Coasts and Oceans : Newsfile

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  • Lebanon oil spill threatens bird and marine life

    7 September 2006

    Scientists visiting Lebanon to assess the environmental impact of the oil spill caused by the bombing of a power plant south of Beirut in July, during the recent conflict, have found alarming damage to endangered species and fragile coastal ecosystems

  • Putting eco-friendly fish on the menu

    5 September 2006

    An on-line guide to buying eco-friendly fish has been launched by the Marine Conservation Society (MSC}. The one-stop shop for consumers concerned about the sustainabiity of the fish they eat is available at

  • Japan 'hunting almost every sighted whale'

    22 August 2006

    Japan's 'scientific' whaling fleet returned to port yesterday laden with over 2,000 tonnes of whale meat following a three-month hunt that killed almost every whale in sight, the Environment Investigation Agency reports.

  • Shrimp fishing project is cutting by-catch

    8 August 2006

    Shrimp lovers can tuck into their favourite food with a less guilty conscience courtesy of a pioneering project that is reducing the environmental damage from shrimp trawling.

  • Climate change threatens Pacific island mangroves

    27 July 2006

    By the end of the century Pacific islands could see over half of their mangroves destroyed by rising seas caused by global warming, warns a UN study.

  • Illegal fishers ravage bluefin tuna

    5 July 2006

    Bluefin tuna stocks in the East Atlantic and Mediterranean are being stripped bare by illegal and unscrupulous fishing, warns a new report. If these stocks are to be saved, the fishery must be closed immediately, says WWF.

  • Japan wins whaling vote by majority of one

    22 June 2006

    This year's meeting of the International Whaling Commission opened in the Caribbean today amid fears that last year's slaughter of 2000 whales would be overtaken as Japan pressured smaller members of the Commission to vote for a return to legal whale hunting. This report is from Greenpeace.

  • Avoiding deep trouble in the deep seas

    16 June 2006

    Swift and wide-ranging actions are needed to conserve the world's entire marine environment amid fears that humankind's exploitation of the deep seas and open oceans is rapidly passing the point of no return, according to a new joint report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

  • Mediterranean bluefin tuna near collapse

    25 May 2006

    At the start of the commercial fishing season of the bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean, traditional tuna-trap fishermen in Southern Spain are facing an unprecedented crisis. Catches are down by a staggering 80 per cent on this time last year, according to the Tuna Trap Producers Association.

  • Dolphins at risk from noise

    4 May 2006

    It is well known that dolphins are at risk from toxic pollution in the oceans and illegal fishing, but now a new danger has been identified: pile driving and industrial noise.