Marine and Polar

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

Vaquitas in the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California, Mexico
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommends in-danger status for Mexico’s World Heritage-listed Islands and Protected Areas...
Despite ongoing efforts by Mexico, illegal gillnet fishing of totoaba, whose swim bladder is in high demand in Asia, is threatening the vaquita with imminent extinction, as the porpoise gets...
Fish farm 1
Making farmed fish more ‘vegetarian’ by feeding them terrestrial plants, algae, or other alternatives to feed made from wild fish will continue to...
The report looked at the sustainability of the major fish feed ingredients that make up the protein and lipid sources required in aquaculture. It also investigated sustainable alternatives to one of...
mangrove
The destruction we are inflicting on the oceans is shocking – but there is hope as countries step up to reverse the decline, writes IUCN’s Dorothée...
The corridors are full; side-event rooms not big enough for everyone to fit. The General Assembly room could be fuller, but that doesn’t diminish the invigorating discussions happening around the...
School of bar jack in the Tortugas ecological reserve
Where did life on Earth begin? The fact is, no one really knows. Charles Darwin imagined a “warm little pond”, while some scientists today speculate...
Today, life on Earth continues to depend on the ocean. Covering almost three quarters of the Earth’s surface, the ocean contains 97% of its water and supports every life form that inhabits it. It...
Coral reef in Roatán, Honduras
Gland, Switzerland, 8 June 2017 (IUCN) – Overfishing and the degradation of coral reefs across the Caribbean and Pacific islands are pushing many...
The Conservation status of marine biodiversity in the Pacific Islands of Oceania Red List report includes assessments of 2,800 marine species across the 22 island states and territories of Oceania,...
The Ocean Conference
Gland, Switzerland, 1 June 2017 (IUCN) – Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal...
The ocean is under increasing onslaught from climate change. So far, it has absorbed 30 % of the anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and around 93 % of the added heat arising from human-driven changes to...
Comoé National Park, Côte d'Ivoire (c) IUCN Youssouph Diedhiou
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommends withdrawing in-danger status from Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire after...
Situation improving in Ivoirian site in danger Inscribed on the Danger List since 2003, Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire has been facing threats such as poaching and illegal gold mining,...
Antarctica
IUCN unites its polar and marine work under one programme. Fragile polar ecosystems require urgent attention particularly in the face of expanding human activities including shipping, tourism,...
New report on recomended Arctic Marine World Heritage sites includes four off the coast of Greenland
The Arctic Ocean urgently needs protection as melting sea ice is opening up previously inaccessible areas to activities such as shipping, bottom trawl fishing and oil exploration, according to a...
The "Walters Shoal" expedition is bringing to fruition the objectives of the scientific component of the IUCN FFEM-SWIO project. Acquiring...
32°30'S / 44°E The Marion Dufresne of the French Polar Institute IPEV will take the scientific partners of the project to the seamount named "Walters Shoal". This high seas habitat is located in...
Stoloteuthis squid
A scientific expedition to explore life on undersea mountains – or seamounts – in the high seas south of Madagascar is setting out from Reunion...
“Seamounts are islands of marine life with an important role in maintaining the health of the ocean. They contribute to food security by supporting fish stocks, and the unique species they harbour...
IUCN and partners issue additional technical considerations to the 2013 IPCC Wetlands Supplement during the Bonn Climate Change Conference taking...
Recent science has provided us with better information about how much carbon is stored, or released, due to various management activities in coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrasses and...

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