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Deep-sea ecosystems still under threat despite UN protection
29 July 2016 They aren’t the most famous ecosystems. Few people hit the streets to protect the Louisville ridge, the Josephine seamount or the Flemish Cap – the ecological marvels found on the floor of the deep ocean. But being out of sight doesn’t mean they are out of harm’s way. These wonders of the deep are threatened by a new generation of fishing trawlers that scrape nets along the deep-sea floor.

Implementation of United Nations Landmark Resolutions To Protect The Deep Sea Is Inadequate
29 July 2016 A lot has been achieved in the last 10 years but we cannot give up until the job is done! A new report out today (29 July 2016) reviewing ten years of international commitment to conserve biodiversity in the deep sea, finds significant improvements in our ability to prevent damage from destructive fishing practices over the last decade, but concludes that implementation of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) landmark Resolutions falls short and leaves vast parts of the ocean unprotected from destruction by deep-sea bottom trawling

Seamounts ARE vulnerable marine ecosystems
29 July 2016 United Nations General Assembly resolution 61/105 called “upon States to take action immediately, individually and through regional ?sheries management organizations and arrangements...to sustainably manage ?sh stocks and protect vulnerable marine ecosystems [VMEs], including seamounts, hydrothermal vents and cold water corals, from destructive ?shing practices, recognizing the immense importance and value of deep-sea ecosystems and the biodiversity they contain.” But how to determine what is a VME?

Look out Nemo! Incredible underwater creatures in the Pacific could be wiped out by deep-sea mining
29 July 2016 A vast area of seabed targeted for deep sea mining is home to species previously unknown to man, a study warned.

Greater Transparency and Urgent Reforms Needed For International Seabed Mining Authority
26 July 2016 The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is calling for the United Nation's International Seabed Authority (ISA) to implement urgent reforms to protect the deep seabed and deep ocean.

Meet Luca, the ancestor of all living things
25 July 2016 A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light on the mystery of how life first emerged on earth.

Deep Sea Mining: An Invisible Land Grab
20 July 2016 After decades of being on the back burner owing to costs far outweighing benefits, deep sea mining is now emerging as a serious threat to the stability of ocean systems and processes that have yet to be understood well enough to sanction in good conscience their large-scale destruction.

DSCC calls on ISA to change to meet the challenge ahead. Environmental impacts of deep-sea mining may be felt for centuries, even millennia, to come.
18 July 2016 Speaking at the July 2016 annual meeting of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston, Jamaica, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) called on State parties to open closed doors and bring transparency to the heart of its work. The ISA this year will debate changes to the structure of the organization as it grapples with the development of exploitation regulations in light of increasing interest in commercial mining of the deep ocean.

Ocean monument: Growing momentum for Obama to establish new Pacific marine preserves before leaving office
15 July 2016 A new effort to convince President Barack Obama to establish a huge new national monument in the Pacific Ocean off California before he leaves office six months from now is gaining momentum.

Deep Sea Coral Research & Technology Program 2016 Report to Congress
13 July 2016 The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the publication of the 2016 Report to Congress on the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program. The Report highlights scientific research conducted over the past two-years and historic conservation measures that have been proposed and enacted based on our Program's results.

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