Ocean Action Hub

Marine and coastal ecosystems provide many services to human society, including food and other goods, shoreline protection, water quality maintenance, waste treatment, support of tourism and other cultural benefits, and maintenance of the basic global life support systems.

The provision of these services is threatened by the worldwide degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems. Fisheries are in global decline. Coastal habitats have been modified and lost, and in many cases the rate of degradation is increasing. Habitat loss and modification result in a loss of ecosystem services and also threaten biodiversity (UNEP, 2006, p. 7).

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24 Mar 2017 - It’s an image nobody wants to see: the body of a majestic blue whale, lying limp over the bow of a massive cargo vessel, or washed up on a beach, fatally wounded from what’s

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24 Mar 2017 - [Blog] The oceans sustain creatures we haven’t even discovered, but they also keep terrestrial life going.

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23 Mar 2017 - Balloon releases should be banned because they can entangle and choke wildlife to death, the Marine Conservation Society has said.

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22 Mar 2017 - More than 80 per cent of marine pollution comes from land-based activities.

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22 Mar 2017 – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coa

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21 Mar 2017 - Increased public awareness may herald a success for Kenya's latest ban on plastic bags that has seen abortive attempts in the past

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20 Mar 2017 - Fish can quickly evolve to get more benefit from the protection offered by marine protected areas, according to research from the University of B.C.

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Sylvia Earle - Fifty years into the future, it will be too late to do what is possible right now. Women and men must all work together to explore and care for the ocean

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Papua New Guinea

Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea’s island of New Britain holds an almost mythical status amongst divers.

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15 -17 Mar 2017 - Parties to the Cartagena Convention are meeting in French Guyana to discuss reducing marine pollution, ocean acidification

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9 Mar 2017 - New Zealand's involvement in the world's largest ocean science project has given the country access to information which little more than a decade ago was out of reach.

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