Oceans

Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 26, 2014 (ENS) – In the remote reaches of the Pacific Ocean, President Barack Obama Thursday created the world’s most extensive marine reserve by expanding a National Monument established in the waning...

 

Five Marine Sanctuaries Created in Barbuda Coastal Waters

Five Marine Sanctuaries Created in Barbuda Coastal Waters

  ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda, August 25, 2014 (ENS) – The twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has imposed new regulations to establish five marine sanctuaries protecting 33 percent of the waters surrounding...

 

World Oceans Day 2014 Dawns on Oceans in Danger

World Oceans Day 2014 Dawns on Oceans in Danger

  NEW YORK, New York, June 9, 2014 (ENS) – Oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume. But human pressures,...

 

Global Protection Strategy Proposed for Endangered Sawfish

Global Protection Strategy Proposed for Endangered Sawfish

  DURBAN, South Africa, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – A global strategy to prevent extinction and promote recovery of sawfishes, devastated worldwide by overfishing and habitat loss, was introduced today by the Shark Specialist Group of the...

 

European Commission Wants Total Ban on Driftnet Fishing

European Commission Wants Total Ban on Driftnet Fishing

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 14, 2014 (ENS) – The European Commission today proposed to ban the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing in all EU waters as of January 1, 2015. Rules are already in place to forbid using driftnets to catch...

 

New Caledonia Creates World’s Largest Protected Area

New Caledonia Creates World’s Largest Protected Area

​ NOUMEA, New Caledonia, May 13, 2014 (ENS) – A vast expanse of pristine Pacific Ocean is now the world’s largest protected area under a new law passed by the government of New Caledonia creating the Natural Park of the Coral Sea. Located...

 

West Antarctic Glacier Collapse ‘Unstoppable’

West Antarctic Glacier Collapse ‘Unstoppable’

  IRVINE, California, May 13, 2014 (ENS) – A rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in irreversible decline, with nothing to stop the entire glacial basin from disappearing into the sea, according to...

 

80 Governments Agree ‘Unorthodox Steps’ to Restore Oceans

80 Governments Agree ‘Unorthodox Steps’ to Restore Oceans

  THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, April 25, 2014 (ENS) – The Global Oceans Action Summit for Blue Growth and Food Security concluded today in The Hague with commitments from 80 government ministers, the fishing industry and civil society...

 

Earth Day Inspires Environmental Actions Around the World

Earth Day Inspires Environmental Actions Around the World

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2014 (ENS) – Thousands of Earth Day actions today brought people together to plant trees and preserve forests, create cleaner, greener cities and safeguard wildlife. A life-sized 90-foot-long inflatable...

 

Voluntary Stewardship Pact Protects Threatened Sargasso Sea

Voluntary Stewardship Pact Protects Threatened Sargasso Sea

  HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 21, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time, the world’s only sea without coasts will be protected from the harmful effects of pollution, ship traffic, overfishing, and illegal activities under a new agreement...

 

Obama Expands California Coastal National Monument

Obama Expands California Coastal National Monument

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2014 (ENS) – President Obama Barack Tuesday established the first shoreline addition to the California Coastal National Monument. Using his authorities under the Antiquities Act, he designated the Point...

 

Chile Safeguards Blue Whales With New Marine Park

Chile Safeguards Blue Whales With New Marine Park

  VALDIVIA, Chile, February 28, 2014 (ENS) – Endangered blue whales and 12 species of dolphins will flourish in the waters of south-central Chile after the government this week inaugurated the largest Marine Protected Area in continental...

 

Indonesia Creates World’s Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary

Indonesia Creates World’s Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary

  JAKARTA, Indonesia, February 24, 2014 (ENS) – Indonesia has announced legislation that will protect all manta rays within its nearly six million square kilometer exclusive economic zone, creating the world’s largest sanctuary...

 

Deep Oceans Need ‘Stewardship’ to Prevent Industrial Damage

Deep Oceans Need ‘Stewardship’ to Prevent Industrial Damage

  CHICAGO, Illinois, February 18, 2014 (ENS) – The deep ocean is Earth’s least explored environment, but that is rapidly changing. Scientists are calling for a new stewardship ethic as technological advances open the ocean deeps...

 

The Vortex Project Transforms Ocean Plastic Into Fashion

The Vortex Project Transforms Ocean Plastic Into Fashion

  NEW YORK, New York, February 9, 2014 (ENS) – People who love the oceans and people who love fashion have joined forces in The Vortex Project, a new initiative to clear the oceans of plastic debris and transform it into fashionable...

 

‘Massive’ Coastal Floods Predicted as Storms Flood Britain

‘Massive’ Coastal Floods Predicted as Storms Flood Britain

  LONDON, UK, February 7, 2014 (ENS) – Met Office forecasters warn that strong winds and big waves will bring risk of flooding and damaging winds along Britain’s southern and southwestern coasts into the weekend, intensifying...

 

EU Bans Fish Discards Under New Common Fisheries Policy

EU Bans Fish Discards Under New Common Fisheries Policy

  STRASBOURG, France, December 10, 2013 (ENS) – A ban on the wasteful practice of discarding perfectly edible fish is part of an historic deal to reform the Common Fisheries Policy agreed today by the EU Parliament. The new Common...

 

Vast New Freshwater Sources Found Beneath the Sea

Vast New Freshwater Sources Found Beneath the Sea

  ADELAIDE, Australia, December 5, 2013 (ENS) – Huge reservoirs of low-salinity water have been discovered where they are least expected – buried under the seabed on continental shelves around the world. A study published today...

 

Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

  PARIS, France, November 27, 2013 (ENS) – Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon...

 

New Zealand’s Endangered Dolphins Slide Toward Extinction

New Zealand’s Endangered Dolphins Slide Toward Extinction

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand, November 26, 2013 (ENS) – The New Zealand government Monday announced protections for Maui’s dolphins but the Green Party warned that these measures will not stop their slide into extinction. Just...