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"Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns.The "Foresight Future of the Sea" report from the UK Government Office for Science said our oceans have seen "unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and climate change.""
Via The Guardian
"More than 35m hectares of “no-take” ocean will be stripped from Australia’s marine parks if plans released by the government go ahead, according to analysis commissioned by conservation groups."
Via News Deeply
"Every business depends on water in some way, so it’s short-sighted that all companies don’t work to manage water resources. In the aftermath of California’s drought, though, we’re seeing positive change, with water-efficiency efforts multiplying and new watershed restoration and recharge projects popping up."
"Each year on the United Nations-designated World Water Day, March 22, people around the world consider the importance of fresh water to ecosystems and to us. On World Water Day 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) looks at Earth's critical zone—the realm on our planet's surface between the forest canopy and bedrock—and the role North America's West Coast rivers play in sustaining spawning salmon."
Via News Deeply
"About 80 miles (130km) north of Maui, Hawaii, a small fleet of robots has for the past few days been collecting samples of ocean microbes in an eddy about 70 miles (110km) wide, spinning counterclockwise in the North Pacific Ocean. This Thursday, the vehicles will be recovered and cracked open, their cartridges removed and the filters containing the samples taken out for later analysis, including whole genome sequencing."
"The Scottish Government is consulting on the creation of a permanent marine protected area for Loch Carron, in Wester Ross. It was first designated as an 'emergency marine protected area' in May 2017, following confirmation of damage to the flame shell beds by a scallop dredging incident. A Marine Conservation Order was put in place at the same time to protect the flameshell beds from further damage by fishing."
"The government said the move, affecting 44 parks, was made after an independent scientific review and allowed a more balanced approach to ocean protection, maintaining sustainable fishing while promoting ecotourism."
Via Hakai Magazine
"Animals are responding to climate change in a number of ways. Some are adapting physically, while others are changing their reproductive behaviors or migrating, seeking out conditions that suit them. In North America, important food animals such as flounder, hake, and lobster are already on the move. Combined, these changes are cascading through the food web, altering whole ecosystems."