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Cadmium exposure experiments on calanoid copepods reveal significant shortfall in water quality criteria for managing coastal marine ecosystems in West Africa

“Coastal marine waters in the Gulf of Guinea are severely affected by heavy metal pollution, particularly from small scale mining activities around major rivers feeding estuaries in the Region. However, the potential impact of these environmental stressor on the productivity of planktonic organisms remain unknown. We quantified survival, reproduction and faecal pellet production rate of […]

Participation of Indigenous Peoples in Decision Making Over Deep-Seabed Mining

“In this essay, I reflect on the challenges and opportunities in ensuring the genuine and meaningful participation of Indigenous peoples at the International Seabed Authority (ISA), with a view to giving due consideration to Indigenous peoples’ human rights and integrating their knowledge into international decisions on deep-seabed mining. The essay begins with an assessment of […]

Principles for transformative ocean governance

“With a focus on oceans, we collaborated across ecological, social and legal disciplines to respond to the United Nations call for transformation in the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. We developed a set of 13 principles that strategically and critically connect transformative ocean research to transformative ocean governance (complementing the UN Decade for Ocean Science). […]

One Ocean Hub: Knowledge Integration Workshop Report

“The overall purpose of the writing workshop was to integrate work across the Hub through high impact papers and proposals. Over the course of the week, Hub researchers (from the Universities of Cape Coast, Namibia, Nelson Mandela University, South Pacific, Strathclyde, West Indies and Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) collaborated on developing co-authored […]

Cruise Report: One Ocean Hub Capacity Development Cruise

“The One Ocean Hub Capacity Development Cruise aimed to build the offshore sampling capacity of emerging researchers from Southern Africa and develop the skills, relationships and multiple knowledge types to support developing ocean economies. The research cruise was designed to incorporate multiple disciplines in marine science to simultaneously collect complementing datasets to accomplish objectives across […]

When ancestors are included in ocean decision- and meaning-making

“Hydrofeminist Thinking with Oceans brings together authors who are thinking in, with and through the spaces of ocean/s and beaches in South African contexts to make alternative knowledges towards a justice-to-come and flourishing at a planetary level. Primary scholarly locations for this work include feminist new materialist and post-humanist thinking, and specifically locates itself within hydrofeminist […]

JOINT SUBMISSION: response to The Request for an Advisory Opinion from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the Climate Emergency & Human Rights

“On January 9, 2023, Chile and Colombia made a joint Request to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to clarify the scope of State in response to the climate emergency in their individual and collective dimensions. The Request is a 14-page document which includes an introduction, a description of the effects of the climate emergency […]

The progressive development of international biodiversity law from the 1972 Stockholm Conference to the synergistic protection of biodiversity and human rights, including at the ocean-climate nexus

“The progressive development of international biodiversity law, from the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment to today, is exemplified in the evolving interpretation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) towards the protection of human rights. Realising its transformative potential in addressing the intertwined global planetary crises (climate change, biodiversity loss and toxic pollution), […]

A risk assessment for the remote ocean: the case of the South East Atlantic

“Degradation of the natural world and associated ecosystem services is attributed to a historical failure to include its ‘value’ in decision-making. Uncertainty in the quantification of the relationship between natural capital ‘assets’ that give rise to critical societal benefits and people is one reason for the omission of these values from natural resource management. As […]