Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/82514 (2013-079)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points of Australia; Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Indonesia; India; Japan; Malaysia; Myanmar; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor Leste; Viet Nam; regional seas conventions and action plans; regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives
Trawling the seabed for fish is an environmental disaster; it wrecks ecosystems, destroys fish stocks and leaves behind a marine desert. Right?
Coral reefs are tremendously important for ocean biodiversity, as well as for the economic and aesthetic value they provide to their surrounding communities. Unfortunately they have been in great decline in recent years, much of it due to the effects of global climate change.
The prevailing idea that sea-level rise will inevitably wipe out mangrove forests — fragile ecosystems that protect nearby communities from natural hazards such as floods and storms — is challenged by a recent report.
BONN, Germany, Sep 4 2013 (IPS) - Recent fatal attacks off Réunion have re-ignited demands for sharks to be hunted. But when it comes to humans and sharks, who is predator and who is prey? And what lessons need to be learned when people venture into environments where they are exposed to dangers ...
The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has participated in the SUBMARINER project, jointly performed by eight countries in order to investigate new ways of utilising the Baltic Sea's resources. Over three years, the project has looked at various ways of utilising macroalgae and microalgae, musse ...
Scientists from Conservation International have discovered a new species of shark living in the waters of Indonesia. Unlike other sharks, however, this species has an unusual way of getting around; it walks.
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Fishing communities on Agatti Island in Lakshwadeep, India, blame their reduced fish catch on green turtles; according to them, green turtles chomp their way through the seagrass beds lining the shallow reef waters that are essential for fish to breed.
People could be missing a "once-in-a-generation chance" to address hundreds of years of decline in Scotland's seas, according to an environment coalition.
VILNIUS - At the meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction in New York from Aug. 19-23, the EU delegation, headed by the Lithuanian EU Presidency ...
The return of sea otters to an estuary on the central Californian coast has significantly improved the health of seagrass, new research has found.
A spike in the number of Mediterranean jellyfish this summer has many European tourists playing it safe in the sand, rather than in the surf. Scientists say overfishing and climate change are to blame.
LUCKNOW: The ministry of environment and forests has issued a 'fins naturally attached' policy requiring fisheries to land sharks in coastal states with their fins intact.
A study into marine life around an underwater volcanic vent in the Mediterranean, may hold the key to understanding how some species will be able to survive the acidifying of sea water should anthropogenic climate change continue.
A rare, endangered sea turtle was spotted off the Dorset coast after it got lost on its way to the Mediterranean. The 4ft loggerhead turtle was seen as it made its 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic from the east coast of America.
Insights into the impact of cyclones on tiger prawn habitats in north Western Australia has demonstrated the resilience of the species, as well as underscored the importance of protecting seagrass for fisheries production and marine biodiversity.
Aug. 20, 2013 — Now teeming with life, a new study using the "Tamar Reef" shows that divers assign economic importance to aspects of reef biodiversity. These findings could help underwater conservation efforts.
Aug. 19, 2013 — Scientists are taking the public with them to study the world's coral reefs, thanks to 360 degree panoramas from Google's underwater street-view format.
In international waters, environmental rules are inconsistent, weak or absent. Obama can change that.We share a deep and abiding passion for and fascination with the ocean that has led us since childhood to wander the world under the waves
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A little more than a year ago, Australian scientist Roger Bradbury declared that it was game over for the world’s coral reefs. He referred to them as “zombie ecosystems” that were neither dead nor really alive, and “on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation.”
WWF claims report proves that dredging and dumping of seabed sediment near the reef should be banned
INTENT ON safeguarding the Pedro Cays, which have been the focus of public attention in recent months, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has secured US$45,000 for a programme designed to realise that end.
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Fear of tiger sharks, for instance, helps protect seagrass from being over-grazed, which in turns pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere and provides a habitat for fish and shellfish
Aug. 5, 2013 — If history's closest analog is any indication, the look of the oceans will change drastically in the future as the coming greenhouse world alters marine food webs and gives certain species advantages over others.
An international study has placed Sri Lanka among top 20 countries that catch sharks. Noting that these 20 countries account for 80% of the world’s annual shark catch, a report based on the study puts the survival of many shark varieties in their hands.
Cape Town, South Africa - The first African Marine Debris Summit, which ended in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday highlighted the urgent need for a collective action against the problem of marine debris facing the continent.
Ocean explorers in July on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer discovered a wide diversity of seafloor features and communities of life in the largely unexplored deep-sea canyons off the northeast U.S. coast. Now through August 16, as the expedition continues, the public can join the mission as “citizen ...
Comprehensive survey of the Caribbean's reefs is expected to act as a warning of problems besetting the world's coral
A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microorganism found in sediments off the coast of California.
The cute and cuddly New Zealand fur seal is rapidly emerging as one of Australia's worst environmental pests, both on land and sea.
A new antibiotic that is effective at killing anthrax and superbug MRSA bacteria could be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance – and terrorism.
On the 16th of July, Russian delegates blocked proposals to create a marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. The area involved, the Ross Sea, is often nicknamed “the last ocean,” as it is one of the largest and least touched areas of biodiversity in the world. Russia’s veto m ...
QUEZON CITY, July 26 -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is partnering with an international conservation group to draw up a blueprint for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) in Central Visayas.
THE EU submitted a proposal to the UN on Tuesday to start an international process to conserve marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, in a move welcomed by Oceana.
July 24, 2013 — Studying bacteria from the Baltic Sea, UA researchers have discovered an entire array of previously unknown viruses that barely resemble any of the known bacteria-infecting viruses.
The U.K.-based Whitley Fund For Nature has decided to extend financial support to BNHS India’s marine biodiversity conservation programme in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
A development project in Vietnam which has involved local people in applying scientific strategies has helped to halt the degradation of a large lagoon ecosystem, say scientists.
Iron, key for ocean plant plankton growth, shows larger variations than previously recognised, with implications for models of climate.
July 18, 2013 — Sustainable fishing practices could lead to larger fishing yields in the long run, according to a new study that models in detail how ecology and evolution affect the economics of fishing.
Rangers and scientists gather to explore ways of curbing threats that led to soaring number of strandings in recent years
Report of the Expert Workshop on Scientific and Technical Aspects Relevant to Environmental Impact Assessment in Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe EBSAs in the Southern Indian Ocean Region
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: Progress Report on Describing Areas That Meet the Criteria for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Review of the Report of the joint OSPAR/NEAFC/CBD Scientific Workshop on EBSAs in the Northeast Atlantic (Addendum)
Report of the Western South Pacific Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas