8 June 2017, New York, United States of America
5 - 9 June 2017, New York, United States of America
22 March 2017, New York, United States of America
22 - 24 February 2017, Bali, Indonesia
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.
20 - 24 February 2017, San Jose, Costa Rica
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.
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
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.
The importance of seagrasses to the health of coastal ecosystems is underlined in new research conducted around Indonesian atolls.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A group of divers in Egypt are creating something amazing beneath the waves with hopes to encourage and grow brand new coral reefs.
Sustainable fishing of some species for products including fins is feasible, and can avoid cruel practices, study finds.
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.
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.
Sharks are facing 'the largest crisis of their 420 million year history,' say experts, but a fishing ban is the wrong solution.
A recent review of studies of submarine canyons has identified that they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection.
As countries ponder how to encourage mangrove conservation, the role of people, rights, and governance institutions should receive equal consideration
2 February 2017, New York, United States of America
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
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.
The first pictures of a huge coral reef system discovered in the Amazon last year have been released by environmental campaigners.
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.
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To: CBD National Focal Points
Marine researchers spotted a dolphin suffocating in a plastic bag last week in Watamu, Kilifi county.
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.
They are of the order Odontoceti and, unlike the whales have numerous teeth (up to 260), which are all alike and grow only once.
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.
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 ...
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.
Scientists hope the whale sharks that live around the East African island will help them better understand how to preserve the species.
China has introduced an unprecedented policy platform for stewarding its fisheries and other marine resources.
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.
Report shows of 748 marine animals caught in 2015-16, 86% were threatened, protected or species not intended to be targeted by shark nets
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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
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Wild barramundi populations are likely to be at risk under ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found.
Genetic research on Indo-Pacific bottlenose, humpback dolphins finds animals distinct from neighboring populations
Ministers accused of ignoring scientists’ recommendations as UK fleets allowed to catch more cod, haddock and sole
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.
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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
10 - 11 December 2016, Cancun, Mexico
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.
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.
Conservation and management measures for depleted tuna stocks in the Pacific have polarised the membership of the Pacific Tuna Commission.
A new IUCN report warns that urgent action is needed to preserve populations of cartilaginous fish, like sharks and rays, in the Mediterranean region.
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.
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.
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.
The money will help with issues like water quality and ecosystem health, but activists say it's not enough
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.
Even dead and dying reefs still provide essential habitats for some marine life.
Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
23 - 25 November 2016, Port Vila, Vanuatu
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
A Western Australian first trial to return oysters to an Albany estuary is exceeding scientists' expectations, a year into the ambitious project.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
31 October - 4 November 2016, Apia, Samoa
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.