Weekly Ocean News 26.04.24

April 26, 2024



The impact of Lionfish invasion in the Mediterranean Sea and the secrets of deep-sea dwelling fish. 

Climate change is helping tropical fish species invade temperate Australian waters. 


Predators take a big bite out of declining Atlantic mackerel populations and a newly discovered parasite turns fish flesh into a slimy jelly, found in cod off the Norwegian coast. 

Warming seas push India’s fishers into distant, and more dangerous, waters. 

NOAA Fisheries has denied a request for emergency action to institute a cap of zero on Chinook salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery, which would have closed the fishery for the first half of 2024.  


We love the ocean, but can’t agree on what it means to protect it. There is no protection from bottom trawling for the seamount chain in the northern Pacific. 

Labours commitment to deliver the Environment Act’s nature targets and honour international agreements to protect 30% of our land and sea by 2030. 


The European Union approves ratification of the High Seas Treaty and the CARICOM Member States discuss the High Seas Treaty on BBNJ. 

Greenpeace briefing for policymakers: UK ratification of the Global Ocean Treaty. 


Reports of whales trapped in fishing gear are on the rise worldwide and so are risky attempts of disentangling them.  

The US Congress is being urged to give $300 million to boost endangered marine species and there is an update to the protected legal status of Scottish salmon. 

 Climate Crisis 

It’s so hot in the Philippines and Bangladesh that they are praying for rain. Climate change is leading to Herring arriving earlier in the Wadden Sea and the warming Arctic is reducing dust levels in parts of the planet. 

AI is helping scientists to engineer plants to fight climate change. 


Nearly half of the world’s estuaries have been altered by humans, and 20% of this estuary loss has occurred in the past 35 years. 

160 pilot whales were stranded along the shores of Western Australia this week. 

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