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Sponges help coral reefs thrive in ocean deserts

The mystery of how coral reefs thrive in "ocean deserts" has been solved, scientists say.

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Progress Report on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: Use of Scientific and Technical Information for Describing Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs)

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Earth’s Oceans In Greater Danger Than We Thought, Says IPSO Report

A panel of marine scientists claims that the Earth’s oceans are under an even greater threat than previously thought. The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) conducted a review on ocean degradation based on the rate, speed and impacts of climate change on the Earth’s waters. ...

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Health of oceans 'declining fast'

A review from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), warns that the oceans are facing multiple threats.

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Progress Report on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity: Describing Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs)

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The world is changing: how do we respond?

Today we commence a month-long focus on research on sustainability and the environment. To begin, Professor Lord Martin Rees and Professor Paul Linden, respectively Chair and Director of the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment, describe how experts from across the University h ...

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'Black holes' of the ocean could curb climate change

Earth has its own black holes. Swirling masses of water in the ocean are mathematically the same as the warped regions of space-time around cosmic singularities.

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Global study reveals new hotspots of fish biodiversity

Teeming with species, tropical coral reefs have been long thought to be the areas of greatest biodiversity for fishes and other marine life -- and thus most deserving of resources for conservation.

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Scientists warn of ocean conservation in wrong areas

Attempts to maintain biodiversity in the world's oceans could be targeting the wrong areas, with the seas around the UK as important as coral reefs.

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Environmental Threat Turned Sustainable Business for the Gulf of California

Sep. 24, 2013 — Considered a threat to the biodiversity of marine ecosystems of the Gulf of California, the cannonball jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris is intended to be exploited commercially throughout the Mexican Pacific coast where it occurs, thanks to fishing potential discovered by producer ...

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New measure shifts biodiversity focus

The traditional approach to measuring biodiversity may miss important aspects of marine ecology, and be mistakenly focusing conservation efforts on tropical waters.

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Deep sea ecosystem may take decades to recover from Deepwater Horizon spill

The deep­sea soft-sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010’s Deepwater Horizon well head blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will likely take decades to recover from the spill’s impacts, according to a scientific paper reported in the online scientific journal PLoS ...

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Declining Corals May Drastically Affect Crustacean Biodiversity

With many scientists expecting climate change to have a devastating effect on the world’s coral reefs over the coming century, new research from the University of Florida indicates that crustacean populations living near rapidly declining reef habitats could be at risk.

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Collective rights 'offer hope for global fisheries'

Collective community-based rights could put the world's fisheries on a sustainable footing after decades of over-exploitation, an expert suggests.

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Fossil Record Shows Crustaceans Vulnerable as Modern Coral Reefs Decline

Sep. 23, 2013 — Many ancient crustaceans went extinct following a massive collapse of reefs across the planet, and new University of Florida research suggests modern species living in rapidly declining reef habitats may now be at risk.

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President's pledge to ban commercial fishing around Pacific island nation slow to materialize

In 2010 President Anote Tong of Kiribati made a historic pledge, committing to protect the waters around his island nation in a massive marine protected area.

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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/82648 (2013-085)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Arctic region: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden, United States of America; relevant Permanent Participants and Working Groups of the Arctic Council; relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives

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Trinidad Cracks Down on Destructive Shrimp Trawling

PORT OF SPAIN, Sep 18 2013 (IPS) - Dianne Christian Simmons recalls the days when she would head out with her husband on fishing expeditions in the Gulf of Paria, a 3,000-square-mile shallow inland sea between Trinidad and Tobago and the east coast of Venezuela.

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Coral reefs suffer as the relentless hunt for shark fins takes its toll

Scientists find removal of sharks from two reef systems led to a sharp decline in the number of fish that help keep coral healthy

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Nursing Indian Ocean coral reefs back to life

Coral reefs provide a home to fish and protect coasts from eroding. But, they are threatened, and have suffered from ocean warming.

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Mesoamerican Reef needs more local support, says report

From massive hotel development through the agriculture industry, humans are destroying the second largest barrier reef in the world: the Mesoamerican Reef.

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Mesoamerican Reef needs more local support, says report

From massive hotel development through the agriculture industry, humans are destroying the second largest barrier reef in the world: the Mesoamerican Reef.

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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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