World Ocean's Day
Ocean Science Fact: Not all fish are cold-blooded
Did you know that not all fish are cold-blooded? The opah, or moonfish, is the only known warm-blooded fish on Earth. Recent studies shown that the opah circulates heated blood throughout its body, giving it a competitive advantage in the cold ocean…
Ocean Science Fact: 99% of reef-building corals are at threat due to global warming
Some habitat-forming coastal ecosystems including many coral reefs, and seagrass meadows, will undergo irreversible phase shifts due to marine heatwaves with global warming levels >1.5°C. Source: IPCC Report
Protecting our ocean
The health of our oceans is bound to the health of people and our planet. We urgently need action to reverse the downward spiral. The Blue Climate Summit takes place from May 14 to May 20, 2022 in French Polynesia.This global convening of 250+ carefully…
Stat of the week: 1.97 million km2 of the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone are covered by marine protected areas
Did you know? 1.97 million km2 of the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone are covered by marine protected areas.
Opening Remarks by Dr. Stuart Minchin, Director-General of the Pacific Community at the Blue Climate Summit
Check against delivery Opening Remarks by Dr. Stuart Minchin, Director-General of the Pacific Community Blue Climate Summit French Polynesia
RNZ: The Director-General of the Pacific Community says accessing climate finance remains a challenge in the Pacific
Ocean Science Fact: Fish catch in parts of the Pacific are expected to decline by at least half by 2100.
Climate change is expected to have disastrous impacts on island food security and food systems. Most Pacific Island Countries could experience ≥ 50% declines in maximum fish catch potential by 2100 relative to 1980–2000.
Ocean Science Fact: The point Nemo is the most remote place on the planet
Have you ever heard of the Point Nemo? It is the most remote place on the planet, situated 2,700 km from any emerged land (Pitcairn, Easter Island and the Antartica). It is also known as the “ocean pole of inaccessibility.” The Point Nemo is named after…
Vaka Moana: An accessible Pacific Ocean Lab
The 'Vaka Moana: Data Visualisation Tools for an Accessible Pacific Ocean' satellite event is part of a series of Pacific contributions to the UN Ocean Decade global event. This satellite event will focus on the theme of an 'Accessible Pacific Ocean'…