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#101150
2014-09-30

New UN report warns of ‘devastating’ effects from ongoing destruction of mangrove forests

29 September 2014 – The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.

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#101101
2014-09-26

Finding a level playing field for mangroves

BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them.

Notification
#2252
2014-09-26
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2014-11-28

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for South America, 23-27 February 2015 – Lima, Perú

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/83526 (2014-122)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela; regional seas conventions and action plans; regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives

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#101023
2014-09-19

Whaling commission shifts toward conservation agenda

Portoroz, Slovenia - The 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ended today with a landmark decision to impose better controls over any future whale hunts conducted for the purposes of so-called scientific research.

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#101005
2014-09-18

We Can Save Coral Reefs

Parrotfish eat algae and seaweed. These brightly colored fish with beaklike mouths inhabit coral reefs, the wellsprings of ocean life.

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#100931
2014-09-15

First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force

All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated from now on, in a significant step forward for conservation.

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#100832
2014-09-10

Kerala to Prepare Databank of Marine Ecosystem

Thiruvananthapuram: Claimed to be the first of its kind initiative in the country, a marine biodiversity map of Kerala's coastline is being prepared by the State Biodiversity Board to create a databank of marine ecosystems and traditional knowledge of the fishermen folk community.

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#100849
2014-09-10

Pacific walrus population declines

Scientists are working to get an accurate count of the Pacific walrus population before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides if the species should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 2017.

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#100788
2014-09-08

How Much Danger Do Ship Strikes Pose to Blue Whales?

A new study suggests that blue whale populations are not as vulnerable to ship strikes as previously thought, but experts say, 'not so fast.'

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#100790
2014-09-08

New Plan Avoids Mud Dumping in Barrier Reef Park

BRISBANE, Australia — The government of Australia’s Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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#100768
2014-09-05

California blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers

Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels

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#100755
2014-09-04

Australia cancels plan to dump dredge in Great Barrier Reef

A consortium of companies—North Queensland Bulk Ports, GVK Hancock and Adani Group—have announced they are giving up on a hugely-controversial plan to dump five million tonnes of dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef. The plans ran into considerable opposition from environment, conservation ...

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#100760
2014-09-04

SAMOA: New partnerships seek to protect world's oceans

3 September 2014 – Fishermen in coastal Samoan villages say there are less fish than there used to be and worry that the fish populations will soon disappear altogether, but participants at a United Nations conference on forming partnerships with small island developing states are vowing to prev ...

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#100718
2014-09-02

How corals stir up their world

Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.

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#100723
2014-09-02

'Dredge spoil will speed decline of Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's iconic reef is under threat from pollution and climate change. Jon Day, recently resigned as the reef's Director of Heritage Conservation. He told DW that plans to dump spoil will put the reef at risk.

Notification
#2238
2014-09-02

Selected Experts for the CBD Expert workshop to Provide Consolidated Practical Guidance and a Toolkit for Marine Spatial Planning, 9 to 11 September 2014, Montreal, Canada

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/83496 (2014-108)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; United Nations specialized agencies, including UNEP, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and International Maritime Organization; the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-STAP); regional organizations, including Large Marine Ecosystem programmes; other relevant organizations; and indigenous and local communities

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#100706
2014-08-29

Tiny Beads Found In Shampoo And Exfoliants Are A Threat to the Sydney Harbour

Tiny pieces of plastic used in toothpastes, shampoos, shower gels and exfoliants have been found in the Sydney Harbour and could pose a threat to marine animals and humans as they are toxic in nature, reported Daily Telegraph.

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#100587
2014-08-25

New Antarctic atlas offers index of marine life

The most complete audit ever assembled of Antarctic sea life is to be published this week.More than 9,000 species, from single-cell organisms to penguins and whales, are chronicled in the first Antarctic atlas since 1969. The book will be launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Researc ...

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#100591
2014-08-25

Hundreds of sea-floor methane plumes spotted by sonar

Bubble streams off the US East Coast could be methane-rich ices warming and releasing the potent greenhouse gas.

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#100575
2014-08-22

Jamaican coral reefs get a helping hand

Jamaica may be known for its sun and sea, but under the waves the country is batting to rebuild its coral reefs. Manmade reefs have begun to see success after the island's corals were decimated by disease and pollution.

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#100576
2014-08-22

Dumping Ban Urged for Australia’s Iconic Reef

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - Increased effort is needed to protect Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, which is in serious decline and will likely deteriorate further in the future, according to a new report. “Greater reductions of all threats at all levels, reef-wide, regional and l ...

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#100541
2014-08-20

'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'

A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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#100524
2014-08-19

Scraping the Seafloor for Fish Harms Biodiversity

Fishing boats have dragged nets across the seafloor in pursuit of bottom-feeding fish and crustaceans since the Middle Ages. In recent decades, motorized fishing fleets, powered by government subsidies, have taken heavier nets deeper and farther offshore. The annual haul from international water ...

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#100499
2014-08-18

Government scientists 'warned against dumping' in Great Barrier Reef park

Scientists were opposed to dumping millions of tonnes of dredged sediment but they were overruled

News Headlines
#100506
2014-08-18

Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?

REYKJAVIK, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.

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#100487
2014-08-15

40% of the Indian coast is subjected to coastal erosion

The ministry of environment and forests through the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai in association with the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai has conducted a study regarding "assessment of shore line change for the entire coast of mainland India, ...

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#100489
2014-08-15

In the Ocean, Clues to Change

A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

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#100468
2014-08-14

Cameras head to oceans to give ‘street view’ of reefs

ISLAMORADA, Fla. – It’s easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders.

Meeting
#5246

International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3)

14 - 19 August 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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#100450
2014-08-13

Sharks Winning Shark Week: Obama Acting to Protect America's Oceans

President Ulysses S. Grant signed the legislation establishing Yellowstone National Park in 1872, making it the first such place preserved for future generations. At the time, there was no real threat of massive industrial development in the region, but forward-thinking conservationists foresaw ...

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#100453
2014-08-13

Australia Great Barrier Reef outlook 'poor and deteriorating'

The outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef is poor despite conservation efforts, with further deterioration expected in coming years, a report says.

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#100428
2014-08-12

Planting meadows in the ocean: technique may help restore disappearing seagrass beds

Seagrass meadows form important parts of many ocean ecosystems, but is disappearing due to human impacts. However, a study published recently in PLOS ONE found eelgrass beds could benefit from a restoration technique using seed-filled pearl nets.

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#100431
2014-08-12

Great Barrier Reef's greatest threat is climate change, says new report

Warmer ocean currents will have far-reaching consequences for decades to come, study says

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#100418
2014-08-11

Mercury pollution in upper ocean has tripled since Industrial revolution

The amount of mercury in the upper ocean has tripled since the industrial revolution, according to a new study that leaves little doubt that humans are to blame.

News Headlines
#100401
2014-08-08

Study measures steep coastal costs of China's GDP growth

Economic activity, as in this floating mariculture installation at Sanya, is having a dramatic effect on the health of China's seas.

News Headlines
#100379
2014-08-07

Marine noise impacts eels too!

Marine noise has been studied for it's impact on whales, dolphins and other marine animals. Might it also impact smaller creatures too? Eels, for example.

News Headlines
#100381
2014-08-07

Pollution triples mercury levels in ocean surface waters, study finds

Toxic metal threatens marine life as it accumulates faster in shallow layers than in deep sea due to human activity

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#100385
2014-08-07

Elephants under the sea: awkward-looking fish modify the coral-reef ecosystem in mixed ways

Bumphead parrotfish are noisy feeders. They break off large branches of corals using their powerful beaks, grind them up in their bodies to extract nutrients, and expel the undigested material in large cloudy plumes of feces.

News Headlines
#100371
2014-08-06

A major study of all penguin populations

A major study of all penguin species suggests the birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation. Writing in the journal, Conservation Biology, a group of internationally renowned scientists recommends the adoption of measures to mitigate against a range of effects including; food scarcit ...

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#100348
2014-08-04

New corals discovered on UKs highest underwater mountain

Heriot-Watt scientists have discovered new populations of deep-sea corals growing on the slopes of the UK's highest underwater mountain, a site recently added to the list of Scotland's new Marine Protected Areas.

News Headlines
#100210
2014-07-29

115 whales killed as Japan wraps up Pacific hunt

Japan has concluded a two-and-a-half month whale hunt in the Pacific, killing 115 whales. It is the second campaign since the United Nations' top court ordered Tokyo to halt a separate hunt in the Antarctic.

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#100219
2014-07-29

Algae under threat from invasive fish

Tropical fish invading temperate waters warmed as a result of climate change are overgrazing algae, posing a threat to biodiversity and some marine-based industries.

News Headlines
#100193
2014-07-28

Deep-sea cameras reveal commercial fisheries having little impact on seafloor biodiversity

The Australia Antarctic Division has developed a new system of deep sea cameras to explore the impact of commercial fishing on biodiversity.

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#100183
2014-07-25

Changing oceans affecting calcification of marine organisms

The ocean is home to many creatures, and all of them take their sustenance from this environment. One group of organisms use the ocean's calcium to create their shells and exoskeletons. These are the calcifiers, the mollusks, corals and starfish.

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#100144
2014-07-24

Conservationists call for Canary Islands whale sanctuary instead of oil scheme

Months before oil exploration is slated to begin in the Canary Islands, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is calling on the Spanish government to abandon the search for oil and instead create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins in the region.

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