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Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

18 - 22 July 2016, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

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Proteomics method measures carbon uptake of marine microbes

A successful trial has been described of a new method of identifying the carbon uptake of specific marine bacterioplankton taxa.

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Do we really need a new U.N. oceans treaty? Yes, and here’s why.

The oceans are in bad shape. The high seas — like the moon, outer space and Antarctica — can’t be claimed by any nation.

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UN guidelines and new technologies boost efforts to help curb 'ghost fishing'

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 ...

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Vietnam investigates mass fish deaths

Authorities are looking into whether pollution is to blame for a spate of mysterious mass fish deaths along the country’s central coast

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Half Australia's Great Barrier Reef coral 'dead or dying': scientists

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.

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Survey: 93 percent of Great Barrier Reef affected by bleaching

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.

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Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop, 18 - 22 July 2016 - Yeosu, Republic of Korea

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JA/JMQ/85559 (2016-051)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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Great Barrier Reef: the scale of bleaching has the most sober scientists worried

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

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UN Environment Programme and Partners Launch Sustainable Diving Guide to Protect Marine Assets

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 ...

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Coral crisis: Great Barrier Reef bleaching is “the worst we’ve ever seen”

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.

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Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America

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Report of Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) National Capacity Development Workshop for Namibia

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Fishing nets kill ‘high proportion’ of adult loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean

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.

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Report of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity Development Workshop for East Africa

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Conserving the Hilsa

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.

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Report of the Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in the Seas of East Asia

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World’s Largest Fish and One Tiny Island: Studying Whale Sharks on St. Helena Island

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.

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Shark population threatened due to fin harvesting

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.

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