22 March 2014
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for EBSAs in the North-West Atlantic Region
The top predators of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to newly published work from the University of California, Davis.
A lack of data curators and managers capable of cleaning up observational measurements, particularly in less developed nations, is limiting the scale and scope of ocean research, researchers have said on the sidelines of an oceans science meeting.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/83342 (2014-042)
To: CBD Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal points; relevant organizations, including the Convention on Migratory Species; and indigenous and local communities
Data to Inform the North-West Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Nothing dies of old age in the ocean. Everything gets eaten and all that remains of anything is waste.
Tiny satellite tags have tracked months-old animals in the uncertain period when they leave US coastal waters and head out into the wider Atlantic Ocean.
3 - 7 March 2014, Helsinki, Finland
A new international agreement is needed to police the exploitation of the deep ocean because of the rising threats of deep-sea mining and bottom trawling for fish, say scientists.
The oceans cover more that 70% of the Earth’s surface, harbour more than 95% of its biosphere and are home to more than 34 of the 36 living animal phyla. Its enormous biological diversity makes the marine environment a vast and unique reservoir of undiscovered genetic information and biochemical ...
25 - 27 February 2014, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
“Europe’s seas and oceans are not in good shape,” says Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik. “The message is clear.”
Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ebsas in the Arctic Region
A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles -- and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries.
Background Document on the Development of Practical Guidance and Toolkits to Minimize and Mitigate the Significant Adverse Impacts of Anthropogenic Underwater Noise on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
CHICAGO, Illinois, February 18, 2014 (ENS) – The deep ocean is Earth’s least explored environment, but that is rapidly changing. Scientists are calling for a new stewardship ethic as technological advances open the ocean deeps to the extraction of oil and gas, minerals and precious metals, and t ...
These adorable beluga whales just got a bit scary – at least for Inuit hunters who eat their meat. For the first time, Atlantic belugas have been found to carry an infectious parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which is normally spread via cat faeces.
Such decisions are being strongly influenced by films that thrill and terrify us with the threat of monster sharks
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JM/82140 (2014-025)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal points; other Governments; United Nations specialized agencies, including UNEP, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, FAO, and IMO; the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-STAP); regional organizations, including Large Marine Ecosystem programmes and regional seas organizations; other relevant organizations; indigenous and local communities
Data to Inform the Arctic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
US researcher slams ‘revenge killings’ after report shows Australia had below-average number of attacks in 2013
Rare colony of corals thriving in shipping channel could hold key for genetically modified versions to adapt
Scientists have made an impassioned plea for humanity to pause and think before making a headlong rush to exploit the deep sea.
Fish on bleached coral reefs are fearless. Instead of staying hidden at home, they stray out, making them easy prey for predators.
Chicago — Relentlessly rising human demand for for deep-sea resources -- fish, gas and oil, rare materials -- is posing such a risk that international cooperation is needed if aquatic ecosystems are to be saved, US scientists warn.
Scientists have demonstrated a new method for counting whales from space.
NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Important whale habitats and migration routes off western Africa are increasingly overlapping with offshore ocean industries, U.S. conservationists warn.
Marine protected areas have been created across the globe to stem the loss of biodiversity in our oceans. But are they working? Now, thanks to a six-year survey involving over one hundred divers, we know that the global system of marine protected areas still has much to achieve.
Slight modifications to sea defences - at little or no extra cost - can boost the level of biodiversity found in intertidal zones, a study has shown.
SOUTH KOREA - The government of South Korea and FAO have agreed to work closely together to promote responsible fishing
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Danish scientists say they've solved the puzzle of mysterious ocean circles in the Baltic Ocean, saying it's down to sea grass and toxic mud.
A plan to dump three million cubic meters of sediment near Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been approved. The move will unlock billions in coal projects, but there are concerns about the effect on the reef.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JM/83100 (2014-016)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; Mediterranean Action Plan; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JM/83129 (2014-018)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and other regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
CHENNAI: India has joined hands with Australia to learn 'what makes the Indian Ocean tick' and how both countries can benefit from it. Researchers from the two countries will launch robotic floats, armed with sensors, in the Indian Ocean in mid 2014 to get data which would help them predict the ...
By sheer coincidence, Canadian researchers have discovered a reef of living cold-water corals in southern Greenland.
The world's oceans are becoming more acidic, changing in a way that hasn't happened for millions of years. But will marine organisms from tiny coccolithophores to king crabs change along with the waters?
EL RASHID, Egypt , Jan 29 2014 (IPS) - It only takes a light covering of seawater to render land infertile, so Mohamed Saeed keeps a close watch on the sea as it advances year after year towards his two-hectare plot of land.
More than 1 million square kilometres of the sea below 200 metres in depth are being ploughed by trawlers, according to estimates1, and the next decade will see expansion of oil, gas and mineral extraction into deeper and deeper waters.
A quarter of the world's sharks and rays are at risk of extinction, according to a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/83051 (2014-009)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Mediterranean region: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, the European Community, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey; Mediterranean Action Plan; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/83096 (2014-010)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; International Maritime Organization; Convention on Migratory Species; International Whaling Commission; indigenous and local communities; and other relevant organizations
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/83094 (2014-011)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the North-west Atlantic region: Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, United States of America; Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and other regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives
The canopies of kelp undulating in the surges off the coast of California camouflage a complex ecosystem of sharks, rock fish, crabs, urchins and anemones that blossom like colorful flowers on the forest floor.
Environmental campaigners are "extremely concerned" that a new trade deal involving the US could weaken attempts to end shark finning.