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#122956
2019-11-11

Incredible Footage Reveals Orcas Chasing Off The Ocean's Most Terrifying Predator

The great white shark is often viewed as the most hardcore thing in the ocean. The top of the food chain. The silent slayer in the dark. But evidence is increasingly emerging that even the great white isn't safe. In fact, these fish too are prey.

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#122720
2019-10-24

Saving Our Oceans: A Plea for Action

This week, world leaders gather in Norway to focus on the health of our oceans at a critical time. For island nations such as the Federated States of Micronesia, threatened as never before by climate change, seriousness of purpose isn’t elective, it’s existential.

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#122723
2019-10-24

How to save the world’s coral reefs

Corals are comeback creatures. As the world froze and melted and sea levels rose and fell over 30,000 years, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which is roughly the size of Italy, died and revived five times. But now, thanks to human activity, corals face the most complex concoction of conditions t ...

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#122705
2019-10-21

How Antarctic krill fertilize the oceans and even store carbon

Krill are best known as whale food. But few people realize that these small, shrimp-like creatures are also important to the health of the ocean and the atmosphere. In fact, Antarctic krill can fertilize the oceans, ultimately supporting marine life from tiny plankton through to massive whales a ...

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#122664
2019-10-15

Best way to protect ocean fisheries? Let nations profit from them

Overfishing is a major problem for the world's oceans, but a strategy adopted nearly 50 years ago has helped protect fisheries: giving nations exclusive rights to waters 200 miles offshore and letting them police their own fish stocks.

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#122665
2019-10-15

Researchers describe a survival strategy in living corals which was only seen in fossil records

Some corals can recover after massive mortality episodes caused by the water temperature rise. This survival mechanism in the marine environment -known as rejuvenation- had only been described in some fossil corals so far. A new study published in the journal Science Advances reveals the first s ...

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#122674
2019-10-15

Jordan’s Aqaba Reefs: Hard Corals Present Simple Solution

The solution to dying coral reefs may be lurking just under the surface of Red Sea waters. New studies reveal that Gulf of Aqaba coral reefs show resistance to climate change.

CBD
Meeting
#5931

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

14 - 18 October 2019, Seocheon, Republic of Korea

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#122583
2019-10-09

Can oceans turn the tide on the climate crisis?

As we pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world is warming at an alarming rate, with devastating consequences. While our vast oceans are helping to take the heat out of climate change, new research shows that they are absorbing a lot more atmospheric carbon dioxide than previousl ...

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#122551
2019-10-07

Literature sheds light on the history and mystery of the Southern Ocean

If you look at a globe, you'll see that the Southern Hemisphere is bluer than the Northern Hemisphere. A huge 80% of it is ocean compared to 60% of the North.

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#122528
2019-10-04

Scientists fight to save unique Guiana coral reef

Off the coast of Guiana, a French overseas department perched on the north coast of South America, scientists scour the choppy waters for signs of life.

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#122504
2019-10-03

Thai marine biologist pleads for dugong conservation plan

A top marine biologist has urged Thailand's government to speed up conservation plans for the dugong, an imperiled sea mammal, after their death toll for the year in Thai waters has already climbed to a record 21.

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#122479
2019-10-02

Maldives coral reefs show signs of resilience and recovery

Corals reefs in the Maldives are showing signs of resilience, adaptation and recovery from the effects of climate change, an annual survey has found. The survey was conducted in a 250km area in the central atolls by Biosphere Expeditions, Marine Conservation Society, Reef Check Maldives and loca ...

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#122487
2019-10-02

Safeguarding the world's largest tuna fishery

Understanding the impact of modern fishing techniques is critical to ensure the sustainability of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) tuna fishery—the largest tuna fishery in the world that accounts for 55% of the total tropical tuna catch and provides up to 98% of government revenue fo ...

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#122447
2019-10-01

Coral bleaching is caused by more than just heat

Analysis of reef damage in the Indo-Pacific during the 2016 El Nino reveals that several stressors influence bleaching.Scientists in the Indian and Pacific Oceans used the El Nino of 2016—the warmest year on record—to evaluate the role of excess heat as the leading driver of coral bleaching and ...

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#122461
2019-10-01

Australia’s vast carbon sink releasing millions of tonnes of CO2 back into atmosphere

Australia’s mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows are absorbing about 20m tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, according to a major new study that is the first to measure in detail the climate benefits of the coastal ecosystems.

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#122464
2019-10-01

As ocean fears gather pace, WTO fishing talks stall

The oceans are under siege, campaigners warn, and fish stocks could collapse unless a global deal is struck swiftly to ban harmful fisheries subsidies. The World Trade Organization, meanwhile, can’t agree on who will head the committee to discuss the issue, according to sources close to the nego ...

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#122441
2019-09-30

David Attenborough: Save Sussex's magical kelp forests

Sir David Attenborough is supporting a campaign to help save an important marine habitat.Kelp forests of the West Sussex coast are one of the most biodiverse environments on the planet, but they have been damaged by changing fishing habits and sediment being dumped on the seafloor.

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#122417
2019-09-27

Longest coral reef survey to date reveals major changes in Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Coral reefs around the world are under increasing stress due to a combination of local and global factors. As such, long-term investigation is becoming increasingly important to understanding ecosystem responses.

Meeting
#5859

World Maritime Day 2019

26 September 2019, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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#122367
2019-09-25

How underwater plants and corals can help animals survive marine heatwaves

Most of the heat from global warming has gone into the oceans, so it is no wonder that the seas are experiencing massive heatwaves too. What's more, climate change is causing a fall in global ocean oxygen levels.

Notification
#2911
2019-09-24

Selected participants for the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 14 to 18 October 2019 - Seocheon, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JA/JMQ/88255 (2019-081)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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#122331
2019-09-24

Scientists decode DNA of coral and all its microscopic supporters

Scientists have seen for the first time how corals collaborate with other microscopic life to build and grow.A study led by The University of Queensland and James Cook University reveals at the DNA level how coral interacts with partners like algae and bacteria to share resources and build healt ...

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#122323
2019-09-23

W. Antarctica's crumbling ice sheet to redraw global coastline

The fate of the world's coastal regions and the hundreds of millions of people who inhabit them depend on a block of ice atop West Antarctica on track to lift global oceans by at least three metres.

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#122297
2019-09-20

Amazon fish ‘face new threats’

While history has played an important role in the distribution and diversity of fish species in the Amazon basin, climate change, deforestation and building of power dams could alter such dynamics even more, biodiversity specialists have warned.

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#122279
2019-09-19

Fish DNA in lake sediment can help determine native species, study shows

A new technique developed by University of Alberta biologists can determine whether certain fish populations are native to lakes in national parks.

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#122256
2019-09-18

All the pressing questions on fish migration

It's not 20 questions—it's even more: Now researchers have identified 100 pressing questions on fish migration.An international team of researchers, lead by Robert Lennox at NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre), have developed the list of questions, published in a paper by the journal Frontiers in ...

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#122259
2019-09-18

New map of the seabed reveal more deposits than expected

There are 30 percent more sediments on the seabed than previously expected, reveal an update of the map GlobSed. This equates to up to two kilometers of extra land mass over today's land area.

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#122209
2019-09-13

Seychelles, blazing a trail in marine conservation

As the world grapples with the climate emergency, Seychelles is leading the way in marine conservation – ten years ahead of United Nations deadlines. A marine expedition into its deep waters has analysed a huge swathe of unchartered Indian Ocean territory, providing invaluable research.

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#122223
2019-09-13

Salmon Tales: Sex, myth and molecular genetics of an iconic fish

A sockeye salmon's life ends right back where it began, culminating in an anadromous drama of sex, decay and sacrifice.Patty Zwollo says that it's all part of sexual maturation in salmon: They swim up out of the Pacific into the same streams in which they were born and into the lives, literature ...

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#122192
2019-09-12

The Ocean Is in Trouble and Current Global Commitments Aren’t Enough to Save It

As you’ve likely heard, the ocean’s health is in trouble. You’re probably aware of overfishing and the harmful practices of fisheries driving a third of the planet’s fish stocks toward extinction, and you surely know about the unconscionable amount of pollution, in particular plastic, that we du ...

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#122193
2019-09-12

Five ways individuals can help save the oceans

I have never understood why society believes young people are not capable of changing the world; ideas change the world, and young people are full of ideas and the energy to implement them.

News Headlines
#122199
2019-09-12

45 reasons the Great Barrier Reef is in trouble

When the managers of the Great Barrier Reef recently rated its outlook as very poor, a few well-known threats dominated the headlines. But delve deeper into the report and you'll find that this global icon is threatened by a whopping 45 risks.

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#122169
2019-09-11

Cod is more than a commodity, it’s vital for North Sea health – Calum Duncan

Earlier this year, the intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on ­Biodiversity and Ecosystem ­Services (IPBES) published the most ­comprehensive assessment ever conducted on the global state of nature.

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#122152
2019-09-10

Africa’s blue economy: five nations poised for growth

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.

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#122153
2019-09-10

Barbados, New Zealand link for ‘clean oceans’

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 ...

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#122165
2019-09-10

Rare pictures uncover diverse marine life at Ningaloo Reef

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.

Notification
#2905
2019-09-09
Action by
2019-09-16

POSTPONEMENT—Thematic workshop on marine and coastal biodiversity for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, 13-15 November 2019 – Montreal, Canada

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JA/JMQ/88234 (2019-076)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; indigenous peoples and local communities, and relevant organizations

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#122139
2019-09-09

Towards a sustainable Blue economy: A Plan to restore the health of our oceans

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.

News Headlines
#122129
2019-09-06

Stranded whales: Numbers on the rise around UK shores

The number of whales and dolphins washing up around the UK coastline has risen, according to new figures.

News Headlines
#122095
2019-09-03

'They eat everything in their path': Spain's shellfish farmers turn on starfis

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

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#122097
2019-09-03

Scientists recommend procedures for the protection of the oceans

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).

News Headlines
#122045
2019-08-29

Climate change, human activity lead to nearshore coral growth decline

Declining growth of Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System corals predicts trouble for worldwide reefs

News Headlines
#122004
2019-08-27

How the herring adapted to the light environment in the Baltic Sea

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.

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#121977
2019-08-21

Negotiating legally-binding agreement to provide future generations with a ‘healthy, resilient and productive ocean’

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.

News Headlines
#121981
2019-08-21

Experts discuss food security from oceans

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.

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#121983
2019-08-21

Oceanographer reveals link between subseafloor life and global climate

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.

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#121964
2019-08-20

High Seas Treaty Advances, Could Protect Last Global Common

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.

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#121927
2019-08-16

Record seaweed blooms cut tourism, hurt beaches in Florida, Caribbean

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.

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