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Meeting
#5625

World Oceans Day 2017: "Our Oceans Our Future"

8 June 2017, New York, United States of America

Meeting
#5622

World Water Day 2017: "Water and Wastewater"

22 March 2017, New York, United States of America

Meeting
#5667

Fourth World Ocean Summit

22 - 24 February 2017, Bali, Indonesia

News Headlines
#112024
2017-02-21

Making the Deep Blue Sea Green Again

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) - Kids growing up in the Seychelles think of the ocean as their backyard, says Ronald Jean Jumeau, Seychelles’ ambassador for climate change and SIDS.

News Headlines
#112007
2017-02-20

Making the Deep Blue Sea Green Again

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) - Kids growing up in the Seychelles think of the ocean as their backyard, says Ronald Jean Jumeau, the Seychelles ambassador to the UN.

News Headlines
#112008
2017-02-20

Fish under threat from ocean oxygen depletion, finds study

Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish such as tuna and sharks

News Headlines
#112014
2017-02-20

It’s everyone’s business to save the oceans

THE ocean is changing — and not for the better. Well-established scientific evidence shows that it is becoming emptier, warmer, and more acidic, putting marine life under serious pressure.

News Headlines
#111972
2017-02-17

'Seagrasses' vital to coastal health

The importance of seagrasses to the health of coastal ecosystems is underlined in new research conducted around Indonesian atolls.

News Headlines
#111973
2017-02-17

Saving Jamaica Bay’s diamondback terrapins

As the white motorboat juddered to a stop in the middle of a marsh in New York City’s Jamaica Bay, Russell Burke peered over the edge into the shallow, clear water. In the distance, a flock of Brent geese took to the crisp October air.

News Headlines
#111949
2017-02-16

UN kicks off preparations for upcoming summit on oceans, launches voluntary commitment website

15 February 2017 – The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard today at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June's Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard

News Headlines
#111953
2017-02-16

Scientists warn about danger to VN coral reefs

Binh Dinh province has 134km of coastline with coastal waters surrounded by small islands and a diverse ecosystem comprising coral reefs, seagrass beds and aquatic animals.

News Headlines
#111936
2017-02-15

Scientist Calls on UN to Seize Opportunity to Save the Oceans

United Nations, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Marine scientist Lisa Speer urged today the international community to take advantage of the opportunity to save the oceans from irrational use and guarantee future generations the enjoyment of their valuable resources.

News Headlines
#111937
2017-02-15

Scientists estimate global loss of oxygen in Earth's oceans

Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The scientific logic of ocean de-oxygenation is well established, but few studies have attempted to quantify the global loss of oxygen in Earth's oceans.

News Headlines
#111900
2017-02-13

Blue Sea Thinking | Underwater Egyptian Garden creates new Coral Reefs

A group of divers in Egypt are creating something amazing beneath the waves with hopes to encourage and grow brand new coral reefs.

News Headlines
#111886
2017-02-10

Harvesting sharks could be key to saving them

Sustainable fishing of some species for products including fins is feasible, and can avoid cruel practices, study finds.

News Headlines
#111882
2017-02-09

Data on blue whales off California helps protect their distant relatives

A research team has found a way to translate their knowledge of blue whales off California and in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean to the other side of the world, revealing those areas of the Northern Indian Ocean where whales are likely to be encountered.

News Headlines
#111869
2017-02-08

A World of Blue: The United Nations and the Ocean

The ocean covers about 70% of the earth’s surface, the land mass divided into multiple social units that contain burgeoning population, extraction and use of myriad natural resources, and serve as an ever-shifting arrangement of community, cooperation and conflict.

News Headlines
#111850
2017-02-07

Sharks for supper? Why experts don't want a ban on shark fishing

Sharks are facing 'the largest crisis of their 420 million year history,' say experts, but a fishing ban is the wrong solution.

News Headlines
#111806
2017-02-02

Important submarine canyons ecosystems are at risk

A recent review of studies of submarine canyons has identified that they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection.

News Headlines
#111813
2017-02-02

Where the land meets the sea: Governing mangrove forests

As countries ponder how to encourage mangrove conservation, the role of people, rights, and governance institutions should receive equal consideration

Meeting
#5655

World Wetlands Day 2017: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

2 February 2017, New York, United States of America

News Headlines
#111785
2017-01-31

Bay of Bengal: depleted fish stocks and huge dead zone signal tipping point

Long treated as a bottomless resource pit, over-exploitation of the ocean, pollution and rising sea levels are having a catastrophic impact on life in the bay

News Headlines
#111786
2017-01-31

Scientists unravel the process of meltwater in ocean depths

An international team of researchers has discovered why fresh water, melted from Antarctic ice sheets, is often detected below the surface of the ocean, rather than rising to the top above denser seawater.

News Headlines
#111770
2017-01-30

Amazon Reef: First images of new coral system

The first pictures of a huge coral reef system discovered in the Amazon last year have been released by environmental campaigners.

News Headlines
#111760
2017-01-27

Calling deep sea species ‘monsters’ may harm their conservation

Fans of the movie Finding Nemo may remember the terrifying fish that scares Dory (a blue tang) and Marlin (a clown fish) at the bottom of a trench.

Notification
#2580
2017-01-27
Action by
2017-05-01

Designation of a National Focal Point for the Programme of Work on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/JL/JG/86223 (2017-005)
To: CBD National Focal Points

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News Headlines
#111724
2017-01-24

Marine debris threaten to suffocate sea animals

Marine researchers spotted a dolphin suffocating in a plastic bag last week in Watamu, Kilifi county.

News Headlines
#111725
2017-01-24

Parrotfish are critical to coral reef health, study finds

Scientists have developed a 3,000-year record of the abundance of parrotfish and urchins on reefs from the Caribbean side of Panama to help unravel the cause of the alarming modern-day shift from coral- to algae-dominated reefs occurring across the Caribbean.

News Headlines
#111700
2017-01-23

Dolphins, the most appreciated marine mammals in Persian Gulf

They are of the order Odontoceti and, unlike the whales have numerous teeth (up to 260), which are all alike and grow only once.

News Headlines
#111693
2017-01-20

Here’s One Way To Keep Oceans From Having More Plastics Than Fish

Each year, 8 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean. At this rate, by 2050, we’ll have more plastic than fish in our big blue seas.

News Headlines
#111669
2017-01-19

Massive sea lion, fur seal hunting in the Patagonian coasts is altering Southern Atlantic Ocean ecosystems

Sea lion hunting by the Europeans at the Atlantic coasts of South America – it started in the 19th Century and continued up to the second half of the 20th century in Argentina and Uruguay – changed its nutrition guidelines of these pinnipeds as well as the structure of the coastal trophic networ ...

News Headlines
#111671
2017-01-19

Thriving kelp forests impress

Cows and sheep eating seaweed cured of methane emissions contributing to greenhouse gases, snapper galore around floating islands of kelp submerged in deep water offshore which restore fish populations in empty oceans to feed an expanding world population far into the future.

News Headlines
#111674
2017-01-19

Why the World's Biggest Sharks Love Mafia Island

Scientists hope the whale sharks that live around the East African island will help them better understand how to preserve the species.

News Headlines
#111652
2017-01-18

How China is poised for marine fisheries reform

China has introduced an unprecedented policy platform for stewarding its fisheries and other marine resources.

News Headlines
#111642
2017-01-17

We Should Be Preserving The Oceans Like They Were National Parks

Near the beginning of the upcoming National Geographic documentary, Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasures, the famed oceanographer Sylvia Earle sits down for a conversation with Dave Palmer, a commercial fisherman.

News Headlines
#111644
2017-01-17

Endangered dolphins and turtles entangled in NSW shark nets

Report shows of 748 marine animals caught in 2015-16, 86% were threatened, protected or species not intended to be targeted by shark nets

Notification
#2577
2017-01-17
Action by
2017-02-28

Call for scientific information to support the objectives of the Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, 25 to 29 April 2017, and Training Session on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas, 24 April 2017 – Baku, Azerbaijan

Reference: SCBD/SPS/DC/JL/JG/84836 (2017-002)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; ACCOBAMS; BSC; FAO; GFCM; IMO; TCIS; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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News Headlines
#111548
2017-01-10

Warmer oceans encouraging two new phytoplankton groups

TORONTO, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Two newly identified groups of phytoplankton appear to thrive in warm water. Though they are rare and different from any known species, scientists suggest the groups could become more common as ocean temperatures rise.

News Headlines
#111553
2017-01-10

Massive genetic study of humpback whales to inform conservation assessments

Scientists have published one of the largest genetic studies ever conducted on the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) for the purpose of clarifying management decisions in the Southern Hemisphere and supporting calls to protect unique and threatened populations, according to experts.

News Headlines
#111517
2017-01-06

Scaling up marine conservation targets should benefit millions of people

About 200 countries worldwide committed to protecting 10% of national marine areas by signing the Convention on Biological Diversity. But more ambitious marine reserve coverage policies that target unprotected fishing grounds would benefit millions of people who depend on fisheries for food and ...

News Headlines
#111484
2016-12-19

On the hunt for dynamite fishers in Tanzania

Holiday idyll or crime scene? In Tanzania, dynamite fishers toss up to 50 bombs a day into the coral reefs - using a technique that, in theory, is outlawed. A task force is hoping to put an end to the dangerous practice.

News Headlines
#111491
2016-12-19

Barramundi populations at risk from acid oceans

Wild barramundi populations are likely to be at risk under ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found.

News Headlines
#111450
2016-12-15

Scientists studying dolphins find Bay of Bengal a realm of evolutionary change

Genetic research on Indo-Pacific bottlenose, humpback dolphins finds animals distinct from neighboring populations

News Headlines
#111432
2016-12-14

EU easing of fishing quotas raises fears over dwindling stocks

Ministers accused of ignoring scientists’ recommendations as UK fleets allowed to catch more cod, haddock and sole

News Headlines
#111391
2016-12-12

Ahmedabad’s coastal wetlands to get more importance

RAJKOT: Wetlands along Gujarat's 1,600km coastline, which have become a haven for migratory birds, will be in focus at the Asian Waterbird Count (AWC) beginning January 2017.

Notification
#2570
2016-12-12
Action by
2017-01-31

CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea region, 25 to 29 April 2017, and Training Session on EBSAs, 24 April 2017 – Baku, Azerbaijan

Reference: SCBD/CSU/CG/JL/JG/84835 (2016-144)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea; indigenous peoples and local communities; ACCOBAMS; BSC; FAO; GFCM; IMO; TCIS; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives

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CBD
Meeting
#5616
News Headlines
#111356
2016-12-09

Great Barrier Reef not likely to survive if warming trend continues, says report

The Great Barrier Reef will not survive coral bleaching if current sea temperature trends continue, according to a new report charting increases over the past three decades which blames manmade climate change for the problem.

News Headlines
#111357
2016-12-09

Spiny lobsters tap into a strange food source, scientists say

About a fifth of the diet of Caribbean spiny lobsters is derived from a process distinct from the traditional model of the food chain, according to new research.

News Headlines
#111337
2016-12-08

Pacific Tuna Commission divided on conservation

Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission.

News Headlines
#111303
2016-12-07

More than half of shark species in Mediterranean at risk of extinction

A new IUCN report warns that urgent action is needed to preserve populations of cartilaginous fish, like sharks and rays, in the Mediterranean region.

News Headlines
#111308
2016-12-07

The Great and Dying Barrier Reef

Coral reefs are among the most remarkable achievements of nature, structures built in shallow water over long periods of time out of the skeletons of tiny polyps.

News Headlines
#111280
2016-12-06

Over 50% of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean Sea are at risk of extinction

More than 50 percent of the sharks and rays native to the Mediterranean Sea are at a high risk of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced Monday.

News Headlines
#111231
2016-12-04

Swallowing swimming pools: New sensory tags capture kinetics of lunge-feeding whales

Swimming 4 meters per second, a feeding blue whale swings open its jaws and, in four seconds, swallows 140 percent of its mass—a volume of water and krill the size of a big swimming pool or school bus.

News Headlines
#111232
2016-12-04

Australia Boosts Spending to Keep Great Barrier Reef off "in Danger" List

The money will help with issues like water quality and ecosystem health, but activists say it's not enough

News Headlines
#111189
2016-12-02

As Australian shipping grows, how can we avoid collisions with marine animals?

Australians also have a strong affinity with the ocean, as reflected in the growth in recreational boating and cruise shipping. But these numbers risk putting people on a collision course – literally – with whales, turtles and other marine life.

News Headlines
#111165
2016-11-30

There Is Life on a Dead Coral Reef

Even dead and dying reefs still provide essential habitats for some marine life.

News Headlines
#111140
2016-11-29

Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016, report finds

Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.

News Headlines
#111091
2016-11-25

'Time to act': Damage to Great Barrier Reef worse than thought, surveys find

The government agency responsible for the Great Barrier Reef says urgent action is needed to save the world heritage site after yet-to-be-published surveys found the record coral bleaching damage earlier this year was even worse than initially thought.

News Headlines
#111107
2016-11-25

800-Pound Groupers Making a Comeback—But Not Everyone's Happy

Somewhere in the warm waters off the Florida Keys lives a fish named Sylvia. She is six feet long, friendly as a golden retriever—and a rarity.Fabien Cousteau named the distinctive Atlantic goliath grouper after famed ocean scientist Sylvia Earle when the curious fish and her larger companion re ...

News Headlines
#111051
2016-11-24

Scottish coral reefs at risk from climate change

NORTH Atlantic deep-sea coral reefs found in Scottish waters are under threat from the impacts of climate change, according to a new study.Marine scientists at Edinburgh University’s school of geosciences have produced research warning that changes to winter weather conditions could threaten the ...

News Headlines
#111059
2016-11-24

Dealing with a reef at risk

PANAJI: Grande Island with its coral reef and other biota has enriched and boosted the state's tourism profile dominated by beaches, churches and temples. Sadly, the island has not received due protection even as more threats to its marine ecology loom ahead due to increased development activity ...

News Headlines
#111066
2016-11-24

Seaweed: marine life coming ashore

British seaweeds are among our most underrated resources and hugely important for the ecology of the seas, but they get nothing like the recognition that, say, a wild meadow or ancient woodland gets.

News Headlines
#111011
2016-11-23

Most species-rich coral reefs are not necessarily protected

Coral reefs throughout the world are under threat. After studying the reefs in Malaysia, Zarinah Waheed concluded that there is room for improvement in coral reef conservation.

News Headlines
#111012
2016-11-23

Aussies Consider Halting New Coal Mines to Protect Reefs

he Australian government has ambitious plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef, but it could do more, says a former government official. The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is calling for a halt on the construction of new coal mines in Australia to prevent fu ...

CBD
Meeting
#5615
News Headlines
#110992
2016-11-22

Lives of whale sharks revealed: DNA left in the oceans is unraveling the mysteries of the world's largest fish

The endangered whale shark, the world's biggest fish, could be saved - simply by studying seawaterSwimming alongside the 'gentle giant' is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences but numbers have been decimated by the appetite for shark fine soup.

News Headlines
#110993
2016-11-22

How to monitor global ocean warming—without harming whales

Most of the extra heat trapped by human-generated emissions is ending up in the oceans. But tracking the temperature of the world's oceans to monitor the change is trickier than it might seem. While satellites monitor surface temperature, measuring the ocean's interior temperature poses a logist ...

News Headlines
#110979
2016-11-21

The Marine Hotspot That Could Save Our Seas

The Earth's oceans are under siege. Human activity is wiping out coral reefs and marine life at a faster rate than ever before. As conservationists try to restore the health of our seas, one place may be key to turning the tide.

News Headlines
#110980
2016-11-21

Former Great Barrier Reef marine park head calls for ban on new coalmines

The former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has called for a ban on all new coalmines in Australia, saying the move is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.

News Headlines
#110947
2016-11-18

Beauty on the brink

Earlier this year researchers discovered most of the coral on Kiritimati, the world’s largest atoll, was dead due to overheating from a record breaking El Nino. This week they’re back and to their surprise there are tentative signs of life beneath the waves

News Headlines
#110948
2016-11-18

Coral Decay: Scientists pinpoint regions where declining coral reefs could impact people the most

Teaming with life, coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Countless numbers of marine species depend on these reefs, and humans do as well. With so much dependent on the tiny animals that construct these reefs, scientists are trying to understand environmental factors that ...

News Headlines
#110949
2016-11-18

How 'Marine Snow' Keeps Ocean Life Healthy

As a professor at a major university, it is always fascinating to learn along with our students. This week in a oral comprehensive examination of one of our graduate students, the term “marine snow” was mentioned by my colleague Dr. Patricia Yager, a professor of marine sciences at the Universit ...

News Headlines
#110901
2016-11-16

Where can coral grow best? Scientist researching optimal habitats

Coral populations in the Florida Reef Tract have declined in the last three decades due to extreme-temperature events and other stressors that cause bleaching and disease. Scientists are now working to save the reef by transplanting healthy, nursery-grown corals back onto the reefs.

News Headlines
#110857
2016-11-15

Destruction of kelp forests by tropical fish shows impact of ocean temperature rises

Herbivorous tropical fish have destroyed kelp forests in northern New South Wales, showing that even small increases in ocean temperature can lead to kelp deforestation, an Australian study has found.

News Headlines
#110864
2016-11-15

Majority of Southeast Sulawesi coral reefs damaged: Study

A study conducted by WWF Indonesia has found that the majority of coral reefs in waters around Southeast Sulawesi have been damaged. The lack of hard coral cover, high rubble cover and high sedimentation rates are signs that the underwater ecosystem is in a dire state.

News Headlines
#110829
2016-11-14

Promising progress for pilot shellfish reef restoration program

A Western Australian first trial to return oysters to an Albany estuary is exceeding scientists' expectations, a year into the ambitious project.

News Headlines
#110799
2016-11-11

Climate Change Hitting Coral Reefs Hard

As atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rise, very few coral reef ecosystems will be spared the impacts of ocean acidification or sea surface temperature rise, according to a new analysis. The damage will cause the most immediate and serious threats where human dependence on reefs is highest.

News Headlines
#110800
2016-11-11

Climate change behind destruction of Japan's coral reef

A report furnished by Ministry of Environment says that major destruction of Japan's coral reef is caused due to climate change, especially the rise in temperature this season.

News Headlines
#110809
2016-11-11

DEVOTES: Exploring High-Edge Tools for Marine Biodiversity Assessment

After four years of collaboration with more than 250 researchers from the European Union, the DEVOTES or Development of Innovative Tools for Understanding Marine Biodiversity and Assessing Good Environmental Status Project has officially ended, producing several useful tools for environmental as ...

News Headlines
#110788
2016-11-10

Why the death of coral reefs could be devastating for millions of humans

Coral reefs around the globe already are facing unprecedented damage because of warmer and more acidic oceans. It’s hardly a problem affecting just the marine life that depends on them or deep-sea divers who visit them.

News Headlines
#110794
2016-11-10

Study finds increase in Antarctic marine worm species

A study by the University of Liverpool has found that the diversity of marine worm species in the Antarctic Ocean has been vastly underestimated, and this finding could help to monitor climate change in this region.

News Headlines
#110758
2016-11-08

Canada’s oceans get $1.5 billion in marine protection

The federal government will invest $1.5-billion in an ocean protection strategy to safeguard the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans and make Canada a world leader in protecting coastlines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today in Vancouver.

News Headlines
#110760
2016-11-08

Ways To Conserve Marine Biodiversity

My knees hit the seabed as I come face to face with two moray eels, their trim, long heads bobbing out from the crevice of a rock. The slithery scene seemed innocent to the untrained eye. However, marine biologist Robin Aiello knew otherwise.

News Headlines
#110763
2016-11-08

Shallow reefs off Singapore survive in the face of adversity

An analysis of the health of highly impacted coral reefs off Singapore during a 27-year long period has shown they are more resilient to the impacts of human activity and warming than expected.

News Headlines
#110765
2016-11-08

Researchers develop tools to understand marine biodiversity and assess the environmental status of oceans

More than 250 European researchers have collaborated in developing new tools to understand marine biodiversity and assess the environmental status of our oceans, within the project DEVOTES (www.devotes-project.eu) (DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessi ...

News Headlines
#110713
2016-11-03

The oceans are suffocating: Climate change is causing low oxygen levels

Global climate change produces many effects — warming air energizes the atmosphere and intensifies storms; warmer water expands and raises sea level; storage of more carbon dioxide in the oceans is acidifying large realms. Now it is becoming clear that another, profound result of human activitie ...

News Headlines
#110718
2016-11-03

Exploring mysteries of the deep

Scientists often tell us we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of our oceans but Bermuda is at the heart of a mission that intends to change that.

News Headlines
#110663
2016-10-31

Dispersal, the key for understanding marine biodiversity

Dispersal plays a key role to connect populations, and contrastingly, its moderate limitation is one of the main processes to maintain species coexistence and promote regional biodiversity.

News Headlines
#110615
2016-10-27

Is it time for a moratorium on commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin tuna?

The Pacific bluefin population has dropped by 97.4 percent from its historic, pre-fishing levels, and some experts are saying that it may be time to consider a commercial fishing ban to ensure the survival of the species.

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