"Oceanic nations like Seychelles are among the most vulnerable to climate change because their economies are often almost totally reliant on marine resources. Failing to plan how to sustain those resources as the climate changes could eventually be ecologically and economically disastrous.
By demarcating large areas to be both protected and properly managed, Seychelles is now better prepared for the unknown effects of warming and rising waters, ocean acidification, and increased and illegal fishing."
"Japanese fishermen have caught 3,341 metric tons of juvenille bluefin tuna as of Feb. 14, or 98% of its 2017/18 season quota. With the quota running to the end of June, fishermen still have more than four months of the season remaining."
Via Hakai Magazine
"Skeptics and scientists have raised a range of hypothetical ways in which wave and tidal power infrastructure could hurt animals. Maybe seals, seabirds, and fish will be sliced and diced by underwater turbines. Perhaps they will be disturbed by the sounds of underwater generators. Sharks and rays—sensitive to electromagnetic fields—might be thrown astray by subsea power cables"
Via Oceans Deeply
"On Tuesday, the seafaring bot named Europa arrived at the first seamount, an underwater mountain in the vast open ocean of the western Pacific, about halfway to its destination. But there have been no confirmed signs of whales so far."
Via NBC Bay Area
"After more than two decades tagging white sharks off the Bay Area coastline, this spring the team from Stanford University, along with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, will follow the creatures to the open ocean halfway between Hawaii and Baja — an area known as the White Shark Cafe — as part of an extensive effort to unravel even more details about the sharks' mysterious lives."
"On show at Verve Cafe the images in Views from the Trophy Room are montages of the Gisborne artist’s paper mache coral clusters that colonise the walls and workbenches of his tin shed studio."
"The MPA will be in force for at least 35 years. A joint proposal by New Zealand and the United States (US), advanced through the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), led to an agreement amongst the 24 state parties and the European Union (EU) after more than five years of negotiations."
Via News Deeply
"When researchers reconstructed historical data using modern techniques, they determined that nations have not accurately accounted for past fish catches. But a top U.N.fisheries official disputes the scientists’ methodology and conclusions."