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#113843
2017-07-20

13 Bizarre Things That Washed Up on Beaches

Take a stroll on a beach and you're likely to encounter plentiful evidence of life from the ocean amid the flotsam: stray clumps of seaweed, colorful seashells, even the occasional crustacean or jellyfish.

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#113845
2017-07-20

High diversity on coral reefs—a very big game of rock-paper-scissors

For a long time, scientists have wondered how a large number of species can live together while competing for a single, limiting resource. Why doesn't a single species that is better at competing for the resource crowd out all the others? According to new findings by Macquarie University, the an ...

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#113830
2017-07-19

Non-organic sunscreens are destroying our coral reefs

It stops us from ageing, from looking like lobsters, from dying of skin cancer. ost sunscreens use chemical blockers to filter out ultraviolet rays and they’re incredibly difficult to remove from water – even after being treated.As a result, they’re now bleaching our precious coral reefs. 4

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#113812
2017-07-18

What makes red algae so different and why should we care?

The red algae called Porphyra and its ancestors have thrived for millions of years in the harsh habitat of the intertidal zone—exposed to fluctuating temperatures, high UV radiation, severe salt stress, and desiccation.

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#113796
2017-07-17

Newly described algae species toughens up corals to endure warming oceans

Global climate change has increased water temperatures in the world's oceans, often causing mass coral bleaching and mortality, which harms not only corals, but also the vast ecosystems they support. Using innovative methods, researchers at Penn State University have identified a new species of ...

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#113758
2017-07-13

Living Planet: Beauty is only skin-deep

When it comes to marine animals, the charismatic kind like dolphins and whales get all the attention. But what about the weird-looking creatures that also live in the ocean’s depths? Sure they’re not beautiful, but they still play an role in marine ecosystems. Lucky for them, biologist and comed ...

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#113767
2017-07-13

Blue whale takes centre-stage at Natural History Museum

London's Natural History Museum (NHM) has undergone a major revamp with a blue whale skeleton now forming the main exhibit as visitors come through the front door. The marine mammal replaces the much-loved Diplodocus dinosaur, "Dippy", which will soon head out on a tour of the UK.

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#113738
2017-07-12

2 Whale Shark Sightings in Maryland: Are These Colossal Fish Dangerous?

The world's largest fish, a whale shark, recently got up close and personal with fishers in Ocean City, Maryland, nudging their boat for long enough that the crew captured a stunning video.

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#113739
2017-07-12

Hundreds of species of fungi in deep coral ecosystems discovered by botanists

Researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Botany have discovered hundreds of potentially new species of fungi in the deep coral ecosystem in the 'Au'au channel off Maui. Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCE) are generally found at depths between 130 to 500 feet and possess ab ...

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#113741
2017-07-12

Chorus for coral reefs

Countries with these world heritage sites should aim to keep global temperature down, says UN agency.

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#113748
2017-07-12

Make new rules' to save the oceans

New rules are urgently needed to protect life in the open seas, scientists have warned. A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no conservation rules as it’s outside national jurisdiction.

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#113722
2017-07-11

Seagrass meadows—critical habitats for juvenile fish and dugongs in the Johor islands

Scientists at University of Malaya, Malaysia, have found that the seagrass meadows in Johor harbor three times more juvenile fish than coral reefs. They also found that the dugong herds there prefer certain types of meadows over others.

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#113725
2017-07-11

Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

Countries with responsibility over world heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep global temperature increases to just 1.5C, the UN agency responsible for overseeing world heritage sites has said.

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#113706
2017-07-10

Corals Found Deep in The Ocean Produce Their Own Sunlight to Survive

When you're a coral hanging out in the shallows, too much sunlight is a bad thing. Ultraviolet radiation can mess up the algae that live within coral bodies and provide them with much of their sustenance.

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#113707
2017-07-10

When corals die off, we die off'

In 1998, the cruel heat of El Nino hit Seychelles hard. Sea surface temperatures rose around the Indian Ocean, bleaching 90% of coral reefs in the archipelago. Widespread flooding caused significant economic losses -- fishing and agriculture accounting for more than half of the total figure acco ...

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#113682
2017-07-07

'Weedy' fish species to take over our future oceans

University of Adelaide researchers have for the first time demonstrated that the ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small 'weedy' species dominating marine environments.

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#113683
2017-07-07

Hypnotic, dynamic, in danger: Coral reefs like you’ve never seen them before

Maybe the hardest part of conveying the scale and consequences of climate change is that transformation at the planetary scale can be hard to see. Carbon dioxide builds up invisibly in the atmosphere, seas inch inland year by year, and ecosystems continue to make their quiet shifts — big, slow c ...

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#113684
2017-07-07

UNESCO Says The Great Barrier Reef Isn't 'In Danger' And Experts Are Divided

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) just released its 'List of World Heritage in Danger', and it has one notable omission. The Great Barrier Reef. Australian experts have spoken out about the exclusion.

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#113686
2017-07-07

Deep-Water Corals Glow for Their Lives

Coral reefs are economic mainstays and critical habitats. But something else makes them amazing: their otherworldly glow. Both shallow- and deep-water corals emit fluorescent light, but until now, scientists only understood why shallow-water corals light up. Now, reports Laura Castells for Natur ...

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#113695
2017-07-07

Scientists name new species of fish from the Orinoco region after singer Enya

In 1988, Irish singer and songwriter Enya released a lead single titled "Orinoco Flow" from her second studio album, which went on to become an international hit, earn a Grammy Award nomination, and help launch her wildly successful career.Now a team of scientists have named a new species of fis ...

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#113607
2017-07-05

The creatures of the Underwater Forest, as seen in the documentary

The Underwater Forest is a relic of an ancient past, a 60,000 year old cypress forest, lost for tens of thousands of years below the Gulf of Mexico. But in today's world, it is also something else: a vibrant marine ecosystem literally bursting with life.

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#113573
2017-07-04

Fungi are key players of the deep biosphere

In addition to the life on the surface of the Earth and in its oceans, ecosystems have evolved deep under us in a realm coined the "deep biosphere" which stretches several kilometers down into the bedrock. Down there, the conditions are harsh and life is forced to adjust to a lifestyle that we a ...

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#113575
2017-07-04

This creature has 10 eyes, legs that chew and blood that saved your life

KITTS HUMMOCK, Del. — All along the shoreline, for as far as you can see, slick shells of horseshoe crabs glisten in the fading daylight. Listen closely, and you can hear their subtle clacking and the whisper of water over their carapaces.

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#113579
2017-07-04

Perfect storm' led to mass bleaching in Great Barrier Reef

Melbourne: The mass coral bleaching that devastated Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef last year was caused by a 'perfect storm' of factors produced by unprecedented oceanographic conditions, scientists say.

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#113588
2017-07-04

What is the Real Value of the Great Barrier Reef?

What a sorry state of affairs that we’re putting a price tag on nature and biodiversity! The report did not attempt to put a price tag on nature. Ironically, its detractors did.What the authors of the report did was to calculate the value of a very narrow aspect of the full value of the Reef; i. ...

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#113544
2017-06-30

Coral Reefs Sound Like Popcorn, and That’s a Good Thing

A healthy coral reef sounds like popcorn. Seriously: the hordes of snapping shrimp that fill their waters make create a constant crackling noise, something akin to crunching Pop Rocks or frying bacon

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#113545
2017-06-30

Phone app lists ‘Good Fish’ and ‘Bad Fish’ to reduce impacts of cyanide fishing

The peaceful and beautiful fish and other marine life displayed in household or public aquariums conceal a dark secret. Most of the roughly 1,800 species of tropical fish, as well as hundreds of invertebrate species, bought and sold globally to populate aquariums are caught using the destructive ...

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#113546
2017-06-30

What It Would Take To Restore One Of The World's Richest Marine Ecosystems

The Indonesian government can't restore one of the country's best coral reefs until it strikes a compensation deal with the insurer of the cruise line that wrecked it, the deputy coordinating maritime minister said this week.

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#113527
2017-06-29

Coral crisis eases; reefs still at risk of bleaching Warming oceans damaged or killed large areas of coral

WASHINGTON — A mass bleaching of coral reefs worldwide is finally easing after three years, U.S. scientists announced Monday.

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#113529
2017-06-29

What’s the economic value of the Great Barrier Reef? It’s priceless

Deloitte Access Economics has valued the Great Barrier Reef at A$56 billion, with an economic contribution of A$6.4 billion per year. Yet this figure grossly underestimates the value of the reef, as it mainly focuses on tourism and the reef’s role as an Australian icon.

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#113472
2017-06-23

In marine bacteria, evolution of new specialized molecules follows a previously unknown path

It's one of the tiniest organisms on Earth, but also one of the most abundant. And now, the microscopic marine bacteria called Prochlorococcus can add one more superlative to its list of attributes: It evolves new kinds of metabolites called lanthipeptides, more abundantly and rapidly than any o ...

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#113473
2017-06-23

The animals that are almost invisible

We’ve all heard of chameleons, squid and octopus using pigments to blend in with their surroundings, but what about becoming completely invisible? To become actually see through, and appear as if you aren’t there, you need to either allow light to travel through you unimpeded, or bend light arou ...

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#113449
2017-06-22

Restoration of shattered coral reef at Raja Ampat on hold

JAKARTA — The Indonesian government can’t restore one of the country’s best coral reefs until it strikes a compensation deal with the insurer of the cruise line that wrecked it, the deputy coordinating maritime minister said this week.

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#113450
2017-06-22

Great Barrier Reef: 'Godfather of Coral' urges Adani approval rethink following recent bleaching events

"Somewhere between a quarter and a third of all marine species have some part of their lifecycle in a coral reef."So if we wipe out coral reefs, we are going to crash the ecologies of the oceans. It is that serious."

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#113451
2017-06-22

Living Planet: Cold water corals in a warming climate

Much of the CO2 we emit through the burning of fossil fuels actually ends up in the ocean, making the water more acidic. Ocean acidification happens particularly fast in cold water. That spells trouble for creatures living in our northern waters – including cold water corals. How do they cope as ...

Notification
#2633
2017-06-21
Action by
2017-08-31

Nomination of Experts to Participate in the Informal Advisory Group for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/JL/JG/86569 (2017-058)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, and Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points; relevant organizations; and indigenous peoples and local communities

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#113416
2017-06-21

Lionfish Are Eating Fish We Didn't Even Know Existed

Lionfish have very low standards and will eat anything in sight. Although they're originally from the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, these vacuum cleaners have been flopping around the Atlantic for the last 25 years, probably because people dumped them from their home aquariums.

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#113419
2017-06-21

How phytoplankton rule the oceans

Photosynthesis is a unique biological process that has permitted the colonization of land and sea by plants and phytoplankton respectively. While the mechanisms of photosynthesis in plants are well understood, scientists are only now beginning to elucidate how the process developed in phytoplankton.

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#113420
2017-06-21

In the Red Sea, coral reefs can take the heat of climate change -

In the azure waters of the Red Sea, Maoz Fine and his team dive to study what may be the planet's most unique coral: one that can survive global warming, at least for now. -

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#113421
2017-06-21

A massive and unprecedented coral bleaching event may finally be coming to an end

An ongoing global coral bleaching event, one that’s affected more than 70 percent of tropical reefs worldwide, may finally be coming to a close. A new forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggests that the high ocean temperatures that lead to bleaching are no longer ...

Notification
#2632
2017-06-20
Action by
2017-07-20

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 25 - 29 September 2017 – Seocheon, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SPS/SBG/JL/JA/JMQ/86366 (2017-057)
To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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#113389
2017-06-20

Navigating towards a ''Paris Agreement for the oceans''?

The first ever UN Ocean Conference came to a close on June 9 with a "Call For Action", over 1,300 voluntary commitments made to support ocean health, and aspirations for a new convention to protect biodiversity in the roughly half of our planet which lies beyond national jurisdictions.

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#113392
2017-06-20

Global coral bleaching may be ending, US agency says

Coral reef bleaching may be easing after three years of high ocean temperatures, the longest such period since the 1980s, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

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#113375
2017-06-19

6 Incredible Creatures Of The Sea You Can Find Off The Coast Of Queensland

If you want to get up close and personal with a white tip shark, share the water with a turtle, swim alongside dwarf minke whales or watch a manta ray glide by -- there's no better place in the world to do it than Queensland.

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#113377
2017-06-19

Over 300 New Species Discovered in The Australian Abyss

An eternal question of what is hiding on the ocean’s deepest levels is starting to get answered soon. The research team of the vessel RV Investigator committed to a month-long expedition where they were exploring the abyss east of Australian coast for the first time ever.

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#113346
2017-06-16

Ancient attack marks show ocean predators got scarier

In pumped-up sequels for scary beach movies, each predator is bigger than the last. Turns out that predators in real-world oceans may have upsized over time, too.

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#113278
2017-06-14

This Terrifying, Toothy 'Monster' Is the World's Deepest Living Predator

In the inky darkness of the ocean's abyss swims the world's deepest living superpredator: a fish with a long, eel-like body; the face of a lizard; and a mouth full of sharp teeth.

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