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#104387
2015-06-25

Glowing world of rainbow corals found in the Red Sea

There's a fluorescent disco world in the Red Sea. An assortment of glowing corals has been discovered more than 50 metres down, outshining the monotone green varieties seen in shallower waters.

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#104395
2015-06-25

Grenada Rebuilds Barrier Reefs

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves.

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#104359
2015-06-22

Opinion: The Oceans Need the Spotlight Now

COLOMBO, Jun 22 2015 (IPS) - The international community must focus its energies immediately on addressing the grave challenges confronting the oceans. With implications for global order and peace, the oceans are also becoming another arena for national rivalry.

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#104360
2015-06-22

U.N. Takes First Step Towards Treaty to Curb Lawlessness in High Seas

drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

Notification
#2343
2015-06-22
Action by
2015-10-31

Request for information relating to national exercises to describe areas meeting the criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs)

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JG/84660 (2015-071)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments

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#104356
2015-06-19

Hungry crabs snacking on mangrove seeds may foil reforestation

Crabs love mangrove swamps. But the mangroves may not love them back. Crabs' voracious appetite for mangrove seeds can be a prime reason why efforts to replant lost mangroves often fail.

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#104336
2015-06-18

From Residents to Rangers: Local Communities Take Lead on Mangrove Conservation in Sri Lanka

KALPITIYA, Sri Lanka, Jun 17 2015 (IPS) - Weekends and public holidays are deadly for one of Sri Lanka’s most delicate ecosystems – that is when the island’s 8,815 hectares of mangroves come under threat.

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#104316
2015-06-17

Tailored ocean management strategies needed to avoid depletion of fish stocks

A more tailored approach to Ocean management is required in the North Atlantic if the permanent loss of an increasingly valuable commercial fish stock is to be avoided, reveals new research led by the University of Salford.

News Headlines
#104320
2015-06-17

Hope for Indonesia's valuable but threatened mangroves

Recent study highlights the value of Indonesia’s disappearing mangrove forests, both on the global carbon market and for local communities

News Headlines
#104321
2015-06-17

Global seabird decline greater than expected

The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests

News Headlines
#104265
2015-06-12

Can Ocean Conservation and Development Coexist in Cuba?

Ninety miles south of the Florida Keys, where the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico meet, Cuba's waters are still teeming with marine species that are now seldom seen in other parts of the Caribbean.

News Headlines
#104245
2015-06-11

Fish declines linked to effects of excess nutrients on coastal estuaries

A comprehensive study of a major California estuary has documented the links between nutrient runoff from coastal land use, the health of the estuary as a nursery for young fish, and the abundance of fish in an offshore commercial fishery.

News Headlines
#104219
2015-06-09

In Northern Haiti, Conservation Efforts Focus on Coastlines

CARACOL, HAITI — Only little fish are pulled from the coastal waters off Haiti.

News Headlines
#104198
2015-06-08

On World Day, UN urges global resolve to 'appreciate, protect and restore' Earth's oceans

8 June 2015 – Although the world's oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the United Nations kicked-off its celebra ...

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#104206
2015-06-08

Understanding the ocean's value

The ocean is changing more rapidly than at any other point in millions of years – and not for the better.

News Headlines
#104186
2015-06-05

Warming corals may have little room to move

Corals may be forced to shift away from the equator as the globe warms, but some species may only be able to go so far, say researchers.

News Headlines
#104191
2015-06-05

World Economy To Gain By Over $900B From Better Protection Of Oceans: WWF

Protecting the planet's oceans is not only an environmental imperative but also a sound business decision as it could add $900 billion to the global economy in a few decades, according to a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Notification
#2338
2015-06-04
Action by
2015-09-30

Request for information on measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate the potential significant adverse impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise on marine and coastal biodiversity

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84623 (2015-066)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; International Maritime Organization; Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals; International Whaling Commission; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant organizations

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#104149
2015-06-03

Caribbean nations move to protect dwindling lobster

Caribbean countries have agreed a set of common rules to manage and conserve a local lobster species, following scientific evidence of its decline.

News Headlines
#104151
2015-06-03

Great Barrier Reef coral four times safer in no-take fishing reserves, study shows

Research into the Great Barrier Reef has discovered coral disease levels are four times lower inside no-take marine reserves – where fishing is banned – than outside reserves.

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#104121
2015-06-01

Researchers urge protection for reefs in turbid environments

When you think about coral, invariably your first thoughts are of pristine waters and a colourful reef, buzzing with marine activity. But did you know there is coral right here in Sydney Harbour? And in fact, these corals could hold valuable information about the future of our reefs under the sp ...

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#104122
2015-06-01

New partnership for marine KBAs

To mark the World Environment Day on June 5, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) launched a new partnership to help strengthen the protection, conservation and management of marine key biodi ...

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#104086
2015-05-28

Plankton trawl reveals ten times the species

The number of known plankton species floating in our oceans has increased ten-fold thanks to an international study aiming to understand the impact of climate change.

News Headlines
#104099
2015-05-28

Great Barrier Reef spared 'in danger' listing - for now

The Great Barrier Reef should not go on a World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.

News Headlines
#104078
2015-05-27

Five UAE sites identified as areas of global ecological importance

Dubai - The UAE has identified five sites as areas of global biological and ecological importance during the recently-concluded regional workshop on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-Western Indian Ocean and the neighbouring Gulf region, announced the Min ...

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#5506
News Headlines
#104029
2015-05-26

Fisheries indicators ‘too narrow’ to show real impact

Global monitoring of fisheries must be improved to understand the mismatch between protecting marine life and the vital role fishing plays in many economies, according to a study.

News Headlines
#104014
2015-05-25

Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

News Headlines
#103935
2015-05-22

Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life

Climate change scientists have known for years that rising temperatures affect sea creatures, from the biggest fish to the microscopic plankton at the base of the ocean food chain.

News Headlines
#103938
2015-05-22

Octopus can use its skin to see

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers recently found the same proteins used in human eyes are also present in the skin of the two spot octopus, a species found off the coast of California. The proteins help the octopus sense light, without the help of the eyes or the brain.

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#103940
2015-05-22

Rapid action necessary to protect Malaysia's sea cows and their habitat

Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team.

News Headlines
#103941
2015-05-22

Tara Oceans expedition yields treasure trove of plankton data

A multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first officially reported global analyses of the Tara Oceans consortium.

News Headlines
#103887
2015-05-19

Researchers find new link between ocean microbes and atmosphere

SAN DIEGO, May 18 (UPI) -- Researchers say the aerosols created by ocean spray can affect cloud formation and the way sunlight is dispersed across the ocean surface. A new study suggests microbes in the ocean could affect the chemistry of ocean spray, and influence the interplay between sky and sea.

News Headlines
#103891
2015-05-19

Rotational harvest can save sea cucumber from extinction

KUALA LUMPUR] Rotational harvesting may be the key to saving sea cucumber populations from extinction.

News Headlines
#103882
2015-05-18

Do Sunscreens' Tiny Particles Harm Ocean Life in Big Ways?

Tiny particles used in sunscreens and other consumer products may harm marine creatures by disabling the defense mechanisms that protect their embryos, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#103838
2015-05-15

Scientists discover first warm-blooded fish

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 14 (UPI) -- The opah, or moonfish, occupies the dark, chilly depths of the world's oceans, using heated blood to keep warm and agile. It's the first fish found to be fully warm-blooded.

News Headlines
#103839
2015-05-15

Ocean's hidden fertilizer revealed

Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism -- humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day -- we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most of the foods we eat.

News Headlines
#103789
2015-05-12

Sri Lanka first nation to protect all mangrove forests

Sri Lanka has become the first nation in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests.

News Headlines
#103768
2015-05-08

Solomon Islanders kill more than 1,600 dolphins for their teeth

Residents of a village where dolphin teeth are used for currency killed 1,600 of the animals in 2013 alone, and researchers are calling for urgent monitoring

News Headlines
#103771
2015-05-08

Rare 'good news' for corals as supplements may boost climate change survival

Like a jock beefing up for a big game, some corals could do far better at withstanding the heavy blows of climate change when pumped with supplements, according to a new University of Miami study.

Notification
#2325
2015-05-06
Action by
2015-08-31

Submission of information and suggestions on the development of a specific workplan on biodiversity and acidification in cold-water areas

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84624 (2015-053)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and other relevant organizations

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News Headlines
#103704
2015-05-05

New study details Atlantic Ocean 'dead zones'

Most dead zones are found along the coast. The newly identified dead zones are the first to be found in the waters of the open ocean.

News Headlines
#103707
2015-05-05

Big whales have stretchy nerves to help them gulp

Scientists have stumbled upon one of the secrets behind the big gulps of the world's biggest whales: the nerves in their jaws are stretchy.

News Headlines
#103708
2015-05-05

Puget Sound's clingfish could inspire better medical devices, whale tags

Researchers are looking at how the biomechanics of clingfish could be helpful in designing devices and instruments to be used in surgery and even to tag and track whales in the ocean. Clingfish are considered one of the world's best suction cups, scientists say.

News Headlines
#103695
2015-05-04

The Blue Amazon, Brazil’s New Natural Resources Frontier

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 2 2015 (IPS) - The Atlantic ocean is Brazil’s last frontier to the east. But the full extent of its biodiversity is still unknown, and scientific research and conservation measures are lagging compared to the pace of exploitation of resources such as oil.

News Headlines
#103669
2015-04-30

Indonesia to zone its seas in bid to become 'global maritime axis'

The Indonesian government is preparing a spatial plan for its marine territory, the beginning of a blueprint to transform the archipelagic country into a “global maritime axis” in line with new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s platform.

Meeting
#5498

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2015

27 - 30 April 2015, Quito, Ecuador

News Headlines
#103610
2015-04-27

Regional economies face peril with declining coral reefs — report

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United Nations and conservation groups have warned the Caribbean that their economies are in peril with the decline of coral reefs.

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