Our strategy centers on empowering and collaborating with those on the frontlines of reef conservation. Our Reef Resilience Network , for example, connects marine resource managers around the world and provides information and training opportunities to maximize conservation and restoration efforts. Similarly, our work with fishermen in the Caribbean , the Solomon Islands and other regions is also demonstrating that a more sustainable approach to fishing sustains reef ecosystems and in turn leads to better fishing yields in the long term. Well-managed, healthy reefs are proving more resilient to the wider effects of climate change. But we're also finding more unlikely allies in the business community. The tourism industry offers a good example. Globally, the tourism industry derives $36 billion in annual revenue from coral reefs; the Conservancy's Mapping Ocean Wealth initiative is helping to identify where and how reefs generate tourism's value and offering more incentives for conservation. And...
A region of ice the size of Greater London vanished from the edge of Antarctica between 2010 and 2016, a new British-led study has shown. The 1,463 square kilometres of underwater ice at the base of the Antarctic ice sheet melted under the influence of warm ocean water currents. Scientists demonstrated how the massive ice sheet is retreating as its edges, fed by a multitude of glaciers, are eroded. The discovery emerged from satellite tracking of the ice sheet's "grounding line", the boundary where the ice sheet's base leaves the sea floor and begins to float. Grounding lines typically lie a kilometre or more below the ocean surface and are inaccessible even to deep diving submersibles. Original link Original author: Press
Despite having evolved some 250 million years ago, sixgill sharks are still some of the most mysterious creatures living in the oceans. So elusive are these deep-sea predators that researchers have only just figured out that there is a new species living in the Atlantic. Sixgill sharks are unusual among sharks for being the only extant species to have an extra pair of gill slits (while a few others have yet another pair still). The sixgills have long been split into two species – the bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus) that can live 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) beneath the surface and the bigeye sixgill shark (Hexanchus nakamurai) that is smaller and tends to live closer to the surface, although still out of the reach of most biologists. The bigeye sixgill has been found in most major oceans, and until now was considered a single species. But a new paper reveals that the...
Three ships from a Japanese whale-hunting fleet returned to their home port of Shimonoseki on Saturday, carrying on board 333 minke whales harpooned during a trip into the Antarctic Ocean. Altogether, five whaling vessels set out on the trip in November amid international protests and condemnation. However, unlike in previous years, the ships reported no encounters with anti-whaling campaigners while on the high seas, Japanese media reported. Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission moratorium on whale hunting, but makes use of a loophole that allows the mammals to be killed for scientific research. Commercial hunting of whales was banned in 1986, but Japan would like to see it permitted once more, with whale meat considered a delicacy by many Japanese. Tokyo makes no secret of the fact that slaughtered whales often end up being eaten. Read more: Japan's whaling 'sustainable,' representative says Minke whales are now one...
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