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Preview of James Cameron's latest dive to the deepest ocean
27 October 2014 The blockbuster Hollywood director is going where few have dared to go before.

Chatham Rise mining could have impacts on whales, dolphins, EPA told
21 October 2014 Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, on New Zealand’s continental shelf, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) was told today.

Protagonizan la nueva campaña para prohibir la pesca de arrastre de fondo en aguas profundas, uno de los ecosistemas más grandes y frágiles del océano.
14 October 2014 Hoy la iniciativa medioambiental Niunpezporlaborda.org difunde una serie de vídeos para pedir a los ciudadanos que firmen la petición para la conservación de las aguas profundas. La petición de Avaaz se puede encontrar en www.niunpezporlaborda.org, ha sido promovida por varias ONGs medioambientales y está dirigida a la ministra García Tejerina

Sea floors host surprise methane-munching microbes
14 October 2014 Organisms living in carbonate rock provide a previously unrecognized sink for the greenhouse gas.

An updated synthesis of the impacts of ocean acidification on marine biodiversity
8 October 2014 The United Kingdom Ocean Acidification (UKOA) programme is building an understanding of how marine life is responding to the challenges ocean acidification presents, and in turn helping to identify solutions to make the ocean, and the economy around it, more resilient.

Protected corals could be wiped out by deep sea phosphate mining, hearing told
30 September 2014 Wellington - Mining phosphate from the seabed of the Chatham Rise would remove a protected coral species crucial to the local ecosystem, an Environmental Protection Agency hearing into a seabed mining proposal was told this morning.

New deep-sea protection measures agreed for the Northwest Atlantic
26 September 2014 Vigo, Spain (September 26th, 2014) - The 36th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) closed today in Vigo, Spain. The 12 members of NAFO were presented with comprehensive scientific advice regarding the protection of deep sea ecosystems as well as the conservation of fish stocks in the NAFO Convention Area. NAFO agreed to close two new areas to protect deep-sea ecosystems such as coldwater corals, sponge and seapen ecosystems, but did not adopt the full suite of recommendations to protect sites identified by its scientists as high priorities.

Chatham Rise Seabed Mining hearing begins: NGOs join forces to oppose
25 September 2014 Wellington – New Zealand's Environmental Protection Agency began hearings today on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s application to mine 5000 square kms of the seabed on the Chatham Rise, in the waters off New Zealand’s east coast. Environment groups the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), Greenpeace New Zealand and Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) have joined forces to oppose the application, arguing that the area is home to a wide range of sea life, including ancient corals and rare deep sea species, as well as a feeding ground to whales.

Pressure Mounts for Adoption of Further Conservation Measures for NAFO
22 September 2014 The 36th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) convenes this week (September 22-26) in Vigo, Spain. Of primary concern to conservation organizations is the protection of deep sea species from bottom trawling. While some areas of the deep-sea in the Northwest Atlantic have been closed to fishing over the past several years, scientific advice presented this year indicates that there is poor protection in several areas including deep sea corals, sponges and seamounts as well as other fragile sea floor species.

NAFO urged to protect deep-sea species
19 September 2014 Environmentalists working to mitigate damage done by bottom trawling

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