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UN oceans treaty ‘essential’ to combat ‘unprecedented pressure’ on the world’s seas – UN chief

The oceans are not only under “unprecedented pressure” due to climate change, but “half of all living coral has been lost in the past 150 years”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, addressing the latest gathering of nations which are party to the UN Convention on t ...

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UN members 'need to urgently scale up actions' to protect the ocean: Vivian Balakrishnan

Members of the United Nations (UN) "need to urgently scale up actions" to protect the ocean and mitigate the impacts of climate change, Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan said at the Second United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon on Tuesday

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UN chief calls for more efforts to conserve world’s oceans

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants countries to step up their efforts to conserve the world’s marine resources even as he acknowledged the progress made since the last UN Ocean Conference.

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UN Ocean Conference: Colombia first nation to achieve 30x30 goal

The United Nations Ocean Conference is currently underway in Portugal’s Lisbon. Ending on 1 July, the conference is attended by heads of state from 20 countries. In the opening speech of the event on 27 June, UN secretary general António Guterres has declared an “ocean emergency” and urged gover ...


UN - 2023 Water Conference

22 - 24 March 2023, New York, United States of America

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UK fishing licences for bottom trawling could be unlawful, says Oceana

Permits for UK and EU vessels will hinder efforts to protect marine life and may break habitats directive, conservation group warns

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Two whale rescues in one day prompt fresh call for removal of shark nets in Queensland

Two whales that became entangled in shark nets on the Queensland coast have been freed after being stuck for several hours.


Twelfth session of the International Seabed Authority

7 - 18 August 2006, Kingston, Jamaica

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Turks and Caicos Corals: Disease Threatens Barrier Reef

From the air, the turquoise hues of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ vast barrier reef appear as an expanse of blistering beauty. One of the largest reef systems on Earth, it teems with wildlife like friendly wild dolphins, and attracts more than a million tourists a year.

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Turkish leader vows tackle outbreak of "sea snot" blamed on pollution and climate change

Istanbul — Turkey's president has promised to rescue the Marmara Sea from an outbreak of "sea snot" that is alarming marine biologists and environmentalists. A huge mass of marine mucilage, a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, has bloomed in Turkey's Marmar ...

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Troubled waters: A massive salmon farm off the coast of Maine is stalled

The summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in the northeastern U.S. state of Maine offers sweeping, unobstructed views of Frenchman Bay. Surrounded by islands and rocky shorelines, the bay is known throughout Maine for recreation and resources.

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Tranquil setting and a seafood meal plan: the retirement home for whales

Group of ageing beluga whales and orcas from marine entertainment parks will live out their post-showbiz days in a sheltered bay off Canada. More than 300 beluga whales and 60 orcas remain captive in aquariums around the world, with recent films such as Blackfish highlighting the ethics of breed ...


Training Workshop: Series on Biodiversity in Kushiro

27 November - 2 December 2004, Kushiro, Japan

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COP 11

Traditional knowledge and area-based management measures in marine and coastal ecosystems

This event will focus on area-based forms of conservation and management measures in marine and coastal ecosystems, highlighting the successes of community-based management. This event will have speakers from different parts of the world.

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Trade in ocean goods shows resilience, UNCTAD data reveals

Trade in ocean-based goods showed remarkable resilience during the recession induced by COVID-19 in 2020, according to the latest available data from a new UNCTAD database. Such goods include resources either sourced from the ocean, made from marine resources or manufactured for marine activities.

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Towards the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea: The Living Ocean and Coast

Montreal, 19 October 2011 – The contribution of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea: The Living Ocean and Coast was discussed in Seoul on 14 October 2011 at a meeting between Mr. Samuel Koo, United Nations Co-Commissioner-General for the Expo, and M ...

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Towards a sustainable Blue economy: A Plan to restore the health of our oceans

Samba Lahy recalls the time when, as a young man, he used to go fishing with his parents off the coast of Tampolove, one of the fishing villages dotting the southwestern coast of Madagascar.

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Top threats to seabirds identified

Scientists reviewed more than 900 studies and found that seabirds face big threats both on land and at sea.

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To Help Corals Fight Back, Scientists Are Breeding Populations Separated by Hundreds of Miles

A new study demonstrates that assisted reproduction using cryopreserved sperm leads to offspring that might be more resilient in the face of climate change.

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Time to get out of the water! Swarm of hundreds of hammerhead sharks are caught on video by marine biologist off the Galapagos islands

A marine biologist had the 'most amazing day' when he captured rare footage of hundreds of the world's most sensitive sharks. Dr Simon Pierce, 39, filmed the herd of hammerheads in the Galapagos National Park with a remote camera so he did not disturb the shy creatures.

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Tide turns for an Italian coastal wasteland

Torre Guaceto, an eight-kilometre long stretch of coastline north-west of Brindisi, used to be known as a centre for poor fishing practices, black market smuggling and a drop-off point for illegal immigration.

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Tide turning as indigenous groups help steer global effort to save oceans

A global push to conserve vast swathes of ocean – 18 million square kilometres – over the next five years was launched Tuesday, as the world seeks a landmark deal to protect a third of its oceans by the end of the decade.

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Thousands of salmon fry released in B.C. river to restore populations devastated by Big Bar landslide

Thousands of salmon fry have been released in a river west of Prince George, B.C., in the hope they will help restore the salmon population devastated by the Big Bar landslide. Monday's effort is part of an ongoing release of 101,000 chinook salmon fry that Fisheries and Oceans Canada says will ...

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Those in peril in the sea

Human beings have been altering habitats—sometimes deliberately and sometimes accidentally—at least since the end of the last Ice Age. Now, though, that change is happening on a grand scale.

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Thirty years of unique data reveal what's really killing coral reefs

Study is world's longest record of reactive nutrients, algae concentrations for coral reefs


Third Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands

23 - 28 January 2006, Paris, France

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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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These facts about America's oceans will blow your mind

Our oceans cover more than 70% of our planet and not only do they play a huge role in our climate and weather patterns, they're also home to some of Mother Nature’s most curious creatures and mind-bending natural (and man-made) phenomena. From underwater volcanoes to unique attractions, here are ...

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These corals love the warming oceans

Ocean temperatures have risen an average of 0.13 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, threatening many of the world’s coral reefs

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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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These Billionaires are Helping the Oceans

Climate activists have come together to support the ocean in a special way. A group of philanthropists has gotten together to start the Philanthropic Ocean Research Vessel Operators, according to Robb Report. Many of the group are former business executives and they’re hoping to apply business k ...

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There's a growing focus on ocean resilience in China – and the positive impacts could be global

Like many coastal nations, China has also been facing an acute decline in the health of the ocean along its coastline caused by both terrestrial and marine development. The rapid expansion of the ocean economy, as well as increasing discharge of land-based pollutants, have exerted a heavy toll o ...

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There's One Vast, Ancient Swathe of Ocean That's Actually Getting Colder

In the depths of the Pacific Ocean, where the water runs cold dark and cold, temperatures are continuing to fall - and it's all because of a period of significant cooling that began in the 16th century.

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Thematic consultation on marine and coastal biodiversity for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, 6-8 November 2019 – Montreal, Canada

Reference: SCBD/SSSF/AS/SG/JA/JMQ/88234 (2019-060)
To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points; relevant organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities

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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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The world’s largest-ever octopus gathering was just discovered in California

Octopuses don’t hang out in posses, or at least that’s what marine biologists thought. Now, however, after spotting a convention of thousands of such cephalopods deep in the seas of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California on Oct. 23, scientists might have to rethink this contention.

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The world's shellfish are under threat as our oceans become more acidic

For the past few million years the world's oceans have existed in a slightly alkaline state, with an average pH of 8.2. Now, with carbon emissions escalating, there is more CO₂ in the world's atmosphere. This dissolves in the oceans, altering the chemistry of the seawater by lowering the pH and ...

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The world's oceans are warming faster than predicted

The oceans are warming faster than previously estimated, setting a new temperature record in 2018 in a trend that is damaging marine life, scientists said on Thursday.

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The wonder trees that nurture marine biodiversity

This 2020 theme for the International Day of Forests on 21 March is Forests and Biodiversity. It’s an often-quoted fact that forests are home to 80 per cent of terrestrial biodiversity, but did you know that one type of tree also supports marine biodiversity—the mangrove tree?

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The tiny sponge that could help preserve our deep oceans

Scientists have collected data on a tiny sponge thought to be at risk from seabed mining. This newly discovered species could be a 'canary in a coal mine' to allow scientists to monitor the impacts of this new industry.

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The three global agreements that could change the future of the oceans

The oceans cover about 70% of the planet’s surface and are the main regulators of global climate. They produce much of the oxygen we breathe and support enormous biodiversity, far richer than what we see on land. But they don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

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