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Collateral damage: new findings shed light on the full impact of commercial fishing

Aside from reducing the populations of the species sought for capture, commercial fisheries are also killing thousands of non-target creatures such as sharks, albatross, and sea turtles, collectively referred to as “bycatch.”

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'Do not kill sharks': Australian survey result undermines world's biggest cull

As western state slaughters sharks for perceived threat, Sydney Aquarium visitor survey finds 87% saying the predators should not be killed, and 69% backing human safety through education

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High Biodiversity of Mozambique Channel Coral Reefs Need Protection, Study Says

The coral reefs of the Mozambique Channel are a hotspot for biodiversity and the leading candidate for a prioritized conservation effort, according to a new study.

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Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ebsas in the Mediterranean Region

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Court partially stops Japan's 'scientific' whaling, but Pacific harvests to continue

Japan has harvested thousands of whales in North Pacific and Antarctic waters since the implementation of a global ban on whaling, eliciting harsh criticism from the international community.

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At UN, countries to consider need for global instrument to protect marine biodiversity

2 April 2014 – United Nations Member States have begun a series of meetings in New York to discuss the need for an international instrument that would regulate the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond countries’ national jurisdiction.

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Oxygen depletion in the Baltic Sea is ten times worse than a century ago

The Baltic Sea is suffering from a lack of oxygen. Poor oxygen conditions on the seabed are killing animals and plants, and experts are now sounding the alarm -- releasing fewer nutrients into the Baltic Sea is absolutely necessary.

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Japan ordered to stop Antarctic 'scientific' whaling

Japan's scientific whaling programme in the Antarctic is not "for purposes of scientific research", and therefore must stop. That is the ruling by the International Court of Justice, the highest United Nations court, today in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Data to Inform the Mediterranean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

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Palau's plans to ban commercial fishing could set precedent for tuna industry

The Pacific nation wants to conserve fish for its economy and marine reserves. How will this impact the fishing industry?

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Europe means business reeling in pirate fisheries

The European Union, the world's biggest seafood importer, has banned fish from three countries because they do not police their fisheries. The 28 EU fisheries ministers decreed in Brussels this week that EU vessels may no longer fish off Belize, Cambodia or Guinea, and the EU may not import thos ...


World Water Day

22 March 2014

Meeting Document


Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for EBSAs in the North-West Atlantic Region

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Plankton make scents for seabirds and a cooler planet

The top predators of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to newly published work from the University of California, Davis.


Request for information on the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/83342 (2014-042)
To: CBD Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal points; relevant organizations, including the Convention on Migratory Species; and indigenous and local communities

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Tidal wave of ocean data leaves scientists swamped

A lack of data curators and managers capable of cleaning up observational measurements, particularly in less developed nations, is limiting the scale and scope of ocean research, researchers have said on the sidelines of an oceans science meeting.

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Data to Inform the North-West Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

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Ocean food web is key in the global carbon cycle

Nothing dies of old age in the ocean. Everything gets eaten and all that remains of anything is waste.

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Satellites track turtle 'lost years'

Tiny satellite tags have tracked months-old animals in the uncertain period when they leave US coastal waters and head out into the wider Atlantic Ocean.

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Scientists call for tougher treaty to protect the deep ocean

A new international agreement is needed to police the exploitation of the deep ocean because of the rising threats of deep-sea mining and bottom trawling for fish, say scientists.

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Marine Genetic Resources and the Nagoya Protocol: Preparing the Marine Scientific Community

The oceans cover more that 70% of the Earth’s surface, harbour more than 95% of its biosphere and are home to more than 34 of the 36 living animal phyla. Its enormous biological diversity makes the marine environment a vast and unique reservoir of undiscovered genetic information and biochemical ...


Expert Workshop on Underwater Noise and its Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

25 - 27 February 2014, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Two reports detail woeful state of Europe’s seas

“Europe’s seas and oceans are not in good shape,” says Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik. “The message is clear.”

Meeting Document


Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ebsas in the Arctic Region

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Legal harvest of marine turtles tops 42,000 each year

A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles -- and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries.

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Background Document on the Development of Practical Guidance and Toolkits to Minimize and Mitigate the Significant Adverse Impacts of Anthropogenic Underwater Noise on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

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Request for information on the experience and use of marine spatial planning

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JM/82140 (2014-025)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal points; other Governments; United Nations specialized agencies, including UNEP, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, FAO, and IMO; the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-STAP); regional organizations, including Large Marine Ecosystem programmes and regional seas organizations; other relevant organizations; indigenous and local communities

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Deep Oceans Need ‘Stewardship’ to Prevent Industrial Damage

CHICAGO, Illinois, February 18, 2014 (ENS) – The deep ocean is Earth’s least explored environment, but that is rapidly changing. Scientists are calling for a new stewardship ethic as technological advances open the ocean deeps to the extraction of oil and gas, minerals and precious metals, and t ...

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Belugas with 'kitty-litter disease' threaten Inuit

These adorable beluga whales just got a bit scary – at least for Inuit hunters who eat their meat. For the first time, Atlantic belugas have been found to carry an infectious parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which is normally spread via cat faeces.

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Western Australia shark cull is driven by irrational fear

Such decisions are being strongly influenced by films that thrill and terrify us with the threat of monster sharks

Meeting Document


Data to Inform the Arctic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

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Western Australia shark cull condemned as futile after attacks fall

US researcher slams ‘revenge killings’ after report shows Australia had below-average number of attacks in 2013

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Off Miami’s coast, a possible solution for threatened coral reef

Rare colony of corals thriving in shipping channel could hold key for genetically modified versions to adapt

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Deep-sea mining 'must responsibly respect ecosystems'

Scientists have made an impassioned plea for humanity to pause and think before making a headlong rush to exploit the deep sea.

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Coral bleaching makes fish behave recklessly

Fish on bleached coral reefs are fearless. Instead of staying hidden at home, they stray out, making them easy prey for predators.

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Human resource needs putting deep-water ecosystems in peril

Chicago — Relentlessly rising human demand for for deep-sea resources -- fish, gas and oil, rare materials -- is posing such a risk that international cooperation is needed if aquatic ecosystems are to be saved, US scientists warn.

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Scientists count whales from space

Scientists have demonstrated a new method for counting whales from space.

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Whales off Africa increasingly encountering human activities

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Important whale habitats and migration routes off western Africa are increasingly overlapping with offshore ocean industries, U.S. conservationists warn.

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