Emma Critchley and Douglas McCauley
In 2019, we saw a mixed bag of news stories from oceans, high seas and marine conservation. A fair bit of progress was made toward an international treaty to protect biodiversity on the high seas. An incredible rebound was witnessed in the western South Atlantic humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) to nearly its pre-whaling population size. Meanwhile, research documenting rapidly unfurling effects of climate change in the ocean painted a dire picture of the present and future ocean. These include accelerating sea level rise, more severe marine heatwaves and more frequent coral bleaching events.
A pair of marine scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, have shared their list of the top ten ocean news stories from 2019 that are still worth celebrating.
Read the full Top Ten List