"Near-shore waters have a greater diversity of species and face more immediate threats from energy extraction, tourism, development, habitat degradation and overfishing. If we leave these places at risk, we’re not really accomplishing the goal of protecting the seas."
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"Once the UK leaves the EU, UK fisheries will no longer fall under the remit of the common fisheries policy. The group of 17 industry organizations -- including retailers Tesco and J. Sainsbury, and processors Young's Seafood and Lyons Seafoods -- said new and existing regulations must deliver confidence that UK seafood is sustainably and legally sourced after the UK leaves the bloc."
Via Hakai Magazine
"September in southeast Florida is one of the hottest, stickiest months, yet there are subtle clues the season is changing. Mirroring the dark clouds that unleash late summer downpours along the coastline, massive schools of baitfish suddenly appear along the beaches, sparking a torrent of activity."
Via The Times
"I’ve always been fascinated by this underwater universe. I wanted to be a marine biologist long before I decided to act. And as the years have passed and I have got on with my life and my chosen career, the need to protect this mysterious and extraordinary world has become ever more urgent. That is why I have just become an Antarctic ambassador: to help call for the creation of the biggest protected area on Earth, an Antarctic ocean sanctuary."
"Officials at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park say they have collected 22 tonnes of garbage since January off the coasts of the pristine archipelago, some of it from as far away as Asia."
"Under the rules of the Endangered Species Act, once a species is discovered to be at risk of extinction, government agencies are required by law to take steps to save it. For years, critics have challenged that mandate, arguing that it undercuts the ability to weigh a species’ value or to consider the economic impact of its preservation — for instance, the cost of prohibiting logging in a valuable tract of forest. Since Donald Trump took office, these objections have gained ground; there are currently six bills pending in Congress, all aimed at overhauling (some would say gutting) the Endangered Species Act."
Via News Deeply
"Krill oil, rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, is a popular nutritional supplement around the world. However, according to a recent report from Greenpeace, growing demand is fueling commercial fishing in Antarctica’s icy waters that could make it harder for all kinds of polar marine life to survive climate change threats."
Via Hakai Magazine
"Picturing the England’s coastlines, you might imagine the White Cliffs of Dover, jaunty seaside towns with colorful beach huts, or colonies of seals or puffins and the odd killer whale. Yet nestled in these shorelines are well over 1,000 disused landfills poised to begin shedding their contents—plastic, metal, household waste, and organic contaminants—onto beaches and into the sea."
Via News Deeply
"There is concern that attaching the wrong word to the problem could result in the wrong management decisions to fix it. The problem, the fishers say, is not how many salmon are being caught but the number of newly born juveniles that even make it to the ocean in the first place – and at the root of that issue is upstream water conditions."