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#123451
2019-12-13

The limits of ocean heavyweights: Prey curb whales' gigantic size

At 100 feet long and weighing more than 100 tons, blue whales are the largest creatures to have evolved on the planet. Other whales, like killer whales, are larger than most terrestrial animals but pale in comparison to the size of blue whales.

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#123376
2019-12-11

Five of the most colorful and beautiful ocean creatures

When we think of animals, we typically picture the creatures that we have seen or heard about. But there are innumerable living entities that are completely off our visual range.

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#123378
2019-12-11

The world’s oceans are gasping for breath

The oceans of the world are in deep trouble, a report issued at the annual global climate talks in Madrid has concluded.The report represents the combined efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries and was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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#123384
2019-12-11

Coral reef in southern central Cuba deemed prosperous

Specialists from the Center for Environmental Services of the central province of Sancti Spíritus, today describe as prosperous the state of the coral reef located south of the city of Trinidad.

Notification
#2943
2019-12-09
Action by
2020-01-24

Submission of Information on Experiences in the Implementation of Marine Spatial Planning

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JA/JMQ/88545 (2019-113)
To: CBD National Focal Points; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; indigenous peoples and local communities; and relevant organizations and initiatives

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#123313
2019-12-06

Protecting living corals could help defend the Great Barrier Reef from ocean acidification for decades

As humans continue to emit record levels of carbon dioxide, we are putting marine habitats at risk. One consequence of these emissions, ocean acidification, is a serious threat to many undersea environments—especially coral reefs.

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#123320
2019-12-06

The Amazon Reef Is Alive, Growing, and Under Threat—Again

The mouth of the Amazon River, which yawns out of Brazil’s rainforested north, must be a stressful place to call home. Each year, six trillion cubic meters of water—roughly enough to fill the Grand Canyon one and a half times—surge from the river into the Atlantic Ocean.

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#123329
2019-12-06

Climate heating is sucking the oxygen out of the oceans

The growing number of greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of nutrients are taking oxygen out of the oceans, threatening all marine biodiversity.

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#123246
2019-12-04

Tackling degraded oceans could mitigate climate crisis - report

Halting overfishing and the plastic pollution of the oceans could help tackle the climate emergency by improving the degraded state of the world’s biggest carbon sink, a report has found.

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#123220
2019-12-03

In the Atlantic’s far south, cameras reveal biodiversity gem

From the ship’s deck, there nothing to see but deep blue water, not the remotest sign of a marine paradise that lies just a few metres below the waves.

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#123230
2019-12-03

What Do We Want from Our Oceans?

This is a question we need to ask ourselves but before answering we need to acknowledge the diversity of expectations and aspirations that we all have for oceans, which cover more than two-thirds of the planet’s surface.

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#123231
2019-12-03

World’s Crisis-Stricken Oceans Doomed to Destruction Without a Global Treaty

The greatest single climate-induced threat facing the world’s 44 small island developing states (SIDS) is rising sea waters which could obliterate some of the low-lying states, including Maldives, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Palau and Micronesia.

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#123233
2019-12-03

Grassroots divers known as ‘gardeners’ are trying to save coral reefs

A small group of volunteers are mounting their own attempt to reverse the effects of climate change. They call themselves ‘coral gardeners’ and are trying to reverse the effects of global warming on Jamaica’s coral reefs.

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#123190
2019-12-02

How a small stretch of ocean stirred a conservation movement

From the surface, these 57 square kilometres of water are unexceptional. But dip beneath the surface — go down 20 or 30 metres — and you’ll find a spectacular seascape. Sponges, barnacles and tube worms cover rocky ledges on the ocean floor, forming a “live bottom.”

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#123176
2019-11-29

Elephant seal native to Antarctica spotted for first time in tropical Sri Lanka

COLOMBO — Uthpala Adaranga, a ranger with Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), was initially doubtful about the call he received of a seal spotted near Unawatuna, off the country’s southern coast on Nov. 20.

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#123179
2019-11-29

Mediterranean marine protection failing as 2020 deadline looms

A new WWF report shows that Mediterranean countries are failing on their global commitment to protect at least 10% of marine and coastal areas, and to stop ongoing biodiversity loss in the region.

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#123165
2019-11-28

Animals could help humans monitor oceans

Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags.

Notification
#2937
2019-11-27

Expert Workshop to Identify Options for Modifying the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) and Describing New EBSAs, 3 to 5 February 2020 - Brussels, Belgium

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SBG/JA/JG/88518 (2019-107)
To: CBD National Focal Points; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; indigenous peoples and local communities; and relevant organizations

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#123148
2019-11-27

These corals could survive climate change — and help save the world’s reefs

Ocean warming threatens to wipe out corals, but scientists are trying to protect naturally resilient reefs and are nursing some others back to health.

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#123153
2019-11-27

Why a California delicacy won't be on the menu this Thanksgiving

Crabbers are postponing their harvest to avoid entangling whales, as the climate crisis fuels new dangers

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#123104
2019-11-25

Taking marine conservation by storm

Since winning the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Young Champions of the Earth prize 12 months ago, Better Blue founder Miao Wang has taken China’s diving community by storm.

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#123070
2019-11-20

Government conflict of interest a threat to fish biodiversity: scientists

Canada has made disappointingly little progress in preserving the variety of life in its oceans largely because of a contradiction in the federal department that’s supposed to protect it, says a group of senior scientists.

News Headlines
#123081
2019-11-20

COP25 to keep ocean focus despite moving to Madrid

Next month’s UN climate talks have moved from Chile to Spain but will retain the ‘blue COP’ theme.

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#123069
2019-11-19

2020 Ocean Pathways Week

On 13 November 2019, during the 2020 Ocean Pathways Week, participants convened for a joint session coordinated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and supported by the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Government of Sweden and the Ministry of Oceans and Fi ...

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#123036
2019-11-18

Scientists are weighing radical steps to save coral

The world's coral reefs are in dire shape because of climate change. Severe bleaching in 2016 and 2017 killed off nearly 50 percent of the Great Barrier Reef.

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#123038
2019-11-18

3D-Printed Artificial Coral Designed to Bolster Endangered Reefs

Coral reefs are one of the nature eco-systems that are being affected by global climate change, and scientists are seeking ways to help save the marine life that depends on them for sustenance.

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#123042
2019-11-18

Great Barrier Reef annual mass coral spawning begins

A mass coral spawning has begun on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, with early indications the annual event could be among the biggest in recent years, local marine biologists said Sunday.

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#122998
2019-11-15

Ocean exploration mission reveals incredible biodiversity — and why it's in danger — and why it's in danger

Beneath the ocean’s surface, there is a landscape marked by its biodiversity. Only by venturing under the water can scientists study the vast number of species living there — from giant blue whales to tiny marine animals like plankton and other microbes.

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#122977
2019-11-13

Canada’s fish populations declining; government must urgently enforce new Fisheries Act and get serious about rebuilding fisheries

Oceana Canada’s latest annual report on the state of Canada’s fisheries was released today, revealing that the health of fish populations has declined over the past three years and the government is not acting with the speed and rigour needed to rebuild depleted stocks. Unless this changes, Cana ...

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#122978
2019-11-13

Video: Strange disease threatens Caribbean coral reef

Canczn, Mexico: The breathtaking reds, yellows and purples of the Mesoamerican Reef have been turning sickly white, leading researchers on a desperate hunt to understand and fight the mysterious disease killing the Caribbean's corals.

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#122956
2019-11-11

Incredible Footage Reveals Orcas Chasing Off The Ocean's Most Terrifying Predator

The great white shark is often viewed as the most hardcore thing in the ocean. The top of the food chain. The silent slayer in the dark. But evidence is increasingly emerging that even the great white isn't safe. In fact, these fish too are prey.

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#122720
2019-10-24

Saving Our Oceans: A Plea for Action

This week, world leaders gather in Norway to focus on the health of our oceans at a critical time. For island nations such as the Federated States of Micronesia, threatened as never before by climate change, seriousness of purpose isn’t elective, it’s existential.

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#122723
2019-10-24

How to save the world’s coral reefs

Corals are comeback creatures. As the world froze and melted and sea levels rose and fell over 30,000 years, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which is roughly the size of Italy, died and revived five times. But now, thanks to human activity, corals face the most complex concoction of conditions t ...

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#122705
2019-10-21

How Antarctic krill fertilize the oceans and even store carbon

Krill are best known as whale food. But few people realize that these small, shrimp-like creatures are also important to the health of the ocean and the atmosphere. In fact, Antarctic krill can fertilize the oceans, ultimately supporting marine life from tiny plankton through to massive whales a ...

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#122664
2019-10-15

Best way to protect ocean fisheries? Let nations profit from them

Overfishing is a major problem for the world's oceans, but a strategy adopted nearly 50 years ago has helped protect fisheries: giving nations exclusive rights to waters 200 miles offshore and letting them police their own fish stocks.

News Headlines
#122665
2019-10-15

Researchers describe a survival strategy in living corals which was only seen in fossil records

Some corals can recover after massive mortality episodes caused by the water temperature rise. This survival mechanism in the marine environment -known as rejuvenation- had only been described in some fossil corals so far. A new study published in the journal Science Advances reveals the first s ...

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#122674
2019-10-15

Jordan’s Aqaba Reefs: Hard Corals Present Simple Solution

The solution to dying coral reefs may be lurking just under the surface of Red Sea waters. New studies reveal that Gulf of Aqaba coral reefs show resistance to climate change.

CBD
Meeting
#5931

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

14 - 18 October 2019, Seocheon, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#122583
2019-10-09

Can oceans turn the tide on the climate crisis?

As we pump more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world is warming at an alarming rate, with devastating consequences. While our vast oceans are helping to take the heat out of climate change, new research shows that they are absorbing a lot more atmospheric carbon dioxide than previousl ...

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#122551
2019-10-07

Literature sheds light on the history and mystery of the Southern Ocean

If you look at a globe, you'll see that the Southern Hemisphere is bluer than the Northern Hemisphere. A huge 80% of it is ocean compared to 60% of the North.

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#122528
2019-10-04

Scientists fight to save unique Guiana coral reef

Off the coast of Guiana, a French overseas department perched on the north coast of South America, scientists scour the choppy waters for signs of life.

News Headlines
#122504
2019-10-03

Thai marine biologist pleads for dugong conservation plan

A top marine biologist has urged Thailand's government to speed up conservation plans for the dugong, an imperiled sea mammal, after their death toll for the year in Thai waters has already climbed to a record 21.

News Headlines
#122479
2019-10-02

Maldives coral reefs show signs of resilience and recovery

Corals reefs in the Maldives are showing signs of resilience, adaptation and recovery from the effects of climate change, an annual survey has found. The survey was conducted in a 250km area in the central atolls by Biosphere Expeditions, Marine Conservation Society, Reef Check Maldives and loca ...

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#122487
2019-10-02

Safeguarding the world's largest tuna fishery

Understanding the impact of modern fishing techniques is critical to ensure the sustainability of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) tuna fishery—the largest tuna fishery in the world that accounts for 55% of the total tropical tuna catch and provides up to 98% of government revenue fo ...

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#122447
2019-10-01

Coral bleaching is caused by more than just heat

Analysis of reef damage in the Indo-Pacific during the 2016 El Nino reveals that several stressors influence bleaching.Scientists in the Indian and Pacific Oceans used the El Nino of 2016—the warmest year on record—to evaluate the role of excess heat as the leading driver of coral bleaching and ...

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#122461
2019-10-01

Australia’s vast carbon sink releasing millions of tonnes of CO2 back into atmosphere

Australia’s mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows are absorbing about 20m tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, according to a major new study that is the first to measure in detail the climate benefits of the coastal ecosystems.

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#122464
2019-10-01

As ocean fears gather pace, WTO fishing talks stall

The oceans are under siege, campaigners warn, and fish stocks could collapse unless a global deal is struck swiftly to ban harmful fisheries subsidies. The World Trade Organization, meanwhile, can’t agree on who will head the committee to discuss the issue, according to sources close to the nego ...

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#122441
2019-09-30

David Attenborough: Save Sussex's magical kelp forests

Sir David Attenborough is supporting a campaign to help save an important marine habitat.Kelp forests of the West Sussex coast are one of the most biodiverse environments on the planet, but they have been damaged by changing fishing habits and sediment being dumped on the seafloor.

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