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Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for East, South and South-East Asia, 9-13 December 2013, Guangzhou, China

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

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Are there ecological merits to trawling the seabed?

Trawling the seabed for fish is an environmental disaster; it wrecks ecosystems, destroys fish stocks and leaves behind a marine desert. Right?

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Clues in coral bleaching mystery

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.

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Well-managed mangroves 'can survive rising sea levels'

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.

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Sharks, Victims or Perpetrators?

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 ...

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Cultivation of algae, mussels, common reed and microbes could help to improve the Baltic Sea's condition

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 ...

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New Shark Species Uses Fins To Walk On Ocean Floor

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.


World Water Week: Water Cooperation – building partnerships

1 - 6 September 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

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Are sea turtles responsible for lower fish catches in India?

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.

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Public urged to 'save Scotland's seas'

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.

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Commitment to marine biodiversity affirmed

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 ...

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Sea otter return boosts ailing seagrass in California

The return of sea otters to an estuary on the central Californian coast has significantly improved the health of seagrass, new research has found.

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Jellyfish invade Mediterranean beaches

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.

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Government issues new guidelines to protect sharks

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.

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How marine life adapts to acidification of oceans

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.

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Rare sea turtle gets lost off British coast while swimming more than 3,000 miles across the Atlantic

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.

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Fishery bounce back informs on seagrass importance

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.

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Divers Willingness to Pay for Biodiversity Could Help Conservation Efforts

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.

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'Street-View' Comes to the World's Coral Reefs

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.

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Richard Branson and James Cameron want to save the high seas

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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Can Swarming Robots and Cloud Umbrellas Help Save Coral reefs?

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.”

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Great Barrier Reef dredging could be more damaging than thought

WWF claims report proves that dredging and dumping of seabed sediment near the reef should be banned

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Pedro Cays programme gets funding

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.


Summary reports on the description of areas that meet the criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas, prepared by the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice at its sixteenth meeting

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/81993 (2013-066)

CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; PoWPA Focal Points; FAO; OBIS (UNESCO-IOC); ISA; IMO; other relevant UN specialized agencies; regional seas conventions and action plans; RFMOs and other relevant regional initiatives; ILCs; UNEP-WCMC; GOBI; and other relevant international organi ...

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Threats to Sharks Destabilize Entire Ecosystems

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

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Disappearance of Coral Reefs, Drastically Altered Marine Food Web On the Horizon

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.

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Lanka among world’s top 20 shark killers

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.

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Summit addresses Africa’s marine debris problem

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.

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Explorers discover northernmost Atlantic seeps, deep-sea canyon diversity, off U.S. Northeast

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 ...

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Caribbean has lost 80% of its coral reef cover in recent years

Comprehensive survey of the Caribbean's reefs is expected to act as a warning of problems besetting the world's coral

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New antibiotic that attacks MRSA found in ocean microbe

A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microorganism found in sediments off the coast of California.

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Fur seals devastating marine eco-system

The cute and cuddly New Zealand fur seal is rapidly emerging as one of Australia's worst environmental pests, both on land and sea.

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Marine compound first new natural antibiotic in decades

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.

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Southern Ocean life is unique and needs protection

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 ...

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DENR to draw up conservation plan for Tañon Strait

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.

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EU seeks high seas protection

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.

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Newly Discovered Marine Viruses Offer Glimpse Into Untapped Biodiversity

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.

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U.K. aid for marine biodiversity conservation in Andamans

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.

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Vietnamese lagoon project 'a success'

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.

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Key to ocean life shows large regional variations

Iron, key for ocean plant plankton growth, shows larger variations than previously recognised, with implications for models of climate.

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Evolutionary Changes Could Aid Fisheries

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.

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Sea turtle conference addresses Great Barrier Reef sickness spike

Rangers and scientists gather to explore ways of curbing threats that led to soaring number of strandings in recent years

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Report of the Expert Workshop on Scientific and Technical Aspects Relevant to Environmental Impact Assessment in Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

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Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe EBSAs in the Southern Indian Ocean Region

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Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: Progress Report on Describing Areas That Meet the Criteria for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

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Review of the Report of the joint OSPAR/NEAFC/CBD Scientific Workshop on EBSAs in the Northeast Atlantic (Addendum)

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Report of the Western South Pacific Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

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