31 October - 4 November 2016, Apia, Samoa
26 - 29 September 2016, Seoul, Republic of Korea
18 - 22 July 2016, Yeosu, Republic of Korea
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has shown.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Coral reefs around the world are in deep trouble.
"Ocean acidification is likely to progress along our coastline as a patchwork of hotspots," said researcher Kristy Kroeker.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.
The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.
24 - 25 April 2016, Montreal, Canada
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 ...
Authorities are looking into whether pollution is to blame for a spate of mysterious mass fish deaths along the country’s central coast
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.
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.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/85559 (2016-051)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points
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
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 ...
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.
Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America
Report of Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) National Capacity Development Workshop for Namibia
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.
Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity Development Workshop for East Africa
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.
Report of the Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in the Seas of East Asia
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.
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.
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.
Compilation of Experiences and Lessons Learned from Scientific Methodologies and Approaches for the Description of Areas Meeting the EBSA Criteria
Training Manual on the Incorporation of Traditional Knowledge into the Description and Identification of EBSAs
Report of the North-West Indian Ocean and Adjacent Gulf Areas Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Training of Trainers Workshop
Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative National Capacity Development Workshop for Samoa
A Review of Marine Migratory Species and the Information Used to Describe Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
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.
Thousands of loggerhead turtles are killed annually in areas of Syria, Libya and Egypt and Tunisia where they travel to find food
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.
They might host habitats of huge ecological importance, but two-thirds of the world’s oceans lie beyond the authority of national governments
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.
A panel of scientists, convened in 2013 at the behest of government officials, has delivered their findings on the threat of ocean acidification to the North American West Coast. The danger is real, they say, but they see a path to progress.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Apr 4 2016 (IPS) - When Africa’s oldest protected marine area, Tsitsikamma — the largest in the world, incorporating 80 km of rocky coastline, bustling with marine life, much of it endangered — was opened as a pilot for public fishing on December 15, 2015, there was a bi ...
The world’s coral reefs face unprecedented threats. Their survival depends on how well they can cope with a long list of pressures including fishing, storms, coral bleaching, outbreaks of coral predators and reduced water quality.
The southern tip of Africa is washed by two oceans: the Indian and Atlantic oceans. This should allow South Africa to benefit economically from various activities through developing the ocean economy. Fisheries, tourism and maritime activities are some of the sectors that can underpin the economy.
India has supported the process to develop an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and stressed that the rights of nations, including freedom of the high seas, are important and should not be restricted.
A coalition of scientists and environmental groups has asked the Obama administration to designate the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
Bowing to public and fishing industry pressure, the Obama administration recently reversed an earlier decision to allow oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast.
Short, stunted mangroves living along the coastal desert of Baja California store up to five times more carbon below ground than their lush, tropical counterparts, researchers have found.
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2016 (IPS) - The United Nations has begun negotiations for a new legally binding treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological resources in the world’s oceans – nearly 64 percent of which lie beyond national jurisdiction.
Earth’s fisheries are in bad shape — populations of some stocks, including tuna and mackerel, declined 74 percent between 1970 and 2010. A new study, however, offers a glimmer of hope of what we could expect in the not-so-distant future if global action is taken.
SAN DIEGO, March 29 (UPI) -- A beach isn't really a beach without sand. Unfortunately, over time, beaches lose their sand to the wind and waves.
Long regarded as minor players in ocean ecology, jellyfish are actually important parts of the marine food web.
Eight dives into the deep waters of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument of north-west Hawaii have resulted in thousands of samples and images of never-before-seen life and landforms.
Report of the North-East Indian Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
With some of the world’s richest ecosystems hanging in the balance, scientists are turning to technologies like 3D printing.
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
Report of the Expert Workshop to Provide Consolidated Practical Guidance and A Toolkit for Marine Spatial Planning
Mainstreaming of Biodiversity across Sectors Including Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries
Marine and Coastal Biodiversity - Draft Summary Report on the Description of Areas Meeting the Scientific Criteria for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (Addendum)
The biggest survey to date of nature along Britain’s coastline has uncovered a host of “wildlife firsts”.
Europe's rarest seabird will be extinct within 60 years, according to a new analysis.
Progress Report on Describing Areas Meeting the Criteria for Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Baltic Sea proposal would allow catches well above current sustainable levels needed to restore healthy fish stocks, putting some species at risk, conservationists warn
An underwater research craft has spotted a "ghostlike" octopus that appears to belong to a previously unknown species on the ocean floor near Hawaii, a discovery that highlights how little is known about the deep sea, a U.S. zoologist said on Saturday.
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef face permanent destruction due to El Nino, scientists warn. A so-called coral bleaching event is affecting reefs all around the world. Loss of coral reefs would impact millions of people.
Shark fin soup has become a symbol of mistreatment of marine life. Sharks caught for their fins are tossed back into the sea.
Marine Spatial Planning and Training Initiatives
In the deep abysses of the ocean, small swirls of water can wield great power. Like the proverbial butterfly flap that stirs up a hurricane, this chaotic turbulence has long been thought to lift up water in the ocean’s interior to drive currents that stretch across the globe.
SAN JOSE – It has long been said that we know more about the moon than we do about the oceans. After all, 12 people have walked on the surface of the moon but only three have been to the deepest part of the sea.
Addressing Impacts of Marine Debris and Anthropogenic Underwater Noise on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Ambushed! Japanese pygmy squid have been filmed releasing ink when hunting shrimp – using it both as a smokescreen and distraction.
The seas around the UK and the rest of northern Europe take up a staggering 24 million tonnes of carbon each year.
Director of country’s biggest whaling company says his fleet will not be hunting this season because of problems exporting the meat to Japan
Traditional assessment methods overestimate salt-marsh vulnerability because they don't fully account for processes that allow for vertical and landward migration as water levels increase, a new analysis suggests.
The world’s corals are in hot water… literally. Prolonged increases in ocean temperatures caused by this year’s severe El Niño are intensifying the loss of corals around the planet.
San José, Costa Rica, 22 February 2016– Close to 40 governments agreed this week to enhance protection for additional migratory shark and ray species and to a set of new conservation priorities.
A pair of bottlenose dolphins have been cruising the Baltic Sea recently. They're not native to those waters, and must have come in from the North Atlantic. They've now developed a fondness for bow-wake cruising.
A chorus of animals can be heard as a low buzzing for an hour twice a day, as the creatures move to shallow waters for feeding at dusk and while returning to the depths around dawn.
These beautiful winged sea snails are so admired for their graceful looks they are known as sea butterflies.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JM/85430 (2016-021)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points
Recorded at up to 8,000 pounds, the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the world’s second largest fish species, smaller only than the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). For decades, humans hunted these sharks for their liver oil and until recently, aside from the historical human uses, relatively ...
Athens, 12 February 2016 - Ministers and representatives of 21 Mediterranean countries agreed in Athens yesterday an ambitious plan to address critical threats to marine and coastal environments, including loss of biodiversity, climate change and unsustainable consumption and production.
Wildlife experts from all over the world will converge on San José Monday to discuss international protections for shark and ray species.
SEATTLE, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Beluga whales live in faraway arctic waters that are deathly cold and difficult to navigate. The conditions make gathering comprehensive data on the species quite difficult.
Though pollution and overuse are damaging corals, their biodiversity offers hope for their future
Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae which play an important part in marine biodiversity, new research from the University of Bristol, UK has found