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Developing a clearer understanding of ocean ecosystems

The EU-funded HERMIONE project ('Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas') has contributed much needed data on the complexity of deep-sea ecosystems.

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Boom in Jellyfish: Overfishing Called Into Question

May 3, 2013 — Will we soon be forced to eat jellyfish? Since the beginning of the 2000s, these gelatinous creatures have invaded many of the world's seas, like the Japan Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, etc.

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Lasting progress in conservation depends on cross-sector synergies

For a community dependent on natural resources to flourish it must promote both the immediate goals of better health and economic conditions and the long-term goals of environmental conservation. Bringing about sustainable development can be a fine balancing act. Focusing too much on any single ...

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Huge toxic algae bloom expected for Lake Erie

Scientists are warning that conditions are perfect for a bumper crop of algae to grow in Lake Erie this summer.They say heavy April showers are washing fertilizer off farm fields into the water in larger amounts, and those chemicals feed algae blooms that starve the lake of oxygen.

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Major pan-European study conducted on ocean acidification

More than 160 researchers across 10 European countries joined together, in what is being hailed as the first international project to focus on ocean acidification and its consequences.

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China 'looting' Africa of its fish

Just 9% of the millions of tonnes of fish caught by China's giant fishing fleet in African and other international waters is officially reported to the UN, say researchers using a new way to estimate the size and value of catches.

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Krill Super-Trawlers Pushing Penguins Toward Extinction

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Everyone loves penguins, but few will know that Thursday is World Penguin Day. Fewer still are those who know penguins are threatened with extinction by climate change and giant fishing trawlers from Europe and Asia stalking the oceans around Antarctica.


Sustainable Ocean Summit

22 - 24 April 2013, Washington, United States of America

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West coast whales, dolphins and sharks to be surveyed

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are to be photographed and their calls recorded during a new survey of marine life off Scotland's west coast.

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EU's Damanaki calls for high seas biodiversity protection treaty

PARIS, April 15 (UPI) -- An updated U.N. treaty governing the exploitation of deep-sea bioresources is urgently needed, EU Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki says.

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What Lives at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench? More Than You Might Think

The deepest, darkest, scariest place on the maps I loved pondering as a child was a crescent-shaped canyon in the western Pacific Ocean.

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New information on the underwater environment in the Finnish coastal areas

The underwater conditions of the Bay of Bothnia are unique, and up until now very little has been known about this part of Finnish nature.

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Two-Headed Blue Shark Surfaces (Another One!)

We recently wrote about a two-headed bull shark found by fishermen. One of our readers, Christopher Johnston, then sent us an email with photos he had taken on September 27, 2008 of a similarly surprising find: a two-headed blue shark. As far as we know these photos have never been published any ...

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Sea Mammals Find U.S. Safe Harbor

Apr. 11, 2013 — In 1972, a U.S. Senate committee reported, "Many of the great whales which once populated the oceans have now dwindled to the edge of extinction," due to commercial hunting.

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Scientists stress need for national marine biodiversity observation network

With ocean life facing unprecedented threat from climate change, overfishing, pollution, invasive species and habitat destruction, a University of Florida researcher is helping coordinate national efforts to monitor marine biodiversity.

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Innovative Solution of Blue Carbon Helps Ocean Wildlife

Last week, Enric Sala of the National Geographic Society spoke about the Society’s Pristine Seas program, which has visited an array of countries to highlight the important marine regions that need protection.

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Remote reefs tougher than thought

Isolated coral reefs can recover from catastrophic damage as effectively as those with nearby undisturbed neighbours, a long-term study by marine biologists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) has shown.

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Shark tooth weapons lead to biodiversity discovery

The shark tooth weapons were the kind of cool stuff that drew marine conservation biologist Joshua Drew to the Field Museum of natural history in Chicago.

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Data to Inform the CBD South East Atlantic Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

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Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for EBSAs in the South-Eastern Atlantic Region

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Oceans key to national ecological strategy

When former Chinese President Hu Jintao announced a plan to build a more beautiful China, caring for the nation's 3 million square kilometers of marine territory was no small part.

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Sex on the reef' during Holi in Lakshwadeep

NEW DELHI: A different type of Holi will be seen in Lakshwadeep. A group of marine biologists having recently observed the phenomenon of coral spawning — popularly also called 'sex on the reef' — will be spending all of Wednesday observing the rare occurrence.


World Water Day

22 March 2013, Multiple Venues

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Seabirds Need Effective Marine Conservation in Wake of Discard Ban, Warns Study

Mar. 22, 2013 — Conservationists have renewed urgent calls for effective marine protection in European waters, after a new study, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, revealed that the recent EU ban on fish discards could have a significant short-term impact on some seabirds.

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Tough Call: Bahamian Conch In Danger

BAHAMIAN conch populations are in danger of collapsing – as they already have elsewhere in the region – and this was a point of discussion at the Bahamas National Natural History Conference held recently at the College of the Bahamas.

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Collaborative effort needed to address problems of marine ecosystem sustainability –Yahya

Yahya pointed out that marine and coastal resources industries in the world are reported to represent more than five percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) and oceans also provide the so-called ‘non-market’ benefits such as climate regulation, carbon sequestration and biodiversity co ...

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The Red-Dead water conveyer can avoid a dead end

After a delay of more than six months, the World Bank has finally released the final drafts of the feasibility and environmental assessment studies for the controversial Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance project, designed to channel some 1.2 billion cubic metres of water 180 kilometres from the ...

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Kerala to map marine biodiversity

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) has initiated a programme to prepare a Marine Biodiversity Register (MBR) documenting the underwater ecology of the inshore areas and the traditional knowledge systems of fishermen in the State.

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Mariana Trench: Deepest ocean 'teems with microbes'

The deepest place in the ocean is teeming with microscopic life, a study suggests.

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Life Discovered in the Deepest Ocean

Researchers probing the deepest ocean have found a surprisingly high concentration of microbes, the latest evidence of organisms thriving in inhospitable environments that is reshaping scientists' understanding of the conditions necessary for life.

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Mass Strandings of Pilot Whales May Not Be Driven by Kinship, DNA Profiles Show

Mar. 14, 2013 — Biologists since Aristotle have puzzled over the reasons for mass strandings of whales and dolphins, in which groups of up to several hundred individuals drive themselves up onto a beach, apparently intentionally.

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Life found deep under the sea

For the first time, scientists have discovered microbes living deep inside Earth’s oceanic crust — the dark volcanic rock at the bottom of the sea.

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Landmark shark ban upheld at conservation meeting

Pro-shark fishing nations have narrowly failed to overturn a landmark protection deal struck at the Cites conservation conference in Bangkok.

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Porpoises Have to Be Careful in the Eastern Scheldt in the Netherlands

Mar. 7, 2013 — The unexpected conclusion of the doctoral research project on the feeding ecology of porpoises by Okka Jansen at Wageningen University is that the Eastern Scheldt in the Netherlands may be an ecological trap.

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Gambia: Environment - Recognizing the Efforts of Local Communities and World Wide Fund Participation in Mangrove Restoration in the Gambia

In our today's edition, we recognized local communities and NGOs such as World Wildlife Fund for their commitment and participation in mangrove restoration in The Gambia.

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New marine species discovered in Pacific Ocean

Washington: Scientists have discovered new species of sea slugs, feather stars and amphipods in the Madang Lagoon on the north coast of Papua New Guinea.

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California's Leatherback Sea Turtle Could Face Extinction In The Next 20 Years.

Less than six months after the Pacific leatherback sea turtle was named California's official marine reptile, studies suggest it might be time to launch a search for a new species to fill the role.

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Australia reef shallows may cross "damage threshold" in 30 years

Australian researchers looked at shallow corals, found in tropical waters under 70 metres (230 ft) in depth, along Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, and found that even tiny increases in overall ocean acidity could lead to extreme changes.

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Commission aims to draw attention to deteriorating oceans

The Global Ocean Commission, a new independent body of politicians, businessmen, development experts and scientists, will meet for the first time next month, in Cape Town, South Africa, to start work on proposing the sustainable use of the oceans' natural resources.

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Fish discards ban 'may be diluted'

Europe's fisheries ministers may dilute plans for a total ban on the practice of discarding fish at sea, as they meet in Brussels.

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Seals take scientists to Antarctic's ocean floor

(Reuters) - Elephant seals wearing head sensors and swimming deep beneath Antarctic ice have helped scientists better understand how the ocean's coldest, deepest waters are formed, providing vital clues to understanding its role in the world's climate.

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Manta ray struggles for survival

Overfishing threatens the magnificent and prized ‘Ali Maduwa’

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Seafarer science: Sailors asked to help measure plankton

Scientists are enlisting sailors and fishermen to help with what they hope will be the world's biggest study of plankton in the oceans.

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How the Ocean Loses Nitrogen: Scientists Identify Key Factor That Controls Nitrogen Availability in the Ocean

Feb. 24, 2013 — During an expedition to the South Pacific Ocean, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, along with their colleagues from the GEOMAR and Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, discovered that organic matter derived from decaying algae regulate ...

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Tagged seals help find missing piece in global climate puzzle

By tracking the voyages of elephant seals off Antarctica, and with the help of satellite imaging and undersea sensors, researchers have discovered a long-elusive source for the deep-ocean streams of cold water that help to regulate the Earth's climate.

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