11 - 15 September 2015, Yeosu, Republic of Korea
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.
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.
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.
Warming oceanographic conditions, fishing pressure are driving nesting seabirds away from their ancestral breeding ground in Mexico into California harbors
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.
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.
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.
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.
drafting a legally binding international treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity and to govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JG/84660 (2015-071)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments
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.
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.
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.
Recent study highlights the value of Indonesia’s disappearing mangrove forests, both on the global carbon market and for local communities
The global seabird population may have fallen by almost 70 per cent since 1950, a new study suggests
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.
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.
CARACOL, HAITI — Only little fish are pulled from the coastal waters off Haiti.
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 ...
The ocean is changing more rapidly than at any other point in millions of years – and not for the better.
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.
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).
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
Caribbean countries have agreed a set of common rules to manage and conserve a local lobster species, following scientific evidence of its decline.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
The Great Barrier Reef should not go on a World Heritage danger list, according to a United Nations draft report.
27 - 28 May 2015, Guatemala City, Guatemala
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KUALA LUMPUR] Rotational harvesting may be the key to saving sea cucumber populations from extinction.
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.
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.
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.
Sri Lanka has become the first nation in the world to comprehensively protect all of its mangrove forests.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 - 30 April 2015, Quito, Ecuador
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Marine scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg explains the rationale behind pricing the ocean.
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums takes action against Japanese member representing aquariums that take dolphins from Taiji hunt
New research shows that fishing is having a significant impact on the make-up of fish populations of the Great Barrier Reef.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
Australia's largest animals, blue whales, are said to be at risk from "ships of deaf" run by the oil and gas industry.
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
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
International Whaling Committee say proposal to resume hunt in Southern Ocean offers no scientific evidence that it is necessary
In the coming months, the United Nations and the Australian government will square off over whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as endangered.
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.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/84552 (2015-042)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points
(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 ...
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.
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.
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”.
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
22 March 2015, Paris, France
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.
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.
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.
Data to Inform the CBD North-East Indian Ocean Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas
Reverses decision last year to allow millions of tons of dredge from nearby coal-port to be dumped there
Bribery among government officials who inspect fishing along the coast of South Africa contributes to overfishing, according to new study.
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.
Commercial hunting wiped out almost three million animals last century.
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).
Ocean ecosystems around the world are threatened by overfishing, extensive shipping routes, energy exploration, pollution and other consequences of ocean-based industry.
A mammoth effort to catalogue all known ocean life is nearly complete.
There is a growing consensus among scientists of all stripes that we have entered the age of the Anthropocene, or the epoch of humans.
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.