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Posted on March 12, 2018 - 11:00am, by raye
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Via KLCC

"While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales' main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast."

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Posted on March 12, 2018 - 10:54am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine

"The foraging seabirds, which spew their stomach contents when handled, tell researchers what’s swimming in areas they can’t otherwise observe. For decades, the birds were catching almost entirely Arctic species like polar cod. But in 2007, capelin, an Atlantic fish, suddenly took over. Atlantic cod, herring, and other warmer-water denizens soon followed. Today, Atlantic species all but rule the kittiwakes’ diet."

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Posted on March 12, 2018 - 10:49am, by raye
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Via KLCC

"A new report raises concerns that when fishing vessels "go dark" by switching off electronic tracking devices, in many cases they are doing so to mask the taking of illegal catches in protected marine parks and restricted national waters."

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Posted on March 12, 2018 - 10:48am, by raye
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Via Phys.org

"Ocean conditions off most of the U.S. West Coast are returning roughly to average, after an extreme marine heat wave from about 2014 to 2016 disrupted the California Current Ecosystem and shifted many species beyond their traditional range, according to a new report from NOAA Fisheries' two marine laboratories on the West Coast. Some warm waters remain off the Pacific Northwest, however."

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Posted on March 12, 2018 - 9:04am, by nwehner

Via Ars Technica

"Part of the problem may be that we go on about the abilities of scientists a bit too much. "We extol the virtues of the genius too much," Seth told Ars, pointing to the fact that a third of those surveyed said you need to be a genius to go into science. Portraying it as more approachable and providing a range of opportunities for people might go a long way toward eliminating this intimidation factor, even if existing scientists would not receive as many "genius" accolades."

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Posted on March 12, 2018 - 9:01am, by nwehner
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Via SeafoodSource

"University of Washington fisheries researcher Ray Hilborn said that a new study using satellite data from industrial fishing vessels to map global fishing effort fails to provide any new insight, despite media reports indicating otherwise."

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Posted on March 9, 2018 - 9:09am, by nwehner

Via Oceans Deeply

"As The Economist World Ocean Summit kicked off this week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the attendance of heads of states, environment ministers and other officials from Latin America, Europe and Canada underscored the absence of United States leadership on global ocean issues."

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Posted on March 8, 2018 - 1:45pm, by raye
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Via Phys.org

"The study is the first to calculate the economic value of coastal preservation in Massachusetts. The research finds these efforts contributed $179 million to the state's economy in 2014, more than finfish landings ($105 million) and whale-watching ($111 million)."

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Posted on March 8, 2018 - 1:41pm, by raye
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Via Ocean Conservancy 

"As a member of the U.S. delegation, I’ve had a back-row seat on four years of talks leading to the culmination of this landmark accord. When I left the conference room where delegates had just politely applauded and shaken hands last December, I wondered what the next steps would be to translate this miracle into reality."

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