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Corals facing the death sentence
Exceptionally warm water temperatures, combined with the effects of hurricanes, devastated a huge number of coral reefs in the Caribbean in 2005. And, scientists from the World Conservation Union warn, the same thing will undoubtedly reoccur, with catastrophic effects. ... more

Carbon emissions could destroy coral reefs by 2050
Carbon emissions from human activities are not just heating up the globe, they are changing the ocean's chemistry. Ocean researchers say this could soon be fatal to coral reefs, which are havens for marine biodiversity and underpin the economies of many coastal communities. ... more

EU fishing deal is 'a gamble on North Sea's future'
The deal on fish quotas for 2008 reached by European Union ministers has has been criticised by environmental groups which claim that the clear scientific advice on cod stocks, in particular, has been ignored. ... more

Warning lights are flashing for Atlantic tuna
Fishing wiped out Atlantic Bluefin tuna stocks in Northern Europe 50 years ago, according to a new study which finds that pressure on the remaining stocks is pushing the entire species to the edge of extinction. ... more

EU proposes increased cod quotas
Under proposals on fishing quotas in European waters for 2008, by the European Commission, the North Sea cod quota could be increased by 11 per cent. This follows a fisheries deal struck between the EU and Norway on Monday. ... more

Global panel on oceans needed, say marine experts
International marine policy experts warn that new threats to the world's oceans are undermining its ability to sustain life. They call for an Intergovernmental Panel on the Oceans to better inform policy-making, in much the same way as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change currently does. ... more

Artist Fran Crowe completes litter marathon
When artist Fran Crowe embarked on a challenge to pick up 46,000 pieces of litter off beaches near her Suffolk home last September, little did she realise quite how long it would take her! Now, almost exactly one year later, Fran has finally collected her 46,000th piece of litter, having walked more than 202 km on Suffolk beaches for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Coastal Challenge in the process. ... more

'Sea parks essential to save fisheries'
Creating "national parks of the sea" may be the only effective way to reverse trends that have left 76 per cent of world fish stocks fully or over-exploited and marine biodiversity at severe risk,says a new expert study. ... more

Gordon Brown ' failing marine environment'
The new British prime minister, Gordon Brown, has come under attack for 'ignoring one of the key environmental issues facing the UK by failing to include a UK Marine Act in his proposed legislative programme for next year.' ... more

Pacific ocean fish stocks heading for collapse
The Pacific is among the world's moderately healthy oceans, but fish stocks there could begin to collapse within three years unless Pacific nations take control of their own fish resources, Greenpeace warns. ... more

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