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Meeting
#5596
CBD
Meeting
#5599
News Headlines
#109335
2016-07-27

Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

To improve and ensure the efficacy of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon -- the largest oil spill in U.S. history -- a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ...

News Headlines
#109342
2016-07-27

How Hong Kong can build on its trawling ban to become a champion of sustainable seafood

Hong Kong’s love of seafood shows no signs of abating. Fortunately, as an article in the Post reported, an increasing number of restaurateurs are insisting that the seafood they serve is not only of the finest quality, but caught sustainably.

News Headlines
#109244
2016-07-22

The history and future of protecting the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is under considerable strain, with coral bleaching the latest in a number of environmental pressures having an impact. So does the reef's status as a World Heritage site actually help to protect it?

News Headlines
#109237
2016-07-21

Sections of Great Barrier Reef suffering from 'complete ecosystem collapse'

Coral Watch investigator reports ‘shocking’ lack of fish and says the surviving corals are continuing to bleach, even during winter

News Headlines
#109239
2016-07-21

Mexico bans night fishing, gillnets to protect vaquita porpoise

MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities are banning night fishing and gill nets in an area inhabited by the endangered vaquita marina porpoise in the upper Gulf of California.

CBD
Meeting
#5587

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

18 - 22 July 2016, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#109156
2016-07-14

Policy: Marine biodiversity needs more than protection

On 1 September, government leaders, directors of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others will meet in Hawaii at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Conservation Congress to discuss environmental and development challenges

News Headlines
#109163
2016-07-14

WWF buys shark fishing licence on Great Barrier Reef to scrap it

Conservation group seeks help to pay for the $100,000 licence which lets owner drag 1.2km nets along length of the reef

News Headlines
#109167
2016-07-14

New UN-backed survey reveals ‘alarming’ damage to high seas and marine ecosystems

14 July 2016 – More than half of the world’s fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of our major fish stocks are now overexploited, according to the latest global assessments on the state of world’s high seas and large marine ecosystems launched today by United Nations Educational, Scient ...

News Headlines
#109144
2016-07-13

Microscope observes life of the ocean floor

Marine scientists have developed a microscope that for the first time provides a window into the small scale behaviour of marine life.

Notification
#2515
2016-07-11
Action by
2016-08-08

Reminder and Extension of Deadline: Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Regional Capacity Development Workshop for the South Pacific, 31 October to 4 November 2016, Apia, Samoa

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/JL/JA/JG/85697 (2016-089)
To: CBD National Focal Points in Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niue, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, other Governments, Agence des aires marines protégées, Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, SPREP, CSIRO, indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives

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News Headlines
#109111
2016-07-08

Record High Seafood Consumption Not Sustainable, Warns UN

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2016 (IPS) - The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year.

News Headlines
#109113
2016-07-08

Australia's vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave, study reveals

About 90% of forests off the western coast were wiped out between 2011 and 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy, say scientists

Notification
#2512
2016-07-05

Selected participants for the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 18 to 22 July 2016 - Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/JL/JMQ/ 85559 (2016-086)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

pdf English 
News Headlines
#109057
2016-06-30

Man-made structures affecting coastal wetlands in Louisiana, study says

MIAMI, June 29 (UPI) -- Disruptions to the tidal inundation process along coastal Louisiana are having a tangible effect on wetlands, but scientists think they have identified the biggest causes and hope to find ways to mitigate their effects.

News Headlines
#109068
2016-06-30

Overstressed seaweed more likely to get sick

"We believe these kinds of opportunistic pathogens are more common in marine environment than had been realized before," researcher Suhelen Egan said.

News Headlines
#109037
2016-06-28

New York's whales to be studied for the first time

The habits of New York’s little-understood whale population is to be fully analysed for the first time, with scientists hoping the new information will help protect the marine behemoths that navigate one of the busiest shipping areas in the world.

News Headlines
#109001
2016-06-27

Sea star death triggers damaging ecological domino effect

BURNABY, British Columbia, June 23 (UPI) -- Researchers are just now understanding the ecological consequences of the massive 2013 die-off of sea stars along North America's Pacific Coast, and the findings aren't good.

News Headlines
#109016
2016-06-27

Coral scientists urge Australia to conserve reefs, curb CO2 emissions

As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged.

News Headlines
#109019
2016-06-27

UN deputy chief highlights benefits from and challenges confronting oceans

27 June 2016 – Addressing a gathering on laws affecting the world’s oceans, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today underscored that healthy oceans are critical to maintaining life on the planet, while also noting their connection to broader sustainable development aims.

News Headlines
#108993
2016-06-23

African Fisheries Plundered by Foreign Fleets

WASHINGTON, Jun 23 2016 (IPS) - In 2011, Dyhia Belhabib was a volunteer in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver when she was asked to participate in the Sea Around Us’s project to determine how much fish had been taken out of the world’s oceans since 1950 in or ...

News Headlines
#108961
2016-06-22

'Zombie corals' pose new threat to world's reefs

Scientists discover corals that look healthy but cannot reproduce, dashing hopes such reefs could repopulate bleached areas

News Headlines
#108944
2016-06-21

Manta rays are local commuters, not long-distance travelers, study finds

Oceanic manta rays -- often thought to take epic migrations -- might actually be homebodies, according to a new study. A research team studied satellite-tracked manta rays to shed light on the lives of these mysterious ocean giants.

News Headlines
#108947
2016-06-21

Iceland's fishing industry 'better off outside' EU

Iceland's fishing minister has said the country would "never join the European Union" because the country is thriving outside.

News Headlines
#108949
2016-06-21

Widespread coral bleaching event to hit US hard for third straight year

The global coral reef bleaching crisis is about the get worse.

News Headlines
#108922
2016-06-17

What 'Finding Dory' Means for Our Marine Friends

Most of us remember the scene in Finding Nemo where the young, spirited clown fish is captured by a diver and whisked out of the sea and far from his dad. So begins the loving father’s epic adventure to find his son, Nemo.

News Headlines
#108912
2016-06-16

Why some coral reefs thrive as others die off

Coral reefs in remote locations may sometimes be worse off than those near human fishing communities, says a new study that looked at why some reefs are thriving as others die off.

News Headlines
#108863
2016-06-09

Fishing prohibitions produce more sharks along with problems for fishing communities

Scientists working for Murdoch University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, and other groups have good news about fishing closures established in Indonesia's shark sanctuary: It's good for sharks and other fish, all of which are more abundant within zones with fishing r ...

News Headlines
#108852
2016-06-08

On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans

8 June 2016 – On World Day, UN urges meaningful action to protect future health of oceans Healthy oceans are critical to sustaining life on Earth, by regulating the climate and providing a wide range of services, including natural resources, nutritious food and jobs that benefit billions of peop ...

News Headlines
#108853
2016-06-08

Bleaching 'devastates' Chagos Marine Reserve

The UK's largest tropical reef has been devastated in the global bleaching event now under way.

News Headlines
#108859
2016-06-08

World Oceans Day 2016: Five Threats To Sea Wildlife And Coastal Economies

Walk along virtually any beach or seashore, and you’ll likely encounter a post-consumer heap of plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic toys and plastic constellations of white and blue bottle caps.

News Headlines
#108833
2016-06-07

Fisheries policies urged to prioritise nutrition goals

[KUALA LUMPUR] The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that fish consumption per person globally has more than doubled over the past five decades. But scientists say governments should now focus more on the nutritional quality of fisheries.

News Headlines
#108843
2016-06-07

What’s Working? Inspiring Ambitious Coalitions for the Ocean and Climate

Important global challenges can be overcome by strong global coalitions. That is exactly what happened at COP21.

News Headlines
#108845
2016-06-07

Training scientists to save seabirds

Alton Liao is tall, calm of character, and with a measured approach to work. He knows his fish and he knows his boats. He’s spent many days at sea as an observer, monitoring fishing catches.

News Headlines
#108825
2016-06-06

World Oceans Day – A Death Sea Called Mediterranean

ROME, Jun 6 2016 (IPS) - While the United Nations identifies 17 major regional seas in its planning, the Mediterranean is perhaps the most dramatic case as it has gone from being the so-called cradle of civilization to be a cemetery for thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants. And it is most pr ...

News Headlines
#108826
2016-06-06

What Lies Ahead for Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 5 2016 (IPS) - In September 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

News Headlines
#108816
2016-06-03

UN agency announces world's first illegal fishing treaty now in force

5 June 2016 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.

News Headlines
#108777
2016-06-01

Coral bleaching spreads to Maldives, devastating spectacular reefs

The longest global coral bleaching event in history is now devastating reefs in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives, with images released exclusively to the Guardian powerfully illustrating the extent of the damage there.

News Headlines
#108781
2016-06-01

Minivan-sized sponge off Hawaii is biggest ever found

Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big.

News Headlines
#108786
2016-06-01

Conservation: The seas cannot be saved on a budget of breadcrumbs

A global exemplar in protecting Earth's most iconic places is the 1972 World Heritage Convention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)1.

News Headlines
#108736
2016-05-31

New International Accord to Tackle Illegal Fishing

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - A new international accord to tackle illegal and under-reported fishing will come into force on June 5.

News Headlines
#108738
2016-05-31

Great Barrier Reef corals threatened by mass bleaching

At least a third of corals in the northern and central parts of the world's largest coral reef system are perishing, scientists have said. Global warming and rising sea temperatures could be the culprits, they say.

News Headlines
#108719
2016-05-30

Great Barrier Reef Bleaching Has Killed 35% Of Corals In Central, Northern Regions

Last month, researchers from Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies found that 93 percent of the 1,400 mile-long Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — had been affected by some level of bleaching. Scientists from the centre have now estimated that this ...

Notification
#2490
2016-05-24
Action by
2016-07-01

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Regional Capacity Development Workshop for the South Pacific, 31 October to 4 November 2016, Apia, Samoa

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JG/85697 (2016-064)
To: CBD National Focal Points in Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Niue, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, other Governments, Agence des aires marines protégées, Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, SPREP, CSIRO, indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global or regional organizations/initiatives

pdf English 
News Headlines
#108669
2016-05-20

Rich coral communities discovered in Palamos Submarine Canyon in the Northwestern Mediterranian Sea

A scientific team has found a deep-water coral ecosystem that is very vulnerable to human activity in La Fonera canyon in the Northwestern Mediterranian Sea. The findings are explained in an article published in PLOS ONE.

News Headlines
#108670
2016-05-20

Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be beyond saving in five years

SYDNEY: Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be beyond saving in five years without "now or never" funding to improve water quality as climate change ravages the World Heritage-listed site, scientists warned Thursday.

News Headlines
#108649
2016-05-19

Ocean acidification puts NW Dungeness crab at risk

Ocean acidification expected to accompany climate change may slow development and reduce survival of the larval stages of Dungeness crab, a key component of the Northwest marine ecosystem and the largest fishery by revenue on the West Coast, a new study has found.

News Headlines
#108621
2016-05-17

Biodiversity protects fish from climate change

Fish provide protein to billions of people and are an especially critical food source in the developing world. Today marine biologists confirmed a key factor that could help them thrive through the coming decades: biodiversity.

News Headlines
#108633
2016-05-17

Study: Less beach debris equals more sea turtle nests

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 17 (UPI) -- Every year, biologists, conservationists, citizen scientists and volunteers take to Florida beaches to clean up the shoreline in anticipation of the arrival of nesting sea turtles. A new study confirms the value of these cleanups.

News Headlines
#108607
2016-05-16

Conservation laws need reshaping to protect sea turtles

An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has shown.

News Headlines
#108591
2016-05-13

Stench From Dead Coral Reefs Stops Fish From Learning to Avoid Predators

Amid the ongoing threat of coral bleaching and deaths, researchers decided to study large changes in the fish population that coincided with this phenomenon. They discovered that this degradation can directly affect how fish learn to avoid predators.

News Headlines
#108589
2016-05-12

Deep sea biodiversity map finds surprising varieties of life

A humble, star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.

News Headlines
#108590
2016-05-12

Deep-sea biodiversity map finds surprising varieties of life

A humble star-shaped creature that crawls across the floors of the seabed has helped a group of scientists that includes two Nova Scotian researchers come up with a map predicting surprising amounts of life in some of the world's deepest, darkest oceans.

News Headlines
#108536
2016-05-11

Northern Galapagos Islands home to world's largest shark biomass

Scientists have revealed that the northern Galapagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf are home to the largest shark biomass reported to date (12.4 tons per hectare).

News Headlines
#108538
2016-05-11

Acidification, low oxygen put fish in double jeopardy

Severe oxygen drops in the water can leave trails of fish kills in their wakes, but scientists thought adult fish would be more resilient to the second major threat in coastal waters: acidification.

News Headlines
#108539
2016-05-11
News Headlines
#108517
2016-05-09

Effect of ocean acidification on shellfish depends on other stressors

"Ocean acidification is likely to progress along our coastline as a patchwork of hotspots," said researcher Kristy Kroeker.

News Headlines
#108472
2016-05-05

Comparative analysis reveals use patterns of deeper Caribbean coral reefs by shark species

Three species of shark, tiger, lemon and Caribbean reef, all use deeper coral reefs in the Virgin Islands, but only lemon shark presence was associated with seasonal grouper spawning aggregations, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#108457
2016-05-03

The herring genome provides new insight on how species adapt to their environment

How species genetically adapt to their environment is a central question related to the evolution of biodiversity. In a new study scientists at Uppsala University and their colleagues report that whole genome sequencing of Atlantic and Baltic herring revealed hundreds of loci underlying adaptati ...

News Headlines
#108441
2016-05-02

Why we should be mourning the death of the Great Barrier Reef

By now, you've probably heard that at least 90 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has been affected by a global bleaching event. But these "rocks" on the seabed play a key role for life in oceans - and for people, too.

News Headlines
#108450
2016-05-02

Antarctic bryozoans give hints of environmental changes in oceans

Antarctic regions are natural laboratories to study biodiversity and the impact of climate change. In Antarctica, some marine ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to the ocean acidification due to an excess of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

News Headlines
#108400
2016-04-27

Proteomics method measures carbon uptake of marine microbes

A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.

News Headlines
#108384
2016-04-26

Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here’s why.

The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.

CBD
Meeting
#5578
News Headlines
#108298
2016-04-22

UN guidelines and new technologies boost efforts to help curb 'ghost fishing'

21 April 2016 – International guidelines being developed by a United Nations agency and new technologies are expected to boost efforts to cut down levels of abandoned fish gear, which often continues to carry out the capture process, entangling fish and other marine animals in its nets, a phenom ...

News Headlines
#108281
2016-04-21

Vietnam investigates mass fish deaths

Authorities are looking into whether pollution is to blame for a spate of mysterious mass fish deaths along the country’s central coast

News Headlines
#108259
2016-04-20

Half Australia's Great Barrier Reef coral 'dead or dying': scientists

Australian scientists said on Wednesday that just seven percent of the Great Barrier Reef, which attracts around A$5 billion ($3.90 billion) in tourism every year, has been untouched by mass bleaching that is likely to destroy half the coral.

News Headlines
#108266
2016-04-20

Survey: 93 percent of Great Barrier Reef affected by bleaching

CAIRNS, Australia, April 20 (UPI) -- Just 7 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has avoided bleaching. It's the worst coral bleaching event in Australia's history.

Notification
#2476
2016-04-19
Action by
2016-05-31

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 18 - 22 July 2016 - Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/85559 (2016-051)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

pdf English 
News Headlines
#108191
2016-04-18

Great Barrier Reef: the scale of bleaching has the most sober scientists worried

Australia’s world heritage site is the largest living thing on Earth. But warm water driven by El Niño is bleaching the reef, and a recent report calls for it to be listed as in danger

News Headlines
#108158
2016-04-15

UN Environment Programme and Partners Launch Sustainable Diving Guide to Protect Marine Assets

Singapore/Bangkok, 15 April 2015 - Guidance material on how recreational diving can protect fragile marine biodiversity threatened by growing coastal tourism and support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be launched tomorrow at Asia's largest and oldest dive expo by the United Nat ...

News Headlines
#108112
2016-04-14

Coral crisis: Great Barrier Reef bleaching is “the worst we’ve ever seen”

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is undergoing the most severe bleaching event in its history, as corals along the reef expel the symbiotic algae that provide them both with their rich colours and food.

Meeting Document
#108106
2016-04-13

UNEP/CBD/SOI/WS/2015/1/2

Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America

Meeting Document
#108100
2016-04-13

UNEP/CBD/SOI/WS/2015/3/2

Report of Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) National Capacity Development Workshop for Namibia

News Headlines
#108089
2016-04-13

Fishing nets kill ‘high proportion’ of adult loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean

A new study found that about 11 percent of adult loggerhead turtles were dying early in the waters off Middle East and North Africa due to entanglement in fishing nets used by small-scale fisheries.

Meeting Document
#108057
2016-04-12

UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/20/INF/15

Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity Development Workshop for East Africa

News Headlines
#108059
2016-04-12

Conserving the Hilsa

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Apr 12 2016 (IPS) - Bangladesh has decided to set up a Hilsa Conservation Trust Fund (HCTF) to protect this fish from over-exploitation due to population growth and effects of climate change.

Meeting Document
#108048
2016-04-11

UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/20/INF/24

Report of the Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in the Seas of East Asia

News Headlines
#108033
2016-04-11

World’s Largest Fish and One Tiny Island: Studying Whale Sharks on St. Helena Island

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.

News Headlines
#108034
2016-04-11

Shark population threatened due to fin harvesting

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.

News Headlines
#108035
2016-04-11

Mysterious deep-sea swarm of thousands of crabs caught on camera

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.

Meeting Document
#108025
2016-04-08

UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/20/INF/20

Compilation of Experiences and Lessons Learned from Scientific Methodologies and Approaches for the Description of Areas Meeting the EBSA Criteria

Meeting Document
#108024
2016-04-08

UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/20/INF/21

Training Manual on the Incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into the Description and Identification of EBSAs

Meeting Document
#108009
2016-04-07

UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/20/INF/23

Report of the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

Meeting Document
#108004
2016-04-07

UNEP/CBD/SOIWS/2015/2/2

Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Training of Trainers Workshop

Meeting Document
#108003
2016-04-07

UNEP/CBD/SOIWS/2015/5/2

Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative National Capacity Development Workshop for Samoa

Meeting Document
#107994
2016-04-07

UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/20/INF/56

A Review of Marine Migratory Species and the Information Used to Describe Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

News Headlines
#107981
2016-04-07

Scientists study microbes beneath ocean floor

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.

News Headlines
#107985
2016-04-07

Mediterranean loggerhead turtles dying in waters off the Middle East, North Africa

Thousands of loggerhead turtles are killed annually in areas of Syria, Libya and Egypt and Tunisia where they travel to find food

News Headlines
#107987
2016-04-07

Corals struggle to grow under multiple stressors

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.

News Headlines
#107961
2016-04-06

Negotiations to tame marine Wild West begin

They might host habitats of huge ecological importance, but two-thirds of the world’s oceans lie beyond the authority of national governments

News Headlines
#107937
2016-04-05

Plankton decline hits marine food chain

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.

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