marine conservation News

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • US$63m to help preserve Asia`s coral triangle

    The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are joining together to support the preservation of Asia’s Coral Triangle, with the GEF committing $63 million to fund conservation of this area known as “the Amazon of the seas.” The GEF funds will cover activities to preserve the region’s coastal and marine ecosystems and develop measures to help the environmentally rich ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • 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 ...

  • Important submarine canyons ecosystems are at risk

    NOC scientists contributed to a recent review of studies of submarine canyons, which identified they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection. The review was published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science by a team of scientists that are part of the International Network for submarine Canyon Investigation and ...

  • Shedding light on the cinderellas of the deep sea

    Ocean sponges from shallower waters have already been shown to be valuable sources for new medicinal drugs to treat cancers and for antibiotics, and it is expected that deepwater sponges will be equally valuable, if not more so. A groundbreaking new report, Deep-sea Sponge Grounds: Reservoirs of Biodiversity, which consolidates knowledge on the biology and ecology of deep-water sponge grounds, ...

  • Hi-techs strategies reveal Europe’s underwater map at ESOF 2008

    Cold-water corals and the mud volcanoes of Europe remain a mystery to many Europeans. Despite EU waters covering an area much larger than the continent, little is known about this hidden underwater map of Europe. This knowledge gap was highlighted at the ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) event, held on 21 July 2008 in Barcelona. “Much progress has been made in the field of marine technology in ...


    By European Science Foundation

  • Axion helps launch retail giant`s beach toy

    United Kingdom: Thanks to support from recycler Axion Polymers, leading British retail chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched Beach Clean Frisbees - flying discs made from recycled plastic, some of which was collected on UK beaches. 'We've managed to take waste off beaches where it threatens marine life and transform it into a brand new product that is fun for our customers ...

  • Shedding light on the cinderellas of the deep sea

    Ocean sponges from shallower waters have already been shown to be valuable sources for new medicinal drugs to treat cancers and for antibiotics, and it is expected that deepwater sponges will be equally valuable, if not more so. A groundbreaking new report, Deep-sea Sponge Grounds: Reservoirs of Biodiversity, which consolidates knowledge on the biology and ecology of deep-water sponge grounds, ...

  • Leading Experts and Policymakers Meet to Form Action Plan to Stop Rapid Degradation of Worlds Seas and Oceans

    Plastic debris in the ocean, collapsing fish stocks, ocean acidification, and the destruction of carbon rich mangroves, are just some of the topics that will be hotly debated today at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, as policymakers and leading scientists convene to form a new roadmap for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's increasingly ...

  • Plan to dump sediment on Great Barrier Reef OK`d

    The government agency that oversees Australia's Great Barrier Reef on Friday approved a plan to dump vast swathes of sediment on the reef as part of a major coal port expansion - a decision that environmentalists say will endanger one of the world's most fragile ecosystems. The federal government in December approved the expansion of the ...


    By Associated Press

  • MSC featured on Canadian Wildlife Federation 2014 supporter card!

    The Marine Stewardship Council is featured on the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s 2014 supporter card, a membership card for donors and contributors, which was distributed to 230,000 households in Canada in December. The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a charitable organization that is dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of ...

  • SeaWorld and busch gardens grant more than $1 million to help protect animals in need

    Animals in need and endangered species around the world will benefit from more than $1 million in grants awarded by the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Since its creation seven years ago, the Fund has granted more than $7 million to protect wildlife and wild places. The Fund"s board of directors approved the 2010 grants to 95 wildlife protection projects including ...

  • 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

  • Obama to Create World`s Largest Ocean Preserve

    Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean. Using presidential authority that doesn't require new action from Congress, Obama proposed to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which President ...


    By Associated Press

  • Are the world’s oceans on the brink of disaster?

    An international panel of marine experts warns in a report released today that the world's ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history. The preliminary report arises from the first ever interdisciplinary international workshop to consider the cumulative impact of all stressors affecting the ocean. Considering the latest research across ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • International Coastal Cleanup Yields More Than 10 Million Pounds of Trash

     The total amount of trash picked up during Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup surpassed the 10 million pound mark, according to data released today – with the second highest total items reported in the Cleanup's 27-year history. The new numbers offer a snapshot of the trash found along the ocean and waterways throughout the country ...


    By Ocean Conservancy

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