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#104681
2015-07-28

Humpback whales make a comeback in Australian waters as numbers rebound

Researchers call for humpbacks to be delisted as threatened as numbers leap to 90% of pre-whaling population along west coast and 63% along east coast

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#104643
2015-07-23

Corals in deeper waters off U.S. Virgin Islands more fertile than shallow cousins

Miami FL (SPX) Jul 23, 2015 -- Researchers discovered a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is more fertile than its shallow-water counterparts.

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#104615
2015-07-22

A Marine Bank: Too Big to Fail

The "Amazon" of the ocean is a massive series of interconnected reefs in the western equatorial Pacific, it covers six million square kilometers, and is home to three quarters of all coral species.

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#104623
2015-07-22

Abu Dhabi sets up coral reef monitoring stations

The head of the Marine Evaluation and Control Unit at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi), Ibrahim Bakla said the stations monitored temperature fluctuations hourly throughout the year and assessed data related to coral growth, live coral, dead coral and coral diseases.

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#104605
2015-07-21

How plankton help control clouds over the world’s most remote oceans

Most life in the sea ultimately depends on photosynthetic plankton. Also known as microalgae, these tiny or microscopic organisms live near the surface and take their energy from the sun and pass it on through the marine food chain.

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#104552
2015-07-15

Preventing Ecocide in South China Sea

The escalating territorial dispute in the South China Sea is as much an ecological crisis as it is a geopolitical one. Dredging, land reclamation and the construction of artificial islands could be swamping centuries old reefs in sediment, endangering ecosystems that play a key role in maintaini ...

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#104547
2015-07-14

Crown Jewel of Cuba's Coral Reefs

The six-foot Caribbean reef shark came out of the water thrashing, and Fabián Pina Amargós and his crew quickly pulled it into the research boat.

News Headlines
#104519
2015-07-09

Baiting up to count the world's sharks

Using bait attached to underwater cameras at 400 reefs worldwide, scientists are embarking on their first-ever attempt to count the world's sharks, researchers said.

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#104507
2015-07-08

Diving in Antique? Beware of ‘garaban’

CULASI, Antique—The water was inviting, so the three children on Batbatan Island in Culasi, Antique province, decided to dive and swim in a nearby coral reef.

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#104494
2015-07-07

Seaweed research as a viable economic and scientific venture

Seaweed, according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Service of the United States Department of Commerce, is the common name for countless species of marine plants and algae that grow in the ocean, as well as in rivers, lakes and other water bodies.

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#104495
2015-07-07

Scientists say warming seas could kill off coral reefs in Pacific, Atlantic oceans

Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral in the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday.

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#104480
2015-07-06

Oceans need big reduction in greenhouse gases

Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Otherwise, there will be far-reaching and irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, says a study

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#104481
2015-07-06

Guardians of Ras Ghanada: Abu Dhabi’s most vibrant coral reef

Coral reefs are among the UAE’s most biologically-diverse habitats. Besides their conservation and aesthetic value, they are important for fisheries and coastal protection. Ras Ghanada is Abu Dhabi’s most vibrant reef but needs to be protected from development future generations.

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#104488
2015-07-06

Doubling Down on Shark Conservation as Jaws Turns 40

As Shark Week arrives for 2015, movie goers have the opportunity to relive a thrilling moment in cinema history with the re-release of the first bona fide summer blockbuster and the celebration of one of the ocean's (and this planet's) most magnificent set of creatures.

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#104455
2015-07-02

Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the hatcheries.

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#104460
2015-07-02

Great Barrier Reef: Australia says Unesco decision shows it is a 'world leader'

Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister, has said a UN decision not to list the Great Barrier Reef as in danger shows that Australia is a “role model to the world” in environmental protection.

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#104443
2015-06-30

Dark Region of Ocean May Shed Light on Climate Change and Other Issues

The tiny fish known as the bristlemouth is part of a detective story that bears on everything from feeding the planet and monitoring ocean health to learning how to better predict climate change.

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#104423
2015-06-29

Why are seabirds abandoning their ancestral nesting grounds in the Gulf of California?

Warming oceanographic conditions, fishing pressure are driving nesting seabirds away from their ancestral breeding ground in Mexico into California harbors

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#104413
2015-06-26

Blue and fin whale distribution in waters off Southern California

A new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego indicates a steady population trend for blue whales and an upward population trend for fin whales in Southern California.

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#104387
2015-06-25

Glowing world of rainbow corals found in the Red Sea

There's a fluorescent disco world in the Red Sea. An assortment of glowing corals has been discovered more than 50 metres down, outshining the monotone green varieties seen in shallower waters.

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#104395
2015-06-25

Grenada Rebuilds Barrier Reefs

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves.

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#104359
2015-06-22

Opinion: The Oceans Need the Spotlight Now

COLOMBO, Jun 22 2015 (IPS) - The international community must focus its energies immediately on addressing the grave challenges confronting the oceans. With implications for global order and peace, the oceans are also becoming another arena for national rivalry.

News Headlines
#104360
2015-06-22

U.N. Takes First Step Towards Treaty to Curb Lawlessness in High Seas

drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

News Headlines
#104356
2015-06-19

Hungry crabs snacking on mangrove seeds may foil reforestation

Crabs love mangrove swamps. But the mangroves may not love them back. Crabs' voracious appetite for mangrove seeds can be a prime reason why efforts to replant lost mangroves often fail.

News Headlines
#104336
2015-06-18

From Residents to Rangers: Local Communities Take Lead on Mangrove Conservation in Sri Lanka

KALPITIYA, Sri Lanka, Jun 17 2015 (IPS) - Weekends and public holidays are deadly for one of Sri Lanka’s most delicate ecosystems – that is when the island’s 8,815 hectares of mangroves come under threat.

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#104316
2015-06-17

Tailored ocean management strategies needed to avoid depletion of fish stocks

A more tailored approach to Ocean management is required in the North Atlantic if the permanent loss of an increasingly valuable commercial fish stock is to be avoided, reveals new research led by the University of Salford.

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#104320
2015-06-17

Hope for Indonesia's valuable but threatened mangroves

Recent study highlights the value of Indonesia’s disappearing mangrove forests, both on the global carbon market and for local communities

News Headlines
#104321
2015-06-17

Global seabird decline greater than expected

The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests

News Headlines
#104265
2015-06-12

Can Ocean Conservation and Development Coexist in Cuba?

Ninety miles south of the Florida Keys, where the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico meet, Cuba's waters are still teeming with marine species that are now seldom seen in other parts of the Caribbean.

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#104245
2015-06-11

Fish declines linked to effects of excess nutrients on coastal estuaries

A comprehensive study of a major California estuary has documented the links between nutrient runoff from coastal land use, the health of the estuary as a nursery for young fish, and the abundance of fish in an offshore commercial fishery.

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#104219
2015-06-09

In Northern Haiti, Conservation Efforts Focus on Coastlines

CARACOL, HAITI — Only little fish are pulled from the coastal waters off Haiti.

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#104198
2015-06-08

On World Day, UN urges global resolve to 'appreciate, protect and restore' Earth's oceans

8 June 2015 – Although the world's oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the United Nations kicked-off its celebra ...

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#104206
2015-06-08

Understanding the ocean's value

The ocean is changing more rapidly than at any other point in millions of years – and not for the better.

News Headlines
#104186
2015-06-05

Warming corals may have little room to move

Corals may be forced to shift away from the equator as the globe warms, but some species may only be able to go so far, say researchers.

News Headlines
#104191
2015-06-05

World Economy To Gain By Over $900B From Better Protection Of Oceans: WWF

Protecting the planet's oceans is not only an environmental imperative but also a sound business decision as it could add $900 billion to the global economy in a few decades, according to a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

News Headlines
#104149
2015-06-03

Caribbean nations move to protect dwindling lobster

Caribbean countries have agreed a set of common rules to manage and conserve a local lobster species, following scientific evidence of its decline.

News Headlines
#104151
2015-06-03

Great Barrier Reef coral four times safer in no-take fishing reserves, study shows

Research into the Great Barrier Reef has discovered coral disease levels are four times lower inside no-take marine reserves – where fishing is banned – than outside reserves.

News Headlines
#104121
2015-06-01

Researchers urge protection for reefs in turbid environments

When you think about coral, invariably your first thoughts are of pristine waters and a colourful reef, buzzing with marine activity. But did you know there is coral right here in Sydney Harbour? And in fact, these corals could hold valuable information about the future of our reefs under the sp ...

News Headlines
#104122
2015-06-01

New partnership for marine KBAs

To mark the World Environment Day on June 5, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) launched a new partnership to help strengthen the protection, conservation and management of marine key biodi ...

News Headlines
#104086
2015-05-28

Plankton trawl reveals ten times the species

The number of known plankton species floating in our oceans has increased ten-fold thanks to an international study aiming to understand the impact of climate change.

News Headlines
#104099
2015-05-28

Great Barrier Reef spared 'in danger' listing - for now

The Great Barrier Reef should not go on a World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.

News Headlines
#104078
2015-05-27

Five UAE sites identified as areas of global ecological importance

Dubai - The UAE has identified five sites as areas of global biological and ecological importance during the recently-concluded regional workshop on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-Western Indian Ocean and the neighbouring Gulf region, announced the Min ...

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#104029
2015-05-26

Fisheries indicators ‘too narrow’ to show real impact

Global monitoring of fisheries must be improved to understand the mismatch between protecting marine life and the vital role fishing plays in many economies, according to a study.

News Headlines
#104014
2015-05-25

Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

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#103935
2015-05-22

Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life

Climate change scientists have known for years that rising temperatures affect sea creatures, from the biggest fish to the microscopic plankton at the base of the ocean food chain.

News Headlines
#103938
2015-05-22

Octopus can use its skin to see

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers recently found the same proteins used in human eyes are also present in the skin of the two spot octopus, a species found off the coast of California. The proteins help the octopus sense light, without the help of the eyes or the brain.

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#103940
2015-05-22

Rapid action necessary to protect Malaysia's sea cows and their habitat

Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team.

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#103941
2015-05-22

Tara Oceans expedition yields treasure trove of plankton data

A multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first officially reported global analyses of the Tara Oceans consortium.

News Headlines
#103887
2015-05-19

Researchers find new link between ocean microbes and atmosphere

SAN DIEGO, May 18 (UPI) -- Researchers say the aerosols created by ocean spray can affect cloud formation and the way sunlight is dispersed across the ocean surface. A new study suggests microbes in the ocean could affect the chemistry of ocean spray, and influence the interplay between sky and sea.

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#103891
2015-05-19

Rotational harvest can save sea cucumber from extinction

KUALA LUMPUR] Rotational harvesting may be the key to saving sea cucumber populations from extinction.

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