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Divers asked to report ghost gear

World Animal Protection are asking divers to report "ghost" fishing gear. They say that an estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is lost or abandoned...

New Zealand’s blue whales under threat from seafloor mining

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part...
Renewable energy - windmills

What are the different types of renewable energy?

Renewable energy is generating power using sustainable, environmentally-friendly sources. Research has shown that the effects of climate change, caused by industries such as meat,...

Mexico Passes Shark Finning Ban

In a surprising move, the Mexican government has published sweeping new regulations and protections for sharks, including a shark finning ban, an extension of...

Ocean Survey Finds Identical Species at each Pole

Hundreds of species live in both polar seas, despite an 11,000-kilometer distance in between. So finds the census of Marine Life. Among many other...
Manta Ray

Mantas and Tuna on Red List of Endangered Species

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals two species of Manta Ray are vulnerable, and the situation is particularly serious for tunas. Among the marine species classified as critically endangered – the most serious risk category – are staghorn and elkhorn coral, the hawksbill turtle and the Mediterranean Monk Seal. The marine realm though is very poorly covered in the IUCN Red List, comprising less than 5% of the species included.
Mauve Stinger Jellyfish, Pelagia noctiluca, by Andrew Reay-Robinson

Killer Robots Slash Jellyfish

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?
Plastic pollution on beach

How Does Plastic End Up in the Ocean and How Do We Stop It?

We all know that our oceans have become a dumping ground for rubbish and our coastlines are covered in plastic. It’s been all over...

Endangered Bivalve, Pinna nobilis, Recovers Off Italy but Suffers in Greece

Pinna nobilis, the giant bivalve, is endangered. Although in some places it has historically been abundant, there has been a lack of up-to-date information...

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2009 Low

The Arctic sea ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent for the year, the third-lowest recorded since satellites began measuring sea ice...