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Seychelles president makes underwater speech calling for protection for oceans

The Seychelles president has gone below the surface of the Indian Ocean to call for better protection for the world's seas. Danny Faure said that a healthy ocean was "crucial for the survival of humanity" in a broadcast made 124m (406ft) below sea level.

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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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Seychelles: 7 Ways Save Our Seas Is Investigating Nature in Seychelles

Seychelles' rich biodiversity is a goldmine of information for research and conversation organisations. Save Our Seas Foundation, which was founded in 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland, is running seven long term programmes on two remote islands in Seychelles - D'Arros and St Joseph Atoll.

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Seychelles: Deep-Sea Expedition in Seychelles' Waters to Launch Tuesday

A joint Nekton deep sea expedition in the waters of Seychelles and Maldives will start on Tuesday to establish a baseline of marine life and the state of the ocean in both jurisdictions. The 35-day mission will be led by a team of 50 international scientists from Nekton and the University of Oxf ...

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Seychelles: Soft Coral Around 2 Seychelles Islands Suffered Less Than Feared in 2015-17 Warming, Study Finds

Robust fish populations and a thriving marine ecosystem around two of Seychelles' islands could help the bleached coral reefs there, a new study found.

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Shark fins belong on sharks, not in trophy rooms or soup

Sharks are the apex predator of the ocean — they are at the top of the food chain, prey to no other animal in the water. Their size, strength and, of course, their teeth make them the quintessential movie monsters. In real life, they regularly get screen time on TV news when they maim or kill a ...

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Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field as ‘GPS’ guidance system, study says

Scientists in Florida have concluded that sharks possess an internal navigation system similar to GPS that allows them to use Earth’s magnetic forces to travel long distances with accuracy.

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Sharks: Facts about the ocean's apex predators

Long portrayed in pop culture as remorseless people-killers, sharks in reality are no Hollywood monsters. Sharks are a diverse group of mostly predatory fish, including the largest living fish, with skeletons made of cartilage.

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Sharp rise in Florida manatee deaths as algal blooms hasten food depletion

Environmental groups in Florida are warning that unusually high numbers of manatee deaths in the first five months of the year, blamed in part on resurgent algal blooms contaminating and destroying food sources, could threaten the long-term future of the species.

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Shedding new light on coral's Black Band Disease

UNC-Chapel Hill biologists examine the links between microbial mats and a type of coral disease that has become an urgent conservation concern, and they suggest mitigation strategies to help reduce its spread.

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Silence is golden for whales as lockdown reduces ocean noise

In cities, human lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic have offered some respite to the natural world, with clear skies and the return of wildlife to waterways. Now evidence of a drop in underwater noise pollution has led experts to predict the crisis may also be good news for whales and oth ...


Sixth International River Management Symposium 2003

2 - 5 September 2003, Brisbane, Australia


Sixth Water Information Summit 2003

9 - 12 September 2003, Delft, Netherlands (Kingdom of the)


Sixth World Fisheries Congress

7 - 11 May 2012, Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Snapping Shrimp Make More Noise in Warmer Oceans

As oceans heat up, the ubiquitous noise of snapping shrimp should increase, posing issues for other species and human seagoing ventures.

Side Event
COP 10

Social dimensions of marine protected areas

This event will bring together representatives from fishing communities, fishworker organizations, researchers and policy makers, to discuss the various social dimensions of marine protected areas especially from a fishing community perspective

Side Event
COP 11

Solving the puzzle: Social and cultural dimensions of marine and coastal protected areas

This side event focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of fishing communities in relation to marine and coastal protected areas

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Some Great Barrier Reef coral suffering lasting effects from mass bleaching events

Coral reefs in the far north of the Great Barrier Reef are showing lasting effects from the mass bleaching of 2016 and 2017 and in some cases their health has declined further, according to fresh surveys by the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

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Some Species Of Corals Are Becoming Resilient To Warming Ocean Temperatures

Hope and joy are rarely words we come across reading about climate change. But new research has dug up just such a gem about the rainforests of the sea — coral reefs. Some species of corals are getting acclimatised to the rising temperature of water in oceans.

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Some good news about coral reef conservation

Amidst all the bad news about coral reef bleaching, an international team has shed light on what conservation measures are working to preserve these fragile ecosystems while balancing various social and ecological needs. “People have different goals for sustaining coral reefs,” says lead author ...

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South Africa's coastlines are a biodiversity hotspot

From nesting sea turtles to the annual arrival of the whales, Southern Africa's oceans are bursting with life. There are penguins, dolphins, sardines and sharks. And there are the humans, too -- scientists and local residents working together to protect all of the marine species that make this c ...

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Southern California's Perfect Beaches Are Killing Wildlife

Grooming and filling beaches is altering the biodiversity of these ecosystems, research finds.

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Southern Indian Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs), 30 July to 3 August, 2012

Reference: SCBD/STTM/JL/JG/79642 (2012-059)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Southern Indian Ocean region: Australia, Comoros, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Kingdom; competent organizations and regional initiatives

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Southern Ocean conservation cannot be left behind

The recent CCAMLR meeting failed to increase marine protected areas, but progress was made on regulating krill fishing

National Report



Voluntary Report on Implementation of the Programme of Work on Marine and Coastal Biological Diversity

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Spain prosecutors launch inquiry into mystery fish deaths

Prosecutors in the southern Spanish region of Murcia have launched an investigation after hundreds of dead fish began washing up along the shores of one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons.

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Specieswatch: Britain’s seagrass-loving pipefish

There are six varieties of pipefish living in British waters, the most noticeable of them being the largest, the greater pipefish, Syngnathus acus. For the amateur, the types are fairly difficult to distinguish from one another, with all species being long, thin and bony, and the juveniles of on ...

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Sponges supply DNA for new method of monitoring aquatic biodiversity

Feeding aquatic sponges could provide biologists with unexpected underwater data collection assistance. Sponges (phylum Porifera) are immobile aquatic animals that eat by filtering out food particles from the water around them.

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Squid team finds high species diversity off Kermadec Islands, part of stalled marine reserve proposal

Squids and octopuses could be considered the “parrots of the ocean”. Some are smart, and many have complex behaviours. And, of course, they have strange, bird-like beaks. They are the subject of ancient myths and legends about sea monsters, but they do not live for decades. In fact, their high i ...

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Sri Lanka- Kalpitiya Reef under serious threat

Whilst the world's coral reef sanctuaries are facing the threat of being destroyed due to rising sea temperatures, local environmental groups have identified that the Kalpitiya Reef in Sri Lanka – also known as Bar Reef – faces the threat of being destroyed not as a result of rising ocean temper ...

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St. Lawrence estuary is swimming with abundance of whales

'Spectacular and exceptional' number of humpback whales makes for banner season of whale watching. The captain of the Grand Fleuve is aboard his vessel looking out at the St. Lawrence River off the shores of Tadoussac, Que.

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St. Lawrence shoreline erosion: We must work with, not against, nature

The St. Lawrence riverbanks are eroding. This has an impact on infrastructure, economy and inhabitants’ well-being. It exposes communities to flooding and can destroy local ecosystems.

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Stanford researchers test physics of coral as an indicator of reef health

New research shows that physics measurements of just a small portion of reef can be used to assess the health of an entire reef system. The findings may help scientists grasp how these important ecosystems will respond to a changing climate.

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Staring in the eye of a sperm whale is a powerful experience

My first interaction with a sperm whale was when I was just two years old. A young whale had stranded on the beach near my home in Long Island, New York, and a group of veterinarians decided to bring this whale into a nearby boat basin to get a closer look at him and determine if they could help ...

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Startup called Coral Vita wants to protect corals by farming them

As a scuba-diver, Sam Teicher has long been worried about threats to coral reefs, including pollution and global warming.After college, he worked on a reef restoration project on the island of Mauritius, off the coast of Africa. He wanted to continue this work. But he knew it would be expensive ...


Statement Delivered by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the Symposium on Asserting Rights, Defining Responsibilities: Perspectives from Small-scale Fishing Communities on Coastal and Fisheries Management in Asia, Organized by International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, in Cooperation with the Fisheries Administration of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 7-8 May 2007.

Asia is known for its great variety of marine and coastal biodiversity resources. Southeast Asia is a global centre of marine biodiversity, supporting 30 per cent of the world’s coral reefs and mangroves. Marine and coastal ecosystems have played a central role in its socio economic developmen ...


Statement by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the 7th INFO/RAC NFPs Meeting of Barcelona Convention, Palermo, Italy, 5-7 June 2007

It is a great pleasure and honor to deliver a statement at the INFO/RAC Session of the Joint National Focal Points Meeting for the Mediterranean Action Plan.

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