"According to a recent United Nations study, approximately 40% of the global population lives within 100 km of the coastline. As human life continues to expand and develop along the ocean waters, ecological conservation and environmental protection become mere afterthoughts."
Via The Atlantic
"Worst-case scenario: You’re dead by the following sunset. There are thought to be 25 species of Irukandji. One species, Malo kingi, is commonly known as “the king slayer.” After the initial sting comes a procession of ever more dreadful symptoms: back pain, agitation, the sensation of crawling skin, vomiting. The heart can become arrhythmic. Fluid may build up in and around the lungs. Patients “beg their doctors to kill them, just to get it over with,” the marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin told ABC Radio National in 2007."
Following in the success of our last Ocean Series (http://films.economist.com/blancpain-ocean) The Economist has been commissioned to make another documentary about the Ocean to be screened at the World Ocean Summit in Mexico, 2018.
The film wants to examine Marine Protected Areas and those advocating the rise in size to cover 30% of the Ocean. We seek to explore the current health of the Ocean and see how overfishing, pollution and climate change are pushing our planet to its limits. We want to explore how MPAs can be used in conservation to help marine environments recover from the damage done by humanity and to provide an insurance policy for biodiversity across the globe. We also want to look into how MPAs can be effectively managed and enforced to have a meaningful impact both on marine life and surrounding communities. It’s one thing to draw a line on a map another to make that meaningful to both the marine life and the people who inhabit it. We are going to be looking at how technology can assist in the process of enforcing MPAs, using Satellites and unmanned vehicles to help police these areas.
Webinar #15 in the Annex IV Environmental Webinar Series
December 12, 2017 @ 16:00 - 17:30 UTC (8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET)
This webinar will discuss three tools that can be employed for environmental assessments. The first tool is the Tethys Management Measures tool, developed by the United States and the United Kingdom as part of the Annex IV initiative, that can be used to generate a detailed list of potential management measures for addressing environmental concerns around marine renewable energy (MRE) deployments. The second tool from the United Kingdom is the Impact Assessment Tool (IMPACT), which allows users to identify the potential key environmental impacts associated with MRE developments and to access guidelines and recommendations for how best to assess, monitor and manage these impacts. The third tool, AquaPixel, is being developed in Singapore as a GIS and data management tool developed for marine spatial planning allowing project developers, technology developers, regulators and other interested parties to ensure that marine renewable developments are optimized to find suitable sites and devices that match those sites from a technical aspect, whilst ensuring that environmental impacts on conservation, cultural heritage and socio economic factors are minimized.
"India has said that it is not ready to agree to a commitment against subsidies for illegal, unregulated, unaccounted (IUU) fishing and overfished stocks at the WTO Ministerial meet in Buenos Aires later this month"
"Local people scour the beach daily for plastic waste. They want clean beaches, and they're aware that local hotels want the same. But along the high water line millions of the fragments of plastics are mixed in with dried sea grass, too small to be collected."
"With a final gulp of air, the hawksbill turtle executes a perfect butterfly stroke and disappears into deeper water—a rare lucky escape for one of Kenya's sea turtles, increasingly under siege from humanity's plastic binge."
Via Science Daily
"A UK study, published in Scientific Reports has shown it is possible to monitor these animals via environmental DNA (eDNA), whereby a sample of seawater can provide the identifiable 'tracks' of numerous species of shark."