The Blue Belt is a network of marine protected areas 17 times larger than the UK.
Mikaela Nordborg/Australian Institute of Marine Science
New research involving CRISPR technology has furthered our understanding of corals' gene functions. Specifically, it has revealed a mechanism underpinning how corals withstand heat stress.
Sweetlips shoal in the Raja Ampat marine protected area, Indonesia.
Most existing MPAs are in distant and largely empty waters. Expanding them where it counts will meet a lot of resistance.
It's time to listen to warnings from the people of the Pacific.
Multiple ocean industries are rapidly growing, but efforts to protect vulnerable habitats are stalling.
A large Chinese fishing boat sits just outside the Galapagos ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’, August 2020.
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The latest incident highlights a mismatch between ocean law and marine ecosystems.
Some species, including blue whales, spend little time at the surface. So despite their overwhelming size, they can be hard to find and tough to study.
Oil tankers load up in a port at twilight.
The Great Acceleration inaugurated the Anthropocene in the 1950s. Now, a similar race for resources and space is happening in the ocean.
Deep-sea mining could open a new industrial frontier in the world’s oceans.
Companies are developing technologies to mine the deep sea, but environmental regulations have yet to be finalized.
An Atlantic cod on ice. Cod fisheries in the North Sea and Irish Sea are declining due to overfishing and climate change.
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As the oceans warm, fish are moving to stay in temperature zones where they have evolved to live. This is helping some species, hurting others and causing a net reduction in potential catch.
Though they’re protected worldwide, great white sharks encounter longline fishing vessels in half of their range.
Even the remote open ocean offers no escape from industrial fishing for sharks.
New Zealand’s coastline spans a distance greater than from the south pole to the north pole.
New Zealand has one of the world's largest ocean territories, but the marine environment is at risk from climate change, pollution and fishing.
The first whale to be taken from Japan’s waters since the country resumed commercial whaling, July 1 2019.
Japan's exit from the IWC should spur on more global cooperation on environmental issues, not less.
Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are found only in New Zealand.
The endangered Hector's dolphins are found only in coastal seas in New Zealand, but conservation experts describe New Zealand's proposed protection plan for the marine mammals as misleading.
Marine protected areas are geographically distinct regions of the ocean that are given special protection under law.
A new network of 20 sites have been declared as marine protected areas in South Africa.
Under the rain and burning sun, highly perishable fish need to be transported long distances to reach markets in Indonesia.
Regulating fish loss and waste is not easy, but it is worth the effort to save $7 billion every year for the benefit of the Indonesian people.
Zoological Society London
Coral reefs get a lot of attention, but the world has lost almost all of its vital oyster reefs in the last few centuries.
Recreational fishers adjacent to an established marine park in NSW.
The overwhelming majority of recreational fishers support no-fishing marine sanctuaries.
Nurdles are a raw feedstock used to make most of the plastic products we use everyday, but they're flooding the ocean as "mermaid tears".
Sydney’s iconic beaches are not yet part of a marine park.
The New South Wales government has turned its back on plans to create sanctuary zones covering 2.4% of waters around Sydney, despite evidence that these 'no-take' areas are crucial for protecting fish.