13 July, 2017

Authored by Dr. L Woodall, Dr. C Stewart, Prof. A Rogers. University of Oxford

The Zoological Department of Oxford University has reviewed and synthesised major marine science findings which have been published since Rio+20 in 2012. The purpose of this synthesis is to determine how our understanding of the ocean at an Earth System level, with a particular focus on the role of the high seas, has changed in the last five years. The synthesis has highlighted conclusions from 271 published papers and reports relevant to the functions of the ocean.

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26 May, 2017

Authors: Ortuno Crespo, G. and Dunn, D. C. A review of the impacts of fisheries on open-ocean ecosystems. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, ~ doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx084.

The likelihood of ecosystem impacts occurring due to fishing is related to fishing effort and isthus also expected to be increasing. Despite this rapid growth, ecological research into the impacts of fisheries on open-ocean environmentshas lagged behind coastal and deep-sea environments. This review addresses this knowledge gap by considering the roles fisheries play in con-trolling the open-ocean at three ecological scales: (i) species (population or stock); (ii) biological community; and (iii) ecosyste

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1 December, 2016

Oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity, yet our activities are pushing many critical marine species toward extinction. Marine biologists suggest that the best way to maintain the oceans’ diversity, abundance and resilience is to protect marine life in their ecosystems, especially in marine protected areas that minimize extractive activities such as – fishing, mining and oil and gas development.

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8 November, 2016

Seamounts – underwater mountains found throughout the world’s ocean – harbor diverse and biologically rich ecosystems, often formed by cold-water corals, sponges and other deep-sea habitat forming species.

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