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.
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.
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.
Pro-shark fishing nations have narrowly failed to overturn a landmark protection deal struck at the Cites conservation conference in Bangkok.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Europe's fisheries ministers may dilute plans for a total ban on the practice of discarding fish at sea, as they meet in Brussels.
(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.
Overfishing threatens the magnificent and prized ‘Ali Maduwa’
Scientists are enlisting sailors and fishermen to help with what they hope will be the world's biggest study of plankton in the oceans.
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 ...
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.
25 February - 1 March 2013, Moscow, Russian Federation
LONDON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- British researchers say they have found a set of hydrothermal vents on the floor of the Caribbean Sea, the deepest yet found anywhere in the world.
UK scientists exploring the ocean floor in the Caribbean have discovered an "astounding" set of hydrothermal vents, the deepest anywhere in the world.
In 2012, the FAO released a report, which estimated that there were almost 870 million chronically undernourished people in 2010 to 2012
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting Scientific Criteria for EBSAs in the North Pacific Region
Data to Inform the CBD North Pacific Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Submission by WWF Russia
Submission by Russia
Submission by the Philippines
NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- North Atlantic humpback whales have recovered from years of whaling, but a precise pre-whaling number estimate is key to defining that recovery, scientists say.
ATLANTA, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Herbivorous marine fish can be picky eaters, U.S. scientists say, which could spell trouble for endangered reef systems that depend on the fish as "cleaners."
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority and environment ministry have teamed up with the Spanish interdisciplinary research team KAI Marine Services to carry out a project to gather scientific data on the conservation status of bottlenose dolphin and loggerhead turtles within the 25 nautica ...
The GOC brings together eminent people from different parts of the world for a new initiative to restore health and productivity to the ocean.
Les Aires marines protégées (Amp), la gestion intégrée des zones côtières sont, entre autres, les questions qui vont meubler la réflexion lors de l’atelier de renforcement de capacités qui se tient, depuis lundi, à Dakar. Il réunit, pendant 4 jours, des représentants de 22 pays d’Afrique et des ...
Last year, African space science had a big change in fortune. The allocation of more than half of the US$2 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope ― a global science and engineering project ― to the continent opened the floodgates for funding, especially for equipment and an expansi ...
Feb. 6, 2013 — Since the observations made by English naturalist Charles Darwin on the Galapagos Islands, researchers have been interested in how physical barriers, such as isolation on a particular island, can lead to the formation of new species through the process of natural selection.
The European Parliament has voted for sweeping reforms of the controversial EU Common Fisheries Policy.
Feb. 1, 2013 — Coral reefs are predicted to decline under the pressure of global warming. However, a number of coral species can survive at seawater temperatures even higher than predicted for the tropics during the next century
4 - 8 February 2013, Dakar, Senegal
Unesco warned last year that the World Heritage Site could be listed as 'in danger if there was no progress by 1 February
Size limits have been a part of fisheries management for decades, but some fear that they are doing more harm than good.
In the 19th century the Northern Pacific Elephant was thought to be extinct until a small population was discovered on an island of Baja California in 1892.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has downgraded mackerel from its list of fish suitable to eat.
Information Note for Participants
FAO : Putting into practice the ecosystem approach to fisheries
Training manual on the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) in the open- ocean waters and deep-sea habitats
One ocean many worlds of life (CBD Booklet for 2012 International Day for Biological Diversity- Marine Biodiversity)
FAO: International guidelines for the management of deep-sea fisheries in the high seas (relevant for VMEs information)
FAO: Governance of marine protected areas in the least-developed countries: Case studies from West Africa
FAO : Guidelines on the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries
UNDOALOS: Ecosystem approaches and oceans
FAO: Link to EAF toolbox