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News Headlines
#110570
2016-10-25

Report reveals a big dependence on freshwater fish for global food security

Freshwater fish play a surprisingly crucial role in feeding some of the world's most vulnerable people, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

News Headlines
#110574
2016-10-25

Melanesia’s oceans are worth US$5.4 billion but are at environmental crossroads

Earth is distinguished from all other known planets by the presence of a warm, salty ocean that covers over 70% of its surface.

News Headlines
#110556
2016-10-24

World Must Tackle the Biggest Killer of Whales – and it’s not Whaling

Portoroz, Slovenia, Oct 24 2016 (IPS) - Every two years, governments from across the globe gather to debate the fate of the world’s whales. And every two years, Japan, Norway and Iceland find themselves in the firing line for their refusal to end commercial whaling.

News Headlines
#110531
2016-10-21

Offspring from fat fish on deep reefs help keep shallower populations afloat

Populations of coral reef fish in shallower, more vulnerable habitats likely owe at least some of their sustainability to the prodigious reproductive abilities of large, old counterparts that dwell at greater depths, a recent study suggests.

News Headlines
#110539
2016-10-21

Madagascar's Mangroves: The Ultimate Giving Trees

Locals already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clay

News Headlines
#110514
2016-10-20

Japan to face criticism at international summit for flouting whaling ruling

Japanese fleets have killed more than 300 minke whales in the Southern Ocean despite a court ruling and three-decade-old ban

News Headlines
#110521
2016-10-20

Ensnared baby dolphin raises fears for marine life

A DOLPHIN SPOTTED with debris wrapped around its neck has prompted urgent warnings about the threat of nets and plastic waste.

News Headlines
#110501
2016-10-19

Impact of the Fukushima accident on marine life, five years later

Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

News Headlines
#110478
2016-10-18

Great Barrier Reef: 'Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated'

"The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old," reads the first line of a controversial obituary published last week by Outside Magazine, an American publication focused on outdoor recreation.

Meeting Document
#110443
2016-10-17

UNEP/CBD/COP/13/18

Options Regarding Procedures for Modifying the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas or Facilitating the Process of Making Descriptions of New Areas

News Headlines
#110449
2016-10-17

Economic impacts of climate change on global fisheries could be worse than we thought

Marine fisheries have been estimated to support the livelihoods of 10 to 12 percent of the world’s population and generate an average of $100 billion in revenue every year.

News Headlines
#110436
2016-10-14

Australian government: Great Barrier Reef 22 percent dead

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A significant portion of coral on the Great Barrier Reef has died, the Australian government announced as its assessment of the area entered its second phase.

Notification
#2548
2016-10-13
Action by
2016-11-30

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for the Wider Caribbean and Central America 20 - 24 February 2017 – San José, Costa Rica

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/SG/JL/JA/JMQ/85924 (2016-122)
To: CBD National Focal Points in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panamá, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, indigenous peoples and local communities, the Caribbean Environment Programme, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, the North East Pacific Regional Seas Programme, the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission, and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives

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News Headlines
#110396
2016-10-12

Hundreds of jellyfish invade New Zealand coastline

Warmer sea temperatures possible reason for mass jellyfish landings on beaches from Nelson in the south island to Whangarei in the far north

News Headlines
#110397
2016-10-12

Drones monitor 'dramatic' weight loss of southern right whales during calving season

After being hunted to near extinction and threatened with climate change, drones are giving southern right whales in the Great Australian Bight a much-needed health check.

News Headlines
#110398
2016-10-12

Thousands of rainbow trout escape into Danish sea after ship crash

Up to 80,000 rainbow trout have escaped into open waters after a cargo ship crashed into a Danish fish farm. Danes have been encouraged to take up their poles and start fishing, as the trout could damage the sea habitat.

News Headlines
#110406
2016-10-12

We need to learn a lot more about what’s stressing whales, study emphasizes

Human-produced noise in the ocean is likely harming marine mammals in numerous unknown ways, according to a comprehensive new report from the National Academies of Sciences,

News Headlines
#110356
2016-10-11

Seagrass is a powerful weapon for protecting coastal ecosystems, but we're not using it

Seagrass has been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth, it is responsible for keeping the world's coastlines clean and healthy, and supports many different species of animal, including humans. And yet, it is often overlooked, regarded as merely an innocuous feature of the ocean.

News Headlines
#110301
2016-10-04

Sharks and rays win new protections at global wildlife summit

Cites votes for new measures to control the trade in silky and thresher sharks, hunted for their fins, and devil rays, whose gills are prized as a medicinal ‘cure’

News Headlines
#110272
2016-10-03

Deep-sea creatures are eating microplastics, new evidence confirms

"The main purpose of this research expedition was to collect microplastics from sediments in the deep ocean -- and we found lots of them," said researcher Michelle Taylor.

News Headlines
#110285
2016-10-03

Scientists sequence floating DNA along urban shorelines, find surprising amount of biological activity

SEATTLE, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- New analysis revealed a surprising amount of biological activity along urban shorelines in the Pacific Northwest. Scientists at the University of Washington were able to locate and measure coastal biomass by sequencing floating DNA -- literally, DNA floating in the water.

News Headlines
#110267
2016-09-30

Sea Turtles Can Save Themselves If We Clean Up Our Act

Sea turtles have been swimming in our oceans ever since the time of the dinosaurs, enduring meteor collisions, ice ages, and the shifting of the continents.

News Headlines
#110253
2016-09-29

'Marine snow' drifts buoy life on ocean floor

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- New maps charted using sonar sensors on Autosub6000 have revealed the importance of "marine snow" to the distribution of biomass on the ocean floor.

News Headlines
#110227
2016-09-28

Missing fish catch data? Not necessarily a problem, new study says

Each day in fishing communities around the world, not every fish is counted. This happens in part because of illegal fishing, poor or incomplete surveys and discarded fish from commercial operations.

News Headlines
#110210
2016-09-27

Invest in marine economy, African ministers say

[NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa should invest in research and development to promote blue economy — which includes marine biotechnology, fisheries, aquaculture, transport and tourism — for sustainable development, say African ministers.

News Headlines
#110220
2016-09-27

Protecting mangroves, Kenya's fishermen net cash - and more fish

GAZI BAY, Kenya, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For fishing communities on Kenya's southern coast, felling mangrove trees to make boats has long been a part of life.

News Headlines
#110135
2016-09-23

Whalesong, interrupted

Crossbow in hand, Jo Marie Acebes strides the deck of the outrigger fishing boat she has refitted for tracking whales off the Philippines’ Babuyan Islands.

News Headlines
#110109
2016-09-21

Endangered Waters: saving Europe’s most iconic fish species

Young researchers at the forefront of innovative fisheries research work at the interface between fishing communities and conservationists

News Headlines
#110081
2016-09-20

'Let mangroves recover' to protect coasts

Allowing mangrove forests to recover naturally result in more resilient habitats that benefit both wildlife and people, say conservationists.

News Headlines
#110084
2016-09-20

Leonardo diCaprio launches global campaign to protect sharks and rays

The Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays, a coalition of five philanthropic organizations, aims to “halt the global overexploitation of sharks and rays, prevent species extinction, and restore shark and ray populations worldwide.”

News Headlines
#110031
2016-09-16

Hundreds of Japanese horseshoe crabs wash up dead on beaches

Nearly 500 horseshoe crabs have washed up dead on Japan's southern beaches near Kitakyushu, mystifying experts.

News Headlines
#110035
2016-09-16

Researcher behind seagrass biodiversity analysis cites key role in food chain

A new analysis of a key contributor to the marine food web has turned up a surprising twist: more unique species in cooler waters than in the tropics, a reversal of the situation on land.

News Headlines
#110040
2016-09-16

Africa leads in the pursuit of a sustainable ocean economy

African coastal countries and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) rely heavily on fishing and related employment, yet these livelihoods are all under threat due to declining fish stocks.

News Headlines
#109995
2016-09-15

Larger marine animals at higher risk of extinction, and humans are to blame

In today's oceans, larger-bodied marine animals are more likely to become extinct than smaller creatures, according to a new report. It's a pattern that is unprecedented in the history of life on Earth, and one that is likely driven by human fishing.

News Headlines
#109996
2016-09-15

New Public Website Offers Detailed View of Industrial Fishing

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 2016 (IPS) - In a giant step for transparency at sea, environmentalists on Thursday unveiled a website that allows anyone with an Internet connection to see for free exactly where and when most of the world’s industrial fishing boats actually fish.

News Headlines
#110004
2016-09-15

High seas treaty negotiations ended at UN last week with boost from IUCN Conservation Congress

Government officials from around the world gathered at the United Nations in New York City for ongoing negotiations of an international treaty to protect marine biodiversity on the high seas received a clear vote of confidence from delegates at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’ ...

News Headlines
#110009
2016-09-15

Saving Our Ocean

The Ocean in South America and worldwide is in danger.

News Headlines
#110010
2016-09-15

Humanity driving 'unprecedented' marine extinction

Report comparing past mass extinction events warns that hunting and killing of ocean’s largest species will disrupt ecosystems for millions of years

News Headlines
#109951
2016-09-13

Initiative to restore one million corals launches in the Caribbean and Florida Keys

Research organizations are working on a coral conservation initiative that will enable coral restoration at unprecedented scales throughout the Caribbean and the Florida Keys.

News Headlines
#109955
2016-09-13

Learning to live with the great white shark

Long, sandy beaches, turquoise water, and … great white sharks? Over the past decade, communities along the Atlantic Coast of the US have been learning to live with one of the most feared creatures of the deep.

News Headlines
#109948
2016-09-12

Shark numbers dwindle in Atlantic Canadian waters

Researchers are concerned about the declining number of sharks in North Atlantic waters, pointing to a combination of climate change, overfishing and commercial fishing techniques as causes.

News Headlines
#109905
2016-09-09

International community rallies to address major threat to oceans

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017. The BWM Convention is a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through ships’ ballast ...

CBD
Meeting
#5599
News Headlines
#109791
2016-09-02

Pacific Islands fail to agree plan to protect tuna

Countries from around the Pacific Ocean met to discuss ways of protecting the shrinking supplies but were unable to come to any agreement, officials say

Notification
#2530
2016-09-02
Action by
2016-09-26
News Headlines
#109772
2016-08-31

High Seas Biodiversity Agreement: the importance of sustainable access and benefit sharing

As African States, we are fully cognisant of the contribution of oceans and seas to our development.

News Headlines
#109741
2016-08-30

UN Negotiations Focus on What Lies Beneath the High Seas

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 30 2016 (IPS) - The high seas – oceans which fall beyond the jurisdiction of any country – make up about two thirds of the world’s ocean and half of the total surface of planet earth.

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