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First-of-its kind study offers blueprint for ocean protection

A first-of-its-kind study has examined the benefits of protecting the world's oceans.The study, published in Nature on Wednesday, endorsed protecting 30 percent of the world's land and ocean by 2030 in order to protect biodiversity, restore fisheries and combat the climate crisis.


World Water Day: "Valuing Water"

22 March 2021, Online, New York, United States of America

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Amazon destruction linked to the largest belt of algae on the planet

A familiar sight to Atlantic sailors for centuries, floating banks of sargassum algae have expanded over the past decade in the Caribbean Sea, swamping touristed beaches with foul-smelling mats of decaying plant matter.

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Mysterious circling behavior discovered among marine mammals

Prior to the development of sophisticated tracking devices, the movements of animals in the ocean were largely unknown. According to a new study from Cell Press, tracking technology has revealed some unexpected circling behavior among marine mammals.

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These underwater photos show Norfolk Island reef life still thrives, from vibrant blue flatworms to soft pink corals

Two weeks ago, I found myself hitting the water on Norfolk Island, complete with a survey reel, slate and camera.Norfolk Island is a small volcanic outcrop located between New Caledonia and New Zealand, 1,400 kilometers east of Australia's Gold Coast.

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Keep your head: the self-decapitating sea slugs that regrow their bodies – hearts and all

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, then it’s unlikely that you are a sacoglossan sea slug (apologies to Rudyard Kipling).

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Fiji’s Corals Are Bouncing Back After Being Reduced to Rubble in Historic Storm

After the most destructive cyclone in Fijian history smashed into tahe island four years ago, it was feared the rich coral reefs surrounding the island would never recover.

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Half a trillion corals in Pacific Ocean: World-first coral count highlights extinction risks

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (Coral CoE at JCU) have assessed how many corals there are in the Pacific Ocean.

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After Hurricane Irma, soundscape reveals resilient reef ecosystem

A new study from North Carolina State University reveals that the soundscapes of coral reef ecosystems can recover quickly from severe weather events such as hurricanes. The work also demonstrates that non-invasive monitoring is an important tool in shedding further light on these key ecosystems.

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When seas turn rough, gleaning keeps the fish on the table for some communities

Communities living close to hard-bottomed shallow shores are more likely to hand-catch marine animals during seasons when other types of fishing often aren’t possible, a new study shows. The findings suggest that worsening sea conditions due to climate change will increase the importance of this ...

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Microbiome boost may help corals resist bleaching

A simple but powerful idea is to improve the health of corals using cocktails of beneficial bacteria. The strategy is being explored as part of global scientific efforts to help corals become stronger, more stress resistant and more likely to survive bleaching events associated with climate change.

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Colorful connection found in coral's ability to survive higher temperatures

Coral within the family Acropora are fast growers and thus important for reef growth, island formation, and coastal protection but, due to global environmental pressures, are in decline

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Fish Poop and Their Role in Carbon Flux in the Oceans

There are many fishes in the sea, they say. So, that means that it is also full of fish poop that is full of carbon. A study estimates that up to 16% of all the carbon in the world's ocean comes from fish poop, fish breath, and other excretions coming from fish.

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The new humpback? Calf sighting sparks hope for imperilled right whale

It was a memorable finale to a day out on the Atlantic: a four-metre whale calf gliding past the boat as the divers returned to the Spanish island of El Hierro in the Canaries. Their incredible luck, however, would be made clear hours later, as researchers around the world clamoured for more det ...

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Future of a diverse and productive marine life lies in our hands

Ireland must increase the number of its protected areas to safeguard habitats, species, and ecosystems on our coasts and waterways

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Fauna, their roles of deep Indian Ocean, most unknown: Dr Ryabinin at INCOIS foundation day

"The fauna in the deep Indian Ocean remains the most unknown. Neither do we know its role nor contributions in any form," the senior Russian oceanographer said while referring to the latest World Ocean Assessment report.

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Sri Lanka- Kalpitiya Reef under serious threat

Whilst the world's coral reef sanctuaries are facing the threat of being destroyed due to rising sea temperatures, local environmental groups have identified that the Kalpitiya Reef in Sri Lanka – also known as Bar Reef – faces the threat of being destroyed not as a result of rising ocean temper ...

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Adriatic Sea 'risks turning into a water desert'

The Adriatic Sea risks turning into a water desert, experts warn. Overfishing, bottom trawling, pollution, and climate change are seriously threatening the biodiversity of the Adriatic.

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Healthy oceans matter

Sustainably managing the world's sea areas will help preserve marine ecosystems and fight climate change and biodiversity loss. The whole world has been overwhelmed by the urgent challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. But while this crisis is preoccupying the world, there are graver long-t ...

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Major discovery helps explain coral bleaching

An EPFL scientist has made a major breakthrough in the understanding of coral bleaching – a process that causes corals to lose their color and eventually leads to their death. The process is triggered by warmer ocean temperatures, and, according to the study, it begins much earlier than previous ...

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What are wetlands and why do we need to protect them?

Just as forests are called as the ‘lungs of the earth’, wetlands are the ‘kidneys’ that regulate water and filter waste from the landscape. The kidney comparison aside, wetlands are the primary sources of freshwater, buffers of floods and droughts, recycler of nutrients and chemicals, and inextr ...

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Warming and acidification form dual threat to corals

A quarter of the carbon emissions that are warming the Earth dissolve into oceans, making them more acidic. Carbon emissions and warming are also causing ocean heat waves, which in turn is bleaching the world's coral reefs.

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Big differences in how coral reef fish larvae are dispersed

How the larvae of colorful clownfish that live among coral reefs in the Philippines are dispersed varies widely, depending on the year and seasons—a Rutgers-led finding that could help scientists improve conservation of species.

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Ocean acidification may make some species glow brighter

A more acidic ocean could give some species a glow-up. As the pH of the ocean decreases as a result of climate change, some bioluminescent organisms might get brighter, while others see their lights dim, scientists report January 2 at the virtual annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and ...

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Caribbean could lose coral reefs by end of century, UN environment agency warns

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned that the Caribbean, among other places, could lose its coral reefs by the end of the century unless there are drastic reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions.

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New population of blue whale found in the Indian Ocean, discovered by its unique sound

This is a 'great reminder that our oceans are still this very unexplored place,” said Asha de Vos, marine biologist not involved in the study but who studied blue whales in the Indian Ocean.

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Our rivers, our dolphins, our future

This is a positive blog, despite the challenging times we live in. Sitting in my makeshift home office for the last nine months, I’ve spent many hours watching the Rhine river flow by, seemingly unfazed by the pandemic.

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Keeping a Close Eye on the Ocean—from Afar

Upwelling regions account for just 1% of the world’s oceans, yet they are responsible for producing roughly half of the global fishing industry’s annual harvest—worth an estimated $362 billion as of 2016. These nutrient-dense, cool-water regions play a vital role in global ecosystems, supporting ...

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Red Sea’s coral reefs face existential threat from overfishing

The coral reefs at the Red Sea reserves are in grave danger as a result of rising environmental violations including illegal fishing by trawlers, whose nets threaten Egypt’s national wealth of coral reefs and wildlife and have harmed sea turtle and dolphin populations.

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What went right this week: ‘jewel of biodiversity’ found, plus more positive news

“A jewel of biodiversity”. That’s how scientists have described a newly discovered reef complex off the coast of east Africa, where corals appear to be thriving despite the climate crisis.

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How will ocean anoxic zones interact with climate change?

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have investigated the dynamics of ecosystems in parts of the ocean that have no dissolved oxygen to sustain animals or plants, which are known as ocean anoxic zones. In these areas, only microbes that are adapted to the environment can survive.

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Beluga whistles and clicks could be silenced by an increasingly noisy Arctic Ocean

Under the sea ice, the Arctic Ocean is one of the quietest places on Earth. But it can be very noisy when the ice is forming and breaking up or during storms and when glaciers are calving.

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'Happy corals': climate crisis sanctuary teeming with life found off east Africa

Scientists have discovered a climate crisis refuge for coral reefs off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania, where species are thriving despite warming events that have killed their neighbours.

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Ocean heatwave has triggered new toxic algal blooms on the US west coast

Fishermen, swimmers and seafood enthusiasts may already know the dangers of "red tides," but a recent study in Frontiers in Climate shows that climate change is increasing the frequency of one type of highly toxic algal bloom off the US west coast.

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Scientists Just Mapped All the Coral Reefs in the Caribbean

The Nature Conservancy has completed a significant new project: a region-wide publication of maps of all shallow water coral reefs in the Caribbean. Now, the Caribbean has a clear picture of the habitats found beneath its waves.

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Coral Recovery Following Prolonged Heatwaves

Coral reefs could bounce back from bleaching caused by soaring temperatures new research suggests, but only in the right conditions. Coral reefs have provided researchers with some hope that at least one element of nature could ‘bounce back’ from soaring temperatures and a global heatwave induce ...

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Ocean Like No Other: Southern Ocean’s Rich Ecology, Significance for Global Climate

In 2018, a map named after an oceanographer went viral. The so-called Spilhaus projection, in which Earth is viewed from above the South Pole, was designed to show the connected nature of the ocean basins.

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Deep-sea ‘gold rush’: secretive plans to carve up the seabed decried

Private mining firms and arms companies are exerting a hidden and unhealthy influence on the fate of the deep-sea bed, according to a new report highlighting the threats facing the world’s biggest intact ecosystem.

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Surfers fight to preserve the life of the oceans

The barrier reefs are dying, and climate change is putting the ocean and subsequently, the best surf spots, in jeopardy. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s most extensive ecosystem, but is one of the World Heritage Sites that is under threat, and has “lost more than half its coral in ...

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Guiding new and innovative ways to boost Great Barrier Reef health

Stabilising reef surfaces, remediating reefs after a ship grounding, and other science-based actions that help corals grow are among the suite of innovative actions that can improve the Great Barrier Reef’s health and resilience.

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'A circus': second mass salmon outbreak in Tasmania outrages conservationists

Huon Aquaculture has been savaged after another mass salmon outbreak in Tasmania that could threaten native marine life, with conservationists labelling escape management practices in the state “a circus”.

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Biodiversity: Monaco comes to the rescue of Riviera’s seahorses

The Prince Albert II Foundation, the Oceanographic Institute, and biodiversity specialist Biotope have joined efforts to study the seahorse population off the Monaco coastline.

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In a post-Covid world, lessons in living must come from the ocean

The Covid-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus the relationship people around the world have with the ocean. As lockdowns eased, people flocked to the seashore and the beaches as the oceans’ appeal to the inner stirrings of both body and soul became more pronounced.

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New algae threatens conservation of Caribbean coral reefs

Human activity is making the conservation of Caribbean coral reefs difficult – but a new algal threat is adding pressure to an already precarious situation

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Octogenarian snapper found in WA becomes oldest tropical reef fish by two decades

An 81-year-old midnight snapper caught off the coast of Western Australia has taken the title of the oldest tropical reef fish recorded anywhere in the world.

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Front row seats for birth of new corals livestreamed from Reef

The ground-breaking work of the Southern Cross University marine scientist who first discovered the dazzling coral sex phenomenon will be shared with Australian audiences on ABC TV’s Reef Live this weekend.

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In a first, 'serious' coral bleaching reported in Pakistan near Churna Island

WWF-Pakistan on Thursday appealed to the government to declare Churna Island a Marine Protected Area (MPA) after coral bleaching was reported in some areas of the island.

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