Researchers have sequenced an octopus genome for the first time, paving the way for a better understanding of octopuses and similar creatures.
You’ve heard of the Great Barrier Reef – but what about its southern equivalent? The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km. Its kelp forests contain unique and diverse marine life by global standards, and it contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia’s economy each year.
The Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is responsible for depletion of 40 percent of the coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef over the last 30 years, and currently can only be controlled by the labor intensive use of an expensive lethal injection, administered by divers.
CAIRNS, Australia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Humans retreat inside and blast the air conditioning when it's hot, but fish don't have such a luxury. New research shows a common predator species off the Australian coast dives deeper to avoid rising water temperatures.
Sylvia Earle fell in love with the ocean as a teenager in the 1950s. She marveled at the wealth of aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico, near her family’s home in Clearwater, Florida.
A TREASURE trove of biodiversity has been hiding several kilometres below the ocean surface. Only a handful of people have ever seen these enigmatic animals – until now.
They are some of the most interesting and unique creatures in the oceans - deep-sea life. Most people can identify a shark or sea turtle or whale, but many are shocked to see what a lanternfish or oarfish looks like. Deep-sea creatures can be down-right scary looking.
As the oceans’ chemistry is altered by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the response of sea-dwellers such as fish, shellfish and corals is a huge unknown that has implications for fisheries and conservationists alike.
Fish may be evolving to swim faster so they can avoid capture in trawler nets, according to research.
The biodiversity of two Northern Pacific salmon species may be at risk due to changes in ocean conditions at the equator, reports a study by the University of California, Davis.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84902 (2015-091)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in coastal and island country Parties in the East Africa region: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, South Africa, France; Nairobi Convention Secretariat, WIOMSA, French MPA Agency, and other relevant UN/international/regional organizations
North of the Aleutian Islands, submarine canyons in the cold waters of the eastern Bering Sea contain a highly productive "green belt" that is home to deep-water corals as well as a plethora of fish and marine mammals.
LONDON, Jul 31 2015 (IPS) - The importance of mangroves in protecting coastal areas under threat due to sea level rise caused by climate change may have been underestimated, according to new research.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/ 84552 (2015-090)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points
Researchers call for humpbacks to be delisted as threatened as numbers leap to 90% of pre-whaling population along west coast and 63% along east coast
Miami FL (SPX) Jul 23, 2015 -- Researchers discovered a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is more fertile than its shallow-water counterparts.
The "Amazon" of the ocean is a massive series of interconnected reefs in the western equatorial Pacific, it covers six million square kilometers, and is home to three quarters of all coral species.
The head of the Marine Evaluation and Control Unit at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi), Ibrahim Bakla said the stations monitored temperature fluctuations hourly throughout the year and assessed data related to coral growth, live coral, dead coral and coral diseases.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/ASO/84837 (2015-084)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Seas of East Asia region; FAO; IMO; COBSEA; IOC-WESTPAC; NOWPAP; PEMSEA; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
Most life in the sea ultimately depends on photosynthetic plankton. Also known as microalgae, these tiny or microscopic organisms live near the surface and take their energy from the sun and pass it on through the marine food chain.
The escalating territorial dispute in the South China Sea is as much an ecological crisis as it is a geopolitical one. Dredging, land reclamation and the construction of artificial islands could be swamping centuries old reefs in sediment, endangering ecosystems that play a key role in maintaini ...
The six-foot Caribbean reef shark came out of the water thrashing, and Fabián Pina Amargós and his crew quickly pulled it into the research boat.
Using bait attached to underwater cameras at 400 reefs worldwide, scientists are embarking on their first-ever attempt to count the world's sharks, researchers said.
CULASI, Antique—The water was inviting, so the three children on Batbatan Island in Culasi, Antique province, decided to dive and swim in a nearby coral reef.
Seaweed, according to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Service of the United States Department of Commerce, is the common name for countless species of marine plants and algae that grow in the ocean, as well as in rivers, lakes and other water bodies.
Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral in the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday.
Our oceans need an immediate and substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Otherwise, there will be far-reaching and irreversible impacts on marine ecosystems, says a study
Coral reefs are among the UAE’s most biologically-diverse habitats. Besides their conservation and aesthetic value, they are important for fisheries and coastal protection. Ras Ghanada is Abu Dhabi’s most vibrant reef but needs to be protected from development future generations.
As Shark Week arrives for 2015, movie goers have the opportunity to relive a thrilling moment in cinema history with the re-release of the first bona fide summer blockbuster and the celebration of one of the ocean's (and this planet's) most magnificent set of creatures.
Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the hatcheries.
Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister, has said a UN decision not to list the Great Barrier Reef as in danger shows that Australia is a “role model to the world” in environmental protection.
The tiny fish known as the bristlemouth is part of a detective story that bears on everything from feeding the planet and monitoring ocean health to learning how to better predict climate change.
Warming oceanographic conditions, fishing pressure are driving nesting seabirds away from their ancestral breeding ground in Mexico into California harbors
A new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego indicates a steady population trend for blue whales and an upward population trend for fin whales in Southern California.
There's a fluorescent disco world in the Red Sea. An assortment of glowing corals has been discovered more than 50 metres down, outshining the monotone green varieties seen in shallower waters.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves.
COLOMBO, Jun 22 2015 (IPS) - The international community must focus its energies immediately on addressing the grave challenges confronting the oceans. With implications for global order and peace, the oceans are also becoming another arena for national rivalry.
drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JG/84660 (2015-071)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments
Crabs love mangrove swamps. But the mangroves may not love them back. Crabs' voracious appetite for mangrove seeds can be a prime reason why efforts to replant lost mangroves often fail.
KALPITIYA, Sri Lanka, Jun 17 2015 (IPS) - Weekends and public holidays are deadly for one of Sri Lanka’s most delicate ecosystems – that is when the island’s 8,815 hectares of mangroves come under threat.
A more tailored approach to Ocean management is required in the North Atlantic if the permanent loss of an increasingly valuable commercial fish stock is to be avoided, reveals new research led by the University of Salford.
Recent study highlights the value of Indonesia’s disappearing mangrove forests, both on the global carbon market and for local communities
The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests
Ninety miles south of the Florida Keys, where the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico meet, Cuba's waters are still teeming with marine species that are now seldom seen in other parts of the Caribbean.
A comprehensive study of a major California estuary has documented the links between nutrient runoff from coastal land use, the health of the estuary as a nursery for young fish, and the abundance of fish in an offshore commercial fishery.
CARACOL, HAITI — Only little fish are pulled from the coastal waters off Haiti.
8 June 2015 – Although the world's oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the United Nations kicked-off its celebra ...