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Featuring images from the Marine Photobank, these Photo of the Week stories highlight ocean issues as well as the ability of visual media to promote ocean conservation. Would you like see one of your images as a Photo of the Week? Please become a contributing member of the Marine Photobank and let your photos work on behalf of the ocean.

The Plights of Penguins
Glenn Carmel/Marine Photobank
At the recent 7th International Penguin Conference, in Boston, Mass., researchers focused on identifying current and emerging issues of penguin conservation. Thirteen of the world’s 18 penguin species are listed as either threatened or endangered. Penguins face an onslaught of threats which, depending on the species and location, can include oil pollution, declines in food because of commercial fisheries and El Nîno and other climate-related events, introduced disease and predators, entanglement in fisheries nets, and human-related disturbance. A changing climate presents an additional threat for some species. Seen here is a southern rockhopper penguin, numbers of which have declined by about 34 percent during the past 40 years.