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World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Declared in Central Pacific

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The Nitijela, the Marshallese parliament, unanimously passed legislation last week  that ends commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square miles) of the central Pacific country’s waters, an ocean area four times the landmass of California.


Tokelau Declares Shark Sanctuary

Matt Rand, director of Global Shark Conservation for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement on 7 September 2011 in response to the shark sanctuary designation made by Tokelau, an island territory in the South Pacific.


Chile Ban on Shark Finning Law Published: Praised by Pew

Matt Rand, director of global shark conservation for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement on August 8, 2011 in response to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s signing of Chile’s ban on shark finning.


Subseafloor Observatories Installed to Run Dynamic Experiments

Marine geologists have returned from two months at sea off British Columbia, Canada, where they installed two observatories in the ocean foor to run innovative experiments at the bottom of the sea.


Public Health Champion Dr Rita Colwell Receives 2010 Stockholm Water Prize

Dr Rita Colwell, distinguished Professor from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States, has been named the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate.


Super-Rare 'Elkhorn' Coral Found In Pacific

An Australian scientist has discovered what could be the world’s rarest coral in the remote North Pacific Ocean.


Expedition to Mid-Cayman Rise Identifies Unusual Variety of Deep Sea Vents: Method included first use of nereus hybrid vehicle in “autonomous” mode.

The first expedition to search for deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Cayman Rise has turned up three distinct types of hydrothermal venting, reports an interdisciplinary team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Historic Census of Marine Life (COML) Roll Call of Marine Species Published

Representing the most comprehensive and authoritative answer yet to one of humanity's most ancient questions, "what lives in the sea?" Census of Marine Life scientists on August 2, 2010 released an inventory of species distribution and diversity in key global ocean areas.


Oceana discovers one of the most important and threatened deep-sea coral reefs of the Mediterranean in the Alboran Sea

Oceana has discovered large colonies of white coral and a wealth of associated fauna in Spanish waters of the Alboran Sea (Western Mediterranean), with greater abundance at depths between 300 and 500 meters.


New NOAA Website Highlights Economic and Ecological Value of America’s Coast

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched State of the Coast, a new Web site that provides coastal managers, planners and officials at all levels of government a snapshot of statistics, facts and graphics about America’s 95,000-miles of coastline.


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