With a 5,500-kilometre coastline, Madagascar’s potential to benefit from a blue economy is huge. This was identified by the Malagasy government in 2015 when it determined that a clearly defined set of blue-economy principles could be the way to jumpstart economic development in the country.
Barbados has made two major foreign policy moves on clean oceans, joining with New Zealand in the fight against acidified oceans and climate change. Bridgetown’s request to join the New Zealand-led Ocean Acidification Working Group has been accepted, as Minister for Climate Change James Shaw wel ...
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have collected rare imagery revealing rich marine biodiversity at Ningaloo Reef, after deploying baited underwater cameras to analyze various fish species.
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To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant organizations
Samba Lahy recalls the time when, as a young man, he used to go fishing with his parents off the coast of Tampolove, one of the fishing villages dotting the southwestern coast of Madagascar.
The number of whales and dolphins washing up around the UK coastline has risen, according to new figures.
Galicia has agreed to a cull of the creatures, which are turning up in unusually large numbers and feasting on the region’s key export
Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientist Angelika Brandt has published an inventory of the current knowledge and discussions concerning marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).
Declining growth of Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System corals predicts trouble for worldwide reefs
An international team of scientists reports that a single amino acid change in the light-sensing rhodopsin protein played a critical role when herring adapted to the red-shifted light environment in the Baltic Sea.
On Monday, the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument kicked off its third of four rounds of UN meetings toward achieving a global treaty for the oceans under the UN Convention for the Law of the Sea, known as UNCLOS.
The world will have an additional 2 billion people to feed over the next 30 years—and doing that without decimating the planet's resources will require exploring as many options as possible.
University of Rhode Island oceanographer Steven D"Hondt and his collaborators have studied the microbial life that lives deep beneath the seafloor—including the rate at which it breathes and how much food it consumes—for more than 20 years, and they have made some significant discoveries.
From August 19 to 30, an intergovernmental conference will convene at the United Nations in New York to continue negotiations toward a treaty to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the high seas—the two-thirds of the world’s ocean beyond the jurisdiction of any country.
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Record amounts of seaweed this summer have caused historic damage to beaches and cut tourism in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean, researchers and public officials say.
SYDNEY, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. marine biologist and ocean explorer Sylvia Earle told Australian audiences that keeping the oceans healthy is more critical now than ever.
The arrival of beaver dams in the Pacific Northwest’s Elwha River delta may have surprising benefits.
(CNN)An international group of scientists has surveyed more than 2,500 coral reef systems across 44 countries to determine how to save them in the face of damage caused by climate change and humans, according to a new study.
Mangroves are an amazing #ClimateAction Super Solution, they are effective carbon sinks, storing four times more CO2 than rainforests.
Scientists reviewed more than 900 studies and found that seabirds face big threats both on land and at sea.
Small fishes play an important role in the marine food chain, providing food for larger fishes and water birds, but they are also caught for use as bait in both commercial and recreational fisheries.
As negotiations enter the final phase, countries are split over principles to govern exploitation; China is at the centre of the debate
Lloyd Bond has been diving the waters of Nova Scotia for the last 20 years, often coming across flatfish, lobster and sea urchins that typically populate cooler northern climates.
Research finds marine predators are significantly smaller and much rarer in areas closer to people
A phenomenon that makes coral spawn more than once a year is improving the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.
EVANSVILLE, Ind., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Scientists expect the size of the Gulf of Mexico's massive dead zone to grow in coming years, as changing global weather patterns pound the Midwest with heavier rains and more severe flooding.
Grooming and filling beaches is altering the biodiversity of these ecosystems, research finds.
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To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points
1 August 2019, Videoconference
The coral reefs of the lesser Sunda-Banda seascape in southeastern Indonesia host some of the planet’s most biodiverse marine ecosystems, which remain relatively untouched even as overfishing ravages sea life to the country’s west and all over the world.
A major study has highlighted how sharks are threatened by commercial fishing around the globe.
CSIRO says dramatic climate events are compounding the effects of underlying global heating
Baby whales, like all young mammals, rely on their mother’s milk for their early development.
When a proven ecosystem restoration method also helps reduce poverty and build economic resilience, governments will often back them as a win-win solution.
The International Seabed Authority must commit the mining industry to a sustainable future.
Heatwaves in the ocean can rapidly disrupt marine ecosystems and the economies that depend on them.
Top predator’s status could indicate direction of broader ecosystem
July 18 (UPI) -- All of the ocean's many complex food chains rely on nutrients. Nutrient cycles fuel algae and phytoplankton blooms, which nourish the smaller life forms that feed larger predators.
Climate change is killing the world's coral reefs. But it's not the only factor turning them into white, dead husks.
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To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; relevant organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities
The ban on the wasteful discards of healthy and edible fish at sea has failed, according to a Lords report.
Study is world's longest record of reactive nutrients, algae concentrations for coral reefs
Iron particles released by industrial activities are falling into the seas in greater quantities than previously thought
“We got lucky she appeared when she did. We were about to get off the water when she popped up out of nowhere,” explains Alex Rendell, a Thai actor and conservationist, and founder of the Environmental Education Centre, of his encounter with the seven-month old dugong baby called Marium. “I’ve b ...
Coral reefs are retreating from equatorial waters and establishing new reefs in more temperate regions, according to new research.
OTTAWA -- The federal government has announced new measures to protect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence that have been dying from ship strikes and getting caught in fishing gear.
A floating mass of seaweed stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico is now the biggest seaweed bloom in the world, according to satellite observations.
Greenpeace report reveals 29 floor-exploration licences have been granted worldwide
Aquatic organisms in marine systems and freshwaters are threatened by fungal and fungal-like diseases globally.
Japan resumed commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, and a fleet of vessels began catching its first whales on Monday.