Archives

A new species of the sea-anemone-like Relicanthus clings to a sponge stalk on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.Credit: D. J. Amon & C. R. Smith

The final frontier: who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?

Zoe Tabary for Thomson Reuters Foundation | 4 December 2018 LONDON, Dec 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ransom-hungry pirates, polar explorers, offshore oil giants – the race for the riches of the world’s final frontier is on. From Thailand to Alaska, the battle to tap ever-dwindling resources from minerals to fish is spurring new conflicts over […]

Read More
Map Key: Red: 10% of concentrated biodiversity (the most important habitats and feeding grounds for migratory species), Yellow: 70% of biodiversity (areas of importance for migratory species), Deep blue: areas not important for migratory species.

Negotiations start on a high seas treaty

Zhang Chun | September 5, 2018 The high seas cover two thirds of the ocean and are home to 90% of marine life, but this vast expanse of water and seabed that lies beyond the national jurisdiction of any one country has no comprehensive protection. In an effort to fix this, countries are meeting at the United Nations […]

Read More
ICPC Appoints New International Law Adviser

ICPC Appoints New International Law Adviser

LYMINGTON, United Kingdom–On 1 March 2018, Mr. Kent Bressie becomes the new International Cable Law Adviser (ICLA) for the prominent organisation, International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC). Kent replaces Doug Burnett who left the role in late 2017 to accept a U.S. Government appointment. In his role, Kent will work with the ICPC’s Executive Committee, Secretariat, […]

Read More
ocean news

Mongabay: 2017’s top 10 ocean news stories

Commentary by DOUGLAS MCCAULEY and PAUL DESALLES on MONGABAY | 27 December 2017 1. U.S. drops out of Paris In Mongabay’s 2015 ocean top 10 list, they celebrated the adoption of the Paris Agreement as a monumental achievement for slowing the warming, acidification and deoxygenation of our global oceans. In 2017, remaining nations like Afghanistan, […]

Read More
save the oceans

‘Make new rules’ to save the oceans

ROGER HARRABIN on BBC NEWS | 12 July 2017 “A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no conservation rules as it’s outside national jurisdiction. It says the open ocean is at risk from climate change, over-fishing, deep sea mining, farm pollution and […]

Read More