European Union (EU) fisheries ministers meeting in Brussels endorsed an European Commission proposal that would force fishermen to bring sharks to port intact.
The Antarctic Ocean Alliance said waters surrounding the remote frozen continent were facing increased exploitation as fish stocks elsewhere in the world continue to decline.
Satellite tracking devices are now small and affordable enough that they can monitor the precise location, including the depth, of large numbers of sea creatures.
Globally, seals, otters and other species are increasingly infected by parasites and other diseases long common to domesticated animals like goats, cows, cats and dogs, marine mammal experts told a major science conference.
Oceans cover seventy percent of Earth’s surface but marine environments contain only twenty percent of all its species.
Concentrations of microscopic plastic materials is polluting the marine environment and were greatest near coastal urban areas, the study has warned.
Environmentalists file a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) over their naval training exercises off the West Coast involving sonar that they say harms endangered marine animals in the Pacific Ocean including killer whales.
Environmental activists have long been urging the government to stop the sale of shark fin which is commonly used in soup with some regions in Asia and especially in China.
The oil spill at the Gulf of Mexico is killing marine food web where other marine creatures are dependent for food.
Fishing, once a matter of casting a net into the sea or hooking with rod and line is under increasing pressure as the world struggles to feed its hungry mouths.