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  • Australia’s ocean research ship open to Sydneysiders

    RV Southern Surveyor is the only dedicated Australian research ship equipped to perform marine research in the offshore waters of Australia and Oceania. It is used by Australian universities, CSIRO and other research organisations and their international collaborators to improve our understanding of the marine environment. Australia’s ocean territory is the third largest in the world and only ...

  • DOE Offers Relief to Importers Affected by West Coast Port Closures

    Closures at 29 West Coast marine ports in February 2015 due to a labor dispute have resulted in significant delays for certain goods entering the United States through those ports. DOE issued an enforcement policy not to seek civil penalties for violations of the energy and water conservation standards resulting ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Portugal shows the way on high seas protected areas

    WWF today praised Portuguese authorities for announcing the establishment of four marine protected areas on the extended continental shelves of the Azores as well as mainland Portugal. The four sites – on the southern Mid Atlantic Ridge, Altair Seamount, Antialtair Seamount and Josephine Bank - together cover an area of 120,000 square km rich in vulnerable deepwater communities, including ...


    By WWF International

  • US Supreme Court to determine Navy`s use of high-intensity sonar

    The nation’s highest Court heard arguments to determine whether President Bush had the authority earlier this year to exempt the US Navy from federal environmental laws governing the use of high-intensity sonar. The White House issued the exemptions after a federal court ordered the Navy to safeguard marine mammals against harm from high-intensity, mid-frequency active sonar being used in a ...

  • Protecting the `Galapagos of the North`

    The federal government has announced plans to expand protection for an area off British Columbia"s northern coast known among conservationists as the "Galapagos of the North." The spectacular islands that make up Haida Gwaii have long been protected within Gwaii Haanas national park but for years that protection stopped at the beach. Now the federal government says it will protect a 3,500-square ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • LifeWeb partnership gives multi-million dollar boost to protected areas

    More than 15 national parks and marine reserves are receiving a US$6.7 million conservation boost thanks to a new partnership between UNEP and the government of Spain. Beneficiaries include a protected area that manages monk seals off Mauritania and a national park in Sumatra that is home to orangutans, tigers and elephants. The partnership will also support the creation of new conservation ...

  • Oceana lauds Obama Administration’s commitment to healthy oceans

    Oceana, an international ocean conservation group based in Washington, D.C., reacted to the release of the interim report of the Obama administration’s Ocean Policy Task Force: “Oceans are a vital part of life and culture. They are home to fish and other marine wildlife, sustain communities and provide jobs, tourism and recreation. We commend the Obama administration for its commitment to a ...


    By Oceana

  • Map helps identify human impact on the world`s oceans

    For the first time, the impact of human activities on the world's oceans has been brought together visually in a multilayer map. The analysis shows that no areas remain completely unaffected, and over forty percent of the ocean has been heavily damaged by a range of human activities. The research aims to provide a framework for effective allocation of global and regional conservation resources, ...

  • MPA costs cut through international collaboration

    The cost of a Mediterranean marine protected area (MPA) network could be cut by over two thirds if countries surrounding the Sea collaborate in its creation. This is the conclusion of a study that explored how the Convention on Biological Diversity’s goals to protect wildlife through MPAs could be met cost-efficiently. Multinational efforts to conserve marine biodiversity make sense given ...

  • West African and Caribbean seas `need protection`

    More research and better policies are needed to protect the world's most vulnerable seas, lying off the coast of West Africa and the Caribbean, local experts have told SciDev.Net. The two regions have some of the world's unhealthiest seas, according to a new index that assessed the health of seas and their benefits to livelihoods. Its methodology was published in Nature last month (15 August). ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Study urges integrated approach to protecting the Coral Triangle

    Objectives on biodiversity, fisheries and climate change outcomes should be integrated when designating Marine Protected Areas (MPA) for the so-called Coral Triangle, according to a report by a consortium studying methods to protect the region. The Coral Triangle refers to the tropical waters around Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. It is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New App, Rippl, Adds New Dimension to Trash Free Seas Effort

    Today Ocean Conservancy is stepping outside the traditional nonprofit role to create change through technology with the release of Rippl, a free iOS app to help users improve their sustainable lifestyle while simultaneously helping the ocean. Rippl, designed by ...


    By Ocean Conservancy

  • Protected areas that allow access to local people also benefit wildlife

    Protected areas that allow local people to use the resources in a sustainable way are better for biodiversity conservation than excluding people entirely, a new study suggests. In a review of over 160 scientific studies, the researchers found that protected areas which were managed to allow sustainable access yielded greater socioeconomic benefits. Importantly, those with greater socioeconomic ...

  • Humans undermine nature’s help in war on climate change, UN agency warns

    Humankind is undermining a crucial natural ally in the battle against climate change through its activities in the world’s oceans and marine ecosystems, such as seagrasses, salt marshes and coastal wetlands, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). These ecosystems absorb and remove large quantities of global warming carbon emissions from the atmosphere each day, yet “the ...


    By United Nations

  • Environmental Degradation Increases the Risk of Disasters Worldwide

    Environmental degradation is a significant factor that reduces the capacity of societies to deal with disaster risk in many countries around the world. This is the key message of the World Risk Report 2012, presented today in Brussels, Belgium by the German Alliance for Development Works (Alliance), United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • How citizen science can help monitor data cold spots

    Effective conservation of the oceans relies largely on long-term monitoring of key species and habitats over wide geographical areas. This is notoriously difficult due to the high cost of such programs. As a consequence, we find ourselves with data ‘cold-spots’, areas for which we have little or no information. Citizen science, aka the involvement of volunteers or non-specialised ...

  • Agreement limits US Navy`s use of low-frequency active sonar

    The Navy’s use of low frequency active sonar will remain restricted to certain military training areas of the Pacific Ocean, according to an agreement approved by a US district court in San Francisco this week. The comprehensive agreement between the Navy and conservation organizations follows a court injunction issued early this year against the Navy’s Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low ...

  • ADB takes part in World Ocean Conference, Coral Triangle Summit

    Thousands of delegates from around the world have gathered in Manado, Indonesia, for a major conference on coastal and marine resources management that will culminate in the first Leaders Summit of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). ADB will participate in and provide support to both events. Hosted by the Government of Indonesia, the World Ocean Conference (WOC) brings together ministers and ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • Seafood ecolabels under the spotlight in new WWF report

    The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) comes out on top in a new report commissioned by WWF that reveals poor performance among other assessed seafood ecolabelling schemes and calls for improvements across the board to strengthen their effectiveness. Accenture’s non-profit practice, Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP) compared and ranked seven fishery certification schemes that use ecolabels ...


    By WWF International

  • Hess fined $1.1m for Hudson River estuary pollution

    Hess Corporation will bring 65 gasoline stations and oil storage facilities into compliance with state requirements and fund an important habitat restoration project in the Hudson River Estuary under an agreement announced by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis. The consent order also requires a penalty of $1.1 million for storage violations at ...

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