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World Ocean Day: Expert highlights dangers of human activities on marine ecosystem

Healthy Oceans

As the world marks World Ocean Day, a retired lecturer Dr Emmanuel Ukpong, warns against continuous dumping of non-degradable materials into seas, saying that it can destroy marine ecosystem. Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to feed nine billion people by 2050. Photo credit: FAO Ukpong, who ...

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Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta home to EU’s cleanest waters

Bathing waters

Austria, Cyprus, Greece and Malta are home to Europe’s cleanest bathing waters, the European Union’s environment watchdog said on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Maltese bathing waters are said to be the second best in EU “The four countries scored `excellent’ ratings for no less than 95 per cent of their bathing waters,” the European Commission and the Copenhagen-based European Environment ...

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Stakeholders clamour development of marine ecotourism to boost economy

Marine ecotourism

Nigeria is blessed with an abundant variety species of fish, some of which have been exported in various forms over the years. These fish species, which include ornamental fishes, are taken either from the wild or cultured. Marine ecotourism. Photo credit: Octavio Aburto According to reports, large quantities of fishes and fishery products are exported from Nigeria in different forms ...

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The Abidjan Convention strategic role in ocean governance

Abou Bamba

A key principle of the USAID-funded West Africa Biodiversity Conservation (WA BiCC) Programme is to work in partnership with regional partner institutions to strengthen and enhance their capacity. This is to most effectively address those environmental issues that underpin their core mandates. The support provided through these partnerships is mutual, as it also enhances WA BiCC’s efforts to achieve its ...

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Conservation foundation collaborates with varsity to promote marine biodiversity

Marine wildlife

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is collaborating with the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUT) to promote Marine and Caostal Biodiversity, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, the Director-General of NCF, says. Marine wildlife In a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Aminu-Kano said the collaboration started with a workshop, tagged, “Experts Roundtable on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity”, held ...

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Minister calls for intensive efforts on study of Atlantic Ocean

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, says Nigeria should join other countries and intensify efforts in studying the Atlantic Ocean for economic and climatic benefits. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology Onu gave the advice during the 5th High-level Industry-Science-Government dialogue on Atlantic Interaction on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Lagos. The event had “Promoting wealthy ...

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Scientists unveil how snail-fish adapts to deep sea environment


Chinese scientists have unveiled the mystery of how hadal snail-fish, a typical deep-sea species from the Mariana Trench, could survive the harsh conditions of 7,000 metres under the sea. The snail-fish This is the first-time researchers have revealed the genetic basis of the hadal snail-fish’ adaption to harsh conditions under the sea and the research was published in the journal ...

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Sri Lanka’s marine protection agency calls for tougher laws against ocean pollution

Ocean pollution

Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Authority on Thursday, April 11, 2019 urged countries along the Bay of Bengal to draft stronger laws against polluting the oceans due to the formation of a dead zone in the centre. Ocean pollution The General Manager, Marine Environment Protection Authority, Dr P.B. Teney, said this in Colombo. Teney said that authorities had discovered the ...

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UN, Norway identify plastic pollution challenge on oceans

Plastic pollution

The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Norwegian Embassy in Nigeria have identified the challenges of plastic pollution on the economy, sea navigation, aquatic and human lives. Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: Representatives of the organisations spoke differently on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of a two-day ...

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Researchers tasked on accurate data to tackle marine environment challenges

Marine wildlife

Researchers have been called upon to embark on research to generate accurate data that would help tackle the challenges of Nigeria’s coastal and marine environments. Marine wildlife Dr Muntari Aminu-Kano, the Director-General (DG), Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF,) made the call in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday, March 25, 2019 while delivering a keynote address at the opening of a ...

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