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Meeting
#5246

International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3)

14 - 19 August 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Meeting
#5296

3rd World Congress of Marine Protected Areas (IMPAC3)

21 - 26 October 2013, Marseille, France

Meeting
#5257

World Water Week: Water Cooperation – building partnerships

1 - 6 September 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

News Headlines
#94624
2013-07-17

West Coast Krill Die-Off Has Researchers Concerned

In recent weeks, millions of North Pacific krill, a species of tiny crustacean that makes up a crucial part of the ocean's food chain, have washed up along the shores of Northern California and Oregon--the largest die-off that's ever been recorded in the region.

News Headlines
#94590
2013-07-15

DiCaprio, Cameron, Branson: Protect Antarctic Ocean

Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, explorer and Oscar-winning director James Cameron, and Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson are calling on nations to grant protection to waters off Antarctica at an international meeting in Germany this week.

News Headlines
#94603
2013-07-15

Monsters of the Deep: Jellyfish Threaten the World's Seas

Jellyfish infestations along beaches worldwide are troubling tourists and scientists alike. It is a creature that thrives on over-fishing and pollution. But how dangerous is it for the ecosystem?

Meeting
#5294
News Headlines
#94570
2013-07-12

Study finds seagrass beds in Palk Bay

The 130-km-long stretch between Pamban and Athiramapattinam in the Palk Bay coast has a treasure of luxuriant seagrass beds, according to Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI).

News Headlines
#94551
2013-07-11

Are Aquariums Ruining Coral Reef Biodiversity? (Op-Ed)

When people think of fisheries, they generally think of seafood. But there is another, surprisingly large fishery that has not made it into the headlines.

News Headlines
#94536
2013-07-10

Brightening the clouds touted as a way to save corals

The world's corals are in dire straits, so it will take an ambitious plan to save them. But will cooling the climate locally by making clouds brighter, the latest proposal on the table, help?

News Headlines
#94526
2013-07-09

U.S. Has “Largely Failed” to Protect Marine Species

WASHINGTON, Jul 9 2013 (IPS) - Environmentalists on Monday filed a petition with the U.S. government requesting regulatory safeguards for 81 particularly vulnerable marine wildlife species, from corals to sharks.

News Headlines
#94462
2013-07-03

Blue and beaked whales affected by simulated navy sonar

Blue and beaked whales' behaviour is disturbed by simulated navy sonar, according to two published studies.

News Headlines
#94441
2013-06-28

Scientists Discover Thriving Colonies of Microbes in Ocean 'Plastisphere'

June 27, 2013 — Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans -- a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that they have dubbed the "plastisphere."

News Headlines
#94419
2013-06-27

Living Oceans Foundation concludes month-long scientific study in Fiji

SUVA, Fiji – The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has wrapped up a month-long coral reef research expedition in Fiji.

News Headlines
#94421
2013-06-27

Australia-Japan whaling case in international court

Public hearings are under way in The Hague as Australia and Japan take their fight over whaling to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Meeting Document
#94414
2013-06-26

UNEP/CBD/RW/EBSA/SIO/1/4

Report of the Southern Indian Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

News Headlines
#94392
2013-06-26

Mabini waters identified as stony coral diversity hotspot

A new study showed that of the 72 known genera of Scleractinian or "stony" corals identified in the Philippines, about 46 of them can be found in the waters of Mabini, Compostela Valley.

News Headlines
#94374
2013-06-25

Sea-bed Mining – Riches Or Regrets?

Pacific islands are set to become the global frontier for a new industry—the mining of minerals from the seabed.

News Headlines
#94375
2013-06-25

Migrating Animals Add New Depth to How the Ocean 'Breathes'

June 24, 2013 — The oxygen content of the ocean may be subject to frequent ups and downs in a very literal sense -- that is, in the form of the numerous sea creatures that dine near the surface at night then submerge into the safety of deeper, darker waters at daybreak.

News Headlines
#94317
2013-06-19

'Hoff' yeti crab hitched ride on ocean super-highway

A hairy crab named after David Hasselhoff hitched a ride on an ocean "super-highway" to cross from the Pacific to the Atlantic millions of years ago.

News Headlines
#94319
2013-06-19

Iceland resumes fin whale hunting after two-year break

Undercover pictures taken by Greenpeace show a harpooned whale being cut up for meat likely to be exported to Japan

News Headlines
#94291
2013-06-18

Pesticides Significantly Reduce Biodiversity in Aquatic Environments

The pesticides, many of which are currently used in Europe and Australia, are responsible for reducing the regional diversity of invertebrates in streams and rivers by up to 42 percent, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

News Headlines
#94303
2013-06-18

UN challenges Australia to protect Great Barrier Reef

World Heritage Committee says reef will be listed as threatened ecosystem unless government takes steps to protect it

News Headlines
#94304
2013-06-18

Underwater Springs Reveal How Coral Reefs Respond to Ocean Acidification

June 17, 2013 — Ocean acidification due to rising carbon dioxide levels will reduce the density of coral skeletons, making coral reefs more vulnerable to disruption and erosion, according to a new study of corals growing where submarine springs naturally lower the pH of seawater.

News Headlines
#94283
2013-06-17

Great Barrier Reef on the brink as politicians bicker

Environment minister Tony Burke says the government has done its best to stop downgrading of UN heritage status

News Headlines
#94229
2013-06-13

Cod comeback as North Sea stocks start to recover

Call it a cod comeback, or at least the beginnings of one. The fish has been so over-exploited that eco-conscious consumers avoid it, but North Sea stocks are now rising.

News Headlines
#94232
2013-06-13

Assessing Barbuda’s Ecosystems – What’s under the water?

Before making changes to ocean management, it helps to know something about the status of living creatures and ecosystems you’re trying to use sustainably.

News Headlines
#94234
2013-06-13

Rapid Adaptation Is Purple Sea Urchins' Weapon Against Ocean Acidification

June 12, 2013 — In the race against climate change and ocean acidification, some sea urchins may still have a few tricks up their spiny sleeves, suggesting that adaptation will likely play a large role for the sea creatures as the carbon content of the ocean increases.

News Headlines
#94211
2013-06-12

Good for Business and Good for the Ocean

On June 8, people from around the world take a moment to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the oceans on World Oceans Day. It tends to be a day crowded with announcements from every ocean advocacy organization, which is both exciting and a bit dizzying – it’s easy for important individual mess ...

News Headlines
#94216
2013-06-12

Ocean acidification pushing young oysters into 'death race'

Scientists have long known that ocean acidification is leading to a decline in Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) in the U.S.'s Pacific Northwest region, but a new study in the American Geophysical Union shows exactly how the change is undercutting populations of these economically-important mol ...

News Headlines
#94217
2013-06-12

Poisonous jellyfish on the rise in the Mediterranean

Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world's most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists.

News Headlines
#94219
2013-06-12

Zanzibar’s Encroaching Ocean Means Less Water

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania, Jun 12 2013 (IPS) - Khadija Komboani’s nearest well is filled with salt water thanks to the rising sea around Tanzania’s Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar.

News Headlines
#94181
2013-06-11

Sea of miracles: industrial uses for ocean biodiversity

The seafloor is our planet’s most biodiverse realm. It is in the sea that life on earth began over 3.5 billion years ago. It is in the sea where 34 of the 36 known phyla of animals remain to this day, 15 of which are exclusive to the world’s oceans. And it is in the sea where myriad opportunitie ...

News Headlines
#94202
2013-06-11

The Future of the Pacific Ocean Hangs in the Balance

SYDNEY, Jun 8 2013 (IPS) - The immense scale of the Pacific Ocean, at 165 million square kilometres, inspires awe and fascination, but for those who inhabit the 22 Pacific island countries and territories, it is the very source of life. Without it, livelihoods and economies would collapse, hunge ...

Meeting Document
#94178
2013-06-10

UNEP/CBD/RW/EBSA/ETTP/1/4

Report of the Eastern Tropical and Temperate Pacific Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

News Headlines
#94164
2013-06-10

Pacific Ocean's survival at tipping point

SYDNEY - The immense scale of the Pacific Ocean at 165 million square kilometers inspires awe and fascination, but for those who inhabit the 22 Pacific island countries and territories, it is the very source of life.

News Headlines
#94165
2013-06-10

Coral Fights Back Gradually From Ocean Heating

LONDON – Marine biologists’ worst fears seem to be confirmed: coral colonies take a long time to recover from catastrophic climate events.

News Headlines
#94166
2013-06-10

New study identifies the world’s most dangerous oceans

According to a newly published study carried out by scientists from Southampton Solent University for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the planet’s most perilous oceans with the most accidents between 1999 and 2011 are the South China Seas and East Indies, the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, and ...

News Headlines
#94167
2013-06-10

Sustaining Our Oceans for Future Economic Growth

The oceans are some of the world’s most vital and productive natural resources, impacting our food supply, climate, biodiversity and global economy.

News Headlines
#94156
2013-06-07

Divers volunteer on coral restoration in Florida Keys

Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs. Ken Nedimyer likes to say that he breathes new life into coral reefs.

News Headlines
#94080
2013-06-04

Jellyfish surge in Mediterranean threatens biodiversity

Scientists across the Mediterranean say a surge in the number of jellyfish this year threatens not just the biodiversity of one of the world’s most overfished seas but also the health of tens of thousands of summer tourists.

News Headlines
#94099
2013-06-04

The Jewels of the Ocean: Two New Species and a New Genus of Octocorals from the Pacific

The flora and fauna of the American west coast is generally believed to be well explored and studied. However, a new study and a taxonomic assessment of the octocorals from the north eastern Pacific Ocean proves such assumptions wrong, with two new beautiful and colourful species of soft corals ...

News Headlines
#94035
2013-06-03

The Changing Sea: Squid Will Be Vulnerable to Ocean Acidification

I was in sixth grade, and I needed to do a science-fair project. I was worried about the environment even then — unseasonably warm winter days used to send me into paroxysms of anxiety — and given that the year was 1990, the environmental issue to be worried about was acid rain.

News Headlines
#94038
2013-06-03

Fishing nets damaging corals

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) is currently working to establish a Marine Protected Area to further conserve and safeguard the coral reefs and marine life in the Sultanate. The project is expected to be launched this year, Borneo Bulletin reported.

News Headlines
#94019
2013-05-31

Starfish threatens famed Philippine coral reefs

A coral-killing starfish has begun infesting a channel of water in the Philippines famed for having some of the most diverse marine life in the world, the government said Friday.

News Headlines
#93967
2013-05-28

Reefs of worth

HIDDEN from view beneath the waves, coral reefs and their benefits to man are often ignored. Yet, they are highly productive ecosystems that provide numerous services, including fisheries, recreation, tourism and coastal protection.

News Headlines
#93906
2013-05-24

Marine forecasting on the horizon for Indian Ocean Rim.

Nearly all of the member countries of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) will attend the week-long workshop to further cooperation and understanding on international ocean forecasting capabilities and needs in the Indian Ocean.

News Headlines
#93888
2013-05-23

World's largest undersea methane seep harbors variety of life

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've discovered what may be the world's largest methane seep on the ocean floor, where life thrives under extreme conditions.

News Headlines
#93808
2013-05-22

Abundance and Distribution of Hawaiian Coral Species Predicted by Model

May 21, 2013 — Researchers from the University of Hawaii -- Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands including two species currently under consideration a ...

News Headlines
#93822
2013-05-22

Coral reef spread 'ruled' by volcanoes

The Earth's ever-shifting geology is affecting the diversity of coral reefs across the Indian and Pacific oceans, a new study shows.

News Headlines
#93767
2013-05-21

Many species of waterbirds thrive along the Seberang Prai and Kedah coastlines

SPOTTING a spoon-billed sandpiper was not on the agenda, but it happened. The first sighting in nine years in Penang, one might argue that only someone as bird-crazy as David Bakewell, an environmental consultant and avid birdwatcher, could have spotted it.

News Headlines
#93772
2013-05-21

Blue whales making comeback in New Zealand waters

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 20 (UPI) -- Blue whales, the world's largest animal almost hunted to extinction in the 19th Century, are making a comeback in waters off New Zealand, scientists say.

News Headlines
#93715
2013-05-16

Gender-bending fish share their secrets

When David Booth spotted his first seadragon he thought the colourful 40 centimetre-long fish looked like an intergalactic hybrid: half alien, half animated seaweed. "They are amazing things," the marine ecologist says.

News Headlines
#93693
2013-05-15

Industrialized fishing has forced seabirds to change what they eat

The bleached bones of seabirds are telling us a new story about the far-reaching impacts of industrial fisheries on today's oceans.

News Headlines
#93662
2013-05-14

First grey whale spotted south of the equator

Namibia sighting suggests much-hunted whales are regaining ancient migratory routes, or may be down to climate disruption

News Headlines
#93644
2013-05-13

Great Barrier Reef is at risk even if it doesn't make Unesco's danger list

UN World Heritage Committee to rule on whether fossil fuel industry threatens Australia's reef, but its coral is already in peril

News Headlines
#93610
2013-05-10

Scientists discover that marine animals disperse seagrass

Lesser known than coral reefs, marine seagrass ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and are powerhouses when it comes to sequestering carbon dioxide.

News Headlines
#93585
2013-05-09

Deep Sea DNA Discovered From Fossils Of Ancient Single-Celled Creatures.

In the middle of the South Atlantic, there's a patch of sea almost devoid of life. There are no birds, few fish, not even much plankton. But researchers report that they've found buried treasure under the empty waters: ancient DNA hidden in the muck of the sea floor, which lies 5000 meters below ...

News Headlines
#93586
2013-05-09

Expedition finds biodiversity around undersea mountain

Rio de Janeiro: A group of scientists aboard a submarine capable of diving to depths of 6,500 meters discovered an "oasis" of biodiversity around the South Atlantic's largest undersea mountain, located off the coast of Brazil.

News Headlines
#93594
2013-05-09

Overfishing threatens quarter of key grouper species

A quarter of grouper fish species face extinction or are near threatened because of overfishing and poor management of coral reef fisheries, and a further 30 per cent are so understudied there is not enough data to assess how threatened they are, according to a study.

News Headlines
#93574
2013-05-08

Developing a clearer understanding of ocean ecosystems

The EU-funded HERMIONE project ('Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas') has contributed much needed data on the complexity of deep-sea ecosystems.

News Headlines
#93559
2013-05-07

In Pursuit of an Underwater Menagerie

After a long, cold swim in the dark, we spotted it on the night reef with our dive lights: Octopus ornatus, the ornate octopus, a foot-long creature in an amber shade of orange with bright white spots and dashes along all its arms.

News Headlines
#93560
2013-05-07

Developing a clearer understanding of ocean ecosystems

The EU-funded HERMIONE project ('Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas') has contributed much needed data on the complexity of deep-sea ecosystems.

News Headlines
#93538
2013-05-06

Boom in Jellyfish: Overfishing Called Into Question

May 3, 2013 — Will we soon be forced to eat jellyfish? Since the beginning of the 2000s, these gelatinous creatures have invaded many of the world's seas, like the Japan Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, etc.

News Headlines
#93524
2013-05-03

Lasting progress in conservation depends on cross-sector synergies

For a community dependent on natural resources to flourish it must promote both the immediate goals of better health and economic conditions and the long-term goals of environmental conservation. Bringing about sustainable development can be a fine balancing act. Focusing too much on any single ...

News Headlines
#93485
2013-04-30

Huge toxic algae bloom expected for Lake Erie

Scientists are warning that conditions are perfect for a bumper crop of algae to grow in Lake Erie this summer.They say heavy April showers are washing fertilizer off farm fields into the water in larger amounts, and those chemicals feed algae blooms that starve the lake of oxygen.

News Headlines
#93453
2013-04-29

Major pan-European study conducted on ocean acidification

More than 160 researchers across 10 European countries joined together, in what is being hailed as the first international project to focus on ocean acidification and its consequences.

News Headlines
#93413
2013-04-25

China 'looting' Africa of its fish

Just 9% of the millions of tonnes of fish caught by China's giant fishing fleet in African and other international waters is officially reported to the UN, say researchers using a new way to estimate the size and value of catches.

News Headlines
#93416
2013-04-25

Krill Super-Trawlers Pushing Penguins Toward Extinction

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 24 2013 (IPS) - Everyone loves penguins, but few will know that Thursday is World Penguin Day. Fewer still are those who know penguins are threatened with extinction by climate change and giant fishing trawlers from Europe and Asia stalking the oceans around Antarctica.

Meeting
#5242

Sustainable Ocean Summit

22 - 24 April 2013, Washington, United States of America

News Headlines
#93333
2013-04-19

West coast whales, dolphins and sharks to be surveyed

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are to be photographed and their calls recorded during a new survey of marine life off Scotland's west coast.

News Headlines
#93244
2013-04-15

EU's Damanaki calls for high seas biodiversity protection treaty

PARIS, April 15 (UPI) -- An updated U.N. treaty governing the exploitation of deep-sea bioresources is urgently needed, EU Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki says.

News Headlines
#93249
2013-04-15

What Lives at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench? More Than You Might Think

The deepest, darkest, scariest place on the maps I loved pondering as a child was a crescent-shaped canyon in the western Pacific Ocean.

News Headlines
#93213
2013-04-12

New information on the underwater environment in the Finnish coastal areas

The underwater conditions of the Bay of Bothnia are unique, and up until now very little has been known about this part of Finnish nature.

News Headlines
#93217
2013-04-12

Two-Headed Blue Shark Surfaces (Another One!)

We recently wrote about a two-headed bull shark found by fishermen. One of our readers, Christopher Johnston, then sent us an email with photos he had taken on September 27, 2008 of a similarly surprising find: a two-headed blue shark. As far as we know these photos have never been published any ...

News Headlines
#93223
2013-04-12

Sea Mammals Find U.S. Safe Harbor

Apr. 11, 2013 — In 1972, a U.S. Senate committee reported, "Many of the great whales which once populated the oceans have now dwindled to the edge of extinction," due to commercial hunting.

News Headlines
#93193
2013-04-11

Scientists stress need for national marine biodiversity observation network

With ocean life facing unprecedented threat from climate change, overfishing, pollution, invasive species and habitat destruction, a University of Florida researcher is helping coordinate national efforts to monitor marine biodiversity.

News Headlines
#93168
2013-04-10

Innovative Solution of Blue Carbon Helps Ocean Wildlife

Last week, Enric Sala of the National Geographic Society spoke about the Society’s Pristine Seas program, which has visited an array of countries to highlight the important marine regions that need protection.

News Headlines
#93130
2013-04-08

Remote reefs tougher than thought

Isolated coral reefs can recover from catastrophic damage as effectively as those with nearby undisturbed neighbours, a long-term study by marine biologists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) has shown.

News Headlines
#93078
2013-04-04

Shark tooth weapons lead to biodiversity discovery

The shark tooth weapons were the kind of cool stuff that drew marine conservation biologist Joshua Drew to the Field Museum of natural history in Chicago.

Meeting Document
#93049
2013-04-02

UNEP/CBD/RW/EBSA/SEA/1/3

Data to Inform the CBD South East Atlantic Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

Meeting Document
#93029
2013-03-28

UNEP/CBD/RW/EBSA/SEA/1/2

Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for EBSAs in the South-Eastern Atlantic Region

News Headlines
#92981
2013-03-27

Oceans key to national ecological strategy

When former Chinese President Hu Jintao announced a plan to build a more beautiful China, caring for the nation's 3 million square kilometers of marine territory was no small part.

News Headlines
#92986
2013-03-27

Sex on the reef' during Holi in Lakshwadeep

NEW DELHI: A different type of Holi will be seen in Lakshwadeep. A group of marine biologists having recently observed the phenomenon of coral spawning — popularly also called 'sex on the reef' — will be spending all of Wednesday observing the rare occurrence.

News Headlines
#92869
2013-03-22

Seabirds Need Effective Marine Conservation in Wake of Discard Ban, Warns Study

Mar. 22, 2013 — Conservationists have renewed urgent calls for effective marine protection in European waters, after a new study, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, revealed that the recent EU ban on fish discards could have a significant short-term impact on some seabirds.

Meeting
#5202

World Water Day

22 March 2013, Multiple Venues

News Headlines
#92837
2013-03-21

Tough Call: Bahamian Conch In Danger

BAHAMIAN conch populations are in danger of collapsing – as they already have elsewhere in the region – and this was a point of discussion at the Bahamas National Natural History Conference held recently at the College of the Bahamas.

News Headlines
#92815
2013-03-20

Collaborative effort needed to address problems of marine ecosystem sustainability –Yahya

Yahya pointed out that marine and coastal resources industries in the world are reported to represent more than five percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP) and oceans also provide the so-called ‘non-market’ benefits such as climate regulation, carbon sequestration and biodiversity co ...

News Headlines
#92826
2013-03-20

The Red-Dead water conveyer can avoid a dead end

After a delay of more than six months, the World Bank has finally released the final drafts of the feasibility and environmental assessment studies for the controversial Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance project, designed to channel some 1.2 billion cubic metres of water 180 kilometres from the ...

News Headlines
#92777
2013-03-18

Kerala to map marine biodiversity

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) has initiated a programme to prepare a Marine Biodiversity Register (MBR) documenting the underwater ecology of the inshore areas and the traditional knowledge systems of fishermen in the State.

News Headlines
#92778
2013-03-18

Mariana Trench: Deepest ocean 'teems with microbes'

The deepest place in the ocean is teeming with microscopic life, a study suggests.

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