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#115524
2017-12-08

These whales are stressed out. The proof is in their poop.

When a North Atlantic right whale swims into a submerged net or rope, it panics and rolls. This makes everything worse, tangling the fishing gear in the animal’s mouth or tightly wrapping it around the flippers or tail.

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#115485
2017-12-06

Biodiversity surprises at bubbly deep-sea cold seeps along Cascadia fault

A new study led by Oregon State University (OSU) graduate student Sarah Seabrook that uses scientific data and samples from Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) focuses on the extent, variability, and complexity of species—from microbes to tubeworms—found at deep-sea cold seep habitats along the Cascadia ...

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#115495
2017-12-06

Earthquake reveals impact of sea-level rise

How is sea-level rise going to change coastal ecosystems? Will corals and seagrass drown? Will mangroves be swamped? Until significant sea-level rise takes place, these questions are hard to answer. But back in 2007 a large earthquake in the Solomon Islands gave scientists an unusual chance to m ...

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#115499
2017-12-06

Sea lions have unique whiskers that help them catch even the fastest fish

Astounding footage of Galapagos sea lions hunting was perhaps the highlight of the latest Blue Planet II. For the first time ever, these marine mammals were filmed working as a pack to drive tuna fish in to shallow, rocky waters where they could be caught. Yellowfin tuna are typically able to ou ...

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#115510
2017-12-06

Algae and krill may be a tough sell for European consumers

People will need to be persuaded to eat new types of seafood if we are to extract more food from the oceans and feed growing human populations, according to fishing industry experts.

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#115445
2017-12-04

Ocean acidification: climate change’s evil twin

A recent report shows rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere are about to make the world’s oceans uninhabitable for many sea creatures, threatening entire ocean ecosystems. What can be done?

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#115406
2017-12-01

There could be two million species in the sea

‘The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,’ says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II.

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#115407
2017-12-01

Canada has protected a record stretch of ocean. These 800 beluga whales approve.

Canada has protected a record stretch of ocean. These 800 beluga whales approve. After almost a decade of planning, Canada has officially established its largest marine conservation area to date. The vast stretch of pristine ocean has been called the "Serengeti of the Arctic", and it's home to 2 ...

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#115422
2017-12-01

How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?

The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programme ...

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#115397
2017-11-30

How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?

“The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programm ...

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#115400
2017-11-30

Armored 'Pinecone' Fish's Insides Revealed in Spooky Scan

From the outside, the pinecone fish is a colorful yet fearsome beast. On the inside, it's downright spooky. A new scan of a fish of the genus Cleidopus, posted on Twitter, looks like the re-creation of a monster from a sci-fi horror flick. In actuality, the scan reveals the tough, spiked armor o ...

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#115365
2017-11-29

Deepest fish in the sea is the undisputed king of the Mariana Trench

Miles below the surface of the Mariana Trench, marine life looks totally different from what most people are used to. Instead of big or menacing, the creatures that roam the deepest parts of the ocean are quite small, translucent, and scaleless. At such depths, few organisms are able to survive, ...

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#115373
2017-11-29

Great Barrier Reef BREAKTHROUGH: Experts discover 100 reefs with ability to REGENERATE

FRAGMENTS of the Great Barrier Reef are offering a major breakthrough in a bid to save the natural wonder from desolation.

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#115351
2017-11-28

Nigeria's love affair with a Norwegian fish

"The taste of stockfish is life... We can't cook without stockfish." That's the verdict of women at the bustling Onyingbo market in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, as they carefully choose pieces of the specially dried cod.

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#115358
2017-11-28

Marine fungi : a source of cosmeceuticals

Scientists world over have established that marine fungi is an effective and safe way to improve various skin-related issues.Marine fungi are slowly and steadily becoming popular for their health benefits, their use in agriculture and most recently in the field of cosmeceuticals.

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#115329
2017-11-27

Scientists warn Lake Victoria is dying

Scientists are warning that Lake Victoria, Africa's largest freshwater lake, is under threat of dying.

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#115287
2017-11-22

To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and people

There is growing concern that the world's oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs.

Meeting
#5711

7th International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Conference

20 - 24 November 2017, South Africa

News Headlines
#115250
2017-11-20

‘Godfather of Coral’ on New Mission to Help Save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

The so-called ‘godfather of coral’ is part of a new research mission to unlock some of the secrets of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Dr. Charlie Veron is part of a scientific team searching for the “super corals” that managed to survive consecutive years of bleaching on the world’s largest reef ...

Notification
#2697
2017-11-17
Action by
2017-12-15

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Baltic Sea, 20 to 24 February 2018, and Training Session on EBSAs, 19 February 2018, Helsinki, Finland

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/JL/JG/86986 (2017-122)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and Marine and Coastal biodiversity Focal Points in the Baltic Sea region (Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden); HELCOM; indigenous peoples and local communities; relevant regional fisheries bodies; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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#115231
2017-11-17

How much is the Great Barrier Reef worth? Economists have an answer

Sydney: As mankind puts the world’s largest living structure at risk, economists have come up with a new solution: put a price tag on it. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is bigger than Japan, visible from space and one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. But it’s also under siege from climat ...

News Headlines
#115241
2017-11-17

About 119,000 results (0.39 seconds) Search Results These Stunning 3-D Models Are Helping Unravel the Mysteries of Coral.

CORAL ISN’T WHAT you think it is. It isn’t a plant, but an animal. It doesn’t just grow in shallow, tropical waters, but also hundreds of feet deep in the darkness. And it is far tougher than doom-and-gloom stories about coral bleaching would have you believe.

Notification
#2696
2017-11-16
Action by
2017-12-29

Submission of information on experiences in mainstreaming biodiversity in fisheries

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/JL/JA/86977 (2017-121)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, regional fishery bodies, indigenous peoples and local communities

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News Headlines
#115223
2017-11-16

Ethiopia: Multifaceted Efforts to Save Lake Tana

The presence of a water weed, locally known as Emboch, at Lake Tana was first found in 2011 by Dr. Ayalew Wonde, a biologist from Bahir Dar University. Since then, various efforts have been conducted to get rid of the weed traditionally using human labor.

Notification
#2695
2017-11-15

Selected participants for the expert workshop to develop options for modifying the description of areas meeting the criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), for describing new areas, and for strengthening the scientific credibility and transparency of the EBSA process, 5-8 December 2017 – Berlin, Germany

Reference: SCBD/SPS/SBG/JL/JG/86798 (2017-120)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, relevant United Nations/international organizations, Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, Regional Fisheries Bodies, indigenous peoples and local communities

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News Headlines
#115204
2017-11-15

Amazonian streams found teeming with fish species are lacking protection

Hundreds of thousands of Amazonian streams are teeming with highly diverse populations of fish species, a new study reveals.Scientists have found that small streams, in areas of the eastern Brazilian Amazon that are a mixture of forest and farmland, contain fauna new to science, as well as very ...

News Headlines
#115147
2017-11-13

A Big Change in How a Small Fish Is Protected Could Help Save Whales

The menhaden is a tiny fish key to the Atlantic Ocean ecosystem that has supported a thriving fishery since the 19th century. Now regulators are considering a novel approach to ensure there’s enough fish to feed the fishery and other marine animals.

News Headlines
#115148
2017-11-13

1000-year-old ocean water trapped in “shadow zone”

Deep in the middle of the deepest oceans of the world lies a shadow zone, where ancient sea water hangs, trapped in vast volume, stagnant. The water last floated to the surface some 1000 years ago.

News Headlines
#115150
2017-11-13

Great Barrier Reef comes alive as annual coral spawning begins

In a stunning sign of recovery, coral spawning has been recorded at 10 different sites, from Heron Island to Port Douglas, along the 2300km-long natural wonder.

News Headlines
#115153
2017-11-13

Seals, birds and humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea

n Sweden and in other parts of Europe there are concerns that seals and birds compete with humans for fish resources. For the Baltic Sea, an international study now shows that this competition is a reality.

News Headlines
#115071
2017-11-07

Hunt for 'super corals' aims to help Great Barrier Reef survive climate change

An unusual mix of researchers from Australia and abroad will set sail later this month in a bid to locate and then propagate "super corals" that appear best able to survive bleaching caused by climate change.

News Headlines
#115028
2017-11-01

Great Biodiversity of Puyuhuapi Fjord

A new paper in the Journal of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science revealed that the Puyuhuapi fjord in the Aysen region of Chile houses over 1,600 species of benthic fauna, which are basically underwater biology.

News Headlines
#115004
2017-10-30

New blue hole discovered on Great Barrier Reef – you won't BELIEVE what they found inside

The Great Barrier Reef has long been known as one of the natural wonders of the world. Stretching 2,300km-long, the stunning ecosystem off the east coast of Australia is made up of thousands of reefs and hundreds of tiny islands.

News Headlines
#114991
2017-10-27

Why the World Doesn’t Really Know Just How Much Fish it Catches

Catches by local, non-commercial fishers are often ignored or under-reported by governments globally. But Dirk Zeller, a professor at the University of Western Australia, reckons their size may well rival that of industrial fleets.

News Headlines
#114993
2017-10-27

Meteorologists and oceanographers join forces on sustainable development agenda

Progress and challenges in improving maritime safety and services, strengthening environmental protection and expanding ocean observing systems are on the agenda of an intergovernmental commission of meteorologists and oceanographers. The meeting also aims to agree a roadmap for future priorities.

News Headlines
#114994
2017-10-27

Great Barrier Reef could die from eating PLASTIC as coral found to LOVE the taste

Coral reefs regularly eat micro-plastics that have built up in the oceans as the material is delicious to them, researchers at Duke University have found. Marine animals often mistakenly eat plastic debris as they believe it is prey.

News Headlines
#115000
2017-10-27

Curious great white shark plays with camera

Massey scientists captured some astonishing footage of a great white shark on a recent research expedition to the Southwest Pacific.

News Headlines
#114977
2017-10-26

Immerse Yourself in the “Ticos” Ocean

Renowned pianist and composer Manuel Obregón, artist Carlos Hiller, underwater photographer Simón Bolívar, the technical implementation of LUZ ART and the magic of the Children’s Museum unite to give the public an unrivaled trip through the seabed Costa Rica.

News Headlines
#114960
2017-10-25

This video of a starfish strolling on sand is undoubtedly fascinating

The Earth is a vast place, with several creatures and elements you might not have even heard of. 75 per cent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water while a specific portion of that amount – 71 per cent to be precise, is trapped under oceans. We have reached Mars, yet, there are several cre ...

News Headlines
#114971
2017-10-25

Understanding our planet’s oceans

Oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 per cent of the Earth’s water. More than three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion a ...

News Headlines
#114927
2017-10-23

Losing my phone -- and myself -- to the Great Barrier Reef

When the waterproof case my phone failed, I could do nothing but surrender to the majesty of Australia's marine wonder.

News Headlines
#114929
2017-10-23

David Attenborough: filming Blue Planet 2 was a triumph and a tragedy

Sir David Attenborough wracks his brains for a few moments pondering whether he would prefer to swim with sharks or dolphins, before his face creases into a broad smile.

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#114931
2017-10-23

More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'

All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say. The eight-year study from more than 250 scientists finds that infant sea creatures will be especially harmed.

News Headlines
#114914
2017-10-20

Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction

One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found.

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