The Great Barrier Reef is under considerable strain, with coral bleaching the latest in a number of environmental pressures having an impact. So does the reef's status as a World Heritage site actually help to protect it?
Coral Watch investigator reports ‘shocking’ lack of fish and says the surviving corals are continuing to bleach, even during winter
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities are banning night fishing and gill nets in an area inhabited by the endangered vaquita marina porpoise in the upper Gulf of California.
On 1 September, government leaders, directors of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others will meet in Hawaii at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Conservation Congress to discuss environmental and development challenges
Conservation group seeks help to pay for the $100,000 licence which lets owner drag 1.2km nets along length of the reef
14 July 2016 – More than half of the world’s fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of our major fish stocks are now overexploited, according to the latest global assessments on the state of world’s high seas and large marine ecosystems launched today by United Nations Educational, Scient ...
Marine scientists have developed a microscope that for the first time provides a window into the small scale behaviour of marine life.
UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2016 (IPS) - The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year.
About 90% of forests off the western coast were wiped out between 2011 and 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy, say scientists
MIAMI, June 29 (UPI) -- Disruptions to the tidal inundation process along coastal Louisiana are having a tangible effect on wetlands, but scientists think they have identified the biggest causes and hope to find ways to mitigate their effects.
"We believe these kinds of opportunistic pathogens are more common in marine environment than had been realized before," researcher Suhelen Egan said.
The habits of New York’s little-understood whale population is to be fully analysed for the first time, with scientists hoping the new information will help protect the marine behemoths that navigate one of the busiest shipping areas in the world.
BURNABY, British Columbia, June 23 (UPI) -- Researchers are just now understanding the ecological consequences of the massive 2013 die-off of sea stars along North America's Pacific Coast, and the findings aren't good.
As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.
27 June 2016 – Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.
WASHINGTON, Jun 23 2016 (IPS) - In 2011, Dyhia Belhabib was a volunteer in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver when she was asked to participate in the Sea Around Us’s project to determine how much fish had been taken out of the world’s oceans since 1950 in or ...
Scientists discover corals that look healthy but cannot reproduce, dashing hopes such reefs could repopulate bleached areas
Oceanic manta rays -- often thought to take epic migrations -- might actually be homebodies, according to a new study. A research team studied satellite-tracked manta rays to shed light on the lives of these mysterious ocean giants.
Iceland's fishing minister has said the country would "never join the European Union" because the country is thriving outside.
The global coral reef bleaching crisis is about the get worse.
Most of us remember the scene in Finding Nemo where the young, spirited clown fish is captured by a diver and whisked out of the sea and far from his dad. So begins the loving father’s epic adventure to find his son, Nemo.
Coral reefs in remote locations may sometimes be worse off than those near human fishing communities, says a new study that looked at why some reefs are thriving as others die off.
Scientists working for Murdoch University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other groups have good news about fishing closures established in Indonesia's shark sanctuary: It's good for sharks and other fish, all of which are more abundant within zones with fishing r ...
8 June 2016 – On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of peop ...
The UK's largest tropical reef has been devastated in the global bleaching event now under way.
Walk along virtually any beach or seashore, and you’ll likely encounter a post-consumer heap of plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic toys and plastic constellations of white and blue bottle caps.
[KUALA LUMPUR] The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that fish consumption per person globally has more than doubled over the past five decades. But scientists say governments should now focus more on the nutritional quality of fisheries.
Important global challenges can be overcome by strong global coalitions. That is exactly what happened at COP21.
Alton Liao is tall, calm of character, and with a measured approach to work. He knows his fish and he knows his boats. He’s spent many days at sea as an observer, monitoring fishing catches.
ROME, Jun 6 2016 (IPS) - While the United Nations identifies 17 major regional seas in its planning, the Mediterranean is perhaps the most dramatic case as it has gone from being the so-called cradle of civilization to be a cemetery for thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants. And it is most pr ...
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 5 2016 (IPS) - In September 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
5 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.
The longest global coral bleaching event in history is now devastating reefs in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives, with images released exclusively to the Guardian powerfully illustrating the extent of the damage there.
Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.
A global exemplar in protecting Earth's most iconic places is the 1972 World Heritage Convention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)1.
UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - A new international accord to tackle illegal and under-reported fishing will come into force on June 5.
At least a third of corals in the northern and central parts of the world's largest coral reef system are perishing, scientists have said. Global warming and rising sea temperatures could be the culprits, they say.
Last month, researchers from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies found that 93 percent of the 1,400 mile-long Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — had been affected by some level of bleaching. Scientists from the centre have now estimated that this ...
A scientific team has found a deep-water coral ecosystem that is very vulnerable to human activity in La Fonera canyon in the Northwestern Mediterranian Sea. The findings are explained in an article published in PLOS ONE.
SYDNEY: Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be beyond saving in five years without "now or never" funding to improve water quality as climate change ravages the World Heritage-listed site, scientists warned Thursday.
Ocean acidification expected to accompany climate change may slow development and reduce survival of the larval stages of Dungeness crab, a key component of the Northwest marine ecosystem and the largest fishery by revenue on the West Coast, a new study has found.
Fish provide protein to billions of people and are an especially critical food source in the developing world. Today marine biologists confirmed a key factor that could help them thrive through the coming decades: biodiversity.
GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 17 (UPI) -- Every year, biologists, conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers take to Florida beaches to clean up the shoreline in anticipation of the arrival of nesting sea turtles. A new study confirms the value of these cleanups.
An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has shown.
Amid the ongoing threat of coral bleaching and deaths, researchers decided to study large changes in the fish population that coincided with this phenomenon. They discovered that this degradation can directly affect how fish learn to avoid predators.
A humble, star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.
A humble star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.
Scientists have revealed that the northern Galapagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare).
Severe oxygen drops in the water can leave trails of fish kills in their wakes, but scientists thought adult fish would be more resilient to the second major threat in coastal waters: acidification.
Coral reefs around the world are in deep trouble.