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If we want to live in a world with Emperor penguins, we need to cut emissions steeply and protect parts of the ocean around Antarctica where climate change will have the biggest impact.
Marine Futures Lab
Open ocean sharks are globally threatened with extinction. Knowing where they are helps us protect them. Here, new research into silky sharks reveals priorities for conservation.
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China and Russia have been blocking international plans to protect marine life in East Antarctica. Will next week’s special meeting in Chile break the deadlock? Australia hopes so.
As the number of protected areas continues to grow, fisher households in Indonesia are still among the poorest of the poor.
A handful of wealthy states have so far monopolised the benefits of exploring the remote ocean.
A squadron of reef manta rays at a feeding site in Raja Ampat.
Our new, world-first research provides strong evidence of a significant increase in reef manta rays in protected areas of Raja Ampat over a decade.
An olive ridley swims Into the wild blue yonder.
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Standard marine protected areas with fixed boundaries can’t effectively shelter these ocean nomads.
Not a priority species: the endangered greater glider.
Yes, the new threatened species plan is better. But it’s nowhere near enough to actually prevent Australian species from dying out
Corals and fish in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, Belize.
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As nations pledge to preserve swaths of ocean within their territorial waters, a marine scientist explains why some marine protected areas shelter ocean life more effectively than others.
Marine ecosystems across Canada’s coasts, such as eelgrass meadows that provide an important habitat for juvenile species, are threatened by human activities and climate change.
It is time to acknowledge and address the rapid shifts in Canada’s oceans. To meet this challenge, Canada’s marine conservation toolbox — starting with the Oceans Act — needs an overhaul.
A researcher at the advocacy group Oceana uses GPS data to trace the activity of fishing boats.
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One of the oldest industries, fishing, is entering the world of advanced analytics and data-driven planning. With oceans under stress and key fish stocks dwindling, can precision fishing help?
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It involves a trade-off between seafood production and seabed conservation.
South Africa has an impressive record of marine biological research in protected areas, but the country needs to pay greater attention to the human aspects.
The social, ecological and governance objectives of marine protected areas need to be understood to enhance benefits to both people and the environment.
Coast of Robberg marine protected area at the Robberg Peninsula, South Africa.
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If the local context and priorities of those who most directly rely on natural resources for their survival isn’t considered, conservation efforts will continue to fail.
Local support might be the most important factor for a successful marine protected area.
In the design of marine protected areas, new research suggests that it might be better to start small in order to gain local trust and support that leads to larger long-term benefits.
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Around 75% of fishermen in the Outer Hebrides speak Gaelic. Their daily use of the language at work helps keep it alive.
Australia needs to drop the deception that square kilometres say anything meaningful about conservation.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve is home to nearly 3,000 marine species.
Marine protected areas will be important for achieving the ocean Sustainable Development Goals.
Partially protected areas don’t have more wildlife than unprotected areas. They consume conservation resources and occupy space that could otherwise be allocated to more effective protection.
John B. Weller
Global leaders pledged to protect 10% of the oceans by 2020. We’re nowhere close and the goal has proven particularly challenging to achieve in international waters.