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#112688
2017-05-01

Overfishing: Harmful Ecosystem Effects Leading Fishing Industry's Collapse

Overfishing is a threat to the marine ecosystem and should be on the watch list of Ecological authorities in the Gulf of California. Gross neglect of fishing regulations could result in chaotic disturbance of the food chain that the ocean is providing to the inhabitants of coastal communities.

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#112672
2017-04-28

FEATURE: UN’s mission to keep plastics out of oceans and marine life

27 April 2017 – There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations.

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#112670
2017-04-27

How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic

Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see.

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#112632
2017-04-24

Japan to exceed bluefin tuna quota amid warnings of commercial extinction

Conservationists call on Japan to abide by fishing agreements after reports annual quota will be exceeded two months early

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#112623
2017-04-21

Ocean Currents Are Sweeping Billions of Tiny Plastic Bits to the Arctic

Currents are acting like a conveyor belt for plastic, dumping the bits in pristine northern waters

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#112599
2017-04-20

EU Commission Launches Blue Economy Initiative For Western Mediterranean

The European Commission launched Wednesday a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.

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#112607
2017-04-20

Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows

April 20 (UPI) -- As shark populations decline, fish face less pressure from the top of the food chain. As a result, new research shows, fish are getting fatter.

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#112583
2017-04-19

“The Ocean Is Not a Dumping Ground”

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, Apr 19 2017 (IPS) - An internationally renowned scientist, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became Mauritius’s sixth president on June 5, 2015 – and one of the few Muslim women heads of state in the world.

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#112590
2017-04-19

Time for everyone to sign up for strong ocean governance

There is currently no legal mechanism for creating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the high seas. A proposed agreement by the UN looks to rectify that, writes Sophie Mirgaux.

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#112528
2017-04-13

Did You Know that the Oceans Have It All?

ROME, Apr 13 2017 (IPS) - Perhaps you are not aware enough of the fact the oceans have it all! What is “all”? Well, oceans have from microscopic life to the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, from the colourless to the shimmering, from the frozen to the boiling and from the sunlit to t ...

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#112559
2017-04-13

Citizen scientists help identify shorebird extinction threat

An international team of citizen scientists and researchers has identified a major contributor to the dramatic decline of migratory shorebird populations in Australia.

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#112510
2017-04-12

Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum

British scientists exploring an underwater mountain in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals.

News Headlines
#112521
2017-04-12

UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival

11 April 2017 – With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking t ...

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#112506
2017-04-11

For whales, Southern California soundscape is a mixed bag

April 11 (UPI) -- Whales can't survive without communication. They rely on their communication skills to locate mates, coordinate migrations and find food.

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#112482
2017-04-10

Great Barrier Reef: Two-thirds damaged in 'unprecedented' bleaching

Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown.

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#112488
2017-04-10

Oceans in grave peril - but we have solutions

Oceans, and the future of Pacific island peoples, are in grave peril, but we have tried and tested solutions

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#112461
2017-04-06

Powers of attraction could decimate deadly starfish

Scientists studying the Great Barrier Reef have made a breakthrough discovery that could protect one of the Seven Natural Wonders.

Meeting Document
#112458
2017-04-05

UNEP/CBD/SOI/WS/2016/5/2

Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative National Capacity Development Workshop for Vanuatu

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#112443
2017-04-04

Tonga remains a sanctuary for whales

“All Tongan waters are declared a sanctuary for whales,” Tonga's Acting Prime Minister, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni said at the opening of an international "Whales in a Changing Ocean" conference today in Nuku’alofa.

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#112429
2017-04-03

This Small Island Nation Makes a Big Case For Protecting Our Oceans

It stands to reason that if you protect the ocean, ecosystems will thrive. Now, scientists have hard data to back up that logical assumption, thanks to a sweeping study of marine reserves in the island nation of Palau

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#112412
2017-03-31

Network formed to protect resource-rich Verde Island Passage

Efforts to protect the Verde Island Passage (VIP), one of the country’s most important marine protected areas, got a boost after the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), marine conservation groups and several government agencies formed a multisectoral network on Wednesday to ensure the pre ...

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#112388
2017-03-30

Phytoplankton greens the Arctic oceans

Arctic sea-ice has thinned so much over the past 30 years that even sun-dependent phytoplankton can now bloom beneath it, according to new research.

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#112389
2017-03-30

Military bases and submarines: What it's like to dive in the South China Sea

The Spratly Islands are a nebula of biological wonder -- an archipelago of atolls and reefs that support 600 coral species and 6,000 fish species -- including huge schools of batfish, bumphead parrotfish, scalloped hammerhead sharks, and dolphins.

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#112378
2017-03-29

Cyclone Debbie: Experts fear damage to Great Barrier Reef

The cyclone struck the Queensland coast as a category four storm, carrying winds of up to 263km/h (163 mph). Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said some damage on land was not as widespread as first anticipated. Marine experts said they expected to find damage to the reef's ecosystem, alt ...

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#112336
2017-03-27

Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed

Warming sea waters - caused by climate change and extreme climatic events - threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support warn scientists at Exeter University

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#112342
2017-03-27

Seabed conditions key to survival of juvenile cod, haddock and whiting

Links between seabed type and quality are closely related to the abundance and size of young commercially fished species such as cod, haddock and whiting.

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#112326
2017-03-24

'Devastating' coral loss in South China Sea - scientists

Scientists are warning of another "devastating" loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures.

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#112329
2017-03-24

Treasure or tragedy – our ocean commons

The sea was a bit too choppy for my liking. But there was a volcano erupting inland. The sea looked like a safer option! I took the plunge and jumped off the boat with my snorkel and fins.

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#112333
2017-03-24

Stop treating oceans as "waste swimming pool" - U.N's FAO chief

OSLO, March 24 (Reuters) - The world must stop treating the oceans as a "waste swimming pool" for pollution, a senior U.N. official said on Friday at the debut in Oslo of a $65 million research ship to help developing nations manage fish stocks.

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#112322
2017-03-23

Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference

22 March 2017 – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.

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#112295
2017-03-22

Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, according to scientists.

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#112296
2017-03-22

Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide

Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study.

Meeting
#5622

World Water Day 2017: "Water and Wastewater"

22 March 2017, New York, United States of America

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#112270
2017-03-20

Sea turtles of São Tomé: Selling what can’t be sold

Sea turtles have the dubious honor of being one of the few animals that rank high globally on both the charisma scale and the dinner menu.

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#112252
2017-03-17

Haddock from UK waters removed from sustainable seafood list

It is among the most popular fish in the UK, but haddock may soon be off the menu in some fish and chip shops because of dwindling stocks.

News Headlines
#112253
2017-03-17

50 years needed to restore Raja Ampat coral reef destroyed by cruise ship: Indonesian minister

JAKARTA - It will take 50 to 100 years for the Raja Ampat coral reef destroyed by a British cruise ship to be restored, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters on Friday (March 17).

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#112207
2017-03-13

Twenty-three countries unite in Abu Dhabi to conserve the dugong

ABU DHABI // Delegates from 23 of the 40 countries that the dugong calls home have gathered in the capital to find better ways to protect the illusive sea animal.

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#112213
2017-03-13

Rapid global loss of life-sustaining coral amid ocean warming alarming scientists

SOUTH ARI ATOLL, MALDIVES – There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves.

News Headlines
#112192
2017-03-10

Great Barrier Reef bleached for unprecedented second year running

Reef authority says findings of aerial surveys show enough to confirm another mass coral bleaching event, after last year’s dramatic death rate

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#112182
2017-03-09

Caribbean Gearing Up for Marine Resources Treaty

BELMOPAN, Belize (IDN) – The countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been fine-tuning their positions ahead of the next United Nations preparatory meeting to establish an international legally-binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources.

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#112163
2017-03-07

The way forward for reducing marine pollution

The Ocean Conference taking place this June at UN headquarters is a unique opportunity to promote and accelerate action, partnerships, commitment and progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, Life below water.

News Headlines
#112146
2017-03-06

East Africa: Indian Ocean Can Be the Key Driver of Economies

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma says more innovative ways need to be developed to use oceans sustainably for food, transport, trade and other activities.

News Headlines
#112135
2017-03-03

Air pollution could actually be helping our oceans to absorb greenhouse gases

A new study has found evidence to suggest that iron particles produced by industry and cities are being dissolved by man-made air pollution and washed into the sea.

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#112094
2017-02-27

Bacterium protects sponge host from arsenic poisoning: Study

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a bacterium that plays the role of arsenic detoxifier in the sponge it calls home. The bacterium is Entotheonella and its common host is Theonella swinhoei.

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#112074
2017-02-24

Government of Myanmar unveils new plan to protect marine wildlife and resources

The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country's diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species—and other marine resources.

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#112075
2017-02-24

Deep Oceans Face Starvation by End of Century

The deep ocean floor, Earth’s largest habitat, will be starved of food by the end of this century, scientists have warned.

News Headlines
#112079
2017-02-24

Sharks guardians of biodiversity: WA study

Over-hunting sharks is detrimental for fish at every level of the food chain, West Australian scientists have found.

News Headlines
#112059
2017-02-23

Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage

New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures

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#112065
2017-02-23

Manatee population rebounds: time to take it off the endangered species list?

A recent survey found a record 6,620 manatees in Florida, but opinion remains divided as to whether the species has truly made a comeback.

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