Approximately 2,500 miles east of Rio de Janeiro and just over 1,200 miles west of the African country of Angola, lies St. Helena Island: one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.
A recent study shows that effective shark conservation in Indonesia only works when shark protection through no-fishing zones is combined with efforts to involve local communities in the management of their own fisheries and by providing alternatives to sustain their livelihoods.
It’s a deep-sea crab invasion. A unique video has captured a surprise swarm of red crabs on the sea floor at the Hannibal Bank seamount off the Pacific coast of Panama.
Compilation of Experiences and Lessons Learned from Scientific Methodologies and Approaches for the Description of Areas Meeting the EBSA Criteria
Training Manual on the Incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into the Description and Identification of EBSAs
Report of the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Training of Trainers Workshop
Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative National Capacity Development Workshop for Samoa
A Review of Marine Migratory Species and the Information Used to Describe Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
WOODS HOLE, Mass., April 6 (UPI) -- Surprisingly, some microbes thrive beneath ocean floor. For the first time, scientists have studied in detail the microbial community living inside dense, rocky crust under the ocean floor.
Thousands of loggerhead turtles are killed annually in areas of Syria, Libya and Egypt and Tunisia where they travel to find food
A new study has found that multiple stressors might be too much for corals. The findings have important implications for the resilience of coral reefs to climate change.
They might host habitats of huge ecological importance, but two-thirds of the world’s oceans lie beyond the authority of national governments
Plankton is the basis for the entire marine food web - and it is under threat. From the Mediterranean to the Pacific, animals have been struggling to survive, due apparently to changes with plankton.
A panel of scientists, convened in 2013 at the behest of government officials, has delivered their findings on the threat of ocean acidification to the North American West Coast. The danger is real, they say, but they see a path to progress.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Apr 4 2016 (IPS) - When Africa’s oldest protected marine area, Tsitsikamma — the largest in the world, incorporating 80 km of rocky coastline, bustling with marine life, much of it endangered — was opened as a pilot for public fishing on December 15, 2015, there was a bi ...
The world’s coral reefs face unprecedented threats. Their survival depends on how well they can cope with a long list of pressures including fishing, storms, coral bleaching, outbreaks of coral predators and reduced water quality.
The southern tip of Africa is washed by two oceans: the Indian and Atlantic oceans. This should allow South Africa to benefit economically from various activities through developing the ocean economy. Fisheries, tourism and maritime activities are some of the sectors that can underpin the economy.
India has supported the process to develop an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and stressed that the rights of nations, including freedom of the high seas, are important and should not be restricted.
A coalition of scientists and environmental groups has asked the Obama administration to designate the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
Bowing to public and fishing industry pressure, the Obama administration recently reversed an earlier decision to allow oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast.
Short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts, researchers have found.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations has begun negotiations for a new legally binding treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological resources in the world’s oceans – nearly 64 percent of which lie beyond national jurisdiction.
Earth’s fisheries are in bad shape — populations of some stocks, including tuna and mackerel, declined 74 percent between 1970 and 2010. A new study, however, offers a glimmer of hope of what we could expect in the not-so-distant future if global action is taken.
SAN DIEGO, March 29 (UPI) -- A beach isn't really a beach without sand. Unfortunately, over time, beaches lose their sand to the wind and waves.
Long regarded as minor players in ocean ecology, jellyfish are actually important parts of the marine food web.
Eight dives into the deep waters of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument of north-west Hawaii have resulted in thousands of samples and images of never-before-seen life and landforms.
Report of the North-East Indian Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
With some of the world’s richest ecosystems hanging in the balance, scientists are turning to technologies like 3D printing.
Report of the Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats
Report of the Expert Workshop to Provide Consolidated Practical Guidance and A Toolkit for Marine Spatial Planning
Mainstreaming of Biodiversity across Sectors Including Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity - Draft Summary Report on the Description of Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (Addendum)
The biggest survey to date of nature along Britain’s coastline has uncovered a host of “wildlife firsts”.
Europe's rarest seabird will be extinct within 60 years, according to a new analysis.
Progress Report on Describing Areas Meeting the Criteria for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Baltic Sea proposal would allow catches well above current sustainable levels needed to restore healthy fish stocks, putting some species at risk, conservationists warn
An underwater research craft has spotted a "ghostlike" octopus that appears to belong to a previously unknown species on the ocean floor near Hawaii, a discovery that highlights how little is known about the deep sea, a U.S. zoologist said on Saturday.
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef face permanent destruction due to El Nino, scientists warn. A so-called coral bleaching event is affecting reefs all around the world. Loss of coral reefs would impact millions of people.
Shark fin soup has become a symbol of mistreatment of marine life. Sharks caught for their fins are tossed back into the sea.
Marine Spatial Planning and Training Initiatives
In the deep abysses of the ocean, small swirls of water can wield great power. Like the proverbial butterfly flap that stirs up a hurricane, this chaotic turbulence has long been thought to lift up water in the ocean’s interior to drive currents that stretch across the globe.
SAN JOSE – It has long been said that we know more about the moon than we do about the oceans. After all, 12 people have walked on the surface of the moon but only three have been to the deepest part of the sea.
Addressing Impacts of Marine Debris and Anthropogenic Underwater Noise on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Ambushed! Japanese pygmy squid have been filmed releasing ink when hunting shrimp – using it both as a smokescreen and distraction.
The seas around the UK and the rest of northern Europe take up a staggering 24 million tonnes of carbon each year.
Director of country’s biggest whaling company says his fleet will not be hunting this season because of problems exporting the meat to Japan
Traditional assessment methods overestimate salt-marsh vulnerability because they don't fully account for processes that allow for vertical and landward migration as water levels increase, a new analysis suggests.
The world’s corals are in hot water… literally. Prolonged increases in ocean temperatures caused by this year’s severe El Niño are intensifying the loss of corals around the planet.
San José, Costa Rica, 22 February 2016– Close to 40 governments agreed this week to enhance protection for additional migratory shark and ray species and to a set of new conservation priorities.