Coastal indigenous peoples consume nearly four times more seafood per capita than the world average and have strong cultural ties to the sea. Global ocean policies should preserve these connections.
People are more likely to support conservation for cute rather than creepy-looking animals.
Indonesia and South Africa are making strides against transnational organised fisheries crime.
One of the environmental legacies of the Obama administration is ocean reserves. Two ocean scientists explain why these are a critical but not sufficient piece of conservation.
The two countries share huge marine resources and opportunities. At the same time both face increasing challenges to their oceans and coastal regions from climate change and over-exploitation.
Up to 236,000 tonnes of microplastic enter our oceans each year.
Plant-eating fish control the spread of seaweed and algae on coral reefs. New research explaining why populations of these fish vary from site to site could lead to better reef protection strategies.
Ships in Australian waters are getting bigger and more numerous all the time. We need a plan to help them avoid crashing into whales and other large sea creatures.
Cool-water kelp forests are being eaten by tropical species moving south on warming waters.
Thousands of seabirds die every year from consuming plastic trash in the oceans. But why do they eat plastic? New research shows that it produces odors that help some species find prey.
Managing maritime security is a challenging endeavour. Forms of maritime crime include piracy, drug and arms smuggling.
They 'engulf living prey, suck out their innards, poison them, harpoon them, make them explode, and steal and reuse body parts'. And we ignore them at our peril.
Warming waters due to climate change are losing oxygen, threatening the health of fish and ecosystems.
Poor management of the oceans, including the killing of crucial marine predators, could result in more greenhouse gasses.
Melanesia's oceans are worth at least US$5.4 billion, but are under increasing threat.
Researchers ran computer simulations that take into account environmental variability and geographical setting to investigate how early explorers made it to these tiny, remote islands in the Pacific.
The increasing use of the sea for human activities has resulted in a dramatic rise in noise levels.
New South Wales wants to extend its shark net program after a spate of attacks in the north of state.
Seagrass is more than just a bit of sea greenery.
Technology had enabled humans to explore the deep sea, the Earth's poles, and outer space. But we shouldn't forget historical lessons about frontiers in the process of traversing them.