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.
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: Draft Summary Report on the Description of Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Stronger storms, rising seas, and flooding are placing hundreds of millions people at risk around the world, and big part of the solution to decrease those risks is just off shore.
Researchers from Australia say that monitoring changes in ocean winds can help to establish where and when Irukandji jellyfish will strike.
GEORGETOWN, May 14 2014 (IPS) - Agriculture has always played an important role in the socioeconomic development of Guyana, the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state that straddles South America.
A new global certification program aims to protect from overfishing wild seaweeds, which serve not only as a crop but a habitat for hundreds of other ocean species
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/83496 (2014-068)
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
Systematic Review on the Impacts of Ocean Acidification and Proposal to Update the Specific Workplan on Coral Bleaching
A colossal squid has been caught in Antarctic waters, the first example of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni retrieved virtually intact from the surface of the ocean.
Progress Report on Addressing Impacts of Underwater Noise and Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Progress Report on Describing Areas Meeting the Criteria for Ecologically and Biologically Significant Marine Areas
An Updated Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity
Ample new evidence has been provided that the reason coastal saltmarshes are dying from Long Island to Cape Cod is that hungry crabs, left unchecked by a lack of predators, are eating the cordgrass.
(Reuters) - The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JG/83469 (2014-059)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; relevant organizations; and indigenous and local communities
Report of the Expert Workshop on Underwater Noise and Its Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
The government has said it is making good progress in culling coral-eating starfish that have been blamed for munching through much of the Great Barrier Reef.
A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua’s legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists.
Research on the behavior of coral reef fish at naturally-occurring carbon dioxide seeps in Milne Bay in eastern Papua New Guinea has shown that continuous exposure to increased levels of carbon dioxide dramatically alters the way fish respond to predators.
As resistance to traditional antibiotics reaches crisis levels, scientists are poised to forage in hard-to-reach sea trenches for new antimicrobials and novel compounds that could provide the basis of new drugs
Aside from reducing the populations of the species sought for capture, commercial fisheries are also killing thousands of non-target creatures such as sharks, albatross, and sea turtles, collectively referred to as “bycatch.”
As western state slaughters sharks for perceived threat, Sydney Aquarium visitor survey finds 87% saying the predators should not be killed, and 69% backing human safety through education
The coral reefs of the Mozambique Channel are a hotspot for biodiversity and the leading candidate for a prioritized conservation effort, according to a new study.
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ebsas in the Mediterranean Region
7 - 11 April 2014, Málaga, Spain