Most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear within 20 years, if something isn’t done, a new report warns – but for once global warming is not to blame.
For the first time, Britain’s Royal Mail has issued stamps championing an environmental issue – and that issue is over-fishing.
Fish living in deep waters on the continental slope around the UK play an important role carrying carbon from the surface to the seafloor. It has been assumed that deep water fishes all depend on particles that fall from the surface for their energy. These bottom-living deep water fishes never come to the surface and […]
Sick and dying starfish (sea stars) have appeared in a multitude of locations between Alaska and southern California. “It’s like a zombie wasteland,” says biologist Emily Tucker told Nature. “You’ll see detached arms crawling away from their body.” Called Sea Star Wasting Disease, it can cause the death of an infected starfish in just a […]
The European Union has rejected the opportunity to ban deep-sea bottom trawling, giving in to industry demands at the expense of fish stocks. Deep-sea species are caught in deep waters in the Atlantic beyond the main fishing grounds on the continental shelves, in depths up to 4000 metres. Their habitats and ecosystems are largely unknown […]
Marine conservationists have launched a smartphone app in the hope of discovering new information about some of the ocean’s most mysterious and threatened animals — seahorses — and paving the way for similar efforts with other difficult-to-study species. With iSeahorse Explore, anyone can contribute to marine conservation with a few taps of their phone. The […]
Korean researchers test jellyfish-killing robots. Jellyfish cause the fishing industry to lose money by breaking fishing nets. They sting swimmers. They block the seawater cooling systems of power plants. In 2009, a ten-ton Japanese trawler capsized after the three man crew tried to haul up a net loaded with jellyfish. But does chopping millions of jellyfish up solve the problems?
Warming seas around the world are threatening corals. But scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University have noticed that corals in Eilat, at the North of the Red Sea, remain healthy even when exposed to higher temperatures. They suggest that the area could be a unique refuge for coral reefs in the […]
Posidonia oceanica, a species of seagrass, is often referred to as the “lungs of the Mediterranean” because the seagrass meadows absorb carbon dioxide and output oxygen at twice the daily rate of tropical forests. Cow bream, Sarpa Salpa, over Posidonia oceanica seagrass in the Mediterranean Seagrasses store an estimated 27.4 million tonnes of carbon each […]
Some of the world’s most iconic oceans are also the most at risk according to a new study on shipping accidents released by WWF. It presents consolidated evidence of factors that have contributed to, or been associated with, shipping accidents over the last 15 years. Southeast Asia – particularly the Coral Triangle – the east […]