he Australian government has ambitious plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef, but it could do more, says a former government official. The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is calling for a halt on the construction of new coal mines in Australia to prevent fu ...
The endangered whale shark, the world's biggest fish, could be saved - simply by studying seawaterSwimming alongside the 'gentle giant' is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences but numbers have been decimated by the appetite for shark fine soup.
Most of the extra heat trapped by human-generated emissions is ending up in the oceans. But tracking the temperature of the world's oceans to monitor the change is trickier than it might seem. While satellites monitor surface temperature, measuring the ocean's interior temperature poses a logist ...
The Earth's oceans are under siege. Human activity is wiping out coral reefs and marine life at a faster rate than ever before. As conservationists try to restore the health of our seas, one place may be key to turning the tide.
The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has called for a ban on all new coalmines in Australia, saying the move is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.
Earlier this year researchers discovered most of the coral on Kiritimati, the world’s largest atoll, was dead due to overheating from a record breaking El Nino. This week they’re back and to their surprise there are tentative signs of life beneath the waves
Teaming with life, coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Countless numbers of marine species depend on these reefs, and humans do as well. With so much dependent on the tiny animals that construct these reefs, scientists are trying to understand environmental factors that ...
As a professor at a major university, it is always fascinating to learn along with our students. This week in a oral comprehensive examination of one of our graduate students, the term “marine snow” was mentioned by my colleague Dr. Patricia Yager, a professor of marine sciences at the Universit ...
Coral populations in the Florida Reef Tract have declined in the last three decades due to extreme-temperature events and other stressors that cause bleaching and disease. Scientists are now working to save the reef by transplanting healthy, nursery-grown corals back onto the reefs.
Herbivorous tropical fish have destroyed kelp forests in northern New South Wales, showing that even small increases in ocean temperature can lead to kelp deforestation, an Australian study has found.
A study conducted by WWF Indonesia has found that the majority of coral reefs in waters around Southeast Sulawesi have been damaged. The lack of hard coral cover, high rubble cover and high sedimentation rates are signs that the underwater ecosystem is in a dire state.
A Western Australian first trial to return oysters to an Albany estuary is exceeding scientists' expectations, a year into the ambitious project.
As atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rise, very few coral reef ecosystems will be spared the impacts of ocean acidification or sea surface temperature rise, according to a new analysis. The damage will cause the most immediate and serious threats where human dependence on reefs is highest.
A report furnished by Ministry of Environment says that major destruction of Japan's coral reef is caused due to climate change, especially the rise in temperature this season.
After four years of collaboration with more than 250 researchers from the European Union, the DEVOTES or Development of Innovative Tools for Understanding Marine Biodiversity and Assessing Good Environmental Status Project has officially ended, producing several useful tools for environmental as ...
Coral reefs around the globe already are facing unprecedented damage because of warmer and more acidic oceans. It’s hardly a problem affecting just the marine life that depends on them or deep-sea divers who visit them.
A study by the University of Liverpool has found that the diversity of marine worm species in the Antarctic Ocean has been vastly underestimated, and this finding could help to monitor climate change in this region.
The federal government will invest $1.5-billion in an ocean protection strategy to safeguard the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans and make Canada a world leader in protecting coastlines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today in Vancouver.
My knees hit the seabed as I come face to face with two moray eels, their trim, long heads bobbing out from the crevice of a rock. The slithery scene seemed innocent to the untrained eye. However, marine biologist Robin Aiello knew otherwise.
An analysis of the health of highly impacted coral reefs off Singapore during a 27-year long period has shown they are more resilient to the impacts of human activity and warming than expected.
More than 250 European researchers have collaborated in developing new tools to understand marine biodiversity and assess the environmental status of our oceans, within the project DEVOTES (www.devotes-project.eu) (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessi ...
Global climate change produces many effects — warming air energizes the atmosphere and intensifies storms; warmer water expands and raises sea level; storage of more carbon dioxide in the oceans is acidifying large realms. Now it is becoming clear that another, profound result of human activitie ...
Scientists often tell us we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of our oceans but Bermuda is at the heart of a mission that intends to change that.
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Dispersal plays a key role to connect populations, and contrastingly, its moderate limitation is one of the main processes to maintain species coexistence and promote regional biodiversity.
The Pacific bluefin population has dropped by 97.4 percent from its historic, pre-fishing levels, and some experts are saying that it may be time to consider a commercial fishing ban to ensure the survival of the species.
The world's oceans cover 70 per cent of the planet's surface and produce more than half the oxygen that sustains all life, but they're suffering, according to the Living Planet Report 2016.
Countries including US, Europe, Australia vehemently oppose small hunts by coastal communities but Japan says are unjustly barred from a traditional food source
Freshwater fish play a surprisingly crucial role in feeding some of the world's most vulnerable people, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Earth is distinguished from all other known planets by the presence of a warm, salty ocean that covers over 70% of its surface.
Portoroz, Slovenia, Oct 24 2016 (IPS) - Every two years, governments from across the globe gather to debate the fate of the world’s whales. And every two years, Japan, Norway and Iceland find themselves in the firing line for their refusal to end commercial whaling.
Populations of coral reef fish in shallower, more vulnerable habitats likely owe at least some of their sustainability to the prodigious reproductive abilities of large, old counterparts that dwell at greater depths, a recent study suggests.
Locals already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clay
Japanese fleets have killed more than 300 minke whales in the Southern Ocean despite a court ruling and three-decade-old ban
A DOLPHIN SPOTTED with debris wrapped around its neck has prompted urgent warnings about the threat of nets and plastic waste.
Five years ago, the largest single release of human-made radioactive discharge to the marine environment resulted from an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.
"The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old," reads the first line of a controversial obituary published last week by Outside Magazine, an American publication focused on outdoor recreation.
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Marine fisheries have been estimated to support the livelihoods of 10 to 12 percent of the world’s population and generate an average of $100 billion in revenue every year.
CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A significant portion of coral on the Great Barrier Reef has died, the Australian government announced as its assessment of the area entered its second phase.
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Warmer sea temperatures possible reason for mass jellyfish landings on beaches from Nelson in the south island to Whangarei in the far north
After being hunted to near extinction and threatened with climate change, drones are giving southern right whales in the Great Australian Bight a much-needed health check.
Up to 80,000 rainbow trout have escaped into open waters after a cargo ship crashed into a Danish fish farm. Danes have been encouraged to take up their poles and start fishing, as the trout could damage the sea habitat.
Human-produced noise in the ocean is likely harming marine mammals in numerous unknown ways, according to a comprehensive new report from the National Academies of Sciences,
Seagrass has been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth, it is responsible for keeping the world's coastlines clean and healthy, and supports many different species of animal, including humans. And yet, it is often overlooked, regarded as merely an innocuous feature of the ocean.
Cites votes for new measures to control the trade in silky and thresher sharks, hunted for their fins, and devil rays, whose gills are prized as a medicinal ‘cure’
"The main purpose of this research expedition was to collect microplastics from sediments in the deep ocean -- and we found lots of them," said researcher Michelle Taylor.