Via UN News Centre
"6 December 2017 – The United Nations today designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks."
Via Ars Technica
"Tuesday evening, Columbia University's Earth Institute hosted a panel that was meant to focus on an issue we're likely to be facing with increasing frequency: the need to move entire communities that are no longer viable due to rising seas or altered weather. But the discussion ended up shifting to how people in at-risk locations aren't moving, and the entire governmental structure in the US is focused on keeping them right where they are."
"Zinke’s final report comes a day after Trump signed proclamations in Utah that downsized two massive national monuments there — Bears Ears by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by nearly 46 percent. The president had directed Zinke in April to review 27 national monuments established since 1996 under the Antiquities Act, which gives the president broad authority to safeguard federal lands and waters under threat."
"The United Nations has said the one country with the greatest potential to make a significant contribution to aquaculture is the United States. Just one-tenth of one percent of U.S. managed waters could produce an amount of seafood equal to the world total wild catch, he said."
"The Hawaii state Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), an arm of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, finalized data last Wednesday on 20 research sites throughout West Hawaii. The findings showed an average relative loss of coral cover of approximately 7 percent across the region, with absolute coral cover loss ranging between 1-5 percent at specific locations."
"Of the permits remaining in rural Alaska today, an increasingly older population holds them, a trend known as the 'graying of the fleet.' In 1975, fishermen age 40 and under held about half of all rural local permits. By 2016, that figure had nearly been cut in half. The typical fisherman working today is over 50 years old, a decade older than a generation ago."
Via CBS News
"In Nairobi, Kenya, a U.N. environmental summit opened Monday. The goal: to restore a healthy ocean. The U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA) began with 7,000 delegates from around the world and 100 ministers, making it the highest level decision-making body on the environment."
Via Xinhua Net
"The Angolan government will create integrated protected marine areas to ensure the preservation of vital energy resources and maintenance of food chains, biodiversity, fish production and help in the conservation of fishery resources."
Via Sport Fishing
"Eight sport-fishing associations and two fishing clubs represented by FECOP, the sport-fishing advocacy group in Costa Rica, voted unanimously against the Alvaro Ulgalde Marine Reserve even though its promoters claim sport-fishing will be allowed in the proposed law sent to the Costa Rica's Congress."