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.
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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.
The Southern (Antarctic) Ocean is our planet’s primary storage of heat and carbon, and it’s home to extraordinary life forms, from tiny algae and spineless creatures to penguins, seals and whales.
The Blue Belt is a network of marine protected areas 17 times larger than the UK.
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.
More than 280 women in STEMM call for a marine protected area to be established in the waters of the Western Antarctic Peninsula.
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.
Biodiversity is often highest in places with human activity. The fishing industry has shown we can often have it both ways: maintain important livelihoods while protecting precious marine life.
Under a new proposal, bourzwa fish will only be permitted to be caught and sold in Seychelles.
Without understanding which fish species and habitats local fishers rely on, export bans can do more harm than good.