Great Barrier Reef not bouncing back as before, but there is hope

The Great Barrier Reef is losing its ability to recover from disturbances, but effective local management could revive its capacity to bounce back. Scientists at...

Moving fish farms enables seagrass meadows to thrive

Commercial fish farms should be moved away from seagrass meadows in order for both to thrive in the future, according to new research. The meadows...

Success of conservation efforts for fish hinges on climate change

For more than 20 years, conservationists have been working to protect one of the most recognizable reef fish in the Caribbean, the endangered and...

The first endemic Baltic Sea fish species received its name

The "Baltic flounder" Platichthys solemdali is the first fish species shown to be native only to the Baltic Sea, i.e. the first endemic fish described from...

Immunity could be key to addressing coral crisis

Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life, feed hundreds of millions of people and contribute vastly to the global economy. But they...

A new study to improve seabird conservation in Patagonian ecosystems

Preserving a 300,000 square km area in Patagonian waters could improve the conservation of 20 % of the population of sea birds in their...

Frigid polar oceans, not balmy coral reefs, are species-formation hot spots

Tropical oceans teem with the dazzle and flash of colorful reef fishes and contain far more species than the cold ocean waters found at...

Marine protected areas often expensive and misplaced

Many marine protected areas are often unnecessarily expensive and located in the wrong places, an international study has shown. The University of Queensland was part...

Cleaner shrimp cozy up with would-be predators

It's a mystery how cleaner shrimp partner with would-be fish predators -- sometimes even climbing in their mouths -- without getting eaten. A new...

Marine reserves are vital — but under pressure

A massive study of nearly 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world has found that marine reserves near heavily populated areas struggle to do...

World’s first known manta ray nursery habitat

A graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and colleagues from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries...

Coral reef ‘oases’ offer glimmer of hope

The identification of small 'oases' in the world's oceans, where corals appear to be thriving, could offer vital insights in the race to save...

Coral reefs losing ability to keep pace with sea-level rise

Many coral reefs will be unable to keep growing fast enough to keep up with rising sea levels, leaving tropical coastlines and low-lying islands...

Research reveals secret to whale shark hotspots

A study has uncovered the secret to why endangered whale sharks gather on mass at just a handful of locations around the world. The new...

Coral tricks for adapting to ocean acidification

A process that changes the regulation of genes could help corals acclimatize to the impacts of global warming. Cells commonly control gene expression by adding...