The science says that no-take zones offer the best protection for marine life.
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Australia's reputation as a global leader in marine conservation is being put at risk by plans to strip back sanctuary areas within marine parks, say scientists from around the globe.
Orca family group at the Bremer Canyon off WA’s south coast.
The government aims to dramatically reduce the areas offered full protection and expand zones where fishing is allowed, while also claiming that this will still deliver good conservation.
A century after they vanished, oysters have returned to the Dornoch Firth thanks to an ambitious natural cleaning project
The Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing a second wave of bleaching.
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The Great Barrier Reef is in crisis, as a second wave of coral bleaching hits. But the system of bodies and laws that protect it are getting more complicated – and less productive.
Technology will help in fight to save celebrated creatures, as new law comes into force.
Giant clam shells seized by authorities in waters off Australia’s north.
Prized species such as sea cucumbers are increasingly being poached from Australian waters. But if foreign aid can give fishing crews alternative livelihoods, the problem could ease.
Japan’s previous scientific whaling program was shut down. But its new one may not be.
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Australia's new resolution will apply stricter monitoring to the special permits that allow some nations to continue whaling. But the new rules are non-binding, meaning countries are free to ignore them.
Hammerheads are the species most caught in NSW’s shark nets.
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New South Wales wants to extend its shark net program after a spate of attacks in the north of state.
Seagrass meadows are often overlooked by the public but vital to the ocean ecosystem.
Seagrass is more than just a bit of sea greenery.
We’ve filled our oceans with concrete.
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We've building in the sea for centuries, and it's putting our oceans out of balance.
Australia’s oceans are feeding grounds for many wildlife species, including seabirds.
More of Australia's oceans should be placed under high protection, according to the latest marine reserves review.
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Huge reserves in the middle of the Pacific are fine, but what about conservation closer to home?
The endangered Hawaiian monk seal is one of the 7,000 species that gained a measure of protection.
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The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is huge win for preservation, but it also poses outsized management challenges for the National Park Service.
Hollywood shirks its ethical responsibilities when it comes to vulnerable animal species.
Hey, is there something on my back?
Nathan J. Robinson
Tiny animals along for the ride, called epibionts, could be used as living data-loggers. Researchers can glean info from them that could help inform turtle-friendly fisheries management decisions.
A Japanese fish found in Washington after hitching a ride in a boat sent across the Pacific Ocean by the 2011 tsunami.
The 2011 Japan tsunami illustrates how more marine creatures are crossing the oceans than ever before - and not all of them are friendly travellers.
While not all subsidies are bad, some are drive a ‘race to fish’.
Fish numbers are rapidly dwindling globally, and fishery subsidies are one of the key drivers behind this decline.
Tuna and other top predators could run out of food in warming seas.
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Over the past five years we've seen a significant increase in research on ocean acidification and warming seas, and their effect on marine life. Overall, unfortunately, the news is not good.
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The EU wants to ban fishing below 600m, but the scientific case doesn't stand up.
Where there are groups of seals, there are sharks.
Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environment
A rash of white shark attacks this summer points to a rebounding population in the US – a sign of healthier oceans and the need to coexist with this apex predator.