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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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.


World Water Day 2017: "Water and Wastewater"

22 March 2017, New York, United States of America

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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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