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Meeting
#6230

World Maritime Day

30 September 2022, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Meeting
#6221

World Oceans Day

8 June 2022, New York, United States of America

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#132590
2022-01-18

Seeing 1,000 glorious fin whales back from near extinction is a rare glimmer of hope

Good news doesn’t get any more in-your-face than this. One thousand fin whales, one of the world’s biggest animals, were seen last week swimming in the same seas in which they were driven to near-extinction last century due to whaling. It’s like humans never happened.

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#132551
2022-01-17

Could the Red Sea's heat-resilient corals help restore the world's dying reefs?

Corals in the Gulf of Aqaba have a unique evolutionary history that could help them survive the climate crisis. Scientists even hope to breed their resilience into other reefs.

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#132503
2022-01-14

Coral reefs are dying, but there’s a tiny bit of good news about what happens when they’re gone

In 1998, a mass bleaching event hit reefs in the Seychelles, leading to a devastating loss of 90% of the African island nation’s live coral. While that event wasn’t caused by climate change (rather by El Niño, a recurring climate pattern that causes ocean warming every few years), global heating ...

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#132480
2022-01-13

‘Dancing through the water’: rare sighting of blanket octopus in Great Barrier Reef

Only a handful of people have spotted the dazzling blanket octopus in the wild, making it one of the rarest sights in the marine world.

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#132379
2022-01-11

South Africa's coastlines are a biodiversity hotspot

From nesting sea turtles to the annual arrival of the whales, Southern Africa's oceans are bursting with life. There are penguins, dolphins, sardines and sharks. And there are the humans, too -- scientists and local residents working together to protect all of the marine species that make this c ...

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#132365
2022-01-07

Bleached coral reefs can still support nutritious seafood, study finds

Bleached coral reefs can continue to support nutritious seafood, according to a new study conducted by the University of Lancaster. The leading cause of coral bleaching is climate change. A warming planet means a warming ocean, and a change in water temperature can cause coral to drive out algae.

Notification
#3132
2022-01-07

Upcoming webinars to support discussions at the resumed sessions of SBSTTA-24, SBI-3 and WG2020-3

Reference: SCBD/IMS/JMF/JC/MC/90056 (2022-001)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA National Focal Points, ABS Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities and relevant organizations

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#132313
2022-01-05

Florida sea urchins to the reefs' rescue

In the race to save the Florida Reef, which stretches from the Dry Tortugas to Palm Beach, researchers have successfully reared and released nearly 200 long-spined sea urchins off the coast.

News Headlines
#132264
2021-12-22

How Marine Protected Areas Can Pay for Their Own Protection

The area right next to a marine protected area is a prime fishing spot—and researchers think fishermen will pay to access it.

News Headlines
#132266
2021-12-22

The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2021

From the discovery of a large bioluminescent shark to the use of an innovative drone to study hurricanes, these are the best marine stories of the year

News Headlines
#132270
2021-12-22

How To Prevent Mass Extinction In The Ocean Using AI, Robots And 3D Printers

The ocean is the most defining physical feature of Earth, covering 71% of the surface of this planet. It is home to incredible biodiversity, ranging from microscopic bacteria and viruses to the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale.

News Headlines
#132275
2021-12-22

Remote areas are not safe havens for biodiversity

Remote localities are generally considered as potential reservoirs for biodiversity, but this is just part of the story. With regard to fish communities, researchers have produced a global map of risk that shows that no place is safe, regardless of distance from humans.

News Headlines
#132248
2021-12-21

Costa Rica Expands Cocos Island National Park by 27 times in size

President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica has signed a decree expanding the Cocos Island National Park, increasing the fully protected area in their Pacific waters by almost 53,000 square kilometers.

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#132253
2021-12-21

New equipment for Canadian Coast Guard will help clean up oil spills

The $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways, while growing the economy.

News Headlines
#132259
2021-12-21

More than 150,000 Europeans call on EU to ban bottom-trawling to protect ocean and climate

A giant colourful pop-up book depicting the devastation caused by destructive bottom trawling - and how the marine environment thrives in its absence - was delivered to European Union (EU) Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius by NGOs this morning, on behalf of more than 150,000 Europeans who have ...

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#132232
2021-12-20

Costa Rica’s pristine ‘Shark Island’ now a massive marine reserve

Three times the size of the country’s mainland, the reserve’s abundance of sharks, whales, turtles, and other marine life has been described as an “underwater Jurassic Park.”

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#132235
2021-12-20

Ocean-Based Carbon Removal Deserves a Closer Look

Could the oceans—where life once evolved—help save the planet and humanity from climate catastrophe? A new report suggests they might.

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#132206
2021-12-17

UK fishing licences for bottom trawling could be unlawful, says Oceana

Permits for UK and EU vessels will hinder efforts to protect marine life and may break habitats directive, conservation group warns

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#132208
2021-12-17

Ocean acidification disrupts fish shoals

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that the way fish interact in groups is being upset by ocean acidification and global warming.

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#132194
2021-12-16

Are marine protected areas helping marine mammals and birds? Maybe, but more can be done

Our oceans are under pressure like never before, with over 60% struggling from the increasing impact of fishing, coastal activities and climate change. The harsh truth is that as we move towards 2022 only 3% of oceans are totally free from the pressure of human activity.

News Headlines
#132175
2021-12-15

ASEAN centre joins first ocean sustainability forum

With the increasing climate risks and multiple challenges that we are facing today, moving towards stronger cooperation among island nations and regions with islands, which have a lot in common, is logical.

News Headlines
#132178
2021-12-15

Stanford researchers test physics of coral as an indicator of reef health

New research shows that physics measurements of just a small portion of reef can be used to assess the health of an entire reef system. The findings may help scientists grasp how these important ecosystems will respond to a changing climate.

News Headlines
#132179
2021-12-15

Blue solution to humanity’s “code red” crisis

The heat dome over Canada’s Pacific Northwest that killed hundreds of humans and “cooked” one billion sea creatures; Europe’s catastrophic floods; and the worst wildfires in almost a decade could become our new normal.

News Headlines
#132159
2021-12-14

Southern Ocean conservation cannot be left behind

The recent CCAMLR meeting failed to increase marine protected areas, but progress was made on regulating krill fishing

News Headlines
#132145
2021-12-13

Geoengineering — First It Was About Messing With The Atmosphere. Now It’s About Hacking The Ocean.

A new report urges research into geoengineering the oceans, not because it’s a good idea but because it may save us from our own mistakes.

News Headlines
#132128
2021-12-10

Oceans could be harnessed to remove carbon from air, say US science leaders

The United States should undertake a major research program into how the oceans could be artificially harnessed to remove carbon dioxide from the air, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

News Headlines
#132129
2021-12-10

Explained: How Clean Ocean Linked To Human Rights

As the world is observing the Human Rights Day on December 10, there is a need for everyone to know how the importance of clean, healthy and sustainable environment. In October this year, the UN Human Rights Council recognized that a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right.

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#132133
2021-12-10

New report investigates geoengineering oceans to fight climate change

A report released on Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looks towards the planet’s oceans to combat climate change. The nearly 300-page document presents a variety of potential solutions ranging from seaweed farming to administering electric shocks to redu ...

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#132143
2021-12-10

Coastal species are forming colonies on plastic trash in the ocean, study finds

Termed “neopelagic communities”, these colonies are thriving in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and going where the current flows

News Headlines
#132125
2021-12-09

Deep-sea mining may push hundreds of species to extinction, researchers warn

New research sees two-thirds of mollusc types only found living by hydrothermal vents added to IUCN’s red list of endangered species

News Headlines
#132087
2021-12-08

Coral reefs off east Africa could die out in 50 years - study

Coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean are at risk of extinction by 2070 due to warming temperatures and overfishing, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#132090
2021-12-08

How to protect and restore EU’s seas

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are an important tool for protecting and conserving marine ecosystems and their associated services in the long term. However, MPAs require proper management to achieve their conservation objectives.

News Headlines
#132076
2021-12-07

Coral reefs of western Indian Ocean at risk of collapse: study

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing threaten coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean with complete collapse in the next 50 years, according to a groundbreaking study of these marine ecosystems.

News Headlines
#132054
2021-12-06

Measures in place to preserve marine environment, maintain water quality

The Water Quality Section at Environmental Monitoring and Laboratory Department of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is implementing a number of projects to preserve marine environment and maintain water quality in Qatar.

News Headlines
#132067
2021-12-06

Sayyid Badr stresses on saving biodiversity in Indian Ocean

H E Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Foreign Minister, took part in the fifth edition of the Indian Ocean Conference in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

News Headlines
#132072
2021-12-06

Preventing devastation on the high seas – and beneath them

For meaningful protection of the forgotten half of our planet, NZ must ensure the world is ambitious when negotiations for the High Seas treaty conclude at the United Nations, writes Helen Clark

News Headlines
#132040
2021-12-03

New science: deep-sea hotspot, Indigenous ocean conservation and more

Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent research published by Conservation International experts.

News Headlines
#132020
2021-12-02

Preah Sihanouk eyes underwater tourism

Preah Sihanouk province has set its sights on underwater tourism, as a new way to lure in national and international tourists, and open an ocean of rich biodiversity and scuba diving experiences to enthusiasts and beginners alike, according to tourism officials and experts.

News Headlines
#132022
2021-12-02

4 Million Pounds of Microplastics Found in Corals, Causing Tissue Necrosis in Fishes

Harmful to ocean and aquatic life, microplastics make up the nearly three percent toxic pollutants in shallow, tropical waters where corals flourish. These toxic chemicals bring huge detrimental impact on reef health, and a new study reveals 4 million pounds of them may be stored in coral skelet ...

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#131995
2021-11-30

Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous

News Headlines
#131996
2021-11-30

Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs

Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland used modern portfolio theory (MPT), a mathematical framework developed by the economist Harry Markowitz in the 1950s to help risk-averse investors maximise returns, to identify the 50 reefs or coral sanctuaries around the world that are most li ...

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#131983
2021-11-29

Portugal Establishes the Largest Fully Protected Marine Reserve in Europe

Today the government of Portugal expanded a marine protected area around the Selvagens Islands, creating the largest fully protected marine reserve in Europe at 2,677 square kilometers. The Selvagens islands are a small archipelago in the North Atlantic located midway between Madeira and the Can ...

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#131960
2021-11-26

Seabird conservation: following food from fishing boats

As seabirds’ food security is threatened by human activity, new research in Ireland has found that birds with tracking devices have been follow fishing vessels for food.

News Headlines
#131937
2021-11-25

Protecting the Pacific's endangered marine species using artificial intelligence

Using artificial intelligence, scientists are making progress toward protecting endangered species that are not meant to be caught.

News Headlines
#131871
2021-11-24

How South Africa can get communities involved in conserving coastal and marine areas

In a recent paper, my colleagues and I explored what prevents and enables community protection of coastal and marine areas in South Africa. We reviewed global and South African literature to identify common factors in these types of initiatives. We then refined this list based on interviews with ...

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