
Researchers with the Smithsonian have catalogued almost as many crab species on tropical coral reef bits measuring just 20.6 square feet (6.3 square meters) as in all of Europe's seas, finds a new paper in PLoS ONE.
Smithsonian scientists and colleagues conducted the first DNA barcoding survey of crustaceans living on samples of dead coral taken from the Indian, Pacific and Caribbean oceans. The results suggest that the diversity of organisms living on the world's coral reefs is seriously underestimated. Th ...
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/JG/77432 (2011-207)
To: National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in Greater Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic Region; other Governments; competent organizations and regional initiatives
Reference is made to the earlier notification (2011-166), dated 7 September 2011, regarding the nomination of experts to the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), 28 February to 2 March 2012, i ...English Spanish French
Scotland's internationally important seabird colonies are continuing to have poor breeding seasons, RSPB Scotland has warned.
Scientists and law-makers across the world are prioritising the protection of sharks, but critics say the measures don't work
ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2011) — Increasing acidification in coastal waters could compromise the ability of oysters and other marine creatures to form and keep their shells, according to a new study led by University of Georgia researchers.
It has long been known that overfishing has decimated some populations of tuna, shark, cod, as well as other big predatory fish; however two recent studies have pointed out that overfishing is also threatening small fish such as anchovies, sardines, mackerel, herring, menhaden, and krill.
The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala and Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu are joining hands in a collaborative project to prepare a biodiversity database and DNA barcode data of marine moll ...
Giant amoebas have been discovered in the deepest part of the world's oceans - smashing previous depth records by almost two miles.
Bonn — For 86 per cent of all toothed whale species, entanglement in gillnets, traps, weirs, purse seines, longlines and trawls is resulting in an unsustainably high death toll.
The European Commission has dropped proposals which would have seen an automatic cut in fish quotas where there is not enough information about stock levels.
Environmental authorities say up to 2,000 hammerhead, Galápagos and whale sharks were slaughtered for their fins
Montreal, 19 October 2011 – The contribution of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea: The Living Ocean and Coast was discussed in Seoul on 14 October 2011 at a meeting between Mr. Samuel Koo, United Nations Co-Commissioner-General for the Expo, and M ...
Scientists in Washington state are working to improve testing of a deadly, contagious marine virus as a precaution, after the virus was detected in wild salmon for the first time on the West Coast
PARIS — More than twice as many tonnes of Atlantic bluefin tuna were sold last year compared with official catch records for this threatened species, according to a report released on Tuesday.
17 - 21 October 2011, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Colombia's presidential advisor for biodiversity has condemned the killing of around 2,000 sharks in Colombian waters by Costa Rican fishermen.
Wenzhou, Zhejiang - China's aquatic fauna and its vast marine areas are under threat from intensive coastal exploration and land-based pollution, a senior official said.
Background Document to an Expert Meeting to Develop a Series of Joint Expert Review Processes to Monitor and Assess the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/JG/77026 (2011-198)
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 South Pacific region; other competent organizations and regional initiatives
Reference is made to the earlier notifications (2011-136; 2011-160) sent on 22 July 2011 and 29 August 2011 regarding the nomination of experts to the Western South Pacific Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), which wil ...English Spanish French
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/JG/77653 (2011-194)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; FAO; UNDOALOS; UNESCO–IOC; OBIS; ISA; UNEP-WCMC; GOBI; other relevant organizations
The Secretariat has developed a prototype repository, with financial support from the Government of Germany, in consultation with relevant organizations. This prototype repository is accessible at http://ebsa-review.cbd.int/ for your review and testing of the system.English Spanish French
New theories are emerging: is global warming, shipping traffic, or the Earth's magnetic field to blame?
Japan says it will hunt whales in the Southern Ocean this winter and will send a Fisheries Agency ship to guard its whalers against promised intervention by a conservation group.
The Marshall Islands government has created the world's largest shark sanctuary, covering nearly two million sq km (750,000 sq miles) of ocean.The Pacific republic will ban trade in shark products and commercial shark fishing throughout its waters.
A new study recently published by science journal PLoS ONE has indicated that shark population in Australia's Great Barrier Reef may be witnessing a sharp decline due to unregulated fishing activities in the area.
An infant leatherback turtle pulls itself towards the sea at Playa Grande, Guanacaste, in Costa Rica. Despite decades of conservation efforts, leatherbacks in the east Pacific have declined by 90 per cent in the past 20 years due to egg consumption and fishing, and coastal development looms as t ...
Cod stocks in the Irish Sea and the west coast of Scotland have collapsed because of overfishing and politicians' refusal to fix low enough catch quotas, according to a leading fisheries scientist who advises the European commission on fish quotas.
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JL/JG/77686 (2011-186)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; Other Governments; IOC/UNESCO, FAO, UNFCCC Secretariat, UNEP-WCMC, ICRI, Ramsar Convention, Antarctic Treaty, the Arctic Council, and Other Relevant Organizations and Scientific Groups
In notification number 2011-134, dated 20 July 2011, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity invited Parties, other Governments, and relevant organizations and scientific groups to nominate experts to participate in the Expert Meeting to Develop a Series of Joint Expert Review ...English Spanish French
Fishermen and scientists questioning how many fish can be sustainably taken from a reef believe they've quantified the tipping point.
ScienceDaily (Sep. 26, 2011) — Changes in the ratio of nitrate to phosphorus in the oceans off the coasts of Korea and Japan caused by atmospheric and riverine pollutants may influence the makeup of marine plants and influence marine ecology, according to researchers from Korea and the U. S
26 - 30 September 2011, Aberdeen, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Report says some albatross, petrel and shearwater species nearing extinction as fleets failing to implement simple measures
Reference: SCBD/STTM/JM/JLe/rg/77592 (2011-180)
To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; FAO, UNEP, RFMOs; IUCN-CEM-FEG; relevant organizations
At its tenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity noted an urgent need to further review, in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the impacts of unsustainable fishing, such as destructi ...English Spanish French
Federal agencies have changed the designation of loggerhead sea turtles from a single threatened species to nine distinct population segments; five are listed as endangered and four are listed as threatened.
An entirely new species of dolphin has been discovered in Australia, and not in some isolated lagoon but in the shadows of skyscrapers, scientists say.
In a move hailed by conservation activists, President Barack Obama initiated potential diplomatic sanctions against Iceland this week for its commercial whaling activity. The sanctions include six measures ranging from possibly limiting cabinet-level visits to Iceland to limiting cooperation wit ...
A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology is using the Aquarius underwater laboratory off the coast of Florida to study how the diversity of seaweed-eating fish affects endangered coral reefs.
Accidental sea turtle deaths in the United States dropped 90 percent since 1990 as a result of improvements in fishing equipment, a new study shows.
Microscopic algae and the nearly invisible animals that eat them do more than just drift along the ocean surface.
Coral reefs are on course to become the first ecosystem that human activity will eliminate entirely from the Earth, a leading United Nations scientist claims.
Seafood could be going off a lot of menus as the world warms. More than half of a group of fish crucial for the marine food web might die if, as predicted, global warming reduces the amount of oxygen dissolved in some critical areas of the ocean – including some of our richest fisheries.
8 - 12 September 2011, Kuching, Malaysia