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Posted on March 2, 2018 - 9:58am, by raye
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Via OPB

"Between 1930 and 1938, Masahide sold thousands of cases of Japanese oyster seeds to Northwest shellfish farmers. The oysters thrived in the Northwest, and Masahide formed a cooperative with the Japanese farmers that helped set consistent pricing for seeds."

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Posted on March 2, 2018 - 9:55am, by raye

Via National Geographic

"The ship's 148 passengers—mostly tourists, but also naturalists and a videographer, all returning home from a trip to the southernmost continent—were greeted with an exceptionally rare sight: A pod of the elusive type D killer whale, or orca."

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Posted on March 2, 2018 - 9:40am, by raye
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Via Oceans Deeply

"Cooley, a marine scientist by training, has pushed for bills recently introduced in the House and Senate that direct the secretary of commerce to assess the impact of ocean acidification on coastal communities. For example, said Cooley, the secretary could look at the economic impact on local shellfish fisheries and aquaculture. The House bill, introduced last May, currently has 18 Democrats and five Republicans as cosponsors and a Senate bill introduced in December is being sponsored by two Democrats and two Republicans. The bills only call for reports, so they take small steps, but they also help engage lawmakers on the issue, according to Cooley."

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Posted on March 2, 2018 - 9:34am, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"Tucked away inland south of Olympia, Washington, the Skookumchuck salmon hatchery has been raising and releasing juvenile salmon into the wild to shore up the state’s flagging fish populations for the past 38 years. Its efforts have had little to do with the 76 endangered, fish-eating southern resident killer whales (SRKW) that live in the northeast Pacific, straddling the border between Washington and British Columbia."

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Posted on March 1, 2018 - 11:36am, by raye
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Via Marine Conservation Society

"680 products, including meat, rice, sauces, dairy, chocolate, cereals, fruit and vegetables, will be on offer in the Amsterdam Jan Pieter Heijestraat store of the Ekoplaza organic supermarket group. The aisle is the brainchild of British-based campaign group, Plastic Planet."

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Posted on March 1, 2018 - 11:30am, by raye

Via Southern Fried Science

"Did you know that some shark populations have declined due to overfishing? Did you know that some once-declined shark populations have recovered? If you’re like my twitter followers, it’s likely that you’ve heard the bad news, but have not heard the good news."

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Posted on March 1, 2018 - 11:28am, by raye
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Via Reuters

"Whales are one of the main tourist draws for Marino Ballena National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most visited natural areas. As climate change hits the country’s parks and biodiversity, it is also threatening local economies highly dependent on tourism, scientists and local people say."

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Posted on March 1, 2018 - 11:26am, by raye

Via Ocean Conservancy 

"For this reason, it was an incredible opportunity to be able to speak with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a recognized and celebrated marine biologist and conservation strategist. It’s not every day that you get the chance to speak with such an inspiring woman of color, particularly as we celebrate Black History Month. Our conversation was illuminating and insightful. Here are some of the highlights."

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Posted on March 1, 2018 - 10:50am, by raye
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Via Oceans Deeply

"On Monday, spectators packed a small room in the Hawaii State Capitol building and watched as five senators read public testimony from supporters and opponents of Senate Bill 2498. This is the first time in 10 years that a statewide polystyrene foam prohibition bill has moved through Hawaii’s Senate, according to the Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter, and follows bans passed in Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii last year."

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Posted on March 1, 2018 - 10:35am, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"In the United States, wind farms have so far been a feature of the terrestrial landscape, with installations from Southern California to northern Maine generating more than six percent of the nation’s energy. But off the mid-Atlantic coast, interest in offshore wind farms is growing, and so is the danger to seabirds."

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