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#108912
2016-06-16

Why some coral reefs thrive as others die off

Coral reefs in remote locations may sometimes be worse off than those near human fishing communities, says a new study that looked at why some reefs are thriving as others die off.

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#108863
2016-06-09

Fishing prohibitions produce more sharks along with problems for fishing communities

Scientists working for Murdoch University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other groups have good news about fishing closures established in Indonesia's shark sanctuary: It's good for sharks and other fish, all of which are more abundant within zones with fishing r ...

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#108852
2016-06-08

On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans

8 June 2016 – On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of peop ...

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#108853
2016-06-08

Bleaching 'devastates' Chagos Marine Reserve

The UK's largest tropical reef has been devastated in the global bleaching event now under way.

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#108859
2016-06-08

World Oceans Day 2016: Five Threats To Sea Wildlife And Coastal Economies

Walk along virtually any beach or seashore, and you’ll likely encounter a post-consumer heap of plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic toys and plastic constellations of white and blue bottle caps.

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#108833
2016-06-07

Fisheries policies urged to prioritise nutrition goals

[KUALA LUMPUR] The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that fish consumption per person globally has more than doubled over the past five decades. But scientists say governments should now focus more on the nutritional quality of fisheries.

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#108843
2016-06-07

What’s Working? Inspiring Ambitious Coalitions for the Ocean and Climate

Important global challenges can be overcome by strong global coalitions. That is exactly what happened at COP21.

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#108845
2016-06-07

Training scientists to save seabirds

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.

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#108825
2016-06-06

World Oceans Day – A Death Sea Called Mediterranean

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 ...

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#108826
2016-06-06

What Lies Ahead for Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources

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.

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#108816
2016-06-03

UN agency announces world's first illegal fishing treaty now in force

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.

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#108777
2016-06-01

Coral bleaching spreads to Maldives, devastating spectacular reefs

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.

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#108781
2016-06-01

Minivan-sized sponge off Hawaii is biggest ever found

Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.

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#108786
2016-06-01

Conservation: The seas cannot be saved on a budget of breadcrumbs

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.

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#108736
2016-05-31

New International Accord to Tackle Illegal Fishing

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - A new international accord to tackle illegal and under-reported fishing will come into force on June 5.

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#108738
2016-05-31

Great Barrier Reef corals threatened by mass bleaching

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.

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#108719
2016-05-30

Great Barrier Reef Bleaching Has Killed 35% Of Corals In Central, Northern Regions

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 ...

Notification
#2490
2016-05-24
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2016-07-01

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Regional Capacity Development Workshop for the South Pacific, 31 October to 4 November 2016, Apia, Samoa

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

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#108669
2016-05-20

Rich coral communities discovered in Palamos Submarine Canyon in the Northwestern Mediterranian Sea

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.

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#108670
2016-05-20

Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be beyond saving in five years

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.

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#108649
2016-05-19

Ocean acidification puts NW Dungeness crab at risk

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.

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#108621
2016-05-17

Biodiversity protects fish from climate change

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.

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#108633
2016-05-17

Study: Less beach debris equals more sea turtle nests

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.

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#108607
2016-05-16

Conservation laws need reshaping to protect sea turtles

An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has shown.

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#108591
2016-05-13

Stench From Dead Coral Reefs Stops Fish From Learning to Avoid Predators

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.

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#108589
2016-05-12

Deep sea biodiversity map finds surprising varieties of life

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.

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#108590
2016-05-12

Deep-sea biodiversity map finds surprising varieties of life

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.

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#108536
2016-05-11

Northern Galapagos Islands home to world's largest shark biomass

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).

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#108538
2016-05-11

Acidification, low oxygen put fish in double jeopardy

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.

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#108539
2016-05-11
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#108517
2016-05-09

Effect of ocean acidification on shellfish depends on other stressors

"Ocean acidification is likely to progress along our coastline as a patchwork of hotspots," said researcher Kristy Kroeker.

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#108472
2016-05-05

Comparative analysis reveals use patterns of deeper Caribbean coral reefs by shark species

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.

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#108457
2016-05-03

The herring genome provides new insight on how species adapt to their environment

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 ...

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#108441
2016-05-02

Why we should be mourning the death of the Great Barrier Reef

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.

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#108450
2016-05-02

Antarctic bryozoans give hints of environmental changes in oceans

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.

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#108400
2016-04-27

Proteomics method measures carbon uptake of marine microbes

A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.

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#108384
2016-04-26

Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here’s why.

The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.

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#108298
2016-04-22

UN guidelines and new technologies boost efforts to help curb 'ghost fishing'

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 ...

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#108281
2016-04-21

Vietnam investigates mass fish deaths

Authorities are looking into whether pollution is to blame for a spate of mysterious mass fish deaths along the country’s central coast

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#108259
2016-04-20

Half Australia's Great Barrier Reef coral 'dead or dying': scientists

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.

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#108266
2016-04-20

Survey: 93 percent of Great Barrier Reef affected by bleaching

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.

Notification
#2476
2016-04-19
Action by
2016-05-31

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 18 - 22 July 2016 - Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/85559 (2016-051)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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#108191
2016-04-18

Great Barrier Reef: the scale of bleaching has the most sober scientists worried

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

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#108158
2016-04-15

UN Environment Programme and Partners Launch Sustainable Diving Guide to Protect Marine Assets

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 ...

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#108112
2016-04-14

Coral crisis: Great Barrier Reef bleaching is “the worst we’ve ever seen”

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.

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