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#5711

7th International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Conference

20 - 24 November 2017, South Africa

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Meeting
#5722

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

25 - 29 September 2017, Seocheon, Republic of Korea

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#114071
2017-08-11

Bleaching incident led to late coral spawning

Warming seas caused Singapore's corals to suffer from the longest-ever bleaching incident on record last year, and observations show that the incident has far-reaching effects.

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#114074
2017-08-11

Canada curbs ship speeds to prevent right whale deaths

Canadian officials yesterday ordered boats including cargo and cruise ships to reduce their speed in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in a bid to protect endangered whales.

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#114051
2017-08-10

Artificial coastal defences could be used to enhance marine biodiversity, study shows

Future coastal defences, harbours and ports could enhance biodiversity within the marine environment through the use of cement substitutes. But the materials used need to be selected carefully in order that native and non-native species are not adversely affected, a study by the University of Pl ...

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#114055
2017-08-10

BEHIND THE RESTORATIVE EFFECTS OF CORAL GARDENING

New research finds that "coral gardening," which involves planting fragments of nursery-raised coral on reefs in the wild to replenish depleted coral colonies, is playing a key role in the restoration of staghorn coral reef systems in the Caribbean—and might just help inform strategies to ensure ...

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#114060
2017-08-10

Who Governs the High Seas?

The earth’s surface is more than 70% ocean, more water than land, a mass of blue connecting disconnected green. Nation states claim up to 200 miles from their coasts as areas of “national jurisdiction” over which they have the power to exploit, consume, and regulate. But the vast majority of the ...

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#114069
2017-08-10

Arctic waters get long-sought protection

An Inuit group and the federal government are creating a national marine conservation area in Lancaster Sound that will be – by far – Canada’s largest

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#114033
2017-08-09

Mangroves: A Star Player In The Coastal Protection Game

They do it all: sequester greenhouse gases, protect marine life, maintain fresh water and, of course, defend against rising sea levels and storm surges.

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#114016
2017-08-07

Nations hope to protect fish of the high seas

UN to start treaty talks on creating protected areas in waters beyond national jurisdiction

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#114000
2017-08-04

Nations Will Start Talks to Protect Fish of the High Seas

More than half of the world’s oceans belong to no one, which often makes their riches ripe for plunder. Now, countries around the world have taken the first step to protect the precious resources of the high seas. In late July, after two years of talks, diplomats at the United Nations recommend ...

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#113958
2017-07-28

What’s happening with our seaweed and why should we care?

Now that seaweed is big business, industry is wading in to the lives of traditional harvesters.

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#113908
2017-07-26

Marine team discovers 30 new species off Verde Island

More than 30 new species of sea slugs, sea urchins and soft corals have been discovered in the Verde Island Passage, between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro, proving the area’s significance as “the center of the center” of marine biodiversity in the world.

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#113910
2017-07-26

New shark species glows in the dark, weighs two pounds and has a huge nose

Like finding a needle in a haystack, a team of scientists has discovered a new species of shark measuring less than a foot long and weighing under 2 pounds full-grown. This miniature, "glow-in-the-dark" shark is a member of the Lanternshark family (Squaliformes: Etmopteridae), which was serendip ...

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#113914
2017-07-26

Pumpkin the great white shark feasting in Nova Scotia's Minas Basin

A toothy, 300-kilogram tourist is taking in the underwater sights and culinary delights of Nova Scotia's Minas Basin. Pumpkin, a 2.7-metre-long great white shark, was detected on Saturday near where the Avon River empties into the Minas Basin off Avonport, Bramber and Cheverie.

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#113915
2017-07-26

Great Barrier Reef DEAD - but could it be brought back to life?

Potting methods similar to those used by green-fingered gardeners the world over can help bring back reefs stripped of their vibrant colours and myriad marine creatures. Ocean experts warned last week how 29 of the World Heritage List coral reefs – including the Great Barrier Reef and those arou ...

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#113922
2017-07-26

Shark Week 2017: Five amazing ways they help humans

It has always struck me as odd how terrified many people are of sharks. It's one thing if you're a surfer or fisherman, but why would people living thousands of miles from the coast list the marine predators among their greatest fears, when statistically you are more likely to be killed by a toa ...

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#113896
2017-07-24

Coral reefs are healthier if more sharks are present, research finds

SYDNEY -- Sharks play a key role in regulating the health of a coral reef by eliminating predators that prey on the small fish that keep the coral healthy, according to an Australian study released Monday.

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#113843
2017-07-20

13 Bizarre Things That Washed Up on Beaches

Take a stroll on a beach and you're likely to encounter plentiful evidence of life from the ocean amid the flotsam: stray clumps of seaweed, colorful seashells, even the occasional crustacean or jellyfish.

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#113845
2017-07-20

High diversity on coral reefs—a very big game of rock-paper-scissors

For a long time, scientists have wondered how a large number of species can live together while competing for a single, limiting resource. Why doesn't a single species that is better at competing for the resource crowd out all the others? According to new findings by Macquarie University, the an ...

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#113830
2017-07-19

Non-organic sunscreens are destroying our coral reefs

It stops us from ageing, from looking like lobsters, from dying of skin cancer. ost sunscreens use chemical blockers to filter out ultraviolet rays and they’re incredibly difficult to remove from water – even after being treated.As a result, they’re now bleaching our precious coral reefs. 4

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#113812
2017-07-18

What makes red algae so different and why should we care?

The red algae called Porphyra and its ancestors have thrived for millions of years in the harsh habitat of the intertidal zone—exposed to fluctuating temperatures, high UV radiation, severe salt stress, and desiccation.

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#113796
2017-07-17

Newly described algae species toughens up corals to endure warming oceans

Global climate change has increased water temperatures in the world's oceans, often causing mass coral bleaching and mortality, which harms not only corals, but also the vast ecosystems they support. Using innovative methods, researchers at Penn State University have identified a new species of ...

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#113758
2017-07-13

Living Planet: Beauty is only skin-deep

When it comes to marine animals, the charismatic kind like dolphins and whales get all the attention. But what about the weird-looking creatures that also live in the ocean’s depths? Sure they’re not beautiful, but they still play an role in marine ecosystems. Lucky for them, biologist and comed ...

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#113767
2017-07-13

Blue whale takes centre-stage at Natural History Museum

London's Natural History Museum (NHM) has undergone a major revamp with a blue whale skeleton now forming the main exhibit as visitors come through the front door. The marine mammal replaces the much-loved Diplodocus dinosaur, "Dippy", which will soon head out on a tour of the UK.

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#113738
2017-07-12

2 Whale Shark Sightings in Maryland: Are These Colossal Fish Dangerous?

The world's largest fish, a whale shark, recently got up close and personal with fishers in Ocean City, Maryland, nudging their boat for long enough that the crew captured a stunning video.

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#113739
2017-07-12

Hundreds of species of fungi in deep coral ecosystems discovered by botanists

Researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Botany have discovered hundreds of potentially new species of fungi in the deep coral ecosystem in the 'Au'au channel off Maui. Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCE) are generally found at depths between 130 to 500 feet and possess ab ...

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#113741
2017-07-12

Chorus for coral reefs

Countries with these world heritage sites should aim to keep global temperature down, says UN agency.

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#113748
2017-07-12

Make new rules' to save the oceans

New rules are urgently needed to protect life in the open seas, scientists have warned. A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no conservation rules as it’s outside national jurisdiction.

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#113722
2017-07-11

Seagrass meadows—critical habitats for juvenile fish and dugongs in the Johor islands

Scientists at University of Malaya, Malaysia, have found that the seagrass meadows in Johor harbor three times more juvenile fish than coral reefs. They also found that the dugong herds there prefer certain types of meadows over others.

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#113725
2017-07-11

Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

Countries with responsibility over world heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep global temperature increases to just 1.5C, the UN agency responsible for overseeing world heritage sites has said.

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#113706
2017-07-10

Corals Found Deep in The Ocean Produce Their Own Sunlight to Survive

When you're a coral hanging out in the shallows, too much sunlight is a bad thing. Ultraviolet radiation can mess up the algae that live within coral bodies and provide them with much of their sustenance.

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#113707
2017-07-10

When corals die off, we die off'

In 1998, the cruel heat of El Nino hit Seychelles hard. Sea surface temperatures rose around the Indian Ocean, bleaching 90% of coral reefs in the archipelago. Widespread flooding caused significant economic losses -- fishing and agriculture accounting for more than half of the total figure acco ...

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#113682
2017-07-07

'Weedy' fish species to take over our future oceans

University of Adelaide researchers have for the first time demonstrated that the ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small 'weedy' species dominating marine environments.

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#113683
2017-07-07

Hypnotic, dynamic, in danger: Coral reefs like you’ve never seen them before

Maybe the hardest part of conveying the scale and consequences of climate change is that transformation at the planetary scale can be hard to see. Carbon dioxide builds up invisibly in the atmosphere, seas inch inland year by year, and ecosystems continue to make their quiet shifts — big, slow c ...

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#113684
2017-07-07

UNESCO Says The Great Barrier Reef Isn't 'In Danger' And Experts Are Divided

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) just released its 'List of World Heritage in Danger', and it has one notable omission. The Great Barrier Reef. Australian experts have spoken out about the exclusion.

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#113686
2017-07-07

Deep-Water Corals Glow for Their Lives

Coral reefs are economic mainstays and critical habitats. But something else makes them amazing: their otherworldly glow. Both shallow- and deep-water corals emit fluorescent light, but until now, scientists only understood why shallow-water corals light up. Now, reports Laura Castells for Natur ...

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#113695
2017-07-07

Scientists name new species of fish from the Orinoco region after singer Enya

In 1988, Irish singer and songwriter Enya released a lead single titled "Orinoco Flow" from her second studio album, which went on to become an international hit, earn a Grammy Award nomination, and help launch her wildly successful career.Now a team of scientists have named a new species of fis ...

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#113607
2017-07-05

The creatures of the Underwater Forest, as seen in the documentary

The Underwater Forest is a relic of an ancient past, a 60,000 year old cypress forest, lost for tens of thousands of years below the Gulf of Mexico. But in today's world, it is also something else: a vibrant marine ecosystem literally bursting with life.

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#113573
2017-07-04

Fungi are key players of the deep biosphere

In addition to the life on the surface of the Earth and in its oceans, ecosystems have evolved deep under us in a realm coined the "deep biosphere" which stretches several kilometers down into the bedrock. Down there, the conditions are harsh and life is forced to adjust to a lifestyle that we a ...

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#113575
2017-07-04

This creature has 10 eyes, legs that chew and blood that saved your life

KITTS HUMMOCK, Del. — All along the shoreline, for as far as you can see, slick shells of horseshoe crabs glisten in the fading daylight. Listen closely, and you can hear their subtle clacking and the whisper of water over their carapaces.

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#113579
2017-07-04

Perfect storm' led to mass bleaching in Great Barrier Reef

Melbourne: The mass coral bleaching that devastated Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef last year was caused by a 'perfect storm' of factors produced by unprecedented oceanographic conditions, scientists say.

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#113588
2017-07-04

What is the Real Value of the Great Barrier Reef?

What a sorry state of affairs that we’re putting a price tag on nature and biodiversity! The report did not attempt to put a price tag on nature. Ironically, its detractors did.What the authors of the report did was to calculate the value of a very narrow aspect of the full value of the Reef; i. ...

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#113544
2017-06-30

Coral Reefs Sound Like Popcorn, and That’s a Good Thing

A healthy coral reef sounds like popcorn. Seriously: the hordes of snapping shrimp that fill their waters make create a constant crackling noise, something akin to crunching Pop Rocks or frying bacon

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#113545
2017-06-30

Phone app lists ‘Good Fish’ and ‘Bad Fish’ to reduce impacts of cyanide fishing

The peaceful and beautiful fish and other marine life displayed in household or public aquariums conceal a dark secret. Most of the roughly 1,800 species of tropical fish, as well as hundreds of invertebrate species, bought and sold globally to populate aquariums are caught using the destructive ...

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#113546
2017-06-30

What It Would Take To Restore One Of The World's Richest Marine Ecosystems

The Indonesian government can't restore one of the country's best coral reefs until it strikes a compensation deal with the insurer of the cruise line that wrecked it, the deputy coordinating maritime minister said this week.

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#113527
2017-06-29

Coral crisis eases; reefs still at risk of bleaching Warming oceans damaged or killed large areas of coral

WASHINGTON — A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, U.S. scientists announced Monday.

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#113529
2017-06-29

What’s the economic value of the Great Barrier Reef? It’s priceless

Deloitte Access Economics has valued the Great Barrier Reef at A$56 billion, with an economic contribution of A$6.4 billion per year. Yet this figure grossly underestimates the value of the reef, as it mainly focuses on tourism and the reef’s role as an Australian icon.

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