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.
A coral reef in the Similan Islands, Thailand.
Fish larvae will swim towards the sounds of a desirable reef, but degraded reefs cannot be rebuilt on sound alone.
Seagrass meadow in Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia. Seagrass is an important nursery for many juvenile reef fish.
Although less well known than its cousins, coral reefs and mangroves, seagrass plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation.
Larval black sea bass, an important commercial species along the US Atlantic coast.
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Fish can't read maps, and their eggs and larvae drift across national boundaries. Recent research shows that local problems in one fishery can affect others across wide areas.
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.
Plectropomus leopardus from the Whitsundays.
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Strictly enforced no-take marine areas benefit everyone, from the fish to fishers.
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.
The West Moberly First Nation would like to see biodiversity-rich riparian areas in the Peace River Valley, in northeastern British Columbia protected. They will be destroyed by the Site C hydro dam, currently under construction.
Countries can protect biodiversity and recognize Indigenous peoples as conservation partners.
An effort to increase such areas can pose a particular threat to island overseas territories.
Bottlenose dolphins off the coast of New Jersey.
How can marine preserves best protect sea creatures that move in and out of them? Two ocean scientists describe new thinking about designing marine protected areas.
Nature offers many benefits to people.
Governments around the world have vowed to halt the loss of global biodiversity by 2020, but without more investment, we'll miss some of the targets.
A large female Greenland shark observed near the community of Arctic Bay, Nunavut.
Using baited cameras scientists have captured some of the first underwater video footage of the elusive Greenland shark.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau kayak in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, in British Columbia.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken swift action on protecting marine areas over the past two years, but he'll need to continue this momentum if he is to cement his legacy.
Scientists call large marine protected areas effective tools for conserving sea life. But do they benefit countries that create them? Scholars explain how Palau's huge marine protected area seeks to protect resources for Palauans.
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Palau has banned commercial fishing in most of its waters – while encouraging more foreign visitors.