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#133479
2022-02-24

Great Barrier Reef project salvages 70,000 coral fragments

There’s fresh hope for the future of the Great Barrier Reef as scientists and tourism operators are working together to grow new coral and repair the damage from mass bleaching.

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#133496
2022-02-24

Before and after: These incredible photos show Greece's coast is disappearing

The blazing sun, the spectacular beaches, the Mediterranean lifestyle and the gorgeous food. For these reasons and many more, millions of people travel to Greece every year.

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#133447
2022-02-23

Latest Discovery: Fish & Quid Found in the Central Arctic Ocean

Small fish are abundant in the 200-600 m deep Atlantic water layer of the Amundsen Basin, according to a unique hydroacoustic dataset collected by the EFICA Consortium, which revealed a "deep scattering layer" (DSL) consisting of zooplanktion and fish along the MOSAiC expedition's 3170 km long t ...

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#133453
2022-02-23

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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#133456
2022-02-23

Probing the mysteries of deep, dense Antarctic seawater

In the deepest reaches of the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica lies the Antarctic Bottom Water, a mass of the coldest, densest lower layer of water in Earth's oceans.

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#133413
2022-02-22

‘They’re going to get worse and worse’: Marine heat wave persists off Sydney

When conservation ecologist Rob Harcourt went surfing off the coast of Sydney, Australia, he immediately knew the water was warmer than usual.

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#133414
2022-02-22

Ten unexpected edibles from our oceans

If you live in a city or far from the ocean, the word “seafood” might evoke limited imagery. Baked fish fillet. Curry of shrimp, crab or fish. Seaweed jacketing sushi. Or a glob of caviar, if you’re able to afford it.

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#133416
2022-02-22

Marine scientists keep their ears to the ocean

Scientists are collecting the sounds of the sea to help get a picture of the biodiversity challenges marine life in New Zealand faces. The ocean is louder than you think.

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#133315
2022-02-17

Fish love songs and fighting talk: underwater sound library to reveal language of the deep

From the “boing” of a minke whale to the “drum” of a red piranha, scientists are documenting more sounds in our world’s oceans, rivers and lakes every year. Now, a team of experts wants to go a step further and create a reference library of aquatic noise to monitor the health of marine ecosystems.

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#133186
2022-02-15

Jordan scrambles to save rare Red Sea corals that can withstand climate change

Dozens of tiny, dazzlingly colorful fish swim around a maze of layer upon layer of corals. When divers approach, they hide near a dome-shaped colony.

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#133171
2022-02-14

‘Every time the tide recedes, it’s a new world’: Mumbai’s marine life revealed

A hidden forest of algae sponges and hydroids photographed at low tide; a stunning night image of green button polyps under ultraviolet light; and a beautiful shot of a honeycomb moray eel stuck on a ledge on a rocky shore.

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#133106
2022-02-11

Great Barrier Reef: cooler weather reduces threat of mass bleaching outbreak this summer

The risk of widespread coral bleaching across the Great Barrier Reef has subsided after cloud and rain over the past 10 days caused “substantial cooling” of heat-stressed corals, according to the government’s reef management authority.

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#133080
2022-02-10

Death and decimation: Whitby devastated by declining marine life

It’s the whole ecosystem – just gone in that area,” said James Cole. The eighth or ninth generation of Whitby fishers in his family, Cole has never seen anything like the death and decimation of marine life that has plagued the waters since autumn, from coral, crabs, seals and sea birds.

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#133082
2022-02-10

Fish oil and fishmeal industry harming food security in west Africa, warns UN

The UN’s food agency has warned that the “overexploitation” of fish in west Africa by the growing global fishmeal and fish oil industry is having a “considerably negative impact” on food security, undermining the ability of local communities to feed themselves.

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#133029
2022-02-09

Parramatta River fish kill investigated after thousands found dead along riverbanks

The deaths of thousands of fish in the Parramatta River triggered by low oxygen levels in the water is being investigated by the New South Wales environmental regulator.

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#133042
2022-02-09

Our oceans are hotter than ever. Scientists say they worry about what that means for our future

Amid another record warm year for the planet, one of the most dramatic and alarming changes occurred in our oceans, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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#132900
2022-02-03

Super corals: the race to save the world’s reefs from the climate crisis – in pictures

Few corals are safe from warming oceans, a new study warns, but studies are finding surprisingly hardy corals, natural sunscreens and how coral ‘IVF’ can regrow reefs

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#132837
2022-02-01

‘It’s like another world’: Project to unlock secrets of ocean’s deepest trenches

The deep blue covers 70 per cent of the earth and has been a source of intrigue for centuries, swallowing ships and submarines and setting the stage for tales of mythical sea monsters or hidden cities.

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#132842
2022-02-01

Future of coral reefs in the time of climate change

Coral reefs are one of the world's most biologically diverse and productive ecosystems. They provide abundant ecological goods and services and are central to the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of coastal and island communities — throughout tropical and subtropical ocean countries — by contr ...

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#132764
2022-01-27

Ocean’s gentle giants make welcome appearances this summer

From December 2021 to January 2022 Manta Watch NZ received 99 reported manta ray sightings, concentrated in the Bay of Islands, the Hauraki Gulf, Mercury Island, the Alderman Islands and the Bay of Plenty.

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#132766
2022-01-27

“It shows there is hope.” Off Svalbard, an encounter with the largest animal that has ever lived

IT'S EARLY August and the research vessel Barba sails at 80 degrees north along the coastline of Svalbard. The endless Arctic sun lies low on the horizon, the ocean is calm, and the temperate a mild 5 degrees.

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#132666
2022-01-20

Giant pristine coral reef discovered off Tahiti

Marine explorers have discovered a "pristine" 3km (2-mile) coral reef at depths of 30m (100ft) off the coast of Tahiti, French Polynesia. It is one of the largest discovered at that depth, says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which led the mission.

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#132612
2022-01-19

Cutting the food chain? The controversial plan to turn zooplankton into fish oil

A few times a day, off the Faroe Islands’ coast, the crew of the Jákup Sverri marine survey ship test the water, measuring its salinity, temperature and oxygen at different sea depths. But they also look for something else.

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#132590
2022-01-18

Seeing 1,000 glorious fin whales back from near extinction is a rare glimmer of hope

Good news doesn’t get any more in-your-face than this. One thousand fin whales, one of the world’s biggest animals, were seen last week swimming in the same seas in which they were driven to near-extinction last century due to whaling. It’s like humans never happened.

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#132551
2022-01-17

Could the Red Sea's heat-resilient corals help restore the world's dying reefs?

Corals in the Gulf of Aqaba have a unique evolutionary history that could help them survive the climate crisis. Scientists even hope to breed their resilience into other reefs.

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#132503
2022-01-14

Coral reefs are dying, but there’s a tiny bit of good news about what happens when they’re gone

In 1998, a mass bleaching event hit reefs in the Seychelles, leading to a devastating loss of 90% of the African island nation’s live coral. While that event wasn’t caused by climate change (rather by El Niño, a recurring climate pattern that causes ocean warming every few years), global heating ...

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#132480
2022-01-13

‘Dancing through the water’: rare sighting of blanket octopus in Great Barrier Reef

Only a handful of people have spotted the dazzling blanket octopus in the wild, making it one of the rarest sights in the marine world.

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#132379
2022-01-11

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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#132365
2022-01-07

Bleached coral reefs can still support nutritious seafood, study finds

Bleached coral reefs can continue to support nutritious seafood, according to a new study conducted by the University of Lancaster. The leading cause of coral bleaching is climate change. A warming planet means a warming ocean, and a change in water temperature can cause coral to drive out algae.

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#3132
2022-01-07

Upcoming webinars to support discussions at the resumed sessions of SBSTTA-24, SBI-3 and WG2020-3

Reference: SCBD/IMS/JMF/JC/MC/90056 (2022-001)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA National Focal Points, ABS Focal Points, Cartagena Protocol Focal Points, indigenous peoples and local communities and relevant organizations

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#132313
2022-01-05

Florida sea urchins to the reefs' rescue

In the race to save the Florida Reef, which stretches from the Dry Tortugas to Palm Beach, researchers have successfully reared and released nearly 200 long-spined sea urchins off the coast.

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#132264
2021-12-22

How Marine Protected Areas Can Pay for Their Own Protection

The area right next to a marine protected area is a prime fishing spot—and researchers think fishermen will pay to access it.

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#132266
2021-12-22

The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2021

From the discovery of a large bioluminescent shark to the use of an innovative drone to study hurricanes, these are the best marine stories of the year

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#132270
2021-12-22

How To Prevent Mass Extinction In The Ocean Using AI, Robots And 3D Printers

The ocean is the most defining physical feature of Earth, covering 71% of the surface of this planet. It is home to incredible biodiversity, ranging from microscopic bacteria and viruses to the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale.

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#132275
2021-12-22

Remote areas are not safe havens for biodiversity

Remote localities are generally considered as potential reservoirs for biodiversity, but this is just part of the story. With regard to fish communities, researchers have produced a global map of risk that shows that no place is safe, regardless of distance from humans.

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#132248
2021-12-21

Costa Rica Expands Cocos Island National Park by 27 times in size

President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica has signed a decree expanding the Cocos Island National Park, increasing the fully protected area in their Pacific waters by almost 53,000 square kilometers.

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#132253
2021-12-21

New equipment for Canadian Coast Guard will help clean up oil spills

The $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways, while growing the economy.

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#132259
2021-12-21

More than 150,000 Europeans call on EU to ban bottom-trawling to protect ocean and climate

A giant colourful pop-up book depicting the devastation caused by destructive bottom trawling - and how the marine environment thrives in its absence - was delivered to European Union (EU) Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius by NGOs this morning, on behalf of more than 150,000 Europeans who have ...

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#132232
2021-12-20

Costa Rica’s pristine ‘Shark Island’ now a massive marine reserve

Three times the size of the country’s mainland, the reserve’s abundance of sharks, whales, turtles, and other marine life has been described as an “underwater Jurassic Park.”

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#132235
2021-12-20

Ocean-Based Carbon Removal Deserves a Closer Look

Could the oceans—where life once evolved—help save the planet and humanity from climate catastrophe? A new report suggests they might.

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#132206
2021-12-17

UK fishing licences for bottom trawling could be unlawful, says Oceana

Permits for UK and EU vessels will hinder efforts to protect marine life and may break habitats directive, conservation group warns

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#132208
2021-12-17

Ocean acidification disrupts fish shoals

Researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that the way fish interact in groups is being upset by ocean acidification and global warming.

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#132194
2021-12-16

Are marine protected areas helping marine mammals and birds? Maybe, but more can be done

Our oceans are under pressure like never before, with over 60% struggling from the increasing impact of fishing, coastal activities and climate change. The harsh truth is that as we move towards 2022 only 3% of oceans are totally free from the pressure of human activity.

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#132175
2021-12-15

ASEAN centre joins first ocean sustainability forum

With the increasing climate risks and multiple challenges that we are facing today, moving towards stronger cooperation among island nations and regions with islands, which have a lot in common, is logical.

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#132178
2021-12-15

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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#132179
2021-12-15

Blue solution to humanity’s “code red” crisis

The heat dome over Canada’s Pacific Northwest that killed hundreds of humans and “cooked” one billion sea creatures; Europe’s catastrophic floods; and the worst wildfires in almost a decade could become our new normal.

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#132159
2021-12-14

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

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#132145
2021-12-13

Geoengineering — First It Was About Messing With The Atmosphere. Now It’s About Hacking The Ocean.

A new report urges research into geoengineering the oceans, not because it’s a good idea but because it may save us from our own mistakes.

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#132128
2021-12-10

Oceans could be harnessed to remove carbon from air, say US science leaders

The United States should undertake a major research program into how the oceans could be artificially harnessed to remove carbon dioxide from the air, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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