Sargasso Sea Commission

Sargasso Sea Commission The Sargasso Sea is named for the Sargassum seaweed that creates its unique ecosystem. The Sea has been called a golden floating rainforest. It is a haven of biodiversity and there is growing recognition of the crucial role it plays in the wider North Atlantic ecosystem as habitat, foraging and spawning grounds and as a migratory corridor.
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Endangered European and American eels migrate to the Sargasso to breed. Wahoo, tuna and other pelagic fish forage in and migrate through the Sea, as do a number of whale species, notably sperm whales and humpbacks. The Sargasso Sea supports a range of endemic species and plays a critical role in supporting the life cycle of a number of threatened and endangered species such as the Porbeagle shark, the American and the European eel, as well as billfish, tuna and several species of turtle, migratory birds and cetaceans.The Sargassum mats are home to many endemic species and provide a protective ‘nursery’ for juvenile fish and turtles. There is emerging recognition of the crucial role it plays in the wider ecosystem ranging from the Atlantic to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. The Sargasso Sea Commission was established pursuant to the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea, signed on 11 March 2014, by the governments of the Azores, Bermuda, Monaco, UK and US. The Commission will “encourage and facilitate voluntary collaboration toward the conservation of the Sargasso Sea.” While the Commission has no management authority, it will “exercise a stewardship role for the Sargasso Sea and keep its health, productivity and resilience under continual review.” A more specific initial mandate is listed in Annex II of the Declaration. The Commission is the result of three years of work by the Sargasso Sea Alliance, and operates as a stand-alone legal entity established by Bermudian and US law. Operating in a largely virtual setting, Commissioners will serve in-kind in their personal capacity and will be supported by a small Secretariat based at the IUCN Washington, DC office. Commissioners were appointed by the Government of Bermuda and were selected through a consultation process in Spring 2014 by governments who support the aims of the Hamilton Declaration.

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12/18/2020
gobi.org

Check out pages 12-13 of the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative newsletter for an article by the Sargasso Sea Commission and MarViva!
http://gobi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/GOBI_newsletter_Dec20_lowres_spreads.pdf

On December 15, the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP, Unesco - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, an...
12/16/2020

On December 15, the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP, Unesco - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and the Sargasso Sea Commission launched the preparations for a $3 million grant from the Global Environment Facility - the first-ever GEF grant designed to address high seas governance. This will have major implications for stewardship and sustainable governance of the Sargasso Sea. For more information, stay tuned for the end-of-year Sargasso Sea Commission newsletter!

BIOS-SCOPE funding renewed
12/07/2020
BIOS-SCOPE funding renewed

BIOS-SCOPE funding renewed

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences -- Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (BIOS-SCOPE) program received five years of additional funding from the Simons Foundation International to continue its study of the microbial oceanography of the Sargasso Sea. This collaborative research....

The seaweed swamping the Atlantic Ocean
11/23/2020
The seaweed swamping the Atlantic Ocean

The seaweed swamping the Atlantic Ocean

A sargassum bloom the width of the Atlantic Ocean caused havoc on beaches, but locals in Mexico and the Caribbean are fast finding ways to turn the seaweed invasion to their advantage.

Video: Greenpeace Visits The Sargasso Sea - Bernews
11/09/2020
Video: Greenpeace Visits The Sargasso Sea - Bernews

Video: Greenpeace Visits The Sargasso Sea - Bernews

Greenpeace launched an expedition from Bermuda to the Sargasso Sea in August of last year to “study the impact of plastics and microplastics on marine life, and to document the importance of this unique ecosystem for protection under a new Global Ocean Treaty that is being negotiated at the UN.”...

Check out our latest newsletter to read some exciting updates from the Sargasso Sea Commission - including Commissioner ...
10/28/2020

Check out our latest newsletter to read some exciting updates from the Sargasso Sea Commission - including Commissioner re-appointments, a major new study of the Sargasso Sea from BIOS-Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, the launch of the NASA COVERAGE website, and more. https://conta.cc/34ys6em

Long-term data show a recent acceleration in chemical and physical changes in the ocean
10/19/2020
Long-term data show a recent acceleration in chemical and physical changes in the ocean

Long-term data show a recent acceleration in chemical and physical changes in the ocean

New research uses data from two sustained open-ocean hydrographic stations in the North Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda to demonstrate recent changes in ocean physics and chemistry since the 1980s. The study shows decadal variability and recent acceleration of surface warming, salinification, deoxygenat...

The Sargasso Sea has become warmer and saltier, and the loss of oxygen and ocean acidification is accelerating | News | ...
10/19/2020
The Sargasso Sea has become warmer and saltier, and the loss of oxygen and ocean acidification is accelerating | News | BIOS - Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

The Sargasso Sea has become warmer and saltier, and the loss of oxygen and ocean acidification is accelerating | News | BIOS - Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Posted on: October 16, 2020 1:35 PM by: Nicholas R Bates Category: Journal, Ocean Biogeochemistry, Environmental Monitoring, Climate Change, Time-series, In the News Source: Springer Nature, Sustainability Community Read more at SpringerNature These are the findings from nearly forty years of shipbo...

BIOS-Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
10/19/2020

BIOS-Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

BIOS senior scientist and director of research Professor Nick Bates and assistant scientist Rod Johnson published research in Nature Communications in Earth and Environment, released today, that uses 40 years of ocean science data collected from the Hydrostation 'S' and Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS) programs at BIOS to demonstrate recent changes in ocean physics and chemistry.

Ahead of the paper's publication, Nature reached out to Bates and asked him to write a "Behind the Paper" blog to give additional insight into the real story behind the paper, including his personal experiences. His blog can be read online at http://bit.ly/BehindthePaper

The full paper, Acceleration of ocean warming, salinification, deoxygenation and acidification in the surface subtropical North Atlantic Ocean, is also available online at:
https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-00030-5

Unesco - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
09/30/2020

Unesco - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

[JOB OFFER] We're looking for a Team Leader/Project Document Preparation Specialist for the GEF PPG Project: “Strengthening the stewardship of an economically and biologically significant high seas area – the Sargasso Sea".

All info: https://on.unesco.org/2S9TGr5
Deadline 13 oct 2020

Three Appointed To Sargasso Sea Commission - Bernews
09/25/2020
Three Appointed To Sargasso Sea Commission - Bernews

Three Appointed To Sargasso Sea Commission - Bernews

The Bermuda Cabinet approved the appointment of three international experts to the Sargasso Sea Commission on Tuesday [Sept 22]. A spokesperson said, “On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the Bermuda Cabinet approved the appointment of three International Experts to the Sargasso Sea Commission. “The ...

Experts join Sargasso Sea Commission | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda News
09/24/2020
Experts join Sargasso Sea Commission | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda News

Experts join Sargasso Sea Commission | The Royal Gazette:Bermuda News

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 the Bermuda Cabinet approved the appointment of three International Experts to the Sargasso Sea Commission. The Sargasso Sea Commission was established by the Hamilton Declaration on Collaboration for the Conservation of the Sargasso Sea, signed in Bermuda on March 11,...

SARGASSO SEA COMMISSION
08/24/2020
SARGASSO SEA COMMISSION

SARGASSO SEA COMMISSION

The University of Exeter Global Systems Institute and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), partners in the PhycoMExUK project, have had the privilege of becoming collaborating partners of the Sargasso Sea Commission. The Sargasso Sea is an area of open ocean situated within the North Atlantic Subtropic...

Sharks contaminated with plastic are ‘cause for concern’
08/12/2020
Sharks contaminated with plastic are ‘cause for concern’

Sharks contaminated with plastic are ‘cause for concern’

There are trillions of microplastics in the ocean — they bob on the surface, float through the water column, and accumulate in clusters on the seafloor. With plastic being so ubiquitous, it’s inevitable that marine organisms, such as sharks, will ingest them. A new study in Scientific Reports in...

The most recent fishing season sees 108 smugglers arrested and over 2 tonnes of glass eels seized in Europe
07/24/2020
The most recent fishing season sees 108 smugglers arrested and over 2 tonnes of glass eels seized in Europe

The most recent fishing season sees 108 smugglers arrested and over 2 tonnes of glass eels seized in Europe

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, which takes places tomorrow, Europol marks this day by promoting environmental action and its commitment to support EU Member States in tackling environmental crime. The annual Operation Lake aims to combat trafficking of endangered species in the EU and...

Sargassum seaweed can harbor a variety of aquatic life
07/16/2020
Sargassum seaweed can harbor a variety of aquatic life

Sargassum seaweed can harbor a variety of aquatic life

Some Caribbean countries and some parts of Florida are having problems with Sargassum seaweed. Sargassum is that golden/brown seaweed that washes up onto

Webinar: The Science of Sargassum
07/16/2020
Webinar: The Science of Sargassum

Webinar: The Science of Sargassum

On 26 May 2020, UNEP together with partners IOC-UNESCO and the two Regional Seas under the Cartagena and Abidjan Conventions started a webinar series to highlight key scientific, societal and ecological challenges, responses to prevent impacts and trans-disciplinary and trans-institution collaborati...

First direct evidence of ocean mixing across the Gulf Stream
07/08/2020
First direct evidence of ocean mixing across the Gulf Stream

First direct evidence of ocean mixing across the Gulf Stream

New research provides the first direct evidence for the Gulf Stream blender effect, identifying a new mechanism of mixing water across the swift-moving current. The results have important implications for weather, climate and fisheries because ocean mixing plays a critical role in these processes. T...

IUCN and DOSI - Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative invite you to join us tomorrow to discuss the concept and applicabilit...
06/22/2020

IUCN and DOSI - Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative invite you to join us tomorrow to discuss the concept and applicability of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Area-based Management Tools (ABMTs) in areas beyond national jurisdiction. The webinar will include expert presentations plus opportunities for participants to ask questions from a larger panel of experts and government officials.

For more details and to register, please visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5922802365025416464

The Sargasso Sea is a verdant, vital ecosystem that supports a great diversity of life, provides shelter and feeding gro...
06/18/2020
The Sargasso Sea

The Sargasso Sea is a verdant, vital ecosystem that supports a great diversity of life, provides shelter and feeding grounds for marine mammals. It is an encyclopedia of ocean knowledge and exceptional area for research and monitoring of ocean systems. While perhaps not as extensive as other wild places, it is certainly as vital as any natural environment on Earth. Sadly, the Sargasso also serves as a repository for much of the spoils of human endeavor: shipping, fishing, harvesting, and pollution. via World Ocean Observatory

The Sargasso Sea is a verdant, vital ecosystem that supports a great diversity of life, provides shelter and feeding grounds for marine…

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