marine biological News

  • Rising threats to marine biodiversity

    The environmental and economic health of the World Seas-present and future-is outlined in a report that underlines growing concern from pressures such as pollution, over-fishing and climate change. The report, the Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook: Global Synthesis by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts that by 2050 productivity will have decreased in nearly all areas and with ...

  • UK marine policy statement published

    The UK Marine Policy Statement has been jointly published today by all UK Administrations as part of a new system of marine planning being introduced across UK seas. Adopted by the UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Executive, the Marine Policy Statement will help achieve the shared UK vision for “clean, healthy, safe, ...

  • Impact of climate change on marine algae

    With climate change looming large, countries around the world are mobilising their top scientists in an effort to measure its impact on the environment and society. One such scientist is the young Dr Björn Rost, who was recently awarded a EUR 1.4 million Independent Researcher Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). His research will focus on the impact of climate change on micro algae in ...

  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Marine protistan ecology and evolution

    This position has a duration of one year, with a possible extension depending on job performance and funding. Microbes play fundamental roles in all ocean ecology. Our primary focus is on eukaryotic phytoplankton, and variations in the communities of bacteria, archaea and heterotrophic eukaryotes, as well as viruses, that accompany different phytoplankton taxa. To investigate these complex ...

  • Small oil spills: Overlooked source of marine pollution?

    'Small oils spills are just as important as large oil spills, according to new research. By analysing images of oil slicks taken over an eight year period, researchers were able to show that smaller spills contribute a larger proportion of the oil pollution present in European waters. Oil spills represent a major threat to European seas. Over 600 million tonnes of crude oil are imported by EU ...

  • Mussels: Biomonitoring tools for pharmaceutical pollution in the marine environment?

    Pharmaceutical pollution of marine environments has important biological consequences for aquatic organisms. This study investigated the effects on mussels of treatment with environmentally relevant levels of an antidepressant, fluoxetine, and a beta-blocker, propranolol, using biomarkers including DNA damage. The results showed that mussels are most vulnerable to these drugs in combination. Many ...

  • Marine biodiversity: life in seas under threat

    Climate change, pollution, acidification, over-exploitation of fish stocks, invasive alien species all threaten life in our seas and consequently the services we obtain from them. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new short assessment of marine biodiversity takes a closer look at the ‘less known half’ of EU territory. It is not only about seafood or a romantic sunset, our oceans are ...

  • Better protected seas promised in UK Marine Bill

    New marine nature reserves around Britain’s coast are among radical plans published by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. A new network of marine conservation zones, for species and habitats of national importance, will be put in place by 2012 under new powers contained in the government’s draft Marine Bill.  The new marine conservation zones will have clear conservation objectives, to ...

  • Marine governance across the English Channel lacks integration

    The English Channel (La Manche) is one of the world’s busiest sea areas, and management of it is a challenging task. This study reviews governance across the Channel, finding poor integration between countries, sectors, policies and research. The study also considers management in terms of the ecosystem approach and suggests that linking research between the UK and France could be key to ...

  • Defra published Marine and Coastal Access Bill

    Environment Secretary Hilary Benn today welcomed publication of pioneering legislation for better protection and development of the seas around Britain. The Marine and Coastal Access Bill, published today, includes:     * a new network of marine conservation zones;    * the establishment of a new Marine Management Organisation which will be a centre of marine ...

  • Canada gets failing grade on marine protected areas

    Canada hasn’t made a lot progress on its commitment to establish a system of marine protected areas in our oceans concludes a new report by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Living Oceans Society, and the Sierra Club of B.C. The report card compares the performance of Canada, the United States, and Australia in designating marine protected areas. Canada gets a failing grade despite the fact ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New manufacturing opportunities - sensors to protect marine and freshwater ecosystems

    Researchers will develop sensing technologies which will have significant economic and environmental implications for our marine and freshwater resources. CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship Director Mr Clive Davenport said the collaboration will also drive a new sensor manufacturing industry for Australia. “The cluster collaboration addresses a fundamental need to understand, monitor and ...

  • Link discovered between extreme weather event and marine ecological change

    Plymouth scientists have discovered evidence of a direct link between extreme weather events associated with climate change and episodic changes to the ecological conditions and processes of the marine environment of the Western English Channel. These modifications could have significant implications on how our coastal seas function in the future and ultimately, on the goods and services provided ...


    By Plymouth Marine Laboratory

  • Survey of attitudes towards marine protected areas gives mixed response

    The views of organisations and industries affected by marine protected areas (MPAs) have been gathered by a new survey. 36 organisations from the UK and France responded to the survey, which asked about the perceived socio-economic and environmental impacts of multiple-use MPAs. Environmental NGOs, managing agencies and research centres gave a largely positive response, while fishers’, ...

  • Wildlife Acoustics Announces the Song Meter SM2M Ultrasonic Marine Submersible Recorder

      TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Society for Marine Mammology Biennial Conference -- Wildlife Acoustics, the leading supplier of acoustic monitoring systems for endangered and threatened wildlife species around the world, announces a new ultrasonic marine submersible recorder. "Wildlife Acoustics ...


    By Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.

  • Parties to the Abidjan Convention Agree to Boost Cooperation on Marine Challenges

    Parties to the Abidjan Convention - which governs issues ranging from marine pollution to overfishing across much of the African continent - have agreed to accelerate the Convention's implementation through increased financial and technical support. The Abidjan Convention is a comprehensive agreement for the protection and management of the marine environment and coastal areas. By committing ...

  • Obama takes `bold action` to protect Pacific marine life

    President Obama today proposed expanding protections in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The expansion would shelter some of the world's most pristine and biologically rich marine ecosystems. Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: “The President’s proposed action is a huge step forward for the ocean. ...

  • EU Marine Energy Centre offers free Technology Verification

    The Scottish Energy Minister has today launched a competition run by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) offering free Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) to successful technology developers. In his keynote address at the All-Energy conference in Glasgow, Fergus Ewing announced that the winner of the competition will be ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Bureau of Reclamation Receives Biological Opinion on Klamath Project Operations

    The Bureau of Reclamation announces today the receipt of a joint, coordinated Biological Opinion delivered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The BO analyzes the effects of the ongoing operations of Reclamation’s Klamath Project through March 2023 on federally listed threatened and ...


    By Bureau of Reclamation

  • Risks of invasion of alien marine species driven by global shipping

    New research has identified global hot spots of invasion risk by marine species transported in the ballast water of shipping. Treating this water before discarding it could reduce the risk of invasions by as much as 82%, the researchers predict. The movement of marine organisms outside their natural ranges can have seriously damaging effects on native ecosystems. Increased trade and transport at ...

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