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    Overfishing 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Overfishing 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Quick Key Facts What Is Overfishing? Overfishing occurs when fish are caught faster than their populations can reproduce and replenish themselves, and it’s among the greatest threats to our oceans. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, one-third of assessed fisheries worldwide are pushed beyond their biological limits, which has severe […]

    Extreme Heat in Florida Keys Threatens an Entire Ecosystem

    Extreme Heat in Florida Keys Threatens an Entire Ecosystem

    In July, a historic marine heat wave descended upon the Florida Keys. Unprecedented coral bleaching ensued within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), which boasts the largest coral barrier reef within the continental United States. With high temperatures predicted to persist until October, scientists worry about potential harm to the entire ecosystem. View this […]

    ‘Remarkable Discovery’ of Life Beneath Hydrodermal Vents Is Another Argument for Protecting the Deep Ocean

    ‘Remarkable Discovery’ of Life Beneath Hydrodermal Vents Is Another Argument for Protecting the Deep Ocean

    Scientists have discovered a new ecosystem beneath hydrothermal vents inside cavities of a well-explored undersea volcano. The volcano is located on the East Pacific Rise off the coast of Central America. An international team of scientists from Slovenia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, led by Dr. Monika Bright, an ecologist […]

    First-Ever Extinction Alert Issued for Vaquita Porpoise

    First-Ever Extinction Alert Issued for Vaquita Porpoise

    The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has issued its first ever Extinction Alert statement for the endangered vaquita porpoise, whose population is estimated to have shrunk to 10 individuals. The IWC says that a 100 percent ban on gillnets is immediately necessary to stop the extinction of the world’s smallest marine mammal. “Recent studies show there […]

    Algae Blooms: Everything You Need to Know

    Algae Blooms: Everything You Need to Know

    Quick Key Facts What Are Harmful Algae Blooms? Algae are one species within the protist kingdom of living beings, which is mostly composed of single-celled, microscopic organisms that may share traits with animals, fungi and/or plants. The biological grouping also includes kelp and molds. There are two main groups of algae — seaweeds, or macroalgaes, […]

    ‘An Important Step Forward’: Deep-Sea Mining Not Approved During International Talks

    ‘An Important Step Forward’: Deep-Sea Mining Not Approved During International Talks

    Weeks of meetings and negotiations by the 168-member International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Jamaica regarding the deep-sea mining of minerals has ended without approval of or regulations for the controversial practice. ISA member countries Palau, Vanuatu, France, Costa Rica and Chile proposed that the next meeting of the Assembly in mid-2024 discuss the protection of […]

    Artificial Reefs Improve Productivity of Seagrass Meadows and Could Help Protect Against Climate Change, Study Finds

    Artificial Reefs Improve Productivity of Seagrass Meadows and Could Help Protect Against Climate Change, Study Finds

    Seagrass meadows are found all over the planet, from the Arctic circle to the tropics, and are vitally important as habitats for fish and for absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Seagrasses are becoming increasingly threatened by nutrient pollution and overfishing. Every half an hour a football field-sized area of seagrass is lost, reported the UK’s Natural […]

    Nearly 100 Pilot Whales Die After Beaching in Australia

    Nearly 100 Pilot Whales Die After Beaching in Australia

    Nearly 100 pilot whales became stranded on Cheynes Beach in Western Australia on Tuesday. Most of the pod, 52 whales, died overnight, and the rest have been euthanized, according to officials, as rescue efforts over two days have failed. The pilot whales were first seen swimming in the area on Tuesday morning, but they covered […]