Japan has harvested thousands of whales in North Pacific and Antarctic waters since the implementation of a global ban on whaling, eliciting harsh criticism from the international community.
2 April 2014 – United Nations Member States have begun a series of meetings in New York to discuss the need for an international instrument that would regulate the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond countries’ national jurisdiction.
The Baltic Sea is suffering from a lack of oxygen. Poor oxygen conditions on the seabed are killing animals and plants, and experts are now sounding the alarm -- releasing fewer nutrients into the Baltic Sea is absolutely necessary.
Japan's scientific whaling programme in the Antarctic is not "for purposes of scientific research", and therefore must stop. That is the ruling by the International Court of Justice, the highest United Nations court, today in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Data to Inform the Mediterranean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
The Pacific nation wants to conserve fish for its economy and marine reserves. How will this impact the fishing industry?
The European Union, the world's biggest seafood importer, has banned fish from three countries because they do not police their fisheries. The 28 EU fisheries ministers decreed in Brussels this week that EU vessels may no longer fish off Belize, Cambodia or Guinea, and the EU may not import thos ...
24 - 28 March 2014, Montreal, Canada
22 March 2014
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for EBSAs in the North-West Atlantic Region
The top predators of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to newly published work from the University of California, Davis.
A lack of data curators and managers capable of cleaning up observational measurements, particularly in less developed nations, is limiting the scale and scope of ocean research, researchers have said on the sidelines of an oceans science meeting.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/83342 (2014-042)
To: CBD Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal points; relevant organizations, including the Convention on Migratory Species; and indigenous and local communities
Data to Inform the North-West Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Nothing dies of old age in the ocean. Everything gets eaten and all that remains of anything is waste.
Tiny satellite tags have tracked months-old animals in the uncertain period when they leave US coastal waters and head out into the wider Atlantic Ocean.
3 - 7 March 2014, Helsinki, Finland
A new international agreement is needed to police the exploitation of the deep ocean because of the rising threats of deep-sea mining and bottom trawling for fish, say scientists.
The oceans cover more that 70% of the Earth’s surface, harbour more than 95% of its biosphere and are home to more than 34 of the 36 living animal phyla. Its enormous biological diversity makes the marine environment a vast and unique reservoir of undiscovered genetic information and biochemical ...
25 - 27 February 2014, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
“Europe’s seas and oceans are not in good shape,” says Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik. “The message is clear.”
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ebsas in the Arctic Region
A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles -- and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries.
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
CHICAGO, Illinois, February 18, 2014 (ENS) – The deep ocean is Earth’s least explored environment, but that is rapidly changing. Scientists are calling for a new stewardship ethic as technological advances open the ocean deeps to the extraction of oil and gas, minerals and precious metals, and t ...
These adorable beluga whales just got a bit scary – at least for Inuit hunters who eat their meat. For the first time, Atlantic belugas have been found to carry an infectious parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which is normally spread via cat faeces.
Such decisions are being strongly influenced by films that thrill and terrify us with the threat of monster sharks
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To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal points; other Governments; United Nations specialized agencies, including UNEP, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, FAO, and IMO; the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-STAP); regional organizations, including Large Marine Ecosystem programmes and regional seas organizations; other relevant organizations; indigenous and local communities
Data to Inform the Arctic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
US researcher slams ‘revenge killings’ after report shows Australia had below-average number of attacks in 2013
Rare colony of corals thriving in shipping channel could hold key for genetically modified versions to adapt
Scientists have made an impassioned plea for humanity to pause and think before making a headlong rush to exploit the deep sea.
Fish on bleached coral reefs are fearless. Instead of staying hidden at home, they stray out, making them easy prey for predators.
Chicago — Relentlessly rising human demand for for deep-sea resources -- fish, gas and oil, rare materials -- is posing such a risk that international cooperation is needed if aquatic ecosystems are to be saved, US scientists warn.
Scientists have demonstrated a new method for counting whales from space.
NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Important whale habitats and migration routes off western Africa are increasingly overlapping with offshore ocean industries, U.S. conservationists warn.
Marine protected areas have been created across the globe to stem the loss of biodiversity in our oceans. But are they working? Now, thanks to a six-year survey involving over one hundred divers, we know that the global system of marine protected areas still has much to achieve.
Slight modifications to sea defences - at little or no extra cost - can boost the level of biodiversity found in intertidal zones, a study has shown.
SOUTH KOREA - The government of South Korea and FAO have agreed to work closely together to promote responsible fishing
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Danish scientists say they've solved the puzzle of mysterious ocean circles in the Baltic Ocean, saying it's down to sea grass and toxic mud.
A plan to dump three million cubic meters of sediment near Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been approved. The move will unlock billions in coal projects, but there are concerns about the effect on the reef.
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To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; Mediterranean Action Plan; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives