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#105336
2015-09-21

Attempts to protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef are failing: report

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is still being damaged by the effects of climate change and farming, a report says. It says efforts to improve water quality are falling far short of the targets that have been set.

News Headlines
#105342
2015-09-21

Blueprint for Oceans in Parrotfish Paradise

The tragedy of the commons is thriving in our oceans. A fisherman aiming to maximize profit or provide for his family contributes to over-harvesting. A community looking to cut costs turns a blind eye to wastes entering coastal waters.

News Headlines
#105343
2015-09-21

Great Barrier Reef report reveals inshore marine environment remains poor, cut in harmful run-off fails to meet targets

The overall condition of the Great Barrier Reef's inshore marine environment remains poor, the latest report card has shown.

News Headlines
#105305
2015-09-17

WWF: Only half as many marine animals as there were in 1970

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The World Wildlife Federation is once again sounding the alarm on the health of the world's oceans.

News Headlines
#105290
2015-09-16

Tuna and mackerel populations suffer catastrophic 74% decline, research shows

WWF says we risk losing species critical to human food security unless action is taken to halt overfishing and other threats to marine life

News Headlines
#105229
2015-09-11

Marine life needs protection from noise pollution

An international group of scientists is calling for stricter regulations to protect marine wildlife from noise pollution.

CBD
Meeting
#5517

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

11 - 15 September 2015, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#105219
2015-09-10

Southern Ocean is absorbing CO2 more efficiently

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The vast majority of CO2 emissions released by humans end up in the atmosphere. But not all of the carbon dioxide stays there. Some is sucked into the oceans.

News Headlines
#105163
2015-09-08

Seal fur and Arctic bacteria leach toxic mercury into waters

Heavy metal is moving in mysterious ways. Two studies this week show that pristine areas, far from industrial pollution, are building up surprisingly high levels of mercury from unexpected sources – moulting elephant seals and bacteria in Arctic estuaries.

News Headlines
#105165
2015-09-08

Understanding the world’s oceans more essential than ever to secure the future of our planet

A greater understanding and appreciation of our oceans is essential for the wellbeing of the world’s population, according to a new report.

News Headlines
#105120
2015-09-04

Green sea turtles set nesting record in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Each year, conservationists are counting more and more green sea turtle nests on the beaches of Florida. And 2015 was no different. This time, the vulnerable sea turtles set a nesting record -- with three weeks of nesting season still left to go.

News Headlines
#105094
2015-09-03

Europe to discuss deep-sea trawling ban to protect biodiversity

HOW deep is too deep? Europe’s most threatened ecosystem – the deep seabed – may get some relief this week when European Union officials discuss proposals on banning trawling below 800 metres. But are the proposals ambitious enough?

News Headlines
#105099
2015-09-03

Japanese town's annual dolphin hunt starts

A small Japanese town kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt on Thursday after bad weather delayed the start, according to a local fisheries official, while a separate whaling hunt was due to start at the weekend.

News Headlines
#105101
2015-09-03

Australian scientists sending robot after destructive starfish

BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Scientists say the invasion of the crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) is responsible for as much as 40 percent of the decline in coral cover among Australia's Greet Barrier Reefs. That's why researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have put a spec ...

News Headlines
#105056
2015-09-01

Sea temperature changes linked to mystery North Pacific ecosystem shifts

Longer, less frequent climate fluctuations may be contributing to abrupt, unexplained ecosystem shifts in the North Pacific, according to a study

News Headlines
#105058
2015-09-01

Evidence supports trawling depth limit

The first scientific evidence that trawling in waters deeper than 600 metres is ecologically damaging and provides poor economic return is reigniting debate about the controversial fishing practice.

News Headlines
#105069
2015-09-01

New international standards needed to manage ocean noise

Growing use of high-decibel seismic surveys to explore the ocean for resources poses increased risks to vulnerable marine life, experts say

News Headlines
#105020
2015-08-28

USAID launches US$12.5 million Caribbean marine biodiversity programme

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a US$12.5 million Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Programme (CMBP), in an effort to protect critical marine ecosystems and reduce threats to the region’s fisheries and tourism sectors.

News Headlines
#105010
2015-08-27

Top scientists call for more no-fishing marine reserves

Two of New Zealand's most renowned marine scientists have argued for more "no-take" marine reserves, where fishing of any kind is banned.

News Headlines
#104949
2015-08-21

North Pacific ‘blob’ stirs up fisheries management

Unprecedented conditions in the Pacific Ocean have sent fisheries managers into uncharted waters.

News Headlines
#104938
2015-08-20

'The future is grim for coral reefs'

Coral reefs are among the world's richest ecosystems - and they will disappear from the face of the Earth before this century is over if we don't make serious changes, ecologist Peter Sale told DW.

News Headlines
#104893
2015-08-19

Latin America Should Lead in Protecting the Planet’s Oceans

SANTIAGO, Aug 17 2015 (IPS) - Latin America should assume a position of global leadership by adopting effective measures to protect the oceans, which are threatened by illegal fishing, the impacts of climate change, and pollution caused by acidification and plastic waste.

Notification
#2365
2015-08-17
Action by
2015-10-16

Request for scientific information to support the objectives of the CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Seas of East Asia, 14 to 18 December 2015, Xiamen, China

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/ASO/JG/84838 (2015-093)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; FAO; IMO; COBSEA; IOC-WESTPAC; NOWPAP; PEMSEA; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives

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Meeting Document
#104876
2015-08-14

UNEP/CBD/MCB/EM/2015/1/2

Report on the Pacific Central American Expert Workshop for Marine Conservation and Sustainability

News Headlines
#104861
2015-08-13

Are marine organisms evolving to protect their young in response to ocean acidification?

Marine organisms living in acidified waters exhibit a tendency to nurture their offspring to a greater extent than those in more regular conditions.

News Headlines
#104866
2015-08-13

Scientists sequence octopus genome: A better understanding of cephalopods?

Researchers have sequenced an octopus genome for the first time, paving the way for a better understanding of octopuses and similar creatures.

News Headlines
#104872
2015-08-13

Australia’s ‘other’ reef is worth more than $10 billion a year - but have you heard of it?

You’ve heard of the Great Barrier Reef – but what about its southern equivalent? The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km. Its kelp forests contain unique and diverse marine life by global standards, and it contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia’s economy each year.

News Headlines
#104847
2015-08-12

Snail scent repels starfish; may protect coral and Great Barrier Reef

The Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is responsible for depletion of 40 percent of the coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef over the last 30 years, and currently can only be controlled by the labor intensive use of an expensive lethal injection, administered by divers.

News Headlines
#104805
2015-08-10

Fish off Australia's coast dive deep to avoid heat

CAIRNS, Australia, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Humans retreat inside and blast the air conditioning when it's hot, but fish don't have such a luxury. New research shows a common predator species off the Australian coast dives deeper to avoid rising water temperatures.

News Headlines
#104819
2015-08-10

Our Taste for ‘Aquatic Bushmeat’ Is Killing the Sea

Sylvia Earle fell in love with the ocean as a teenager in the 1950s. She marveled at the wealth of aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico, near her family’s home in Clearwater, Florida.

News Headlines
#104782
2015-08-06

Secret ecosystem found on hills deep beneath the ocean’s surface

A TREASURE trove of biodiversity has been hiding several kilometres below the ocean surface. Only a handful of people have ever seen these enigmatic animals – until now.

News Headlines
#104783
2015-08-06

Researchers discover a new deep-sea fish species

They are some of the most interesting and unique creatures in the oceans - deep-sea life. Most people can identify a shark or sea turtle or whale, but many are shocked to see what a lanternfish or oarfish looks like. Deep-sea creatures can be down-right scary looking.

News Headlines
#104764
2015-08-05

Crucial ocean-acidification models come up short

As the oceans’ chemistry is altered by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, the response of sea-dwellers such as fish, shellfish and corals is a huge unknown that has implications for fisheries and conservationists alike.

News Headlines
#104770
2015-08-05

Fish 'evolving to avoid trawler nets' by swimming faster

Fish may be evolving to swim faster so they can avoid capture in trawler nets, according to research.

News Headlines
#104751
2015-08-04

Ocean changes are affecting salmon biodiversity and survival

The biodiversity of two Northern Pacific salmon species may be at risk due to changes in ocean conditions at the equator, reports a study by the University of California, Davis.

Notification
#2363
2015-08-03
Action by
2015-09-18

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for East Africa, 16 to 20 November 2015, Nosy Be, Madagascar

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84902 (2015-091)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in coastal and island country Parties in the East Africa region: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, South Africa, France; Nairobi Convention Secretariat, WIOMSA, French MPA Agency, and other relevant UN/international/regional organizations

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News Headlines
#104713
2015-07-31

Bering Sea hotspot for corals and sponges

North of the Aleutian Islands, submarine canyons in the cold waters of the eastern Bering Sea contain a highly productive "green belt" that is home to deep-water corals as well as a plethora of fish and marine mammals.

News Headlines
#104715
2015-07-31

Mangroves Could Protect Coastlines from Storms, Sea Level Rise

LONDON, Jul 31 2015 (IPS) - The importance of mangroves in protecting coastal areas under threat due to sea level rise caused by climate change may have been underestimated, according to new research.

Notification
#2362
2015-07-31

Selected participants for the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 11 to 15 September 2015 - Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/ 84552 (2015-090)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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News Headlines
#104681
2015-07-28

Humpback whales make a comeback in Australian waters as numbers rebound

Researchers call for humpbacks to be delisted as threatened as numbers leap to 90% of pre-whaling population along west coast and 63% along east coast

News Headlines
#104643
2015-07-23

Corals in deeper waters off U.S. Virgin Islands more fertile than shallow cousins

Miami FL (SPX) Jul 23, 2015 -- Researchers discovered a threatened coral species that lives in deeper waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands is more fertile than its shallow-water counterparts.

News Headlines
#104615
2015-07-22

A Marine Bank: Too Big to Fail

The "Amazon" of the ocean is a massive series of interconnected reefs in the western equatorial Pacific, it covers six million square kilometers, and is home to three quarters of all coral species.

News Headlines
#104623
2015-07-22

Abu Dhabi sets up coral reef monitoring stations

The head of the Marine Evaluation and Control Unit at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi), Ibrahim Bakla said the stations monitored temperature fluctuations hourly throughout the year and assessed data related to coral growth, live coral, dead coral and coral diseases.

Notification
#2356
2015-07-22

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Seas of East Asia, 14 to 18 December 2015, and Training Session on EBSAs, 13 December 2015 – Xiamen, China

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/ASO/84837 (2015-084)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Seas of East Asia region; FAO; IMO; COBSEA; IOC-WESTPAC; NOWPAP; PEMSEA; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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News Headlines
#104605
2015-07-21

How plankton help control clouds over the world’s most remote oceans

Most life in the sea ultimately depends on photosynthetic plankton. Also known as microalgae, these tiny or microscopic organisms live near the surface and take their energy from the sun and pass it on through the marine food chain.

News Headlines
#104552
2015-07-15

Preventing Ecocide in South China Sea

The escalating territorial dispute in the South China Sea is as much an ecological crisis as it is a geopolitical one. Dredging, land reclamation and the construction of artificial islands could be swamping centuries old reefs in sediment, endangering ecosystems that play a key role in maintaini ...

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