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General

Pollution & Plastics 

  • Mar 27 2017 – Researchers find that later is present throughout the world's oceans, affecting 1,220 species.
  • Mar 14 2017 – Greenpeace UK new report
  • Feb 2017 – Trash Free Seas Alliance and Ocean Conservancy release report “Investment strategies for Plastic Free Seas”
  • Dec 5 2016 – New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions
  • Nov 23 2016 – News study finds tuna’s declining mercury contamination is linked to U.S. shift away from coal
  • Nov 3 2016 – New research says that birds like the taste of ocean plastic because it smells like food
  • Jul 5 2016 – Experts analyzing ocean currents say that majority of UK’s ocean waste ends up in the Ocean within 2 years
  • Jun 3 2016 – Study shows micro-plastic pollution is harming fish
  • May 2016 – Study on Great Barrier Reef assesses potential impact of a coal spill on the corals
  • Feb. 2016 – Research shows that human-made underwater noise could change the behaviour of seabed creatures that play a key role in marine ecosystems as well as killer whales and dophins.
  • Jan. 2016 – New study shows that fish living in our oceans are full of pollutants – not just mercury and the insecticide DDT, but also flame retardants and coolant liquids.
  • Jan. 2016 – A new study from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates by 2050, plastic waste floating in the Ocean will outweigh fish
  • Nov 2015 – New report by the UN Environment Programme says that biodegradable plastics are not the answer to the marine pollution problem as they “do not degrade rapidly in the Ocean”
  • Nov. 2015 – UN report says that increase in use of products that are labelled “biodegradable” will not make big difference to amount of plastic entering the Ocean or the  risks that plastics pose to the marine environment.
  • Nov. 2015 – New scientific study examines the fatal effects of oxybenzone, ingredient found in 60% of all sunscreens, on corals and coral reefs.
  • Oct. 2015 – New report Lost at Sea: The urgent need to tackle marine litter  by Environmental Investigation Agency calling on governments, industry, retailers and consumers to end the appalling damage plastic waste inflicts on marine environments
  • Oct. 2015 – Exeter university study says that all 7 species of the world’s turtles are under threat from marine plastic
  • Oct. 2015 Study finds tiny plastic particles (microplastics) in waters off Svalbard, raising more concerns about Arctic Ocean pollution and plastic litter are entering Arctic food web
  • Oct. 2015 – Plastic litter taints sea surface in Arctic according to new study, posing new problems for marine life
  • Oct. 2015 – Study gives review of sources, occurrence and effects of plastic waste in the Ocean
  • 2015 – New solutions-oriented report Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean by Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey

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Marine Protected Areas & Marine Reserves

  • Mar 23 2017 –Global study reveals that a lack of staffing and funds hamper protected areas
  • Feb 12 2017 – New study highlights potential for deep-sea mining damage
  • Feb 6 2017 – Study shows that size matters for MPAs to help coral reefs recover from overfishing
  • Feb 6 2017 – Research shows size matters for marine protected areas designed to aid coral
  • Jan 31 2017 – Study finds large marine protected areas effectively protect reef shark populations
  • Jan 30 2017 – Canadian study looks at the cumulative effects of deep-sea bottom trawling on seafloor marine life in the naturally low oxygen waters of the north Pacific.
  • Jan 25 2017– New research says seamounts on the high seas should be managed as vulnerable marine ecosystems
  • Dec 1 2016 – Study examines marine protection in America's ocean areas
  • Nov 11 2016 – New IUCN report shows how MPAs are important for climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Sept 30 – Conservationists call for further 48 new marine protected areas o fill gap in UK’s blue belt coastal network in new report
  • Jul 29 – Largest study of protected areas globally shows they benefit a large range of species
  • Jul 2016 – New report highlights that 100% renewable energy supply is possible without deep-sea mining for rare earth minerals
  • Jun 29 2016 – New study on UK’s deep water corals says due to slow recovery time it is best to put in place deep-water MPAs before damage occurs
  • Jun 01 2016 – Assessment on North American marine protected areas concludes that less than 1% of the North American continental ocean is currently properly implemented
  • May 27 2016 – Study on the benefits of EU MPAs shows that they are important in the development of a sustainable “blue-green economy”, increasing livelihood opportunities and well-being.
  • Apr. 3 2016 – New study shows that banning fishing in the Great Barrier Reef is helping recovery of corals, highlighting the benefits of no-take marine reserves for Ocean recovery
  • Mar. 2016 – A new scientific study that looks at effective targets for Ocean protection shows we urgently need to scale-up action. It analysed a raft of existing scientific studies on marine reserves and confirmed what many scientists have been saying: that more than 30% of the world’s Ocean needs to be protected if we want to avoid large-scale problems and a sick Ocean.
  • Mar. 2016– Study by University of Miami shows that expanding marine protected areas would protect sharks from overfishing and other threats.
  • Jan. 2016 – A study finds MPAs are not supporting coral reefs and fish, as they tend to be “where humans want them and not where they are needed".
  • 2016 – Social and economic significance of coastal habitats is highlighted in new report giving recommendations on how to measure and account for the protective services of mangroves and coral reefs.
  • Dec. 2015 – New study says that permanent MPAs and wilderness--places where fish can grow old--are critical to the effective conservation of marine ecosystems.
  • Oct. 2015 – University of British Columbia study shows that only 4% of Ocean is currently within MPAs suggesting need to increase global efforts for protection.
  • Oct. 2015 – New report by Oregon State University still only 1.6% of the world’s ocean is “strongly protected”
  • Sept. 2015 – Report on progress in establishing MPAs in Europe's seas (5.9% up to and including 2012), shows large regional differences in coverage and few no take sites.
  • Apr. 2015 – Thousands of marine species are threatened worldwide as they remain largely outside of current marine protected areas according to a new study by a team of international marine scientists.

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Illegal Unregulated Unreported Fishing

  • Feb 22 2017 – Oceana report exposes thousands of suspected vessel rendezvous at sea
  • Feb 14 2017 – World Bank updated report “Sunken Billions revisited” says global profits from fishing could grow by tens of billions of dollars if depleted fish stocks were allowed to recover
  • Jun 7 2016 – New report urges Insurers to stop giving illegal fishing vessels access to insurance
  • May 11 2016 –New report estimates global sustainable seafood market at $11.5 billion per year
  • Apr. 2016 – MRAG Report: Technical Recommendations To Improve the EU IUU Regulation Catch Certificate System
  • Apr. 2016 – WWF release report that says about half of the 229 World Heritage sites are slowly being destroyed by activities such as mining, oil exploration, overfishing and illegal logging
  • Apr. 2016 – Greenpeace releases report highlighting that illegal fishing and human rights abuses in the Taiwanese fishing industry is rife.
  • Feb. 2016 – WWF releases report showing that “remote electronic monitoring” that keep tabs on fishing activities through the use of onboard cameras, GPS and sensors, is more efficient and cost-effective than traditional methods such as aerial and boat surveillance, onboard observers and port checks.
  • Feb. 2016 – New report says the Pacific region is robbed of around US$600 million (and possibly more) each year due to illegal fishing, with licensed vessels being responsible for most illegal catch, showing an urgent need for more resources going into policing and monitoring in the region.
  • Jan. 2016 – Report shows that dynamic ocean management can reduce fisheries bycatch
  • Dec. 2015 – Study commissioned by Pew “Fish Landings at the World’s Commercial Fishing Ports” - ranks world’s top 100 ports by volume of commercial fish landed, showing where Port State Measures can be most effective in deterring IUU fish entering the market.
  • Oct. 2015 – Ocean Conservancy released a new study identifying 20 most deadly forms of plastic killing sea life, including lost fishing gear, bags, bottle caps, food packaging and straws.
  • Oct. 2015 – WWF report says that more than 85% of global fish stocks are are at risk from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.

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Climate Change and Oceans

  • April 3 2017 – Climate scientists find there will be an early climate 'payback' with higher emission reductions
  • Mar 16 2017 – New research into deep-sea corals reveals why atmospheric carbon was reduced during colder time periods
  • Mar 15 2017 – New study says coral reef survival hinges on 'urgent and rapid' emissions cuts
  • Mar 10 2017 – Study reveals that the rate of ocean warming quadrupled since late 20th century
  • Mar 7 2017 –Study says warming may disrupt four-fifths of world's oceans by 2050
  • Feb 27 2017 – Scientists just measured a rapid growth in acidity in the Arctic ocean, linked to climate change
  • Feb 22 2017 – New research says marine ‘hotspots’ under dual threat from climate change and fishing
  • Feb 15 2017 – Large research synthesis reveals a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen (vital for survival of marine organisms) in the Ocean around the world world
  • Feb 08 2017 – Researchers determine why the ocean has absorbed more carbon over the past decade
  • Feb 06 2017 – Recent study shows that HFCs may remain in the oceans for far longer than originally thought
  • Feb 01 2017 – Very little research into how males and females respond differently to climate change
  • Jan 28 2017 – Swedish researchers say rising temperatures could boost mercury levels in fish by up to seven times the current rates
  • Jan 11 2017 – Study finds warming ocean causing increase in toxicity of seafood
  • Jan 10 2017 – Report says Polar Bears will struggle to survive if climate change continues
  • Dec 22 2016 – 1.5°C Paris Agreement target could net six million tonnes of fish annually
  • Dec 09 2016 – Study shows Great Barrier Reef under threat from warming
  • Dec 08 2016 – Study of clam gives climate change clues
  • Nov 28 2016 – New study shows that climate change could wipe out deep-sea coral population in the North Atlantic
  • Nov 2016 – New study shows increase in shark finning and overfishing can increase rate of climate change
  • Nov 18 2016 – NASA nears finish line of annual study of changing Antarctic ice
  • Nov 18 2016 – New research shows that Arctic seabird poop plays an important role in Arctic climate
  • Nov 16 2016 – Tuna containing less mercury due to coal emission reductions according to a new study
  • Nov 2016 – New research on the coastal blue carbon ecosystems and the important role they play as a natural solution to climate change
  • Sept 2016 – Greenland's ice disappearing faster than previously estimated, according to new research
  • Aug 2016 – Closing the high seas to fishing could increase fish catches in coastal waters by 10%, helping to recoup the expected losses of fish due to climate change
  • Aug 2016 – New report compiled by more than 450 scientists from 62 countries confirms the world is getting hotter
  • Jul 15 2016 – Warming waters, rather than rising air temperatures could be reason for melting Antarctic, according to new research
  • Jul 06 2016 – Report says: mussels off the menu within 85 years due to climate change
  • June 19 2016 – Pacific mussels may die out due to thinning of shells from ocean acidification
  • May 26 2016 – Study finds World Heritage icons are at risk from climate change
  • May 19 2016 – Study finds miniscule ocean microbe (500,000 for every teaspoon of seawater) has a major role in how the Ocean regulates the climate
  • May 16 2016 – Study says reducing overfishing in reef ecosystems is crucial not only to promote food supply, but also to resist the impacts of warming waters
  • May 16 2016 – Study shows that air pollution from fossil fuels and wildfires is dumping the same amount of the toxic chemicals produced by the deep water horizon oil spill into the sea every week
  • May 11 2016 – Oil giant Shell publishes report on below 2C climate change scenarioMay 6 2016 – Study shows deep-sea microbes are sensitive to the effect of climate change and warming waters
  • Apr. 29 2016 – Study highlights that the cumulative impacts of warming waters, ocean acidification and decreased oxygen will have a big impact on deep-sea biodiversity
  • Apr. 12 2016 – New report on the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries, aquaculture, coastal tourism and human health.
  • Apr. 2016 – New climate models predict that sea levels could rise as much as 2 times previous predictions if CO2 emissions continue unabated because of melting glaciers.
  • Mar. 2016 – Study published in journal Nature finds that coral reefs are already being damaged by Ocean acidification. 
  • Mar. 2016 – Study shows that the Ocean’s "Twilight Zone" carbon services are at risk from fishing practices.
  • Mar. 2016 – UN’s World Meteorological Organization’s new report says that global warming is happening at an “alarming rate”, “sending a powerful message to world leaders” to take urgent action on reducing global emissions.
  • Feb. 29 2016 – New Study says that oxygen levels are decreasing in the ocean as a result of climate change, increasing stress on species in deoxygenated areas
  • Feb. 2016 – Study reveals that rising levels of carbon dioxide in the ocean could lead fish to become “drunk” and disorientated.
  • Feb. 2016 – Multi-species assessments by US scientists show that of the 82 species assessed off the NE US waters, where ocean warming is happening at an accelerated speed, most will be affected, with some proving more resilient to changes than others.
  • Feb. 2016 – New studies (Bristol University and Ohio State University) show how species of tiny plankton play a big role in the Oceans’s carbon-absorbing capability.
  • Jan. 2016 – Geoengineering study shows that the controversial technology would not work in all areas of the Ocean.
  • Jan. 2016 – Research shows 90% of heat trapped by greenhouse gas pollution since 1970s now in oceans, with around a third trapped down in deeper water.
  • Jan. 2016 – New research shows that the Atlantic Ocean is acidifying at rapid rates, with 50% more carbon being absorbed than 10 years ago, threatening marine life.
  • Jan. 2016 – A new study warns “unprecedented climate change poses a considerable threat” to First Nations’ food, cultural, and economic values, with aboriginal catches expected to decline significantly by 2050.
  • Dec. 2015 – New research by Colombia University shows climate change may cause sea ice in Arctic to travel longer distances at faster speeds, risking wide ecological damage if oil spills occur in region.
  • Dec. 2015 – Recent analysis finds ability of fish populations to reproduce and replenish is declining across the globe, probably due to lack of food caused by climate change.
  • Dec. 2015 – International study led by Indian scientists shows warming of Indian Ocean affecting productivity, resulting in dwindling fish catch rates.
  • Dec. 2015 – In a report released for the Paris climate talks, scientists outline how climate change, overfishing, and habitat destruction could have devastating effects on the world’s seafood supply, due to smaller fish and change of location.
  • Dec. 2015 – Researchers report large increases in microscopic organisms due to increasing C02 levels, with probable impacts on the food chain.
  • Dec. 2015 – New report on plankton-oxygen dynamics warns increasing greenhouse gas emissions will cripple ocean phytoplankton’s ability to produce oxygen, threatening the world’s breathable air supply.
  • Nov. 2015 – New study by the National Science Foundation finds “dead zones” in the North Pacific are linked to large-scale warming events earlier in history.
  • Sept. 2015 – Research shows global alteration of ocean ecosystem functioning due to increasing human CO2 emissions.

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Antarctic

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Arctic

  • April 2017 – ICUN World Heritage report stresses urgency of protecting the Arctic from ships and oil as ice melts
  • April 2017 – As Trump dismantels Obama's climate legacy, new report urges action to save the Arctic
  • Jan 2017 – Latest edition of The Circle, by the WWF Arctic Programme.
  • Jan 2017 – Research shows melting Arctic turning Oceans into graveyards
  • Dec 2016 – Grim results from the annual Arctic report card
  • Aug 2016 – Research suggests that coastal areas of the Arctic and Antarctic absorb and store more blue carbon as the climate warms
  • May. 3 2016 – The Arctic Institute gives an overview of the EU’s new Arctic Policy
  • Apr. 7 2016 – Report says Arctic ice is younger and thinner
  • Mar. 2016 – Greenpeace’s recent report monitoring trawling activities in the Arctic waters of the northern Barents Sea shows that rich cod stocks are at risk from bottom trawling methods that could cause long-term damage to ecosystems.
  • Dec. 2015 – New study shows Arctic fish might benefit from shrinking ice as sunlight in previously darkened ice-covered waters could help species like Atlantic cod, salmon, mackerel, and herring see and catch prey.
  • Nov. 2015 – Greenland’s melting ice sheets contributing to even greater amounts of sea-level rise around the world, according to new research. (Nov. 2015)
  • Nov. 2015 – Arctic Council report says reducing short-term pollutants such as black carbon and methane emissions could reduce Arctic warming by 0.25c by 2050.

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Fisheries and Overfishing

  • March 29 2017 – New report finds that women are a major but overlooked part of fishing economies
  • March 21 2017 –New research paper says fish evolve to reap the rewards of protected waters
  • March 1 2017 –Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that up to 90% of predatory fish are gone from Caribbean coral reefs due to overfishing
  • Feb 27 2017 –ISSF report assesses the state of Tuna stocks worldwide
  • Feb 21 2017 – New research, titled Fish to 2050 in the ASEAN Region says policies could generate 24pc of global fish production in 2030
  • Jan 25 2017 – Study analyzes subsidies for fishing in major non-EU fishing nations
  • Jan 19 2017 – Study warns that overfishing is driving dozens of species into extinction threatening African food crisis
  • Nov 03 2016 –New book - Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries released giving a clearer view on fisheries data. Check out this website with publicly accessible database on fisheries data
  • Oct 05 2016 – Canada’s fishing industry at risk of collapse of major stock collapse according to new report
  • Aug 19 2016 – Overfishing of large fish negatively affects coral reef health due to the reduction of fish pee
  • May 23 2016 – Report by Pew on progress made by tuna regional fisheries management organizations on implementing UN Fish Stocks Agreement says that after 15 years many stocks remaining overfished.
  • May 12 2016 – Greenpeace investigates into overfishing denier scientist Ray Hilborn, whilst he fights back saying there are no conflicts of interest with his work with the fishing industry
  • May 11 2016 – New World Bank report says better management of Pacific tuna fisheries could create US$344 million in extra revenue per year, and up to 15,000 jobs by the year 2040
  • May 4 2016 – FAO report shows that abandoned fishing nets are a big threat to marine life
  • May 2016 – New report by Pew Charitable Trusts estimates the global tuna industry at more than $42 billion but warns it is under threat from overfishing.
  • Apr. 2016 – Latest scientific assessment paints bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna whose population has dropped by more than 97% from its historic levels.
  • Mar. 2016 – Global Fishing Watch report says fishing ban in the Pacific around the Phoenix Islands is a success.
  • Mar. 2016 – Oceana releases report “Fish Stories: Success and Value in Seafood Traceability” featuring testimonials from seafood industry pioneers that are already tracking seafood – successfully adding value to their business.
  • Jan. 2016 – Updated estimate of global fisheries subsidies shows they were about US$35 billion in 2009, similar to 2003 estimates, with "harmful" subsidies constituting the highest categories at over US$20 billion.
  • Jan. 2016 – Study by EIA “Dual Extinction” shows China’s demand for bladders from giant Mexican fish – the totoaba and world’s smallest porpoise- the vaquita putting species at risk of extinction.
  • Oct. 2015 – New study shows the majority of the world’s wild fisheries could be at healthy levels in just 10 years, and global fish populations could double by 2050, with better fishing approaches compared to "business as usual". Click here for a summary of the findings.
  • Jan. 2016 – The University of British Columbia’s report states overfishing has caused catches to fall globally 3 times faster than estimated by the UN.
  • Nov. 2015 – University of British Columbia study shows how territorial disputes in the South China Sea hampering efforts to coordinate urgent action among Asian governments on overfishing with significant declines in species, and increase in prices in next 30 years if no action is taken overfishing in South China Sea.
  • Sept. 16 2015 – Most comprehensive report on Somali Fisheries to Date
  • 2015 – New research from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) suggests that as much as 47% of the edible U.S. seafood supply is wasted every year


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Sharks and Rays 

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