Marine and Polar

This page is a list of our latest updates and stories about IUCN's work related to Marine and Polar.

Sargasso fish
Whilst it has been argued that there may be economic and environmental advantages to deep seabed mining, the limited knowledge of deep sea ecosystems...
A scientific expedition on the Walters Shoal seamount
Community-led and shared governance of marine protected and conserved areas
Noise from seismic surveys can disrupt the essential life functions of whales
Honolulu, Hawai’i, 2 September (IUCN) – A guide launched today by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, outlines best practices to...
The guide was launched at the IUCN World Conservation Congress currently taking place in Hawai’i, USA. Whales and other cetaceans, pinnipeds, turtles, as well as fish and possibly other marine...
Strengthening conservation networks in Goa
bird
“BEST RUP”  works within the framework of the BEST initiative and the pilot project 'inventory of species and habitats in the French Outermost Regions (ORs)' submitted by the Member of the...
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico © IUCN Elena Osipova
IUCN is expected to carry out a field mission with UNESCO to Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, to assess the...
The vaquita is the world’s smallest porpoise and can only be found in the Gulf of California. It is a victim of by-catch from illegal fishing of another Critically Endangered species, the totoaba,...
Challenges and solutions to ocean warming
The Iroise Marine Nature Park, the first marine protected area in France, achieved IUCN Green List status in 2014. It was created in 2007 off the...
The Iroise marine park, located at the most western point of France, aims to improve understanding of the marine environment, to protect it (the seabed, bird and marine mammal species, but also...
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico
Gland, Switzerland, 30 June 2017 (IUCN) – Illegal fishing, logging and poaching are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites...
Ahead of the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee, starting this Sunday in Kraków, Poland, IUCN recommends listing Mexico’s Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California on the List...
Golden snub-nosed monkey, Hubei Shennongjia, China
New guidance launched today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) urges the World Heritage Convention to better conserve...
Wilderness areas are largely intact land- and seascapes which have a low human population density and are mostly free of industrial infrastructure. They help respond to climate change, for instance...
On hard substrata, frequently observed epilithic organisms include corals, actiniarians, hydroids, sponges, ascidians and crinoids
Gland, Switzerland, 26 June 2017 (IUCN) – Mining the deep ocean floor would inevitably lead to the loss of biodiversity, which cannot be compensated...
The rules that will govern the emerging deep sea mining industry – including environmental protection measures – are currently being drafted by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), an...

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