Alton Liao is tall, calm of character, and with a measured approach to work. He knows his fish and he knows his boats. He’s spent many days at sea as an observer, monitoring fishing catches.
ROME, Jun 6 2016 (IPS) - While the United Nations identifies 17 major regional seas in its planning, the Mediterranean is perhaps the most dramatic case as it has gone from being the so-called cradle of civilization to be a cemetery for thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants. And it is most pr ...
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 5 2016 (IPS) - In September 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
5 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.
The longest global coral bleaching event in history is now devastating reefs in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives, with images released exclusively to the Guardian powerfully illustrating the extent of the damage there.
Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.
A global exemplar in protecting Earth's most iconic places is the 1972 World Heritage Convention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)1.
UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - A new international accord to tackle illegal and under-reported fishing will come into force on June 5.
At least a third of corals in the northern and central parts of the world's largest coral reef system are perishing, scientists have said. Global warming and rising sea temperatures could be the culprits, they say.
Last month, researchers from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies found that 93 percent of the 1,400 mile-long Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — had been affected by some level of bleaching. Scientists from the centre have now estimated that this ...
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JG/85697 (2016-064)
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
A scientific team has found a deep-water coral ecosystem that is very vulnerable to human activity in La Fonera canyon in the Northwestern Mediterranian Sea. The findings are explained in an article published in PLOS ONE.
SYDNEY: Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be beyond saving in five years without "now or never" funding to improve water quality as climate change ravages the World Heritage-listed site, scientists warned Thursday.
Ocean acidification expected to accompany climate change may slow development and reduce survival of the larval stages of Dungeness crab, a key component of the Northwest marine ecosystem and the largest fishery by revenue on the West Coast, a new study has found.
Fish provide protein to billions of people and are an especially critical food source in the developing world. Today marine biologists confirmed a key factor that could help them thrive through the coming decades: biodiversity.
GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 17 (UPI) -- Every year, biologists, conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers take to Florida beaches to clean up the shoreline in anticipation of the arrival of nesting sea turtles. A new study confirms the value of these cleanups.
An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has shown.
Amid the ongoing threat of coral bleaching and deaths, researchers decided to study large changes in the fish population that coincided with this phenomenon. They discovered that this degradation can directly affect how fish learn to avoid predators.
A humble, star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.
A humble star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.
Scientists have revealed that the northern Galapagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare).
Severe oxygen drops in the water can leave trails of fish kills in their wakes, but scientists thought adult fish would be more resilient to the second major threat in coastal waters: acidification.
Coral reefs around the world are in deep trouble.
"Ocean acidification is likely to progress along our coastline as a patchwork of hotspots," said researcher Kristy Kroeker.
Three species of shark, tiger, lemon and Caribbean reef, all use deeper coral reefs in the Virgin Islands, but only lemon shark presence was associated with seasonal grouper spawning aggregations, according to a new study.
How species genetically adapt to their environment is a central question related to the evolution of biodiversity. In a new study scientists at Uppsala University and their colleagues report that whole genome sequencing of Atlantic and Baltic herring revealed hundreds of loci underlying adaptati ...
By now, you've probably heard that at least 90 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has been affected by a global bleaching event. But these "rocks" on the seabed play a key role for life in oceans - and for people, too.
Antarctic regions are natural laboratories to study biodiversity and the impact of climate change. In Antarctica, some marine ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to the ocean acidification due to an excess of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.
The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.
24 - 25 April 2016, Montreal, Canada
21 April 2016 – International guidelines being developed by a United Nations agency and new technologies are expected to boost efforts to cut down levels of abandoned fish gear, which often continues to carry out the capture process, entangling fish and other marine animals in its nets, a phenom ...
Authorities are looking into whether pollution is to blame for a spate of mysterious mass fish deaths along the country’s central coast
Australian scientists said on Wednesday that just seven percent of the Great Barrier Reef, which attracts around A$5 billion ($3.90 billion) in tourism every year, has been untouched by mass bleaching that is likely to destroy half the coral.
CAIRNS, Australia, April 20 (UPI) -- Just 7 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has avoided bleaching. It's the worst coral bleaching event in Australia's history.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/85559 (2016-051)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points
Australia’s world heritage site is the largest living thing on Earth. But warm water driven by El Niño is bleaching the reef, and a recent report calls for it to be listed as in danger
Singapore/Bangkok, 15 April 2015 - Guidance material on how recreational diving can protect fragile marine biodiversity threatened by growing coastal tourism and support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be launched tomorrow at Asia's largest and oldest dive expo by the United Nat ...
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is undergoing the most severe bleaching event in its history, as corals along the reef expel the symbiotic algae that provide them both with their rich colours and food.
Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America
Report of Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) National Capacity Development Workshop for Namibia
A new study found that about 11 percent of adult loggerhead turtles were dying early in the waters off Middle East and North Africa due to entanglement in fishing nets used by small-scale fisheries.
Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity Development Workshop for East Africa
DHAKA, Bangladesh, Apr 12 2016 (IPS) - Bangladesh has decided to set up a Hilsa Conservation Trust Fund (HCTF) to protect this fish from over-exploitation due to population growth and effects of climate change.
Report of the Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in the Seas of East Asia
Approximately 2,500 miles east of Rio de Janeiro and just over 1,200 miles west of the African country of Angola, lies St. Helena Island: one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.
A recent study shows that effective shark conservation in Indonesia only works when shark protection through no-fishing zones is combined with efforts to involve local communities in the management of their own fisheries and by providing alternatives to sustain their livelihoods.