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World's Low Oxygen: Scientists Reveal Dangers and Solutions in Broadest Study Yet

In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. As the Earth warms, scientists expect oxygen levels to continue dropping in both of these zones. 

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The Skimmer: The Latest on Ocean Plastic in Just a Few Minutes

The Skimmer is a new Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) feature where we review the latest news and research on a particular topic. For our first Skimmer, we’re covering plastic in the ocean and its implications for management. We don’t know about you, but we can barely keep up with the dizzying array of disturbing news on ocean plastic. But since it’s our job to keep up with the news, the Skimmer is here to help out.

To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and people

There is growing concern that the world’s oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs.

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The top 10 ocean issues

Although they cover over 70 percent of the surface of the planet, the oceans of the world are under serious threat. Discover the ten biggest problems in the oceans right now.

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Primer for managers on ocean plastics

The current issue of Marine Ecosystems and Management, the sister newsletter of MPA News, features a review of the latest research on ocean plastics, with an audience of ocean managers in mind. The review covers how much plastic is in the oceans, what happens to it there, its ecosystem effects, and what can be done about it.

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