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Reef manta rays open their mouths wide while feeding around Manta Ridge, one of their important feeding areas in the Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, Southwest Papua. Edy Setyawan

We discovered Raja Ampat’s reef manta rays prefer staying close to home – which could help us save more of them

While they can travel vast distances, our research revealed reef manta rays in Raja Ampat live mostly within a relatively small underwater ‘town’ – which urgently needs better protection.
Endangered North Atlantic right whale Snow Cone, entangled in fishing rope, with her newborn calf off Georgia in 2021. Georgia Department of Natural Resources/NOAA Permit #21731, via AP

Surviving fishing gear entanglement isn’t enough for endangered right whales – females still don’t breed afterward

Even when female North Atlantic right whales survive entanglement in fishing gear, it may affect their future ability to breed, increasing the pressure on this critically endangered species.
The oceans are rapidly warming and Canada’s marine protections must be able to adapt quickly to meet these changes. (Brittany Griffin, Unsplash)

Climate change challenges marine conservation efforts in Atlantic Canada

As oceans warm, Canada’s marine protections system looks woefully inadequate. New monitoring systems and flexible governance can help Canada protect the areas most likely to have the greatest impact.
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. (Nicolas Winkler)

Canada’s marine conservation toolbox needs an overhaul to counter 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.
South African marine biodiversity is unique and valuable and the Wild Coast is an especially rich part of that heritage. Peter Unger via GettyImages

Planned seismic survey by Shell has kicked up a storm in South Africa. Here’s an explainer

Researchers share their insights on seismic surveys in South Africa.

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