Many scientists around the world are studying marine biodiversity—the variety of life forms in the ocean.
As global powers meet in Poland at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, a study led by Stanford University sheds light on the impact of human-induced environmental change on the functioning of ecosystems, especially marine life.
Coral reefs contain the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They're crucial for fish reproduction and protecting shorelines from tropical storms.
Despite having had five years to implement measures in the latest version of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), European Union member states are still lagging behind and likely to miss important 2020 deadlines on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management, a new report from W ...
A stunning array of biodiversity lies at the depths of a marine region that some fear the Trump administration will open to fishing and mining.
World fisheries should be more strictly managed to relieve pressure on seabird numbers, Aberdeen experts have said.
23 November 2018, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Reference: SCBD/SSSF/BSPG/AS/JL/JA/87674 (2018-093)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities, International Coral Reef Initiative, Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security, and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
Mexico protected 10 species of parrotfish in October, a move that conservationists say will help the country’s coral reefs recover, in addition to safeguarding the species’ numbers.
New findings released offer a compelling business case for investing in the protection of the world’s coral reefs, with economic benefits stretching into the tens of billions in just over a decade.
Scientists have collected data on a tiny sponge thought to be at risk from seabed mining. This newly discovered species could be a 'canary in a coal mine' to allow scientists to monitor the impacts of this new industry.
The iconic crustaceans have disappeared in waters to the south. If they keep heading north to Canada, high-flying young lobstermen may pay the biggest price.
Octopuses don’t hang out in posses, or at least that’s what marine biologists thought. Now, however, after spotting a convention of thousands of such cephalopods deep in the seas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California on Oct. 23, scientists might have to rethink this contention.
The Goa government has issued a warning to beach-goers that the state's beaches and coastal waters have swarms of live and dead jellyfish.
Not every diver's dream is to watch shimmering shoals of fish swim through coral reefs in dazzlingly blue seas.For Laura Tuominen, the ultimate diving experience is not to be found in the Red Sea or the Caribbean, but in a labyrinth of spectacular underwater caves beneath the pavements of Budapest.
Beijing could be the key to unlocking a positive outcome at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), writes American marine biologist Sylvia Earle.
Canadian fisheries scientists have discovered a large number of intact colonies of living coral off Cape Breton in a reef complex that had been turned to rubble by decades of bottom trawl fishing gear.
In Scotland's highlands, the Glenmorangie whisky distillery has gone beyond merely making whisky and into marine conservation. Working with Heriot Watt University and the Marine Conservation Society, 20,000 oysters will be introduced into the sea near the distillery in the Dornoch Firth - firth ...
This is the first time this strange creature was spotted outside the Gulf of Mexico. A group of researchers have filmed a type of sea creature known as a “headless chicken monster” swimming in waters near Antarctica for the first time. The discovery was made as part of an effort to discover new ...
Early on a gray summer Saturday, an unusual assemblage — commercial fishermen, recreational boaters, neoprene-clad divers — gathered for a mission at Albion Cove, a three-hour drive north of San Francisco.
On World Food Day, WWF warns against the dramatic impact of overfished oceans on people around the globe. Currently, 33 percent of fish stocks are overfished (in the Mediterranean it is 85 percent) with a further 60 percent at maximum capacity with no possibility to increase catches without over ...
15 - 19 October 2018, Tangier, Morocco
Australian scientists have discovered a previously unknown chain of volcanic seamounts near Tasmania. The area appears to be brimming with marine life, including a surprising number of whales who may be using the undersea volcanoes as a navigational tool.
A group of military veterans have become eco-warriors on a new mission to save coral reef off the coast of Florida that's been damaged by hurricanes. The "Force Blue" dive team is a group of a dozen of some of America's very best. They're all former Marines, Navy SEALs and special ops on a missi ...
Cryptic fauna—small organisms that inhabit the hidden spaces within a reef structure—represent a substantial proportion of the diversity within coral reefs but are typically neglected in traditional visual surveys, which tend to focus on large and conspicuous species, such as fish and corals.
Research into the future of Australia's "other reef" – the Great Southern Reef – shows that even under the most optimistic carbon emission scenarios, ocean warming is likely to cause substantial loss of critical habitat-forming seaweeds by 2100.
28 September 2018, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Even after being severely damaged by blast fishing and coral mining, coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large scales using a relatively inexpensive technique, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, in partnership with Mars Symbioscience.
Reference: SCBD/SPS/AS/JL/JA/JMQ/87674 (2018-080)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
Fishing in the high seas yields precious genetic resources, which every country covets but has no jurisdiction over. How to make this extraction fair and sustainable? Enter the UN’s Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity.
In a move hailed by campaigners as a critical step for ocean conservation, Britain will call on global leaders at the United Nations to protect 30 per cent of the world’s oceans by 2030, a trebling of the current target.
Kelp forests and seagrass meadows soak up carbon dioxide and help protect our coasts against rising seas. Just two reasons why we should learn to love our marine forests.
A soft robot jellyfish that can swim through openings narrower than its body could be used to monitor delicate delicate environments in the ocean, scientists have said.
Subtropical gyres are huge, sustained currents spanning thousands of kilometers across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, where very little grows.
Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Centre released an update to its 2017 first global scientific assessment of the impact of climate change on UNESCO World Heritage coral reefs.
31 July - 3 August 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia
Reference: SCBD/SPS/AS/SG/JL/JA/JMQ/87396 (2018-062)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the northern Africa and the Mediterranean region: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, the European Union, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey; indigenous peoples and local communities; Mediterranean Action Plan/UNEP; General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean; ACCOBAMS; MedPAN, and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives
30 June - 1 July 2018, Montreal, Canada
Reference: SCBD/SPS/AS/SBG/JL/JG/86569 (2018-056)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, and Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points; relevant organizations; and indigenous peoples and local communities
8 June 2018, New York, United States of America
Reference: SCBD/SPS/AS/JL/JA/JMQ/87344 (2018-038)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Coral Triangle region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste), indigenous peoples and local communities, and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
22 March 2018, New York, United States of America
19 - 24 February 2018, Helsinki, Finland