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#124599
2020-03-10

Storms wreak havoc on land. We’re only beginning to understand what they do underwater.

You’ve likely heard about broad trends that scientists are certain will occur as a result of climate change: Plants and animals will be pushed out of their native habitats. Ice sheets will melt, and sea level will rise. Extreme weather events, like droughts and storms, will become more common an ...

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#124568
2020-03-06

East Africa’s reefs being fished at unsustainable rates, study finds

Fish populations in coral reefs off Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique are being harvested at unsustainable rates, new research has found.

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#124541
2020-03-05

East Africa’s reefs being fished at unsustainable rates, study finds

Fish populations in coral reefs off Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique are being harvested at unsustainable rates, new research has found.In the study published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, researchers calculate that 70% of the region’s coral reefs have fish stocks below levels nee ...

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#124543
2020-03-05

Saving The World’s Coral Reefs By Speeding Up Evolution

Vividly coloured coral reefs are a beautiful backdrop in tropical scenes, like living sculptures designed for the jewel-toned fish that glide over and around them.

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#124443
2020-03-02

Tranquil setting and a seafood meal plan: the retirement home for whales

Group of ageing beluga whales and orcas from marine entertainment parks will live out their post-showbiz days in a sheltered bay off Canada. More than 300 beluga whales and 60 orcas remain captive in aquariums around the world, with recent films such as Blackfish highlighting the ethics of breed ...

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#124448
2020-03-02

Marine Conservation Methods Paying Dividends In Oracabessa Bay

On Jamaica’s north coast, Oracabessa Bay’s biodiversity sustains its natural beauty and bounty, in addition to a sustainable source of income for those who learn how to dwell in harmony with nature. Ahead of tomorrow’s World Wildlife Day, Oracabessa Bay sits as a nesting site for the endangered ...

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#124452
2020-03-02

Deep-Sea Coral Gardens Discovered in Mysterious Canyons

Scientists have discovered stunning "gardens" of deep-sea corals in the mysterious Bremer Canyon Marine Park off southwestern Australia during an oceanographic expedition.

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#124433
2020-02-28

Peatlands are under threat. Here's why we must act now to save them

Wetlands are known by many names such as peatlands, marshes, bogs, fens or mires. What they all have in common is that their landscape is temporarily or permanently saturated with water.

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#124415
2020-02-27

Billions lost as illicit fisheries trade hurting nations who can afford it least

More than eight million to 14 million tonnes of unreported fish catches are traded illicitly every year, costing the legitimate market between $9 billion and $17 billion in trade each year, according to new UBC research.

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#124370
2020-02-26

Saving Mozambique’s seagrass

Creating the conditions for sustainable seagrass restoration in Maputo and Inhambane bays “People can’t think of Inhaca without thinking about seagrass,” says Salamao Bandeira of Maputo’s Eduardo Mondlane University, knee-deep in the shallow waters on the seaward side of Maputo Bay, as he points ...

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#124372
2020-02-26

One scientist's mission to save the 'super weird' snails under the sea

It takes an hour from the surface of the Indian Ocean, descending 3,000 metres in a submersible research pod, to reach the bizarre creatures that cluster around hydrothermal vents on the seabed. “You’re in a titanium sphere that is about two metres in diameter,” says evolutionary biologist Julia ...

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#124354
2020-02-25

How a no-take zone revived a Scottish fishery devastated by dredgers

After the government allowed trawlers to come closer to Scottish shores in 1984, the marine ecosystem around the Isle of Arran steadily collapsed, as bottom-trawlers and dredgers intensively combed the seabed with their vibrating spikes.

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#124329
2020-02-24

Study shows Akumal coral reefs deteriorating rapidly

Akumal, Q.R. — A new study released by the Centro Ecológico Akumal (CEA) says that approximately half of the coral reef specimens in Akumal are infected with white syndrome disease, which in the past year, has created a mortality rate equivalent to that of the past 10.

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#124330
2020-02-24

Great Barrier Reef Shows Early Signs Of Another Major Bleaching Event

Parts of the Great Barrier Reef are showing signs of heat stress, raising the risk of another major coral bleaching event, scientists from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority have announced. Eastern Australia has experienced a long period of warmer than usual ocean currents, which has i ...

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#124296
2020-02-21

Sweden becomes latest nation to join Global Ocean Alliance

Sweden has become the newest member of the UK’s Global Ocean Alliance, which looks to help drive urgent action towards the 30by30 target, which would safeguard 30% of the ocean by 2030 and so helping to protect marine wildlife.

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#124304
2020-02-21

A plan to save Earth's oceans

At least 26 per cent of our oceans need urgent conservation attention to preserve Earth's marine biodiversity, a University of Queensland-led international study has found.

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#124308
2020-02-21

'Astonishing' blue whale numbers at South Georgia

Scientists say they have seen a remarkable collection of blue whales in the coastal waters around the UK sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Their 23-day survey counted 55 animals - a total that is unprecedented in the decades since commercial whaling ended.

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#124270
2020-02-20

Great Barrier Reef on brink of third major coral bleaching in five years, scientists warn

The Great Barrier Reef could be heading for a third major coral bleaching outbreak in the space of five years if high ocean temperatures in the region do not drop in the next two weeks, scientists and conservationists have warned.

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#124283
2020-02-20

WWF recovery plan to save the world’s freshwaters from collapse

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has published an emergency recovery plan to prevent the collapse of biodiversity in the world’s freshwater rivers, lakes and wetlands. Freshwater covers approximately 1% of the earth’s surface but is home to around 10% of all species and they contain more fish than ...

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#124182
2020-02-17

Helping to support threatened marine life

As a marine ecologist at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia, I make about 150 dives a year, looking for threatened marine species. I focus on animals and plants that go largely unnoticed: small crustaceans and fish species such as gobies and blennies that grow 3 or 4 centimetres long.

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#124180
2020-02-14

World’s largest subterranean fish discovered in Indian cave – and it's blind

Scientists have discovered the world’s largest known subterranean fish in a cave in northeastern India. The “troglomorphic fish” was discovered last year, according to recently released research. “The largest individual seen in the cave was in excess of 400 mm [15.8 inches] in standard length ma ...

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#124147
2020-02-13

Monaco’s Prince Albert II: Oceans are a ‘family heritage,’ with little time to save them

When you think of Monaco, it’s hard not to envision opulent resorts, Formula 1 racing, classic cars, luxury casinos, and harbors lined with private yachts, against the glitzy backdrop of the French Riviera.

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#124125
2020-02-11

What is sea foam? What to know about when oceans get rough

When storms kick up normally tranquil seas, don't be surprised if water resembles a frothy substance. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sea foam forms when the organic and artificial matter in the ocean is agitated by wind and waves.

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#124126
2020-02-11

Failing to protect oceans could cause irreversible damage, experts say

Failure to protect the oceans, which regulate climate and weather patterns, could cause irreversible damage to the world's ecosystems, according to experts.

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#124084
2020-02-05

Ocean Conference has potential to be a ‘global game-changer’

The second global Ocean Conference taking place in Portugal in a few months’ time promises to be “a critical moment” for the health of life under water and on land, the President of the UN General Assembly said on Tuesday, as preparations got underway.

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#124063
2020-02-03

DEEP OCEAN OXYGEN LEVELS MAY BE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Much more oxygen than previously thought is transported deep into the ocean interior through a 'trap door" in the Labrador Sea that some researchers say could be closing as a result of climate change.

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#124031
2020-01-30

The Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has published their findings from extensive coral reef surveys conducted in the Kingdom of Tonga.Released today, the Global Reef Expedition: Kingdom of Tonga Final Report contains critical information on the health and resiliency of coral reef ecosy ...

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#123974
2020-01-28

Ten years to save the #Ocean

Today (28 January), 102 environmental organizations, led by Seas At Risk, BirdLife Europe, ClientEarth, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation Europe and WWF are launching the ‘Blue Manifesto’. The rescue plan lays out concrete actions which must be delivered by set dates in order to turn the tide on the ...

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#123994
2020-01-28

The Pacific Ocean's Acidification Is So Severe, Dungeness Crabs' Shells Are Dissolving

With the Pacific turning acidic in nature, Dungeness crabs residing in the coastal areas of the ocean are reportedly first to be affected by the ocean's acidification. The Dungeness crab is important to the source of income for fisheries located in the Pacific Northwest but low pH levels in the ...

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#123967
2020-01-27

What Are Ocean Dead Zones?

The sea. Windy, calming, exhilarating. Even a brief visit to the beach can reinvigorate you with new life.

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#123939
2020-01-24

Coral in Crisis: Can Replanting Efforts Halt Reefs’ Death Spiral?

Visit a coral reef off the coast of Miami or the Maldives and you may see fields of bleached white instead of a burst of colors.Coral reefs are in a death spiral. Many of the world’s major reefs — which give the oceans life, support fisheries, prevent storm damage, provide medicine and create oc ...

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#123908
2020-01-23

Bending with Wind, Coral Spawning linked to Ocean Environment

During the early summer, corals simultaneously release tiny balls composed of sperms and eggs, known as bundles, that float to the ocean surface. Here the bundles open, allowing the sperm to fertilize the eggs where they eventually settle on the seafloor and become new coral on the reef.

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#123909
2020-01-23

Deep diving scientists discover bubbling CO2 hotspot

Hydrologists diving off the coast of the Philippines have discovered volcanic seeps with some of the highest natural levels of C02 ever recorded. The scientists were working in Verde Island Passage, one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world and is home to thriving coral reefs.

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#123840
2020-01-21

Malaysia plans to do more to protect our coral reefs and marine life

Malaysia has an extensive coastline of 4,675km in total and is hemmed in on all sides by seas – the Straits of Malacca, the Sulu Sea, the South China Sea and the Andaman Sea. And all these waters are located within the Coral Triangle, a rich marine ecosystem with nearly 600 species of corals and ...

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#123813
2020-01-20

What do record ocean temperatures tell us about climate change?

In 2019, the oceans reached higher temperatures than at any other point in recorded human history, according to a new analysis published on 13 January in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences (1). The new record demonstrates, unequivocally, the reality of global warming

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#123816
2020-01-20

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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#123779
2020-01-17

Ocean warming forcing leatherback turtles to travel further for food

New research tracking the migrations of leatherback turtles after leaving their nesting grounds in French Guiana shows that they must travel almost twice as far as groups previously observed to reach feeding grounds.

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#123730
2020-01-15

Is there going to be a meagre future for animals living on seafloor of Baltic Sea?

In the future, climate change and diminishing nutrient loads may reduce the amount of animals living on the seafloor in the Baltic Sea. This benthic fauna has so far been increasing in shallow waters during past eutrophication, and this has more than compensated for the hypoxia-driven loss of fa ...

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#123667
2020-01-13

Mudflats, mangroves and marshes — the great coastal protectors

More than a third of the global population lives within 100 kilometers of the world's coastline. But one stretch of coast can vary greatly from the next, and as such, each faces different challenges as sea levels rise in our warming world. Widely understood to protect the land from the water, th ...

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#123678
2020-01-13

Understanding Material Movement in the Ocean’s Upper Layer

The upper layer of the ocean is known as the “ocean mixed layer” (OML). Although usually just a few tens of meters deep, it’s very influential in mediating the exchange of gases, momentum, and energy between the interior of the ocean and the atmosphere.

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#123648
2020-01-10

Antarctic Waters are Now Warmer with Higher Acidity and Less Oxygen

A new study revealed that the increased freshwater resulting from melting ice sheets in Antarctica, combined with the added Antarctic wind, has reduced the oxygen level inside the Southern Ocean. This has made the ocean warmer and more acidic.

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#123649
2020-01-10

Turks and Caicos Corals: Disease Threatens Barrier Reef

From the air, the turquoise hues of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ vast barrier reef appear as an expanse of blistering beauty. One of the largest reef systems on Earth, it teems with wildlife like friendly wild dolphins, and attracts more than a million tourists a year.

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#123656
2020-01-10

About 300 sea turtles die in Mexico from red tide

Mexican environmental authorities said Thursday that 292 sea turtles found dead on the country's southern Pacific coast since Christmas died as a result of a red tide algae bloom.

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#123629
2020-01-09

Ocean Acidification Don't Affect the Behavior of Coral Reef Fishes

Over the previous decade, numerous high-profile scientific studies claim that tropical fish residing in coral reefs adversely influenced ocean acidification brought about through climate change.

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#123583
2020-01-06

Conservationists call for three-mile coastal fishing limit in Scotland

Marine conservation campaigners have called for trawlers to be banned from fishing within three miles of Scotland’s shoreline to help depleted fish stocks and seabeds to recover.

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#123534
2019-12-19

The oceans absorbed an unfathomable amount of heat this decade

That's because the sprawling seas — some 321,003,000 cubic miles of them — soak up over 90 percent of the heat trapped on Earth by human-created carbon emissions, which are still growing. This colossal heat absorption tempers the continued atmospheric warming of the remote, pale blue dot we inh ...

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#123510
2019-12-18

Why are whales big, but not bigger?

Both toothed and baleen (filter-feeding) whales are among the largest animals ever to exist. Blue whales, which measure up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and can weigh over 150 tons, are the largest animals in the history of life on Earth.

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#123511
2019-12-18

The big bang: Climax on the Reef as coral spawns for a second time

It’s the end of the decade and the Great Barrier Reef is going out with a bang. Just a month ago the world watched in awe as billions of eggs and sperm exploded across large parts of the the Reef.

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#123472
2019-12-17

Eighteen Things We’ve Learned About the Oceans in the Last Decade

In the past 10 years, the world’s oceans have faced new challenges, revealed new wonders, and provided a roadmap for future conservation.

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