Coasts and Oceans : Newsfile

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  • Small whales rapidly disappearing from world's oceans

    28 June 2009

    Small whales are disappearing from the world's oceans and waterways as they fall victim to fishing gear, pollution, and habitat loss - threats compounded by a lack of conservation measures such as those developed for great whales.

  • Efforts to save tuna fisheries so far a 'total failure'

    28 June 2009

    Countries that have signed up to the international tuna treaty have totally failed to come up with ways to cap fishing capacity, conservationists report. Most are failing to follow the advice of their own scientists and together they are making only slow progress in reducing illegal fishing, overfishing and bycatch of other marine life.

  • Marine reserves could offset costs of climate change

    28 June 2009

    An expert group examining the long-term future of New Zealand's marine environment, has concluded that protecting valuable marine resources could offset the projected economic costs of climate change.

  • A third of shark species threatened with extinction

    25 June 2009

    The first study to determine the global conservation status of 64 species of open ocean (pelagic) sharks and rays reveals that 32 per cent are threatened with extinction, primarily due to overfishing.

  • Brazil's biggest coral reef gets protective boost

    10 June 2009

    The Brazilian government has officially declared a new conservation area that will help protect one of the world's most important coral reefs, and benefit thousands of people who depend on the nearby fisheries to make a living.

  • Stop this plastic madness polluting our seas says UN chief

    8 June 2009

    A senior UN official today used World Oceans Day to call for a ban on thin film plastic bags that are among the growing tide of marine litter entering the oceans. This swelling flood of rubbish, ranging from discarded fishing gear to cigarette butts, is harming oceans and beaches worldwide, a global report says.

  • Marine protected areas prove their worth

    22 May 2009

    Protecting the oceans through marine protected areas can provide higher and more sustained income through tourism and controlled fisheries than continued exploitation. This is the conclusion of a series of case studies launched on World Biodiversity Day at the 2nd International Marine Protected Area Congress in Washington, D.C.

  • Coral climate crunch could displace millions

    13 May 2009

    If the world does not take effective action on climate change, coral reefs will disappear from the Coral Triangle by the end of the century, the ability of the region's coastal environments to feed people will decline by 80 per cent, and the livelihoods of around 100 million people will have been lost or severely impacted.

  • Whales under renewed threat as oil companies shun talks

    21 April 2009

    BP and Exxon continue to ignore requests to join consultations with an international scientific panel to work to protect the world's most endangered whales, threatened by oil and gas development around Sakhalin Island in Far East Russia.

  • EU acts to protect endangered sharks

    5 February 2009

    The European Commission today announced a new Action Plan to protect sharks in European waters. It includes provisions for more observers of trawlers, prohibitions on discarding most sharks as by-catch, a tighter prohibition on shark finning and catch limits for sharks in line with advice from fisheries management organizations.