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Global temperature rise

Data shows no slowdown in global warming – 2014 hottest year on record

Contrary to recent reports that there has been a hiatus in global warming, with improvements in measurements scientists conclude that the rate of warming over the first 15 years of this century has, in fact, been as fast or faster than that seen over the last half of the 20th century. 2014 was the hottest year on record.
Snapper

From Nursery Mangroves to Coral Reefs: Tracking Fish

It has long been thought that coral fish start life in a coastal nursery, such as mangrove or seagrass, before migrating to a coral reef. Fish use a variety of nursery habitats and may migrate very long distances from coastal wetlands across deep open water. This implies that it isn’t enough to protect adult habitat on coral reefs. Habitats that supply those reefs and the migration corridors that connect them also need protection.
Tuna

‘Electronic Eyes’ Watch Tuna Fishing

New sensor system monitors fishing gear and can replace human observation of fishing activities. The system monitors key fishing gear and triggers a video cameras when it detects fishing activity.
European Sea Anemones

State of Europe’s seas getting worse

Europe is woefully behind in its ambition of achieving a 'good environmental status' of our seas by 2020, according to a report published today...

Red and pink corals remain unprotected

A proposal to regulate trade in precious red and pink corals, widely used in jewellery, was defeated again at a CITES meeting this week.

EU launches shark protection plan

The European Commission has launched a Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. The aim is to rebuild shark stocks and...

New Species of Squid Found

Scientists have discovered a new, large, species of squid in the Indian Ocean. The squid was found during a seamounts cruise in the southern Indian Ocean. Seamounts are typically deep, steep-sided, extinct volcanoes which are extremly important for life in the oceans.
iceberg

3 reasons why sea level is rising

What has caused a sea level rise of 80 mm in just the last 24 years?
Surprisingly sustainable fish fingers

Cheap is good for sustainable fish fingers

Saver brands of fish fingers are surprisingly sustainable. They contain just four different species - Atlantic cod, Pacific cod, Alaska pollock and haddock
Deep sea exploration - xprize

NSF Launches Ocean Observatories Initiative

The National Science Foundation has announced agreement for vast undersea observing network. Called the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) it will provide a network of...