High Seas Fisheries Organization Agrees to Important Conservation Measures, Closes a New Area to Bottom Fishing & Adopts Policy to Further Prevent Shark Finning
23 September 2016 Varadero, Cuba—The 38th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) concluded today in Varadero, Cuba. This year, expectations were high that NAFO Contracting Parties would take further measures to protect elements of the marine ecosystem and vulnerable sharks and skates, and environmentalists at the Ecology Action Centre, who attended as the only civil society observers, are pleased to see that some of these measures will be moving forward.
Obama: Oceans key to protecting planet from climate change
15 September 2016 WASHINGTON — Creating the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument is a needed response to dangerous climate change, oceanic dead zones and unsustainable fishing practices, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
British Columbia’s Glass Sponge Reefs Announced as Mission Blue Hope Spot
13 September 2016 The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is celebrating the recent designation of the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs as a Mission Blue Hope Spot.
Marine conservation efforts just took a major step forward
11 September 2016 Ocean conservation efforts took a significant step forward on Friday when a measure to protect 30 percent of the world's oceans by 2030 passed during a major meeting in Hawaii.
Scientists fear deep-sea mining
5 September 2016 Scientists fear that even before one of the last frontiers of exploration, the ocean deep, has been properly studied it will already have been exploited by commercial deep-sea mining looking for rare metal and minerals on the ocean floor, leaving its unique ecosystems badly damaged.
Soaring ocean temperature is 'greatest hidden challenge of our generation'
5 September 2016 IUCN report warns that ‘truly staggering’ rate of warming is changing the behaviour of marine species, reducing fishing zones and spreading disease
Scientists gather in Halifax to study deep-sea sponges
1 September 2016 European scientists are at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Halifax this week studying deep-sea sponges recovered off the coast of Nova Scotia by the Canadian research ship Hudson.
Vulnerable and in need of protection, seamounts are oases of the deep sea
30 August 2016 Scientists and underwater explorers have discovered submarine mountains scattered beneath the waves that harbor an incredible diversity of marine life.
Obama to Create World’s Largest Marine Reserve Off Hawaii
26 August 2016 WASHINGTON — President Obama is set to vastly expand a marine sanctuary northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands, White House officials said Thursday, creating the world’s largest protected marine area as he seeks to cement his environmental legacy in his last months in office.
EU Decision-Makers Finally Draw a Line Under Deep-Sea Bottom Trawling
24 August 2016 On 30 June, representatives of the European Parliament, Council of Ministers, and European Commission agreed key provisions for a new European Union regulation on deep-sea fishing that includes a ban on bottom trawling below 800 meters in EU waters and establishes an obligation and procedures to close deep-sea areas to bottom fishing where vulnerable marine ecosystems are known or likely to occur.