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Meeting
#5795

World Maritime Day 2018

28 September 2018, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Meeting
#5786

World Oceans Day 2018 (http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/)

8 June 2018, New York, United States of America

Meeting
#5778
News Headlines
#116291
2018-03-20

Ocean acidification: Herring could benefit from an altered food chain

Juvenile fish must immediately learn to catch prey and to escape enemies. Additionally, at this stage of their lives, they are highly sensitive to environmental factors such as temperature, oxygen and the pH of the water. These factors are currently changing on a global scale—temperature is risi ...

News Headlines
#116259
2018-03-15

Caribbean Fish Stocks Dwindling as Illegal Fishing Intensifies

Biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea is at serious risk, scientists are warning, with illegal fishing reducing fish stocks and placing the marine environment under increasing strain.

News Headlines
#116262
2018-03-15

Marine ecologists study the effects of giant kelp on groups of organisms in the underwater forest ecosystem

New analysis by UC Santa Barbara researchers has found that the kelp’s structure may be more important than the food it provides. Using over a decade’s worth of data from the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project, supported by the National Science Foundation, the investigat ...

News Headlines
#116263
2018-03-15

Decreased oxygen levels could present hidden threat to marine species

Species living in coastal regions could face a significant future threat from reduced levels of oxygen in the marine environment, according to research published in Scientific Reports.

News Headlines
#116270
2018-03-15

Swapping Debt for Ocean Conservation

A new initiative is exchanging the alleviation of national debt for government initiatives aimed at preserving marine ecosystems.

News Headlines
#116243
2018-03-14

Marine ecologists study the effects of giant kelp on groups of organisms in the underwater forest ecosystem

When British naturalist Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he took notice of the giant kelp forests ringing the islands. He believed that if those forests were destroyed, a significant number of species would be lost. These underwater ecosystems, Darwin believed, could be ...

News Headlines
#116248
2018-03-14

Scientists not afraid to speak of the devil

Devil rays (Mobula mobular) are a majestic presence in the oceans, and encounters in the wild are a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many divers. Soon, however, even these brief encounters may fade.

News Headlines
#116192
2018-03-06

In a pack hunt, it’s every goatfish for itself

The only fish known to hunt with wolf pack moves may not be true team players, just lemon-yellow me-firsts. Yellow saddle goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus) do more than school together as they dart over Indo-Pacific coral reefs. Like wolves, the goatfish take different roles in a pursuit.

News Headlines
#116193
2018-03-06

New insights into biodiversity hotspots could help protect them from potential deep-sea mining

New insights into animal patterns around extinct submarine volcanoes could inform measures used to protect marine ecosystems from human activities, such as trawling and deep-sea mining. These insights have been published today in Nature Scientific Reports, and show that the structure of marine l ...

News Headlines
#116142
2018-03-01

The tale of a disappearing lake

Lake Chad, once one of Africa’s largest lakes, is in distress. The lake is shared by Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria; its basin – which extends as far as Algeria, Libya, and Sudan – offers a lifeline to nearly 40 million people.

News Headlines
#116129
2018-02-28

Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark

It's the biggest shark — and the biggest fish — in the sea, often found roaming in warm waters around the globe with its huge mouth agape in search of dinner.

News Headlines
#116119
2018-02-27

To build up mussels, you need to know your fish

Times are tough for 31 of Michigan's 45 varieties of freshwater mussels. Sporting evocative names like wavy-rayed lampmussel and round pigtoe, these residents of the state's rivers are imperiled by habitat disruption and pollution and are also threatened by climate change.

News Headlines
#116075
2018-02-22

The Seychelles has struck a 'debt-for-nature swap' with Leonardo DiCaprio

The Seychelles has floated a plan to deepen its marine conservation efforts in return for a groundbreaking sovereign debt deal backed by funds including the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

News Headlines
#116087
2018-02-22

Bleached coral reefs to heal by 2022 Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the ocean’s surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) ...

News Headlines
#116089
2018-02-22

Spike in urchin numbers sparks talk of Tasmanian reef disaster

Tasmania faces an ecological disaster that could devastate $185 million fisheries, with modelling showing a third of its east coast reefs will be lifeless within a few years.

News Headlines
#116016
2018-02-19

Canada to introduce mandatory reporting of whale interactions this year

The phrase "Save the Whales" will take on new importance for Canadian fishermen in 2018 as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans introduces mandatory reporting for interactions Canada's commercial fishing fleets have with marine mammals.

News Headlines
#116019
2018-02-19

Supporting a shift to more sustainable fishing

The global seafood trade is estimated to be worth about $140 billion. However, the health of fisheries and ocean ecosystems are increasingly being put at risk by overfishing, as well as illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. In 2016, such practices accounted for one quarter of all fish caught.

News Headlines
#116000
2018-02-16

Queen conch dying out in the Bahamas despite marine parks

It’s hard to adequately describe the importance of conch to the Bahamas. Conchs are ingrained in the culture; there are conch festivals, conch homecomings and conch-cracking competitions. On the Bahamian coat of arms, a queen conch takes pride of place, sitting right at the top.

News Headlines
#115980
2018-02-15

More than 90 pct of rare Australian shellfish reefs wiped out: study

The number of rare shellfish reefs off the coast of Australia has declined by up to 99 percent since British colonization, a new study revealed on Thursday.

News Headlines
#115986
2018-02-15

Why the Jaws shark is not a 'man-eating monster'

"When you're on top of the water, and you just see the fin, I think it's more scary because it's the unknown. But when you are underwater and you see the shark it is much less scary. When I saw him for the first time, he was bigger than expected and so much more colourful."

News Headlines
#115971
2018-02-14

To Save the Ocean Now, Museum Aims to Map Species of the Past

As New York’s American Museum of Natural History digitizes its vast collections, it wants to use that historic data to help scientists understand how imperiled ecosystems are changing today. But coders at a recent hackathon discovered just how big a challenge that is.

News Headlines
#115935
2018-02-09

Ghost Gear: The Other Killer Plastic Lurking in Our Oceans

We’re at a critical moment for the health of the world’s oceans. While people the world over pursue individual resolutions for 2018, we also must think about our collective impact—by acknowledging that man-made plastic waste is the greatest threat to our oceans and the animals that live there.

News Headlines
#115923
2018-02-08

Shark cousin uses heat from ocean vents to incubate its eggs

Birds might sit on their eggs to keep them warm until they hatch, but deep-sea fish called skates have found a less boring and time-consuming way to incubate their eggs — they lay them near hot hydrothermal vents on the sea floor.

News Headlines
#115907
2018-02-07

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 program r ...

News Headlines
#115857
2018-02-01

European Parliament Calls for a Moratorium on Deep-Sea Mining

European legislators have voted overwhelmingly for a resolution that advocates halting efforts to mine the seabed for minerals – until the environmental consequences of industrialization of the deep ocean can be determined.

News Headlines
#115809
2018-01-25

New population of world's rarest fish discovered off Tasmanian coast

A team of divers from IMAS and the citizen science project Reef Life Survey (RLS) have discovered a new population of what is believed to be the world's rarest fish.

News Headlines
#115788
2018-01-24

Deep sea mining: Charting the risks of a new frontier

Our growing demand for resources has prompted companies to turn to mining in the depths of the oceans. With help from robots, a team of German scientists is racing to map the potential environmental damage.

News Headlines
#115775
2018-01-23

Perfect storm threatens the world’s reefs

Reef monitoring around the world has revealed that heat-stress-related coral bleaching is now happening so frequently that there is insufficient time to recover in between events. A sharp rise in ocean acidification will further aggravate the situation. Parallels from the geological past show th ...

News Headlines
#115765
2018-01-22

Mesoamerican Reef gets improving bill of health

A recent report tracking the health of the Mesoamerican Reef indicates that conservation efforts might be helping to turn the tide for the reef itself and the people who depend on it.

News Headlines
#115736
2018-01-19

Coral reefs 'at make or break point', UN environment head says

The battle to save the world’s coral reefs is at “make or break point”, and countries that host them have a special responsibility to take a leadership role by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, plastic pollution and impacts from agriculture, the head of the United Nations Environment Programme ...

News Headlines
#115719
2018-01-18

This tiny shark eats grass and it’s doing just fine

If you've ever wondered what the vegetarian sharks in Finding Nemo actually ate, you might ask the bonnethead shark. These little sharks don’t actually survive on nothing but plants, but they do eat quite a lot of seagrass. And they aren’t just swallowing plants and pooping them out undigested, ...

News Headlines
#115702
2018-01-17

Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Carbon-Storing Sea Grass

A new model predicts that as ocean temperatures rise, carbon-storing sea grass may disappear and even go extinct in some ecosystems.

News Headlines
#115703
2018-01-17

Strange creatures of the ocean deep

Freezing temperatures, crushing pressure and total darkness make the deepest parts of the world's oceans inhospitable places to live. Still, they are not without — often weird— life.

News Headlines
#115704
2018-01-17

Fiji’s Great Sea Reef nominated as Ramsar Site at start of International Year of the Reef

Over the last three decades, half of the planet’s coral has died under rising water temperatures and ocean acidification. To address this global crisis, global environmental leaders and countries have named this the International Year of the Reef.

News Headlines
#115711
2018-01-17

The whales that have returned to South Georgia's killing waters

It's kind of shocking that right whales should be so-called because they were the "right whale to kill". Slow surface-dwellers that were curious of humans and boats - their numbers started to tank long before the modern era of commercial whaling, post-1900.

CBD
Meeting
#5759
News Headlines
#115643
2018-01-11

Dead zones: How our oceans are losing their breath

Aside from jeopardising the health of marine life, incrasing numbers of low-oxygen spots could trigger the release of dangerous greenhouse gases up to 300 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.

Notification
#2723
2018-01-10
Action by
2018-02-09

Peer review – Report of the Expert Workshop to Develop Options for Modifying the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas, for Describing New Areas, and for Strengthening the Scientific Credibility and Transparency of this Process

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/JL/JG/87096 (2018-004)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, relevant United Nations/international organizations, IPLCs and other relevant organizations

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Notification
#2721
2018-01-05

Selected participants for the expert workshop on marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures for achieving, Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in marine and coastal areas, 6-9 February 2018, Montreal, Canada

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/JL/JMQ/86837 (2018-002)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, POWPA Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, relevant United Nations/international organizations, Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, Regional Fisheries Bodies, IPLCs and other relevant organizations

pdf English 
News Headlines
#115625
2017-12-21

A novel approach to ocean acidification

Pteropods may look otherworldly, but they are a real and threatened species of minuscule marine snail whose appearance in Homer author Nancy Lord’s new novel “pH” makes the book not science fiction, but an example of science in fiction.

News Headlines
#115617
2017-12-20

Dolphin pod living year-round off coast of England

The first resident pod of bottlenose dolphins has been discovered off the south-west coast of England. Experts used thousands of sightings and photos to identify a group of 28 individuals living year-round off the coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

News Headlines
#115591
2017-12-19

Mass Extinction in Earth’s Oceans Could Begin by 2100

The amount of carbon in our planet's oceans has varied slowly over the ages. But 31 times in the past 542 million years the carbon level has deviated either much more than normal or much faster than usual (dots in main graph).

News Headlines
#115577
2017-12-18

Drowning the Everglades

The Everglades acted as a natural shock absorber that softened Hurricane Irma's impact. But being the on frontline of the most powerful Atlantic storm on record took its toll, threatening a unique wetland wilderness.

News Headlines
#115578
2017-12-18

Get your feet wet to save the reef

The sheer size and diversity of habitats that make up the big beautiful Great Barrier Reef (GBR), also represent an extreme challenge to monitor and manage. To boost the extent and regularity of information about key vital signs, individuals and communities are joining a growing movement of citi ...

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