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Environmentalists Work to Save Australia's Great Barrier Reef

In the coming months, the United Nations and the Australian government will square off over whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered.

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Warming Pacific Makes for Increasingly Weird Ocean Life

A “blob” of warm water that’s partly to blame for dead birds and stranded sea lions in the Pacific may share a cause with Boston’s snows and California’s drought.

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Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 13 - 17 July 2015, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84552 (2015-042)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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Chinese claim of South China Sea reclamation not causing damage unacceptable —DFA

(Updated 12:38 p.m.) The Philippines on Monday said it finds “unacceptable” China’s claim that its massive reclamation work in several disputed South China Sea territories are not causing marine environment damage, warning that that coastal states stand to lose $100 million annually from Beijing ...

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Hawksbill turtle rookery recovers from 150 years of exploitation

One of the last turtle populations in the world to be legally exploited for the 'tortoise shell' trade is finally recovering after a 25-year conservation effort, say researchers.

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Study: Protecting tropical reefs need not be a zero-sum game

A new study suggests that less draconian restrictions could still put many troubled reefs on the road to recovery. This could reduce friction between conservationists and those who depend on the reefs for their livelihood.

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Is Australia meeting the UN recommendations for the Great Barrier Reef?

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, released jointly by the federal and Queensland governments last weekend, claims that both governments “have responded to all recommendations of the World Heritage Committee and indeed have gone further”.

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Report of the Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats


World Water Day

22 March 2015, Paris, France

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Bottom trawling reduces size of commercially important flatfish

Oceans not only provide important ecosystem services, including climate regulation and nutrient cycling, but they also serve as a major contributor to food and jobs.

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With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark-fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators.

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What’s in your soup? It could be manta ray

In some parts of the world, people have been killing manta and mobula rays to use their gills for a so-called medicine. But eating these animals is threatening the future of the species and could be hurting our health.

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Data to Inform the CBD North-East Indian Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

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Australia Bans Dumping Along Barrier Reef

Reverses decision last year to allow millions of tons of dredge from nearby coal-port to be dumped there

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Government corruption in South Africa contributes to overfishing, study finds

Bribery among government officials who inspect fishing along the coast of South Africa contributes to overfishing, according to new study.

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Dolphins, diatoms and sea dragons join census of all known marine life

Taxonomists undertaking the daunting task of compiling a list of every species in the sea say that there are 228,445 known marine organisms. The team from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has eliminated 190,400 previously listed species, because they were duplicate identities.

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World’s whaling slaughter tallied

Commercial hunting wiped out almost three million animals last century.

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UN report warns of grave consequences if mangroves not protected

Protecting Mangrove Forests Good For Environment And Economy: UN Global destruction of mangrove forests impacts biodiversity, food security, and the lives and livelihoods of some of the most marginalized communities in the world, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

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A sea change for ocean resource management

Ocean ecosystems around the world are threatened by overfishing, extensive shipping routes, energy exploration, pollution and other consequences of ocean-based industry.

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WoRMS catalogue downsizes ocean life

A mammoth effort to catalogue all known ocean life is nearly complete.

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Human impacts are 'decoupling' coral reef ecosystems

There is a growing consensus among scientists of all stripes that we have entered the age of the Anthropocene, or the epoch of humans.

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Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

MIAMI — The government divers who plunged into the bay near the Port of Miami surfaced with bad news again and again: Large numbers of corals were either dead or dying, suffocated by sediment.

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Algal species helps corals survive in Earth's hottest reefs

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The warming ocean has researchers worried large swaths of corals could suffer bleaching events, jeopardizing their health and the rich biodiversity that depends on them. But not all corals in warm water reefs are affected equally.

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US sea level north of New York City 'jumped by 128mm'

Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found.

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World Closes in on Consensus to Regulate Fishing on the High Seas

The high seas—the vast roiling ocean that reaches beyond a coastal states’ 320-kilometer exclusive economic zone, or EEZ—is Earth’s largest biosphere.

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Evolution 'favours bigger sea creatures'

The animals in the ocean have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period - and not by chance.

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Global coral reef project plunges into the Indian Ocean

Scientists conducting a global study of coral reefs are surveying the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean after selecting it as the latest destination to gather data to aid worldwide conservation efforts.

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World's coral reefs face major bleaching event this year, US agency warns

2015 could see coral bleaching on a global scale for the third time in history – and the first in the absence of an El Niño.

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Record number of sea lion pup strandings blamed on warmer ocean

More than 900 hungry infants rescued along California coast as mothers fail to return soon enough from difficult hunt for fish, say US scientists

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Why Ocean Health Is Better And Worse Than You Think

Last month, a group of marine experts — including lead author Douglas McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara — published a groundbreaking study in the journal Science that delivered a sobering message: The world’s oceans are on the verge of major change that could ...

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Penguins lost ability to taste fish

Penguins can taste only sour and salty food, scientists have discovered.

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New techniques reveal how microbes shape the health and biodiversity of oceans

Microbes in the ocean take up massive amounts of carbon dioxide, contributing to the global carbon cycle and affecting climate change

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Report of the Expert Workshop to Provide Consolidated Practical Guidance and A Toolkit for Marine Spatial Planning

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A Bold Vision to Protect our Oceans Permanently

The oceans need our help. Human impacts – overfishing, pollution, invasive species, habitat destruction, acidification and climate change – have put our ocean species on the cusp of mass extinctions today.

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef At Risk Of Becoming 'Dumping Ground': WWF

The Great Barrier Reef is under significant threat from climate change, and could be “severely damaged” unless the Australian government bans the dumping of waste from dredging, according to a report released on Monday by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).

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Local Pollutants Compound Threats to Coral Reefs

NEW YORK, Feb 6 2015 (IPS) - A recent study suggests that one of the multiple threats to coral reefs contains both the problem and solution.

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'You can't use an ocean to decimation'

Scientist Karen Wiltshire from Germany’s AWI Institute is the new chair of the global Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). She tells DW that science should be more involved in marine protected areas.

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Marine heatwaves threaten the future of underwater forests

Western Australia’s marine environment is unique. Two world heritage areas, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia, and more than a thousand kilometres of underwater forests, supporting incredible wildlife, important fisheries, and tourism.

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How will ocean acidification impact marine life?

A new analysis provides a holistic assessment of the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine organisms including coral, shellfish, sea urchins, and other calcifying species.

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Mercury levels in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna increasing

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.

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Row Erupts over Jamaica’s Bid to Slow Beach Erosion

KINGSTON, Feb 2 2015 (IPS) - A plan that government says will slow the rate of erosion on Jamaica’s world-famous Negril beach is being opposed by the people whose livelihoods it is meant to protect.

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'Sitting on the cliff of a species extinction'

A report published in the journal Science this month analyzed the health of global marine populations and the impact humans are having on it. DW talked to the study's lead author Douglas McCauley

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Blue mussels not yet the bellwether of NE coastal environment

Mussels could be the perfect 'sentinel' species to signal the health of coastal ecosystems.

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