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CBD
Meeting
#5517

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

11 - 15 September 2015, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#104455
2015-07-02

Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the hatcheries.

News Headlines
#104460
2015-07-02

Great Barrier Reef: Australia says Unesco decision shows it is a 'world leader'

Greg Hunt, the federal environment minister, has said a UN decision not to list the Great Barrier Reef as in danger shows that Australia is a “role model to the world” in environmental protection.

News Headlines
#104443
2015-06-30

Dark Region of Ocean May Shed Light on Climate Change and Other Issues

The tiny fish known as the bristlemouth is part of a detective story that bears on everything from feeding the planet and monitoring ocean health to learning how to better predict climate change.

News Headlines
#104423
2015-06-29

Why are seabirds abandoning their ancestral nesting grounds in the Gulf of California?

Warming oceanographic conditions, fishing pressure are driving nesting seabirds away from their ancestral breeding ground in Mexico into California harbors

News Headlines
#104413
2015-06-26

Blue and fin whale distribution in waters off Southern California

A new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego indicates a steady population trend for blue whales and an upward population trend for fin whales in Southern California.

News Headlines
#104387
2015-06-25

Glowing world of rainbow corals found in the Red Sea

There's a fluorescent disco world in the Red Sea. An assortment of glowing corals has been discovered more than 50 metres down, outshining the monotone green varieties seen in shallower waters.

News Headlines
#104395
2015-06-25

Grenada Rebuilds Barrier Reefs

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves.

News Headlines
#104359
2015-06-22

Opinion: The Oceans Need the Spotlight Now

COLOMBO, Jun 22 2015 (IPS) - The international community must focus its energies immediately on addressing the grave challenges confronting the oceans. With implications for global order and peace, the oceans are also becoming another arena for national rivalry.

News Headlines
#104360
2015-06-22

U.N. Takes First Step Towards Treaty to Curb Lawlessness in High Seas

drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

Notification
#2343
2015-06-22
Action by
2015-10-31

Request for information relating to national exercises to describe areas meeting the criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs)

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JG/84660 (2015-071)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments

pdf English 
News Headlines
#104356
2015-06-19

Hungry crabs snacking on mangrove seeds may foil reforestation

Crabs love mangrove swamps. But the mangroves may not love them back. Crabs' voracious appetite for mangrove seeds can be a prime reason why efforts to replant lost mangroves often fail.

News Headlines
#104336
2015-06-18

From Residents to Rangers: Local Communities Take Lead on Mangrove Conservation in Sri Lanka

KALPITIYA, Sri Lanka, Jun 17 2015 (IPS) - Weekends and public holidays are deadly for one of Sri Lanka’s most delicate ecosystems – that is when the island’s 8,815 hectares of mangroves come under threat.

News Headlines
#104316
2015-06-17

Tailored ocean management strategies needed to avoid depletion of fish stocks

A more tailored approach to Ocean management is required in the North Atlantic if the permanent loss of an increasingly valuable commercial fish stock is to be avoided, reveals new research led by the University of Salford.

News Headlines
#104320
2015-06-17

Hope for Indonesia's valuable but threatened mangroves

Recent study highlights the value of Indonesia’s disappearing mangrove forests, both on the global carbon market and for local communities

News Headlines
#104321
2015-06-17

Global seabird decline greater than expected

The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests

News Headlines
#104265
2015-06-12

Can Ocean Conservation and Development Coexist in Cuba?

Ninety miles south of the Florida Keys, where the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico meet, Cuba's waters are still teeming with marine species that are now seldom seen in other parts of the Caribbean.

News Headlines
#104245
2015-06-11

Fish declines linked to effects of excess nutrients on coastal estuaries

A comprehensive study of a major California estuary has documented the links between nutrient runoff from coastal land use, the health of the estuary as a nursery for young fish, and the abundance of fish in an offshore commercial fishery.

News Headlines
#104219
2015-06-09

In Northern Haiti, Conservation Efforts Focus on Coastlines

CARACOL, HAITI — Only little fish are pulled from the coastal waters off Haiti.

News Headlines
#104198
2015-06-08

On World Day, UN urges global resolve to 'appreciate, protect and restore' Earth's oceans

8 June 2015 – Although the world's oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the United Nations kicked-off its celebra ...

News Headlines
#104206
2015-06-08

Understanding the ocean's value

The ocean is changing more rapidly than at any other point in millions of years – and not for the better.

News Headlines
#104186
2015-06-05

Warming corals may have little room to move

Corals may be forced to shift away from the equator as the globe warms, but some species may only be able to go so far, say researchers.

News Headlines
#104191
2015-06-05

World Economy To Gain By Over $900B From Better Protection Of Oceans: WWF

Protecting the planet's oceans is not only an environmental imperative but also a sound business decision as it could add $900 billion to the global economy in a few decades, according to a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Notification
#2338
2015-06-04
Action by
2015-09-30

Request for information on measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate the potential significant adverse impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise on marine and coastal biodiversity

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84623 (2015-066)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; International Maritime Organization; Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals; International Whaling Commission; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant organizations

pdf English 
News Headlines
#104149
2015-06-03

Caribbean nations move to protect dwindling lobster

Caribbean countries have agreed a set of common rules to manage and conserve a local lobster species, following scientific evidence of its decline.

News Headlines
#104151
2015-06-03

Great Barrier Reef coral four times safer in no-take fishing reserves, study shows

Research into the Great Barrier Reef has discovered coral disease levels are four times lower inside no-take marine reserves – where fishing is banned – than outside reserves.

News Headlines
#104121
2015-06-01

Researchers urge protection for reefs in turbid environments

When you think about coral, invariably your first thoughts are of pristine waters and a colourful reef, buzzing with marine activity. But did you know there is coral right here in Sydney Harbour? And in fact, these corals could hold valuable information about the future of our reefs under the sp ...

News Headlines
#104122
2015-06-01

New partnership for marine KBAs

To mark the World Environment Day on June 5, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) launched a new partnership to help strengthen the protection, conservation and management of marine key biodi ...

News Headlines
#104086
2015-05-28

Plankton trawl reveals ten times the species

The number of known plankton species floating in our oceans has increased ten-fold thanks to an international study aiming to understand the impact of climate change.

News Headlines
#104099
2015-05-28

Great Barrier Reef spared 'in danger' listing - for now

The Great Barrier Reef should not go on a World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.

CBD
Meeting
#5506
News Headlines
#104078
2015-05-27

Five UAE sites identified as areas of global ecological importance

Dubai - The UAE has identified five sites as areas of global biological and ecological importance during the recently-concluded regional workshop on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the North-Western Indian Ocean and the neighbouring Gulf region, announced the Min ...

News Headlines
#104029
2015-05-26

Fisheries indicators ‘too narrow’ to show real impact

Global monitoring of fisheries must be improved to understand the mismatch between protecting marine life and the vital role fishing plays in many economies, according to a study.

News Headlines
#104014
2015-05-25

Scientists want you to know plankton is not just whale food

Scientists on Thursday unveiled the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of the world's ocean plankton, the tiny organisms that serve as food for marine creatures such as the blue whale, but also provide half the oxygen we breathe.

News Headlines
#103935
2015-05-22

Scientists Sample the Ocean and Find Tiny Additions to the Tree of Life

Climate change scientists have known for years that rising temperatures affect sea creatures, from the biggest fish to the microscopic plankton at the base of the ocean food chain.

News Headlines
#103938
2015-05-22

Octopus can use its skin to see

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 21 (UPI) -- Researchers recently found the same proteins used in human eyes are also present in the skin of the two spot octopus, a species found off the coast of California. The proteins help the octopus sense light, without the help of the eyes or the brain.

News Headlines
#103940
2015-05-22

Rapid action necessary to protect Malaysia's sea cows and their habitat

Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country's endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team.

News Headlines
#103941
2015-05-22

Tara Oceans expedition yields treasure trove of plankton data

A multinational team of researchers who spent three and a half years sampling the ocean's sunlit upper layers aboard the schooner Tara unveil the first officially reported global analyses of the Tara Oceans consortium.

News Headlines
#103887
2015-05-19

Researchers find new link between ocean microbes and atmosphere

SAN DIEGO, May 18 (UPI) -- Researchers say the aerosols created by ocean spray can affect cloud formation and the way sunlight is dispersed across the ocean surface. A new study suggests microbes in the ocean could affect the chemistry of ocean spray, and influence the interplay between sky and sea.

News Headlines
#103891
2015-05-19

Rotational harvest can save sea cucumber from extinction

KUALA LUMPUR] Rotational harvesting may be the key to saving sea cucumber populations from extinction.

News Headlines
#103882
2015-05-18

Do Sunscreens' Tiny Particles Harm Ocean Life in Big Ways?

Tiny particles used in sunscreens and other consumer products may harm marine creatures by disabling the defense mechanisms that protect their embryos, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#103838
2015-05-15

Scientists discover first warm-blooded fish

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 14 (UPI) -- The opah, or moonfish, occupies the dark, chilly depths of the world's oceans, using heated blood to keep warm and agile. It's the first fish found to be fully warm-blooded.

News Headlines
#103839
2015-05-15

Ocean's hidden fertilizer revealed

Phosphorus is one of the most common substances on Earth. An essential nutrient for every living organism -- humans require approximately 700 milligrams per day -- we are rarely concerned about consuming enough of it because it is present in most of the foods we eat.

News Headlines
#103789
2015-05-12

Sri Lanka first nation to protect all mangrove forests

Sri Lanka has become the first nation in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests.

News Headlines
#103768
2015-05-08

Solomon Islanders kill more than 1,600 dolphins for their teeth

Residents of a village where dolphin teeth are used for currency killed 1,600 of the animals in 2013 alone, and researchers are calling for urgent monitoring

News Headlines
#103771
2015-05-08

Rare 'good news' for corals as supplements may boost climate change survival

Like a jock beefing up for a big game, some corals could do far better at withstanding the heavy blows of climate change when pumped with supplements, according to a new University of Miami study.

Notification
#2325
2015-05-06
Action by
2015-08-31

Submission of information and suggestions on the development of a specific workplan on biodiversity and acidification in cold-water areas

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84624 (2015-053)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and other relevant organizations

pdf English 
News Headlines
#103704
2015-05-05

New study details Atlantic Ocean 'dead zones'

Most dead zones are found along the coast. The newly identified dead zones are the first to be found in the waters of the open ocean.

News Headlines
#103707
2015-05-05

Big whales have stretchy nerves to help them gulp

Scientists have stumbled upon one of the secrets behind the big gulps of the world's biggest whales: the nerves in their jaws are stretchy.

News Headlines
#103708
2015-05-05

Puget Sound's clingfish could inspire better medical devices, whale tags

Researchers are looking at how the biomechanics of clingfish could be helpful in designing devices and instruments to be used in surgery and even to tag and track whales in the ocean. Clingfish are considered one of the world's best suction cups, scientists say.

News Headlines
#103695
2015-05-04

The Blue Amazon, Brazil’s New Natural Resources Frontier

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 2 2015 (IPS) - The Atlantic ocean is Brazil’s last frontier to the east. But the full extent of its biodiversity is still unknown, and scientific research and conservation measures are lagging compared to the pace of exploitation of resources such as oil.

News Headlines
#103669
2015-04-30

Indonesia to zone its seas in bid to become 'global maritime axis'

The Indonesian government is preparing a spatial plan for its marine territory, the beginning of a blueprint to transform the archipelagic country into a “global maritime axis” in line with new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s platform.

Meeting
#5498

Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2015

27 - 30 April 2015, Quito, Ecuador

News Headlines
#103610
2015-04-27

Regional economies face peril with declining coral reefs — report

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United Nations and conservation groups have warned the Caribbean that their economies are in peril with the decline of coral reefs.

News Headlines
#103619
2015-04-27

Saving the World's Only Freshwater Porpoise

The increased urbanisation along China's mother river, the Yangtze, has caused its deterioration over the years. As one of China's most important waterways, cargo ships as well as passenger boats navigate its channels and over the last 50 years, there has been a 73 percent increase in pollution ...

News Headlines
#103602
2015-04-24

Soundscapes offer clues about coral reef communities

They made recordings of ambient noises at 42 reef sites at three different times of day, and compared these to habitat and fish community surveys taken at the same time.

News Headlines
#103603
2015-04-24

Putting a price on the world's oceans

A new WWF report says puts the annual gross marine product at $2.5 trillion, which makes it more valuable than all but six of the world's economies. But for all that, it is continually exploited.

News Headlines
#103605
2015-04-24

Jaws meets kangaroo? Rare, cute pocket shark found

Think Jaws meets a kangaroo, with maybe a touch of cute kitten, and you've got the aptly named pocket shark — the newest and rarest species found off the U.S. coast.

News Headlines
#103590
2015-04-23

Oceans are 'worth US$24 trillion'

Marine scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg explains the rationale behind pricing the ocean.

News Headlines
#103593
2015-04-23

Japanese zoo association suspended by world body over Taiji dolphin hunts

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums takes action against Japanese member representing aquariums that take dolphins from Taiji hunt

News Headlines
#103555
2015-04-21

Fishing impacts on the Great Barrier Reef

New research shows that fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef.

News Headlines
#103557
2015-04-21

EU threatens Thailand with trade ban over illegal fishing

The EU has given Thailand, the world’s third-largest seafood exporter, six months to crack down on illegal fishing or face a trade ban on its fish imports.

News Headlines
#103561
2015-04-21

Save the whales? Why the humpback doesn't need protecting anymore

After 45 protected years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is recommending that 10 of 14 species of humpback whales be removed from the US endangered list.

News Headlines
#103522
2015-04-20

Tribunal Ruling Could Dent “Monster Boat” Trawling in West African Waters

BANJUL, The Gambia, Apr 18 2015 (IPS) - It was five in the afternoon and Buba Badjie, a boat captain, had just brought his catch to the shore. He had spent twelve hours at sea off Bakau, a major fish landing site in The Gambia.

News Headlines
#103513
2015-04-17

Why Hong Kong's remarkably diverse marine ecosystem is in peril

People who have lived in Hong Kong for some time know it is full of surprises. For conservationists currently marking the city's inaugural Ocean Appreciation Month, the occasion for a stocktake shows how special our surrounding marine environment is. But these qualities are a cause for concern a ...

News Headlines
#103499
2015-04-16

Seismic shift for blue whales

Australia's largest animals, blue whales, are said to be at risk from "ships of deaf" run by the oil and gas industry.

Meeting Document
#103488
2015-04-15

UNEP/CBD/EBSA/WS/2015/2/2

Compilation of Submissions of Scientific Information to Describe Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ebsas in the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas Region

Meeting Document
#103473
2015-04-14

UNEP/CBD/EBSA/WS/2015/2/3

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

News Headlines
#103457
2015-04-14

Experts reject Japan's new whaling plan

International Whaling Committee say proposal to resume hunt in Southern Ocean offers no scientific evidence that it is necessary

News Headlines
#103461
2015-04-14

Environmentalists Work to Save Australia's Great Barrier Reef

In the coming months, the United Nations and the Australian government will square off over whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered.

News Headlines
#103466
2015-04-14

Warming Pacific Makes for Increasingly Weird Ocean Life

A “blob” of warm water that’s partly to blame for dead birds and stranded sea lions in the Pacific may share a cause with Boston’s snows and California’s drought.

Notification
#2314
2015-04-13
Action by
2015-05-11

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 13 - 17 July 2015, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84552 (2015-042)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

pdf English 
News Headlines
#103427
2015-04-10

Chinese claim of South China Sea reclamation not causing damage unacceptable —DFA

(Updated 12:38 p.m.) The Philippines on Monday said it finds “unacceptable” China’s claim that its massive reclamation work in several disputed South China Sea territories are not causing marine environment damage, warning that that coastal states stand to lose $100 million annually from Beijing ...

News Headlines
#103394
2015-04-09

Hawksbill turtle rookery recovers from 150 years of exploitation

One of the last turtle populations in the world to be legally exploited for the 'tortoise shell' trade is finally recovering after a 25-year conservation effort, say researchers.

News Headlines
#103395
2015-04-09

Study: Protecting tropical reefs need not be a zero-sum game

A new study suggests that less draconian restrictions could still put many troubled reefs on the road to recovery. This could reduce friction between conservationists and those who depend on the reefs for their livelihood.

News Headlines
#103313
2015-03-30

Is Australia meeting the UN recommendations for the Great Barrier Reef?

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, released jointly by the federal and Queensland governments last weekend, claims that both governments “have responded to all recommendations of the World Heritage Committee and indeed have gone further”.

Meeting Document
#103262
2015-03-24

UNEP/CBD/MCB/EM/2014/3/2

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

Meeting
#5470

World Water Day

22 March 2015, Paris, France

News Headlines
#103224
2015-03-20

Bottom trawling reduces size of commercially important flatfish

Oceans not only provide important ecosystem services, including climate regulation and nutrient cycling, but they also serve as a major contributor to food and jobs.

News Headlines
#103213
2015-03-19

With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark-fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators.

News Headlines
#103182
2015-03-17

What’s in your soup? It could be manta ray

In some parts of the world, people have been killing manta and mobula rays to use their gills for a so-called medicine. But eating these animals is threatening the future of the species and could be hurting our health.

Meeting Document
#103173
2015-03-16

UNEP/CBD/EBSA/WS/2015/1/3

Data to Inform the CBD North-East Indian Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

News Headlines
#103166
2015-03-16

Australia Bans Dumping Along Barrier Reef

Reverses decision last year to allow millions of tons of dredge from nearby coal-port to be dumped there

News Headlines
#103134
2015-03-13

Government corruption in South Africa contributes to overfishing, study finds

Bribery among government officials who inspect fishing along the coast of South Africa contributes to overfishing, according to new study.

News Headlines
#103118
2015-03-12

Dolphins, diatoms and sea dragons join census of all known marine life

Taxonomists undertaking the daunting task of compiling a list of every species in the sea say that there are 228,445 known marine organisms. The team from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has eliminated 190,400 previously listed species, because they were duplicate identities.

News Headlines
#103106
2015-03-11

World’s whaling slaughter tallied

Commercial hunting wiped out almost three million animals last century.

News Headlines
#103107
2015-03-11

UN report warns of grave consequences if mangroves not protected

Protecting Mangrove Forests Good For Environment And Economy: UN Global destruction of mangrove forests impacts biodiversity, food security, and the lives and livelihoods of some of the most marginalized communities in the world, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

News Headlines
#103115
2015-03-11

A sea change for ocean resource management

Ocean ecosystems around the world are threatened by overfishing, extensive shipping routes, energy exploration, pollution and other consequences of ocean-based industry.

News Headlines
#103116
2015-03-11

WoRMS catalogue downsizes ocean life

A mammoth effort to catalogue all known ocean life is nearly complete.

News Headlines
#103091
2015-03-10

Human impacts are 'decoupling' coral reef ecosystems

There is a growing consensus among scientists of all stripes that we have entered the age of the Anthropocene, or the epoch of humans.

News Headlines
#103071
2015-03-09

Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

MIAMI — The government divers who plunged into the bay near the Port of Miami surfaced with bad news again and again: Large numbers of corals were either dead or dying, suffocated by sediment.

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