Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/JL/JG/87042 (2017-140)
To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; relevant United Nations/international organizations; HELCOM; Regional Fisheries Bodies; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
When a North Atlantic right whale swims into a submerged net or rope, it panics and rolls. This makes everything worse, tangling the fishing gear in the animal’s mouth or tightly wrapping it around the flippers or tail.
A new study led by Oregon State University (OSU) graduate student Sarah Seabrook that uses scientific data and samples from Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) focuses on the extent, variability, and complexity of species—from microbes to tubeworms—found at deep-sea cold seep habitats along the Cascadia ...
How is sea-level rise going to change coastal ecosystems? Will corals and seagrass drown? Will mangroves be swamped? Until significant sea-level rise takes place, these questions are hard to answer. But back in 2007 a large earthquake in the Solomon Islands gave scientists an unusual chance to m ...
Astounding footage of Galapagos sea lions hunting was perhaps the highlight of the latest Blue Planet II. For the first time ever, these marine mammals were filmed working as a pack to drive tuna fish in to shallow, rocky waters where they could be caught. Yellowfin tuna are typically able to ou ...
People will need to be persuaded to eat new types of seafood if we are to extract more food from the oceans and feed growing human populations, according to fishing industry experts.
A recent report shows rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere are about to make the world’s oceans uninhabitable for many sea creatures, threatening entire ocean ecosystems. What can be done?
‘The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,’ says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II.
Canada has protected a record stretch of ocean. These 800 beluga whales approve. After almost a decade of planning, Canada has officially established its largest marine conservation area to date. The vast stretch of pristine ocean has been called the "Serengeti of the Arctic", and it's home to 2 ...
The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programme ...
“The oceans cover 70% of the surface of our planet, and yet they are still the least explored,” says Sir David Attenborough in the opening sequence of the recent BBC documentary series Blue Planet II. “Hidden beneath the waves, there are creatures beyond our imagination.” Yet while the programm ...
From the outside, the pinecone fish is a colorful yet fearsome beast. On the inside, it's downright spooky. A new scan of a fish of the genus Cleidopus, posted on Twitter, looks like the re-creation of a monster from a sci-fi horror flick. In actuality, the scan reveals the tough, spiked armor o ...
Miles below the surface of the Mariana Trench, marine life looks totally different from what most people are used to. Instead of big or menacing, the creatures that roam the deepest parts of the ocean are quite small, translucent, and scaleless. At such depths, few organisms are able to survive, ...
FRAGMENTS of the Great Barrier Reef are offering a major breakthrough in a bid to save the natural wonder from desolation.
"The taste of stockfish is life... We can't cook without stockfish." That's the verdict of women at the bustling Onyingbo market in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, as they carefully choose pieces of the specially dried cod.
Scientists world over have established that marine fungi is an effective and safe way to improve various skin-related issues.Marine fungi are slowly and steadily becoming popular for their health benefits, their use in agriculture and most recently in the field of cosmeceuticals.
Scientists are warning that Lake Victoria, Africa's largest freshwater lake, is under threat of dying.
There is growing concern that the world's oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs.
The so-called ‘godfather of coral’ is part of a new research mission to unlock some of the secrets of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Dr. Charlie Veron is part of a scientific team searching for the “super corals” that managed to survive consecutive years of bleaching on the world’s largest reef ...
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Sydney: As mankind puts the world’s largest living structure at risk, economists have come up with a new solution: put a price tag on it. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is bigger than Japan, visible from space and one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. But it’s also under siege from climat ...
CORAL ISN’T WHAT you think it is. It isn’t a plant, but an animal. It doesn’t just grow in shallow, tropical waters, but also hundreds of feet deep in the darkness. And it is far tougher than doom-and-gloom stories about coral bleaching would have you believe.
Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/JL/JG/86986 (2017-122)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points and Marine and Coastal biodiversity Focal Points in the Baltic Sea region (Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden); HELCOM; indigenous peoples and local communities; relevant regional fisheries bodies; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
The presence of a water weed, locally known as Emboch, at Lake Tana was first found in 2011 by Dr. Ayalew Wonde, a biologist from Bahir Dar University. Since then, various efforts have been conducted to get rid of the weed traditionally using human labor.
Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/SBG/JL/JA/86977 (2017-121)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, regional fishery bodies, indigenous peoples and local communities
Hundreds of thousands of Amazonian streams are teeming with highly diverse populations of fish species, a new study reveals.Scientists have found that small streams, in areas of the eastern Brazilian Amazon that are a mixture of forest and farmland, contain fauna new to science, as well as very ...
Reference: SCBD/SPS/SBG/JL/JG/86798 (2017-120)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, relevant United Nations/international organizations, Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, Regional Fisheries Bodies, indigenous peoples and local communities
The menhaden is a tiny fish key to the Atlantic Ocean ecosystem that has supported a thriving fishery since the 19th century. Now regulators are considering a novel approach to ensure there’s enough fish to feed the fishery and other marine animals.
Deep in the middle of the deepest oceans of the world lies a shadow zone, where ancient sea water hangs, trapped in vast volume, stagnant. The water last floated to the surface some 1000 years ago.
In a stunning sign of recovery, coral spawning has been recorded at 10 different sites, from Heron Island to Port Douglas, along the 2300km-long natural wonder.
n Sweden and in other parts of Europe there are concerns that seals and birds compete with humans for fish resources. For the Baltic Sea, an international study now shows that this competition is a reality.
An unusual mix of researchers from Australia and abroad will set sail later this month in a bid to locate and then propagate "super corals" that appear best able to survive bleaching caused by climate change.
A new paper in the Journal of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science revealed that the Puyuhuapi fjord in the Aysen region of Chile houses over 1,600 species of benthic fauna, which are basically underwater biology.
The Great Barrier Reef has long been known as one of the natural wonders of the world. Stretching 2,300km-long, the stunning ecosystem off the east coast of Australia is made up of thousands of reefs and hundreds of tiny islands.
Catches by local, non-commercial fishers are often ignored or under-reported by governments globally. But Dirk Zeller, a professor at the University of Western Australia, reckons their size may well rival that of industrial fleets.
Progress and challenges in improving maritime safety and services, strengthening environmental protection and expanding ocean observing systems are on the agenda of an intergovernmental commission of meteorologists and oceanographers. The meeting also aims to agree a roadmap for future priorities.
Coral reefs regularly eat micro-plastics that have built up in the oceans as the material is delicious to them, researchers at Duke University have found. Marine animals often mistakenly eat plastic debris as they believe it is prey.
Massey scientists captured some astonishing footage of a great white shark on a recent research expedition to the Southwest Pacific.
Renowned pianist and composer Manuel Obregón, artist Carlos Hiller, underwater photographer Simón Bolívar, the technical implementation of LUZ ART and the magic of the Children’s Museum unite to give the public an unrivaled trip through the seabed Costa Rica.
The Earth is a vast place, with several creatures and elements you might not have even heard of. 75 per cent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water while a specific portion of that amount – 71 per cent to be precise, is trapped under oceans. We have reached Mars, yet, there are several cre ...
Oceans cover three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 per cent of the Earth’s water. More than three billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at $3 trillion a ...
When the waterproof case my phone failed, I could do nothing but surrender to the majesty of Australia's marine wonder.
Sir David Attenborough wracks his brains for a few moments pondering whether he would prefer to swim with sharks or dolphins, before his face creases into a broad smile.
All sea life will be affected because carbon dioxide emissions from modern society are making the oceans more acidic, a major new report will say. The eight-year study from more than 250 scientists finds that infant sea creatures will be especially harmed.
One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found.
Rising ocean temperatures may result in worldwide change for shallow reef ecosystems, according to research published yesterday in Science Advances.
Cape Town - The bright red metal behemoth heaves slowly, but steadily, through the water. Around her, whales periodically pop up for a breath of air before disappearing into the warm waves off South Africa's east coast. The vessel is a stranger here. Built to weather freezing temperatures, she u ...