Climate forces fish to poles

October 14, 2014

According to a University of British Columbia (UBC) study, fish could be moving poleward at a rate of 26 kilometres per decade. These new investigations of the impact of climate change on fish stocks suggest large numbers of fish will be lost from the tropics within the next 35 years. The study, published in ICES Journal of…

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Global wildlife populations have halved in 40 years

September 30, 2014

According the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) Living Planet Report 2014 – released today – global wildlife populations have halved in less than half a century. The biennial report highlights the pressing need to develop solutions to the intense pressure humanity is placing on natural resources. This, the tenth edition of the Living Planet Report, is based…

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Emission control

September 26, 2014

Exhaust gases from ships are a dangerous pollutant, affecting the marine environment and its inhabitants. Professor Wamadeva Balachandran of Brunel University, UK details the most harmful emissions, and how his project DEECON hopes to tackle them. The emission of exhaust gases from ships is a major source of pollutants, causing significant exposure risk to those living…

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Maria Damanaki: Approaching five years as commissioner

September 19, 2014

Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will address the World Research and Innovation Congress-Oceans on 15 October in Lisbon. “When it comes to managing the seas and oceans we have to be smart; smarter than we have ever been.” Following a long and diverse career in politics, in November 2009 Damanaki was nominated…

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Acting against acidification

September 12, 2014

Acidification is one of the biggest challenges facing the world’s oceans, largely the result of human carbon dioxide emissions. Professor Alex Rogers, Professor in Conservation Biology at the University of Oxford, explains the problems caused by dropping pH, and how we can tackle it. If we look back to past extinction events, most of them are…

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European Partnership Agreements – Halfway there!

September 9, 2014

The European Commission (EC) has now reached the halfway point in its Partnership Agreement. 14 Member States’ agreements have been adopted, with the rest to follow soon. Partnership agreements, made between the EC and individual EU countries, outline the EC’s plans to utilise the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) from now until 2020. More…

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Oceans, climate change and policy

September 8, 2014

Comprising approximately three quarters of the Earth’s surface, the world’s oceans constitute a crucial component of the planet’s ecology and climate system, and are symbiotically fundamental to the very existence of our species. This link cannot, and should not, be understated. Not only does half the world’s population live within a coastal zone, but economically,…

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‘On’ the hook

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August 26, 2014

10 European countries sanctioned with reduction of fishing quotas for overfishing. Reduced fishing quotas have been handed down to 10 EC Member States for exceeding their 2013 quotas. Europe’s top fishing nations – Denmark, Spain, the UK and France – as well as Belgium, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland and Portugal, will all face quota…

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Guest post: Understanding marine ecosystems

August 12, 2014

With a background in marine biology, Dr Catarina Grilo now works for the Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative (GOI) in Portugal, established to improve understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems. Writing exclusively for the Congress, she details the explosion of the concept of ecosystem services, and her work to encourage wider appreciation of the societal benefits of…

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