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#110267
2016-09-30

Sea Turtles Can Save Themselves If We Clean Up Our Act

Sea turtles have been swimming in our oceans ever since the time of the dinosaurs, enduring meteor collisions, ice ages, and the shifting of the continents.

News Headlines
#110253
2016-09-29

'Marine snow' drifts buoy life on ocean floor

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- New maps charted using sonar sensors on Autosub6000 have revealed the importance of "marine snow" to the distribution of biomass on the ocean floor.

News Headlines
#110227
2016-09-28

Missing fish catch data? Not necessarily a problem, new study says

Each day in fishing communities around the world, not every fish is counted. This happens in part because of illegal fishing, poor or incomplete surveys and discarded fish from commercial operations.

News Headlines
#110210
2016-09-27

Invest in marine economy, African ministers say

[NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa should invest in research and development to promote blue economy — which includes marine biotechnology, fisheries, aquaculture, transport and tourism — for sustainable development, say African ministers.

News Headlines
#110220
2016-09-27

Protecting mangroves, Kenya's fishermen net cash - and more fish

GAZI BAY, Kenya, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For fishing communities on Kenya's southern coast, felling mangrove trees to make boats has long been a part of life.

News Headlines
#110135
2016-09-23

Whalesong, interrupted

Crossbow in hand, Jo Marie Acebes strides the deck of the outrigger fishing boat she has refitted for tracking whales off the Philippines’ Babuyan Islands.

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#110109
2016-09-21

Endangered Waters: saving Europe’s most iconic fish species

Young researchers at the forefront of innovative fisheries research work at the interface between fishing communities and conservationists

News Headlines
#110081
2016-09-20

'Let mangroves recover' to protect coasts

Allowing mangrove forests to recover naturally result in more resilient habitats that benefit both wildlife and people, say conservationists.

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#110084
2016-09-20

Leonardo diCaprio launches global campaign to protect sharks and rays

The Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays, a coalition of five philanthropic organizations, aims to “halt the global overexploitation of sharks and rays, prevent species extinction, and restore shark and ray populations worldwide.”

News Headlines
#110031
2016-09-16

Hundreds of Japanese horseshoe crabs wash up dead on beaches

Nearly 500 horseshoe crabs have washed up dead on Japan's southern beaches near Kitakyushu, mystifying experts.

News Headlines
#110035
2016-09-16

Researcher behind seagrass biodiversity analysis cites key role in food chain

A new analysis of a key contributor to the marine food web has turned up a surprising twist: more unique species in cooler waters than in the tropics, a reversal of the situation on land.

News Headlines
#110040
2016-09-16

Africa leads in the pursuit of a sustainable ocean economy

African coastal countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) rely heavily on fishing and related employment, yet these livelihoods are all under threat due to declining fish stocks.

News Headlines
#109995
2016-09-15

Larger marine animals at higher risk of extinction, and humans are to blame

In today's oceans, larger-bodied marine animals are more likely to become extinct than smaller creatures, according to a new report. It's a pattern that is unprecedented in the history of life on Earth, and one that is likely driven by human fishing.

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#109996
2016-09-15

New Public Website Offers Detailed View of Industrial Fishing

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 2016 (IPS) - In a giant step for transparency at sea, environmentalists on Thursday unveiled a website that allows anyone with an Internet connection to see for free exactly where and when most of the world’s industrial fishing boats actually fish.

News Headlines
#110004
2016-09-15

High seas treaty negotiations ended at UN last week with boost from IUCN Conservation Congress

Government officials from around the world gathered at the United Nations in New York City for ongoing negotiations of an international treaty to protect marine biodiversity on the high seas received a clear vote of confidence from delegates at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’ ...

News Headlines
#110009
2016-09-15

Saving Our Ocean

The Ocean in South America and worldwide is in danger.

News Headlines
#110010
2016-09-15

Humanity driving 'unprecedented' marine extinction

Report comparing past mass extinction events warns that hunting and killing of ocean’s largest species will disrupt ecosystems for millions of years

News Headlines
#109951
2016-09-13

Initiative to restore one million corals launches in the Caribbean and Florida Keys

Research organizations are working on a coral conservation initiative that will enable coral restoration at unprecedented scales throughout the Caribbean and the Florida Keys.

News Headlines
#109955
2016-09-13

Learning to live with the great white shark

Long, sandy beaches, turquoise water, and … great white sharks? Over the past decade, communities along the Atlantic Coast of the US have been learning to live with one of the most feared creatures of the deep.

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#109948
2016-09-12

Shark numbers dwindle in Atlantic Canadian waters

Researchers are concerned about the declining number of sharks in North Atlantic waters, pointing to a combination of climate change, overfishing and commercial fishing techniques as causes.

News Headlines
#109905
2016-09-09

International community rallies to address major threat to oceans

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017. The BWM Convention is a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through ships’ ballast ...

CBD
Meeting
#5599
News Headlines
#109791
2016-09-02

Pacific Islands fail to agree plan to protect tuna

Countries from around the Pacific Ocean met to discuss ways of protecting the shrinking supplies but were unable to come to any agreement, officials say

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#2530
2016-09-02
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2016-09-26
News Headlines
#109772
2016-08-31

High Seas Biodiversity Agreement: the importance of sustainable access and benefit sharing

As African States, we are fully cognisant of the contribution of oceans and seas to our development.

News Headlines
#109741
2016-08-30

UN Negotiations Focus on What Lies Beneath the High Seas

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 30 2016 (IPS) - The high seas – oceans which fall beyond the jurisdiction of any country – make up about two thirds of the world’s ocean and half of the total surface of planet earth.

News Headlines
#109743
2016-08-30

South Africa’s traditional fishers buoyed by data-logging app

Small-scale fishers hope technology will convince ministers that there are enough stocks to feed communities sustainably

News Headlines
#109729
2016-08-26

Obama to create world's largest protected marine area off Hawaii

Barack Obama is to create the world’s largest protected marine area off the coast of Hawaii, the White House has said. The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument will quadruple in size, to cover around 582,578 sq miles (1.5m sq km) - more than twice the size of Texas.

News Headlines
#109718
2016-08-25

A New Regime for the High Seas

Late last year, nearly 200 nations came together in Paris to reach a critical global climate agreement. The Paris climate agreement demonstrated that the international community can come together and successfully tackle a grave environmental problem of global scope. It is now time for the intern ...

News Headlines
#109690
2016-08-24

Reef castaways: Can coral make it across Darwin's 'impassable' barrier?

An international team of researchers have shown that vulnerable coral populations in the eastern tropical Pacific have been completely isolated from the rest of the Pacific Ocean for at least the past two decades.

News Headlines
#109693
2016-08-24

Microplastics should be banned in cosmetics to save oceans, MPs say

Environmental audit committee calls for ban after hearing that microbeads harm marine life and enter the food chain

News Headlines
#109653
2016-08-19

Reefs in Timor-Leste's Ataúro Island hold the world's highest reef fish species average

A biodiversity survey in the waters of Ataúro Island, situated 36 kilometres (22 miles) north of Timor-Leste's capital Dili, conducted by NGO Conservation International (CI) in July has revealed that the island hosts the highest average fish diversity globally.

News Headlines
#109628
2016-08-18

New online trawler tracking tool aims to help end overfishing

Developers hope the tool, that enables anyone with internet access to track fishing vessels worldwide, will create greater transparency in the oceans

News Headlines
#109633
2016-08-18

Sri Lankan mangroves respond to conservation plan

[COLOMBO] A year after Sri Lanka launched a mangrove conservation plan with funds from a U.S. conservation group about half of its 37,000 hectares of mangrove forests are in a various stage of revival, officials say.

News Headlines
#109611
2016-08-17

Sea habits of migratory birds highlight conservation need in the Canary Current

Scientists have tracked the behaviour of seabirds migrating across the Atlantic to better understand how these animals use the marine environment and find out where they might come into conflict with human activities.

News Headlines
#109612
2016-08-17

Fish Urine Essential For Survival, Growth Of Coral Reefs, New Study Finds

A number of species of fish take refuge in the folds and uneven surfaces of coral reefs and return the favor by releasing important nutrients essential for the survival and growth of the corals ­– in the form of urine.

News Headlines
#109616
2016-08-17

Atauro Island: scientists discover the most biodiverse waters in the world

A small island, a short boat trip from Timor-Leste’s capital, Dili, appears to have the most biodiverse waters anywhere in the world. There is a push for the site to be protected with a view to developing an ecotourism industry for the country’s struggling economy.

News Headlines
#109604
2016-08-16

Giant Coral Reef in Protected Area Shows New Signs of Life

In 2003, researchers declared Coral Castles dead. Research dives in 2009 and 2012 had shown little improvement in the coral colonies. Then in 2015, a team of marine biologists was stunned and overjoyed to find Coral Castles, genus Acropora, once again teeming with life. But the rebound came with ...

News Headlines
#109570
2016-08-11

Old, older, Greenland shark

No vertebrate lives as long as the Greenland shark, a new study says. But this Methuselah of the animal kingdom is still quite puzzling. Do they really only reach sexual maturity at age 150?

News Headlines
#109522
2016-08-10

Double whammy for important Baltic seaweed

Wherever ecosystems rich in species develop on the rocky shores of the Baltic Sea, the bladder wrack Fucus vesiculosus has provided perfect groundwork

News Headlines
#109502
2016-08-09

Sites targeted for deep-sea mining teeming with new species

An area targeted for deep sea mining is teeming with diverse life forms, including several new species, a new study has found.Countries have been eyeing the deep seafloor of the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) — a massive 6 million square kilometers (~2.3 million square miles) area in the Pacific ...

News Headlines
#109488
2016-08-08

Under-reporting of catches threatens Caribbean marine life

When factoring in tourist and resident consumption of locally sourced seafood, the number of fish removed from waters is almost three times as high as previously thought.

News Headlines
#109467
2016-08-05

UNESCO seeks to protect natural wonders in the high seas

UNESCO is proposing adding sites in the high seas to the World Heritage List. These natural wonders are in international waters. Heritage status could help protect them against pollution and overfishing.

News Headlines
#109395
2016-08-02

Scientists report mass die-off of invertebrates at East Flower Garden Bank in Gulf of Mexico

On Monday, sport divers on the M/V Fling, diving in the Gulf of Mexico 100 miles offshore of Texas and Louisiana, were stunned to find green, hazy water, huge patches of ugly white mats coating corals and sponges, and dead animals littering the bottom on the East Flower Garden Bank, a reef norma ...

News Headlines
#109393
2016-08-01

The oceans are full of barriers for small organisms

Subtle and short-lived differences in ocean salinity or temperature function as physical barriers for phytoplankton, and result in a patchy distribution of the oceans' most important food resource. The new research from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the University of Cope ...

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