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Posted on April 10, 2018 - 3:14pm, by nwehner

Via The Jakarta Post

"The stateless fish-poaching boat had 20 crew members onboard, 14 of which are Indonesian while the remaining six are Russian. The vessel was equipped with 600 sets of gill nets. Each gill net is 50 meters long, indicating that the ship has the capacity to sweep up to 30 square kilometers in the water."

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Posted on April 10, 2018 - 3:06pm, by nwehner

Via The Conversation

"For fish, whales and other marine animals, intense underwater noises from blasts can cause acoustic trauma and even death. More common quieter noise, such as construction or shipping noise, may not kill the animals directly, but can disrupt their ability to find food, mates or avoid predators."

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Posted on April 10, 2018 - 10:08am, by nwehner

Via Anthropocene

"Take, for example, coastal Massachusetts, where commercial fishing and whalewatching are widely recognized as vital to the regional economy. In 2014, revenues from those activities respectively totaled $105 million and $111 million. When researchers calculated the value of marine stewardship in the region, the economic output totaled $179 million. It’s a whopping contribution, but largely ignored in the way nature is perceived and managed in the region."

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Posted on April 9, 2018 - 11:10am, by nwehner

Via The Gulf Today

"Over 1490 kilograms of marine debris waste were collected by 50 divers from several entities in Abu Dhabi, in addition to a number of divers from other emirates. Waste removed included plastic bottles, aluminum cans, food wrapper containers, abandoned fishing lines and construction materials."

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Posted on April 9, 2018 - 10:41am, by nwehner

Via The Atlantic

"To mantis shrimp, however, the ocean environment is richly textured and varied. For a small glimpse of the mantis shrimp’s view of the ocean, humans can now look through a mantis-shrimp-inspired camera from a team led by Viktor Gruev, an engineer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign."

In the News
Posted on April 6, 2018 - 2:27pm, by nwehner

Early on the morning of March 31st, 49 lionfish hunters descended on the reefs of the Florida Keys to compete in the Sixth Annual REEF Winter Lionfish Derby. Divers raced against the clock to bring in the most, smallest, and largest lionfish to win over $2800 in cash and prizes. At the end of the day, divers brought in a total of 414 lionfish during the single day event.

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Posted on April 6, 2018 - 11:15am, by nwehner

Via Times Colonist

"The Canadian government wants more study on the impact of eliminating heavy fuel oil in the Arctic before it signs onto an international agreement to ban its use there."


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