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#97257
2014-01-29

New studies needed to predict how marine organisms may adapt to the future's acidic oceans

The world's oceans are becoming more acidic, changing in a way that hasn't happened for millions of years. But will marine organisms from tiny coccolithophores to king crabs change along with the waters?

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#97261
2014-01-29

Nile Delta Disappearing Beneath the Sea

EL RASHID, Egypt , Jan 29 2014 (IPS) - It only takes a light covering of seawater to render land infertile, so Mohamed Saeed keeps a close watch on the sea as it advances year after year towards his two-hectare plot of land.

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#97170
2014-01-23

Ecology: Protect the deep sea

More than 1 million square kilometres of the sea below 200 metres in depth are being ploughed by trawlers, according to estimates1, and the next decade will see expansion of oil, gas and mineral extraction into deeper and deeper waters.

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#97150
2014-01-22

Deadliest catch: Overfishing pushes quarter of sharks, rays to extinction

A quarter of the world's sharks and rays are at risk of extinction, according to a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Notification
#2138
2014-01-22
Action by
2014-02-20

Mediterranean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), 7 to 11 April 2014, Málaga, Spain

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/83051 (2014-009)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Mediterranean region: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, the European Community, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey; Mediterranean Action Plan; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives

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Notification
#2139
2014-01-21

Selected Experts for the CBD Expert workshop on Underwater Noise and its Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, 25 to 27 February 2014, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/83096 (2014-010)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; International Maritime Organization; Convention on Migratory Species; International Whaling Commission; indigenous and local communities; and other relevant organizations

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Notification
#2140
2014-01-21
Action by
2014-02-15

North-west Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), 24 to 28 March 2014, Montreal, Canada

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/83094 (2014-011)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the North-west Atlantic region: Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, United States of America; Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and other regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives

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#97078
2014-01-17

Study to test California's kelp forests for radioactive contamination

The canopies of kelp undulating in the surges off the coast of California camouflage a complex ecosystem of sharks, rock fish, crabs, urchins and anemones that blossom like colorful flowers on the forest floor.

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#97043
2014-01-16

Giant US trade deal might weaken shark fin ban

Environmental campaigners are "extremely concerned" that a new trade deal involving the US could weaken attempts to end shark finning.

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#97045
2014-01-16

Google Earth enables remote tracking of fish catches

[CAIRO] Persian Gulf governments could use Google’s free global satellite imaging program to better monitor and control fishing in their waters, say experts. Their comments follow a study that used Google Earth to uncover huge discrepancies between reported and observed fish catches in the region.

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#96998
2014-01-14

Great white sharks live longer than thought -- as long as 70 years old

WOODS HOLE, Mass., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Great white sharks -- top predators in the world's oceans -- grow much slower and live significantly longer than previously thought, U.S. marine scientists say.

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#97005
2014-01-14

Reefs near Sydney, made 'bald' by pollution, get seaweed transplant

SYDNEY, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Australian scientists say they've successfully restored a once thriving seaweed species that vanished during decades of high levels of sewage discharge.

Notification
#2133
2014-01-10
Action by
2014-02-28

Peer-review of the Draft Updated Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JM/83041 (2014-004)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; relevant scientific groups; other relevant organizations; and indigenous and local communities

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#96909
2014-01-08

Snowball Effect of Overfishing Highlighted

Jan. 7, 2014 — Florida State University researchers have spearheaded a major review of fisheries research that examines the domino effect that occurs when too many fish are harvested from one habitat.

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#96914
2014-01-08

Dynamite fishing threatens Cambodia's seahorses

Destructive fishing practices have decimated the once abundant seahorse population in Cambodia. One organization has stepped in to save the fragile animals by boosting marine conservation and education.

Notification
#2130
2014-01-08
Action by
2014-02-10

Request for relevant information concerning the objectives of the Expert Workshop on Underwater Noise and its Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 25 – 27 February 2014

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/83033 (2014-001)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; International Maritime Organization; Convention on Migratory Species; International Whaling Commission; indigenous and local communities; and other relevant organizations

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#96830
2013-12-20

Coastal Ocean Aquaculture Can Be Environmentally Sustainable

Dec. 19, 2013 — Specific types of fish farming can be accomplished with minimal or no harm to the coastal ocean environment as long as proper planning and safeguards are in place, according to a new report from researchers at NOAA's National Ocean Service.

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#96784
2013-12-17

EU fishing vote foments anger

Failure to impose a ban on deep-sea fishing jeopardizes the future of vulnerable ecosystems, say researchers.

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#96644
2013-12-10

China bans shark fin, bird's nest soup from state banquets

China has banned shark fin and bird's nest soup from being served at official state banquets, reports Chinese state media.

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#96614
2013-12-09

Vast Freshwater Reserves Found Beneath the Oceans

reserves of freshwater beneath the oceans kilometres out to sea, providing new opportunities to stave off a looming global water crisis.

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#96619
2013-12-09

Japan's whaling fleet en route to Southern Ocean for 'scientific' hunts

Sea Shepherd conservation group presses Australia's coalition government to honour pledge to monitor fleet's activities

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#96621
2013-12-09

The mystery of Ashmore Reef's disappearing sea snakes

It's far from people and industry, it's protected under international convention, and yet one of the world's richest sea snake communities has disappeared from Ashmore Reef.

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#96600
2013-12-05

Humans Threaten Wetlands' Ability to Keep Pace With Sea-Level Rise

Dec. 4, 2013 — Left to themselves, coastal wetlands can resist rapid levels of sea-level rise. But humans could be sabotaging some of their best defenses, according to a Nature review paper published December 5 from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Smithsonian Environmental Resea ...

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#96588
2013-12-04

The Great Barrier Reef: Just unwell or terminally ill?

Starfish, cyclones, chemicals. If things continue the way they are, the Great Barrier Reef won't be great for much longer.

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#96562
2013-12-03

Microplastics 'pose toxic threat to marine biodiversity'

Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms may be negatively affecting biodiversity, a study says.

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#96548
2013-12-02

Activists say plan to protect Maui's dolphin doesn't go far enough

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Activists say measures to protect Maui's dolphins are insufficient, and predict the dolphins -- the rarest in the world -- could be extinct within 20 years.

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#96512
2013-11-28

Study to bring wave of ocean data to negotiating table

[RIO DE JANEIRO] Despite the ocean’s importance for the planet, it usually takes a back seat in political discussions about global issues, like climate change. The World Ocean Assessment study aims to change that by providing policymakers with the scientific data they need to make informed decis ...

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#96496
2013-11-27

Google Earth reveals fish catch is 6 times greater than thought in Persian Gulf

Google Earth has been once again used by researchers for scientific discovery.

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#96497
2013-11-27

Mangrove ecosystems being obliterated in Myanmar

Mangrove cover in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta declined by nearly two-thirds between 1978 and 2011, leaving coastal areas more vulnerable to disasters like Cyclone Nargis, which killed 138,000 people in 2008, finds a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.

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#96501
2013-11-27

Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

PARIS, France, November 27, 2013 (ENS) – Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide, conclude 540 scientists from 37 countries in a new report.

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#96480
2013-11-26

Have We Saved the Sharks?

“In China victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup.” This October 19 headline in the Washington Post was one that marine conservationists had been waiting decades to read—and the story inside delivered, reporting a 50 to 70 percent decrease in consumptio ...

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#96482
2013-11-26

Changes to Canada's fisheries law alarm biologists

Revisions that take effect today remove protections for 80% of endangered freshwater species.

Notification
#2110
2013-11-26
Action by
2014-01-15

Request to submit information and suggestions for the development of proposals to update the specific work plan on coral bleaching

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/82124 (2013-108)
To: CBD National Focal Points, CBD SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; International Coral Reef Initiative; regional seas organizations and other relevant regional initiatives; relevant organizations; indigenous and local communities.

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Notification
#2108
2013-11-21
Action by
2013-02-03

Request for scientific information to support the objectives of the CBD Arctic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), 3 to 7 March 2014, Helsinki, Finland

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/82923 (2013-106)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; relevant Permanent Participants and Working Groups of the Arctic Council; International Maritime Organization (IMO); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)–Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC); Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI); relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs); and other relevant organizations and regional initiatives; indigenous and local communities (ILCs)

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News Headlines
#96384
2013-11-19

Ban on discarding unwanted catch won't save fisheries

This will create a splash. A much-praised ban on European fishing boats throwing unwanted catch overboard won't save the continent's fisheries, a report published this week says.

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#96375
2013-11-15

Expert Assessment: Ocean Acidification May Increase 170 Percent This Century

Nov. 13, 2013 — In a major new international report, experts conclude that the acidity of the world's ocean may increase by around 170% by the end of the century bringing significant economic losses.

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#96363
2013-11-14

Don't Hold the Anchovies: Study Shows Peruvian Fish Worth More as Food Than Feed

Nov. 13, 2013 — The true potential of Peruvian anchovy lies not in fishmeal but as food for people and as part of the ocean food web, according to Canadian and Peruvian researchers.

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#96364
2013-11-14

Longline fisheries in Costa Rica hook tens of thousands of sea turtles every year

Hundreds of kilometers of commercial fishing lines slither along coastal waters in Costa Rica, hooking thousands of mahi-mahi and many other marketable fish.

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#96342
2013-11-13

Amateur divers share species data through GBIF

Species observations from thousands of scuba divers all over the world are now freely accessible via the GBIF portal.

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#96321
2013-11-12

Marine Biology: Feast and Famine On the Abyssal Plain

Nov. 11, 2013 — Animals living on the abyssal plains, miles below the ocean surface, don't usually get much to eat.

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#96313
2013-11-11

Killer virus found in migrating dolphins identified in whales, too

KEY WEST, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A measles-like virus killing dolphins along the U.S. east coast has reached Florida and is now infecting whales as well, wildlife experts say.

Notification
#2103
2013-11-11
Action by
2013-12-15

CBD Expert Workshop on Underwater Noise and its Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, 25 to 27 February 2014 – International Maritime Organization Headquarters, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Reference: SCBD/STTM/JL/JG/82877 (2013-101)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; International Maritime Organization; Convention on Migratory Species; International Whaling Commission; indigenous and local communities; and other relevant organizations

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News Headlines
#96283
2013-11-08

Report says Canada at risk of losing world-leader status on ocean science

VANCOUVER -- Canada is a global steward of the seas with the longest coastline in the world stretched along three oceans, but that role is at risk, says a new report.

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#96214
2013-11-05

Starfish wasting disease baffles US scientists

Deadly disease ravages sea creatures in record numbers along west coast of US from south-east Alaska to Orange County

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#96164
2013-10-31

Bottom-Feeding Behavior of Humpback Whales Confirmed

Oct. 30, 2013 — Humpback whales are known for the complexity of their feeding techniques, which include "trapping" krill and other prey within bubble nets they produce and gulping up to two-thirds their weight in prey-laden water.

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#96172
2013-10-31

Japan's coastal hunts for small cetaceans not sustainable, says report

Pursuit of whale, dolphin and porpoise species should be phased out, says Environmental Investigation Agency

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