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.
The Obama administration is reopening the eastern seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.
he Great Barrier Reef is in the worst state it's been in since records began and will be "pretty ugly" within 40 years, Australian scientists say.
Unique research by Deakin University scientists using satellite tracking to monitor tagged green turtles has found the turtles move in and out of enormous protected marine conservation zones, exposing them to danger as they migrate from their breeding grounds to forage for food.
A world-first study has found that dredging can more than double the level of coral disease in reefs.
Climate change-driven overgrazing of kelp and seagrass in Japanese waters has already led to the collapse of abalone fisheries
Marine environmentalist Eli Fuller, who for the past two decades has been exploring the coastline of Antigua and Barbuda, warns that while there has been “dramatic changes” to coral reefs since he was a little boy, “it’s getting worse and worse.”
The Worldwide Fund for Nature is urging Pacific fisheries to immediately halve their catch limits to preserve bluefin tuna stocks for the long-term.
The amount of money needed to “offset” the impact of a dredging project on the Great Barrier Reef could be as much as $1bn – which is $998m more than the project developer has suggested.
Report of Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for West Africa
Plant-eating tropical fish species are causing serious damage to algae and kelp forests in sub-tropical and temperate regions around the world, an international team of experts warn.
A European Union funded SmartFish programme has confiscated 300 kilograms of explosive, impounded 50 fishing vessels and prosecuted five cases of illegal fishing in Indian Ocean during the past 24 months.
Environmentalists fear ships could collide, spewing coal into world heritage-listed waters, disturbing fisheries and turtles
Many of the Caribbean's coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Oceans are rolling to the forefront of the global conservation agenda as the United States and Pacific island nations launch programs to protect global waters.
Documents obtained by the ABC under Freedom of Information reveal that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) identified serious concerns with a huge marina development it later approved.
Researchers say that "immediate protection" is required for the waters around the remote Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific, home to one of the world's rarest and most valuable collections of marine species.
Alaska's humpback whales swam a little closer on Wednesday to losing their status as an endangered species after being federally protected for more than 40 years, a U.S. agency said
A new report by a group of former world leaders, including ex-prime minister Paul Martin, says fixing our oceans will require unpopular, expensive changes
Marine and coastal biodiversity: ecologically or biologically significant marine areas
Marine and coastal biodiversity: other matters
Unesco has delayed a decision on whether Australia's Great Barrier Reef should be declared as endangered.
Marine Spatial Planning in Practice—Transitioning from Planning to Implementation
Approval for dumping dredged material as part of Abbot Point coal development could place site on Unesco list of shame
US secretary of state tells international summit that oceans are vital security issue, calling for immediate action to save them
The great white shark population in the eastern part of the North Pacific Ocean is growing, a research team says.
Report of Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for East, South and South-East Asia
Update on the Process to Describe Areas in the North-East Atlantic Meeting the CBD EBSA Criteria
Scientist have finalized their findings about the threat of Mediterranean Sea warming and acidification on key species and ecosystems after a 3.5 year study.
TOKYO, June 16 (UPI) --Japan continues to hunt and kill whales, despite a ruling earlier this year by the International Court of Justice that said Japan's whaling activities in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica were a violation of international law.
9 June 2014 – Marking the upcoming 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the landmark treaty that has become known as the “Constitution for the Oceans”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged Member States to recommit to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ...
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission delivered a formal warning to the Philippines and Papua New Guinea on Tuesday over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on exporting to the European Union, the world's biggest fish importer.
Scientists analyzed almost half a million fish bones to shed light on the population history of Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) in the North Pacific Ocean.
Greenpeace says idea of sustainable commercial whaling is 'rubbish', while governments say ICJ ban must be respected
10 June 2014, Rome - Countries today endorsed a set of wide-reaching guidelines that will boost the already vital role of small-scale fishers in contributing to global food security, nutrition and poverty eradication.
United Nations, June 9 The UN has urged the international community to commit itself to keeping the oceans healthy and productive for current and future generations.
Background Document on Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reefs and Closely Associated Ecosystems
Fish and aquatic life living in the high seas are more valuable as a carbon sink than as food and should be better protected, according to new research.
JAMAICA recently played host to government officials as well as scientific and legal experts from across Caricom to discuss the need for an international agreement dedicated to systematic ocean conservation and the sustainable use of areas beyond the jurisdiction of national governments.
Background Document on the Development of Practical Guidance and Toolkits to Minimize and Mitigate the Significant Adverse Impacts of Anthropogenic Underwater Noise on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
A tourism operator from the Great Barrier Reef has come halfway around the world in a last-ditch attempt to save his business.
Report of the North-West Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Could Australia have had schools of mysterious, technicolour purple jellyfish swimming off its shores all along without anybody noticing?
Report of the Mediterranean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
African governments must show more commitment to the conservation of their water resources in order to protect and preserve their contribution to future generations.