Coasts and Oceans : Newsfile

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  • Coral reefs could recover from tsunami

    23 March 2006

    Most Indian Ocean coral reefs escaped serious damage and could naturally recover from the December 2004 tsunami within five to ten years if damage from human activities, including ill-planned repair work, can be reduced.

  • Last leatherback turtle stronghold under threat

    8 March 2006

    A major conservation effort has got underway to help protect endangered leatherback turtles which nest in Gabon, West Africa. The region is thought to be the animals' last global stronghold, as the population of Pacific leatherbacks dwindle precariously.

  • New drive to stop destructive fishing

    7 March 2006

    A global database to track down illegal fishing vessels and a new set of guidelines for regional fisheries management to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing are among key proposals announced today by the High Seas Task Force.

  • Sharks and rays in sharp decline

    20 February 2006

    Expert findings show sharks and rays are now amongst Europe's most threatened animals as more are added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

  • Caribbean atoll reveals unique marine treasures

    16 February 2006

    An underwater mountain that forms the world's third-largest atoll has some of the richest diversity of marine life ever found in the Caribbean, according to scientists who recently explored the area.

  • Deep sea fish face extinction

    10 January 2006

    The oceans are emptying. In a single generation, once thriving populations of deep sea fish have been driven to the brink of extinction by expanding fisheries, researchers say.

  • Fish quotas are bad news for cod

    4 January 2006

    New fishing quotas for 2006, agreed by the European Union after three-days of talks in the run up to Christmas, seemed to satisfy all the governments involved except Sweden (which abstained) but left environmentalists in despair.

  • Killer whale 'most toxic' Arctic mammal

    12 December 2005

    Norwegian killer whales are the most toxic mammals in the Arctic, it was revealed today.This also means that they are likely to be one of the most contaminated groups of animals on the planet, because the Arctic - perceived by most people to be the epitome of pristine environments - is severely polluted by hazardous man-made chemicals.

  • Dolphins and whales 'need more protection'

    6 December 2005

    Over 70 per cent of small cetaceans, animals which include dolphins and porpoises are threatened by entanglement in fishing nets a new survey shows.

  • Critical battle for reefs in the Philippines

    14 November 2005

    Findings from a recent survey of coral reefs in the Philippines, reveal that their destruction continues, despite some conservation gains in parts of the coast. But these positive examples do give real grounds for hope, say local experts.