Information about how marine animals move through the oceans has become vitally important as efforts progress to create a global plan for securing sustainable fish stocks in the high seas.
The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current MPA network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal.
Mesophotic reefs reside, by definition, at depths of 30 to 150 meters (100 to 500 feet). They support a variety of fish and species of soft corals like this one in Palau in the western Pacific.
Some coral reefs around the world are stronger, more flexible, and more resilient than others to changes and threats in their environment. These reefs need to be protected.
Named as one of National Geographic’s “Last Great Places on Earth”, The Republic of Palau is an isolated archipelago in the Western Pacific that encompasses 340 islands and some of the world’s most remarkably vast biological diversity.
With billions of tourism dollars at stake, many refuse to believe or simply ignore that the massive natural wonder is being killed by climate change.
While the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity has set a global goal of protecting 10% of coastal areas by 2020, the United Kingdom’s Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, recently called for 30% of the world’s oceans to be protected by the year 2030.
In some areas, killer whales feed primarily on sea mammals and big fish like tuna and sharks and are then threatened by PCBs. In areas where the killer whales primarily feed on small fish like herring, they are less threatened.
Underwater nurseries offer glimmer of hope for endangered ecosystems, encouraging growth of coral fragments on fibreglass structures anchored to the seabed
The high seas are a giant ocean wilderness, a global commons that cover almost half of the surface of the planet. They protect terrestrial life from the impacts of climate change, capturing extra heat and absorbing over a quarter of man-made carbon dioxide.