Coasts and Oceans : Newsfile

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  • Threats and opportunities in the booming marine aquaria trade

    3 October 2003

    Over 20 million tropical fish, including 1471 species ranging from the sapphire devil to the copperhead butterflyfish, are being harvested annually to supply the booming marine aquarium trade in Europe and the United States, according a UN report.

  • Conservation success for Whaling meeting

    8 July 2003

    An historic conservation resolution has been agreed upon at this year's 55th International Whaling Commission. After 55 years, the member governments have voted to widen the IWC's remit to that of a conservation body, in addition to its role in the management of whaling. This means that the conservation of whales, dolphins, and porpoises (cetaceans) has now moved to the very heart of the Commission's work.

  • The forgotten whales

    18 June 2003

    The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), an international campaigning organisation, is calling on the Government of Japan to immediately suspend the hunting of Baird's beaked whales in its coastal waters. This hunt has been ignored by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the international community because Japan argues that the Baird's beaked whale is a small whale, despite being up to 12.8m (42ft) in length, and therefore not protected by the ban on commercial whaling.

  • Patagonian Toothfish still on the agenda

    20 February 2003

    Appearing on menus the world around as 'Chilean sea bass' or 'Antarctic sea bass', the Patagonian Toothfish is, in fact, unrelated to the sea bass family. But to Japanese and Russian fishermen it is 'white gold'. Virtually unknown until 20 years ago, this deep-sea species remains in danger of being fished to extinction - now that recent efforts to give it protection have been set back. This special report by Mark Schulman brings the story up to date.

  • Lifeline for sea turtles

    23 January 2003

    Marine turtles in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean stand to benefit from a new international agreement designed to ensure their long-term survival.

  • It scared you stiff, now the great white faces its own crisis

    17 January 2003

    Sharks - those sleek and ancient predators of the seas - have taken a steep dive. Populations of the great white shark, scalloped hammerhead and thresher have fallen in the north-west Atlantic by up to 90 per cent in the past 15 years, according to research released today. Tim Radford of The Guardian reports.

  • New wave of coral bleaching sweeps the planet

    28 October 2002

    A new wave of bleaching has swept coral reefs world-wide with scientists linking the events to climate change. Over 400 cases of bleaching, a phenomenon linked with increased seawater temperatures which can damage and even result in the death of a reef, were documented by a researchers in the first nine months of 2002.

  • Whaling moratorium in jeopardy

    22 October 2002

    At a special meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on October 14, 2002, delegates voted by a margin of just one vote to allow pro-whaling Iceland to join the IWC. The country does so with a 'reservation' on the moratorium on whaling which has been in place since 1986, further undermining the authority of the IWC.

  • Scientists warn on rising seas

    10 September 2002

    As the earth's climate changes, due largely to human-induced increases in the atmospheric concentration of heat-trapping gases such as carbon dioxide, concerns about altered rainfall patterns and rising sea levels continue to surface.

  • International plan to tackle pirate fishing

    10 September 2002

    More than 110 countries have adopted a new Plan of Action against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. The voluntary agreement, announced in March 2001, aims at preventing, deterring and eliminating illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing.