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Meeting
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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 ...

News Headlines
#109335
2016-07-27

Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

To improve and ensure the efficacy of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon -- the largest oil spill in U.S. history -- a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ...

News Headlines
#109342
2016-07-27

How Hong Kong can build on its trawling ban to become a champion of sustainable seafood

Hong Kong’s love of seafood shows no signs of abating. Fortunately, as an article in the Post reported, an increasing number of restaurateurs are insisting that the seafood they serve is not only of the finest quality, but caught sustainably.

News Headlines
#109244
2016-07-22

The history and future of protecting the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is under considerable strain, with coral bleaching the latest in a number of environmental pressures having an impact. So does the reef's status as a World Heritage site actually help to protect it?

News Headlines
#109237
2016-07-21

Sections of Great Barrier Reef suffering from 'complete ecosystem collapse'

Coral Watch investigator reports ‘shocking’ lack of fish and says the surviving corals are continuing to bleach, even during winter

News Headlines
#109239
2016-07-21

Mexico bans night fishing, gillnets to protect vaquita porpoise

MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities are banning night fishing and gill nets in an area inhabited by the endangered vaquita marina porpoise in the upper Gulf of California.

CBD
Meeting
#5587

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

18 - 22 July 2016, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#109156
2016-07-14

Policy: Marine biodiversity needs more than protection

On 1 September, government leaders, directors of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others will meet in Hawaii at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Conservation Congress to discuss environmental and development challenges

News Headlines
#109163
2016-07-14

WWF buys shark fishing licence on Great Barrier Reef to scrap it

Conservation group seeks help to pay for the $100,000 licence which lets owner drag 1.2km nets along length of the reef

News Headlines
#109167
2016-07-14

New UN-backed survey reveals ‘alarming’ damage to high seas and marine ecosystems

14 July 2016 – More than half of the world’s fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of our major fish stocks are now overexploited, according to the latest global assessments on the state of world’s high seas and large marine ecosystems launched today by United Nations Educational, Scient ...

News Headlines
#109144
2016-07-13

Microscope observes life of the ocean floor

Marine scientists have developed a microscope that for the first time provides a window into the small scale behaviour of marine life.

Notification
#2515
2016-07-11
Action by
2016-08-08

Reminder and Extension of Deadline: Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Regional Capacity Development Workshop for the South Pacific, 31 October to 4 November 2016, Apia, Samoa

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/JL/JA/JG/85697 (2016-089)
To: CBD National Focal Points in Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niue, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, other Governments, Agence des aires marines protégées, Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, SPREP, CSIRO, indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives

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News Headlines
#109111
2016-07-08

Record High Seafood Consumption Not Sustainable, Warns UN

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2016 (IPS) - The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year.

News Headlines
#109113
2016-07-08

Australia's vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave, study reveals

About 90% of forests off the western coast were wiped out between 2011 and 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy, say scientists

Notification
#2512
2016-07-05

Selected participants for the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 18 to 22 July 2016 - Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/JL/JMQ/ 85559 (2016-086)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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News Headlines
#109057
2016-06-30

Man-made structures affecting coastal wetlands in Louisiana, study says

MIAMI, June 29 (UPI) -- Disruptions to the tidal inundation process along coastal Louisiana are having a tangible effect on wetlands, but scientists think they have identified the biggest causes and hope to find ways to mitigate their effects.

News Headlines
#109068
2016-06-30

Overstressed seaweed more likely to get sick

"We believe these kinds of opportunistic pathogens are more common in marine environment than had been realized before," researcher Suhelen Egan said.

News Headlines
#109037
2016-06-28

New York's whales to be studied for the first time

The habits of New York’s little-understood whale population is to be fully analysed for the first time, with scientists hoping the new information will help protect the marine behemoths that navigate one of the busiest shipping areas in the world.

News Headlines
#109001
2016-06-27

Sea star death triggers damaging ecological domino effect

BURNABY, British Columbia, June 23 (UPI) -- Researchers are just now understanding the ecological consequences of the massive 2013 die-off of sea stars along North America's Pacific Coast, and the findings aren't good.

News Headlines
#109016
2016-06-27

Coral scientists urge Australia to conserve reefs, curb CO2 emissions

As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.

News Headlines
#109019
2016-06-27

UN deputy chief highlights benefits from and challenges confronting oceans

27 June 2016 – Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.

News Headlines
#108993
2016-06-23

African Fisheries Plundered by Foreign Fleets

WASHINGTON, Jun 23 2016 (IPS) - In 2011, Dyhia Belhabib was a volunteer in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver when she was asked to participate in the Sea Around Us’s project to determine how much fish had been taken out of the world’s oceans since 1950 in or ...

News Headlines
#108961
2016-06-22

'Zombie corals' pose new threat to world's reefs

Scientists discover corals that look healthy but cannot reproduce, dashing hopes such reefs could repopulate bleached areas

News Headlines
#108944
2016-06-21

Manta rays are local commuters, not long-distance travelers, study finds

Oceanic manta rays -- often thought to take epic migrations -- might actually be homebodies, according to a new study. A research team studied satellite-tracked manta rays to shed light on the lives of these mysterious ocean giants.

News Headlines
#108947
2016-06-21

Iceland's fishing industry 'better off outside' EU

Iceland's fishing minister has said the country would "never join the European Union" because the country is thriving outside.

News Headlines
#108949
2016-06-21

Widespread coral bleaching event to hit US hard for third straight year

The global coral reef bleaching crisis is about the get worse.

News Headlines
#108922
2016-06-17

What 'Finding Dory' Means for Our Marine Friends

Most of us remember the scene in Finding Nemo where the young, spirited clown fish is captured by a diver and whisked out of the sea and far from his dad. So begins the loving father’s epic adventure to find his son, Nemo.

News Headlines
#108912
2016-06-16

Why some coral reefs thrive as others die off

Coral reefs in remote locations may sometimes be worse off than those near human fishing communities, says a new study that looked at why some reefs are thriving as others die off.

News Headlines
#108863
2016-06-09

Fishing prohibitions produce more sharks along with problems for fishing communities

Scientists working for Murdoch University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other groups have good news about fishing closures established in Indonesia's shark sanctuary: It's good for sharks and other fish, all of which are more abundant within zones with fishing r ...

News Headlines
#108852
2016-06-08

On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans

8 June 2016 – On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of peop ...

News Headlines
#108853
2016-06-08

Bleaching 'devastates' Chagos Marine Reserve

The UK's largest tropical reef has been devastated in the global bleaching event now under way.

News Headlines
#108859
2016-06-08

World Oceans Day 2016: Five Threats To Sea Wildlife And Coastal Economies

Walk along virtually any beach or seashore, and you’ll likely encounter a post-consumer heap of plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic toys and plastic constellations of white and blue bottle caps.

News Headlines
#108833
2016-06-07

Fisheries policies urged to prioritise nutrition goals

[KUALA LUMPUR] The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that fish consumption per person globally has more than doubled over the past five decades. But scientists say governments should now focus more on the nutritional quality of fisheries.

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