The next cancer breakthrough could be found in international waters – but who's in charge of the high seas?
The land may be dry, but Western Australia’s waters are full of life.
The Great Barrier Reef might get all the attention, but what about our western coral reefs? Warmer waters and human impacts mean these reefs are in trouble.
The Thames whale: a rather lost northern bottlenose.
It didn't turn out well for the whale who went to Westminster, but others have made a happy home in British waters.
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.
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Iron and nutrients from Antarctica's bedrock are carried into the oceans – nourishing entire food webs.
The third global bleaching event is currently underway but new research has revealed mechanisms that boost coral resistance to heat stress. Copyright: XL Catlin Seaview Survey.
Corals are under threat from warming seas, and new research shows that even the toughest corals will suffer.
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.
The reefs of Indonesia - part of the Coral Triangle - could lose many of their species thanks to climate change.
How will climate change affect life in the oceans? New research shows that the answer is likely good and bad.
The Great Southern Reef is unique, beautiful and contributes significantly to Australia’s culture and economy. However, few of us realise the magnitude and value of this gem right at our doorstep.
T. Wernberg 2002
The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km and contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia's economy each year.
Sardines (Sardinops sagax) in Mexico (Octavio Aburto)
Gulf of California Marine Program - http://gulfprogram.ucsd.edu
Over the past 80 years sardine and anchovy have become icons of modern-day marine biology, oceanography and climate research.
Balanced harvesting adds new fish to the menu.
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
Spreading fishing pressure evenly across whole marine ecosystems sounds like a great idea. But there's a hitch – we can't technologically do it, and even if we could, it would be expensive.
Give up, brain coral, we have you surrounded.
Joseph Pawlik, UNCW
With their natural predators removed, sponges are free to take over coral reefs.
Rhinos and blue whales get all the attention, but scallops are worth conserving too.
A fully protected marine reserve off a Scottish island is paying dividends.
Coral reefs, the rain forests of the sea.
A new ecology study doesn’t focus on how people degrade the environment. Instead, it untangles the way physical factors in a pristine ecosystem drive the biology of what lives there.
Kelp covered landscape in Western Australia.
Western Australia’s marine environment is unique. Two world heritage areas, the largest fringing coral reef in Australia, and more than a thousand kilometres of underwater forests, supporting incredible…
Researchers deploy robotic Argo floats into the ocean to measure temperature.
The oceans are continuing to warm steadily despite an apparent slowdown in global warming at the earth’s surface, according…
The Hawaiian monk seal is critically endangered.
Gaze out from the deck of a boat and you will see an ocean that was, in Henry David Thoreau’s phrase, “equally wild and unfathomable always”. There’s a stark contrast in appearance here between the apparently…
After mass bleaching in 1998, more than half of coral reefs in the Seychelles have slowly recovered.
Coral reefs are the poster child for the damage people are doing to the world’s oceans. Overfishing, pollution and declining water quality have all taken their toll on reefs around the world. Perhaps the…
Coral reefs are like an underwater metropolis – and function in similar ways.
Consensus is growing that we are steering towards a sixth mass extinction event. There are calls for increased efforts to stop the accelerating loss of plants and animals. But do we really need to protect…