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Ocean News

  • Eco Magazine: Launch of a Special Digital Issue on the Ocean Decade
    Eco Magazine: Launch of a Special Digital Issue on the Ocean Decade

    The Ocean Decade marks a new era of ocean knowledge and understanding, and offers ocean stakeholders an unprecedented opportunity to drive global change.

  • Launch of Ocean Literacy Training Courses to support the Decade 07 April 2021
    Launch of Ocean Literacy Training Courses to support the Decade 07 April 2021

    Free Ocean Literacy Training Courses, hosted by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, with the contribution of the Government of Sweden a…

The ocean is uniquely positioned to contribute to food security, says paper

A scientific paper for the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy has found that, with better management and technological innovation, the ocean could provide over six times more food than it does today.

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Kenya-based enterprise that transforms flip-flop pollution into art launches in Ponte Vedra Beach

Artists collect and clean washed-up flip-flops, then shape and carve the material into pieces of art. The proceeds provide steady income for about 130 Kenyan residents and go to beach cleanups, vocational/educational programs and conservation efforts.

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Celebrating World Migratory Bird Day across Africa

The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), celebrated every year in May and October seeks to raise awareness on migratory birds and the need to conserve them. These birds travel over thousands of kilometres, in search of suitable conditions for feeding and breeding.

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Sheppie Snippets: Conservancy holds AGM

The conservancy urges all concerned citizens, environmental activists, conservancy organisations and fishermen to attend.

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Barren seas: Once-teeming waters off KwaZulu-Natal show few signs of ocean life

The limited shark presence on a recent ‘crazy, wild’ Indian ocean adventure is a great worry.

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Ocean plastic: Abandoned fishing nets are endangering marine animals

More than 640,000 tonnes of nets, lines, pots and traps used in commercial fishing are dumped and discarded in the sea every year, according to the United Nations (UN). That's roughly the same weight as 55,000 double-decker buses. All of the equipment left in the water is known as "ghost gear" because it's been abandoned.

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