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Tag: Oceans

  • Tuesday, June 8th 2021 - 08:31 UTC

    UN celebrates World Oceans Day: Life and Livelihoods

    The ocean covers over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.

    The second fully virtual celebration of United Nations World Oceans Day, on 8 June 2021, will highlight the theme of The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods, as well as a declaration of intentions that launches a decade of challenges to get the Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”, by 2030.

  • Tuesday, April 28th 2020 - 15:35 UTC

    New research shows sustainable fishing and conservation can coexist

    A key landmark for seabirds and seals was a two-month extension to the closure of krill fisheries throughout the entire MPA

    By surfbirds (*) – Our oceans are in trouble. Globally, poor fishing practices are directly damaging to marine wildlife, and overfishing can deplete food resources for animals such as seabirds and seals. However, research by BirdLife's Marine Program, in association with scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, (BAS) and the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), shows that under current climate conditions, sustainable fisheries can exist alongside conservation measures for seabirds and seals in a well-managed Marine Protected Area.

  • Tuesday, January 14th 2020 - 09:51 UTC

    Last year, the warmest on record for the world's oceans long term trend

    Since the middle of last century, the oceans have absorbed roughly 93 per cent of the excess heat caused by greenhouse gases from human activities

    Last year was the warmest year on record for the world's oceans, part of a long-term warming trend, according to a study released on Monday. “If you look at the ocean heat content, 2019 is by far the hottest, 2018 is second, 2017 is third, 2015 is fourth, and then 2016 is fifth,” said Kevin E. Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCAR, and an author on the study.

  • Thursday, November 7th 2019 - 09:18 UTC

    FAO Director General calls for ocean sustainable solutions for fisheries

    “Ocean protection will only succeed if we spend financial and brain power in developing sustainable solutions,” Qu said at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo. Image: FAO/Suuronen Petri

    Various investments in ocean sustainability will raise the amount of fish to feed the poor, helping drive progress towards the eradication of hunger which is the lynchpin for achieving the other Sustainable Development Goals, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said in a speech.

  • Wednesday, July 3rd 2019 - 08:29 UTC

    Greenpeace on campaign against deep sea mining, at least until more information on the ecosystem is available

    Throughout July, work is under way at the UN's International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston to establish regulation on mining the oceans

    Greenpeace ship sets sail on Thursday to study an ecosystem beneath the Atlantic Ocean thought to hold clues to the origins of life to press its case for a ban on deep-sea mining, as talks in Jamaica seek to agree on rules of deep-sea mineral exploitation.

  • Friday, June 7th 2019 - 09:56 UTC

    South Georgia Marine Protected Area enhancement, announced last December, comes into effect

    The enhanced measures include a large increase in the proportion of the 1.24 million km2 MPA within which all commercial fishing activity is prohibited

    Following an announcement in December 2018, a suite of enhancements to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area (SGSSI-MPA) have now been signed into legislation by HM Commissioner Nigel Phillips CBE. The enhanced measures are designed to further conserve the rich biodiversity found within the ocean surrounding this sub-Antarctic UK overseas territory. The new measures build on the existing MPA designated in 2012 and are based on scientific evidence considered during the first 5-year review of the MPA.

  • Tuesday, May 14th 2019 - 09:11 UTC

    Record diver detects plastic bag at the deepest place on Earth

    Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, made the unsettling discovery as he descended nearly 10,928m to a point in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench

    On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: trash.

  • Saturday, April 27th 2019 - 09:43 UTC

    Oceans teeming with viruses, from North to South Pole and down to 4000 meters deep

    Researchers at Ohio State University drew up a global map of marine viruses based on seawater samples from nearly 80 sites around the world

    The oceans contain almost 200,000 different viral populations, according to the latest count. Marine viruses were found from the surface down to 4,000m deep and from the North to the South Pole. Though most are harmless to humans, they can infect marine life, including whales and crustaceans.

  • Monday, April 15th 2019 - 09:21 UTC

    The endangered North Atlantic right whales seem to be recovering and calving

    The whales give birth off Georgia and Florida in the winter before moving up the US east coast in the spring. Only about 450 of the species are believed to remain

    One of the world's most endangered whale species is experiencing a mini baby boom off the US state of Massachusetts. Researchers at the Center for Coastal Studies have announced they have seen three North Atlantic right whale mother and calf pairs in Cape Cod Bay.

  • Friday, January 11th 2019 - 21:23 UTC

    Ascension Island MPA; satellite data suggests conservation success likely

    Ascension Island's: home to one of the largest and healthiest green turtle rookeries in the Atlantic and a million seabirds breed and forage on its shores

    If United Nations goals are met, 10% of the world’s oceans could be marine reserves by 2020, but it has been suggested that many of these reserves will represent protection on paper but not in practice. However, new research trialling remote satellite monitoring of illegal fishing activity in the protected waters of Ascension Island from the Oxford Program of Sustainable Oceans suggests that here at least these “paper park” fears are not fully supported by evidence.

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