On the ground

Deep-sea squid. Teuthowenia pellucida

Mysterious depths of the high seas

The open oceans and deep seas represent 95% of the global biosphere. They play an important role in regulating the Earth’s climate and are home to a major part of the world’s biodiversity, containing some of the most productive ecosystems, vast natural resources, unique habitats and unknown species. …  

30 Jul 2010 | News story

Beryx splendens - Splendid alfonsino

Unique data collected on Indian Ocean seamounts

Within the framework of its Seamounts Project funded by the Global Environment Facility, IUCN, in collaboration with many partners, organized a survey of seamounts in the international waters of the southern Indian Ocean. …  

29 Jul 2010 | News story


Alien hitch-hikers in the seas

Invasive species are one of the main threats to our oceans, severely affecting not only marine biodiversity but also human health and the economy. So what exactly are these mysterious creatures, where do they come from and why are they so dangerous? …  

30 Jul 2010 | News story

A European lobster residing under an offshore energy foundation.

Rigs and farms, or are they reefs?

Large-scale development of offshore energy installations may result in some significant environmental threats but it can also bring important benefits, both to nature and to society. Careful management and monitoring are necessary to maximize those benefits and minimize the risks. …  

29 Jul 2010 | News story

IUCNMed, IUCN Med, medoffice, Mediterranean, risso´s dolphin, marine, Grampus griseus

Noise that can kill

There are numerous threats to marine biodiversity that many of us are aware of - climate change, overfishing and habitat degradation are just some of them. But very few of us know that something as seemingly harmless as noise can also have devastating effects on sea life. …  

29 Jul 2010 | News story

Leatherback turtle tangled in longline

Seeing seamounts through fishermen’s eyes

A survey carried out by IUCN among fishermen in the Western Pacific region of Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and the Cook islands has given precious insight into the state of seamounts—mountains that rise from the seafloor and support rich biodiversity as well as important fisheries. …  

29 Jul 2010 | News story

Red Sea, White Coral?

Keeping the colour in Red Sea coral

The Red Sea is home to one of the world's richest coral reef systems which, like almost all other reefs around the world, is suffering from the impacts of climate change. Coral bleaching is threatening not only the reef, but the tourism and fishing industries and the coastal communities who depend on it. …   | French

01 Apr 2010 | News story

Seychelles, Indian Ocean

Marine motion

The world is awash with conventions and agreements that are supposed to conserve our oceans but none are achieving the right results—reversing the many threats that are ruining the health of our seas with serious impacts for people and biodiversity. …  

01 Jul 2010 | News story