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Scientists Reveal New Technique to Monitor Coral Reef ‘Vital Signs’

With the world’s coral reefs threatened by coastal development, pollution, rising sea temperatures and other factors, scientists have developed a new method to monitor the health of these underwater ecosystems.

How Noisy were Whales before Industrial Whaling?

Concern is growing that human-generated noise in the ocean disrupts marine animals that rely on sound for communication and navigation. In the modern ocean,...

Dominica – "the Nature Island" – Supports Whaling

Dominica has rejected criticism that its vote on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was up for sale, after the prime minister returned from Japan...
Whale fluke in antarctica

Faulty Sensor causes Arctic Sea Ice Error

A faulty sensor has caused a slowly growing underestimation of Arctic sea ice extent by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). The...
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.
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...

30% of Marine species at risk

As the number of marine species assessments increases, so does the number of species in danger. The 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species...
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...
Diving in the Red Sea

IUCN Issue Marine Reserve Guidelines: When is a Marine Reserve not a Marine Reserve?

Our sea creatures are in trouble. What with warming temperatures, pollution, plastic debris and over-fishing, the oceans need protecting more than ever before. And governments are becoming more committed to creating marine reserves. But are they just paying lip service to the problem or really addressing it?