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Posted on February 28, 2018 - 1:43pm, by raye
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Via Oceans Deeply

"For seafood brands, consumers and environmental watchdogs, blockchain is a tool that can deliver that missing factor – the ability to trust what suppliers say about the origin of seafood. But it’s far from a silver bullet. The technology can consume significant amounts of energy and blockchain can’t shed light on human rights abuses or secure more sustainable seafood unless the players within a supply chain already have agreed to cooperate and share accurate information."

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Posted on February 28, 2018 - 1:28pm, by abrown
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Via Frontiers Blog

"A new study sheds light on the magnitude of microplastic pollution in our oceans. The study, published today in open-access journal Frontiers in Marine Science, found microplastics in the stomachs of nearly three out of every four mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic — one of the highest levels globally."

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Posted on February 28, 2018 - 9:41am, by raye
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Via CNN

"Although it is shrouded in the darkness of a 24-hour polar night, temperatures in the Arctic have soared well above freezing this week, marking the hottest temperatures recorded in the region during winter, according to scientists from the Danish Meteorological Institute."

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Posted on February 28, 2018 - 9:39am, by raye

Via National Geographic

"Recently, scientists at the Florida Institute of Technology have confirmed that there is a new species of sixgill shark. Now named the Atlantic sixgill shark, this species inhabits the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as parts of the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its ancestors date back more than 250 million years, which is 20 million years before the time of dinosaurs. "

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Posted on February 27, 2018 - 10:35am, by raye

Via NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries 

"In February, we remember and honor the African American men and women who faced the horrors of slavery and generations of systemic racism to help build our sanctuary communities and our maritime nation."

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Posted on February 27, 2018 - 10:28am, by raye
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Via The Ecologist

"Maintaining the status quo is projected to result in less highly prized fish - such as jacks, parrotfishes, snappers, unicorn fishes and chubs. There will then be an increase in undesirable fish species increase - including moray eels, hawkfishes, tobies, and porcupine fishes. Additionaly, coral reefs will likely become dominated by algae.Maintaining the status quo is projected to result in less highly prized fish - such as jacks, parrotfishes, snappers, unicorn fishes and chubs. There will then be an increase in undesirable fish species increase - including moray eels, hawkfishes, tobies, and porcupine fishes. Additionaly, coral reefs will likely become dominated by algae."

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Posted on February 27, 2018 - 10:18am, by raye
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Via Mongabay

"In a bid to preserve these species, a new marine reserve covering 740,000 square kilometers (about 286,000 square miles) of ocean, an area greater than the size of France, has been officially designated by the Chilean government. The Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area will be off-limits to commercial mining and fishing, while the local people will be free to continue the traditional fishing methods of their ancestors."

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Posted on February 27, 2018 - 9:57am, by raye

Via First Post

"Located close to St Leu, this centre was founded in 1977 as a turtle farm that sold meat, fat and carapace; in 1994, it was converted into a sanctuary and observation center for the same animals that were once killed here. This is one place where it is possible to observe turtles in an environment similar to their natural home in the ocean. The large reception area also has several banners and small school projects which talk about conservation. The observatory has several sections within it, and one can watch these animals in action from the basement which has windows built around a large pool."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on February 27, 2018 - 9:48am, by raye

Via Mic

"The stigma of water and swimming in the black community is real. We don’t have a huge marine presence, perhaps because of lack of representation from black icons and celebrities in national swimming leagues or at the Olympics. There’s also a widespread concern over women’s hair health being impacted by the chlorine in pools and salt in the ocean. Add on the reasonable danger of breathing oxygen from a scuba tank at depths the equivalent of an eight-story building, and there aren’t many of us signing up as divers."

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