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Posted on March 21, 2014 - 3:42pm, by nwehner

Via The Seattle Times

"If you’re a customer of Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD), one day some of your electricity could come from tidal power.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted unanimously Thursday to issue a license to the PUD for a tidal-energy pilot project in Admiralty Inlet.

If it gets final approvals, the pilot may be the world’s first grid-connected, tidal-energy project using large-scale turbines, said Assistant General Manager Craig Collar."

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Posted on March 21, 2014 - 2:09pm, by nwehner

Via GMA News Online

"The rising number of marine vessels passing through Sulu Sea poses a grave threat to the world heritage site Tubbataha Reef Natural Park in Palawan province.

"The potential impact of international shipping on the protected area is heightened due to the marked increase in international shipping," Tubbataha Management Office head Angelique Songco told GMA News Online in a phone interview on Wednesday.

Based on records from 2009 to 2013, there was a 59 percent increase of international shipping passing along the park's buffer zone in Sulu Sea."

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Posted on March 21, 2014 - 2:07pm, by nwehner

Via Myrtle Beach Online

"While the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) continues to consider establishing more MPAs off the South Atlantic Coast, the South Carolina Legislature is on the verge of saying enough is enough.

Rep. Stephen Goldfinch (R-Murrells Inlet) is the sponsor of a non-binding resolution opposing more MPAs off the South Atlantic coast. The bill – House Bill 4596 – has already been approved by the S.C. House of Representatives and sent to the Senate.

Goldfinch and 33 co-signers are opposed to the SAFMC’s Snapper-Grouper Regulatory Amendment 17 that is considering modifications to existing MPAs and the addition of new MPAs to further reduce by-catch mortality of speckled hind and warsaw grouper and increase protection to their deep-water habitat."

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Posted on March 20, 2014 - 4:54pm, by nwehner

Via Future of Fish

"Since the 1950s, the technology for catching, processing, and physically moving seafood across the globe has undergone a dramatic sophistication. As boats bejeweled their helms and decks with fancy fish finders and powerful hydraulics for hauling traps, processors and distributors harnessed new freezing and shrink wrap technologies and jumbo jets to swiftly move valuable catch across the globe within 24 hours. 

However, as Sunday morning’s press conference organized by Norpac Industry revealed, the enormous activity enabled by those technological innovations has not been matched by high-tech information systems. Most of it continues to be captured by old-fashioned paper reports."

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Posted on March 19, 2014 - 4:05pm, by nwehner

Via Bahama Islands Info

"Recently, Bahamas National Trust (BNT) officials met with local communities in Abaco to discuss proposed parks.  Meetings were held in Marsh Harbour, Cherokee and Cross Harbour.

Additionally, the BNT met with fishermen in Sandy Point, Abaco, to address concerns about the proposed national park for Cross Harbour in South Abaco. The meeting went extremely well; as the BNT assured fishermen that their interests were considered when proposing the park."

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Posted on March 19, 2014 - 2:27pm, by nwehner

The first Mares Conference will be held in Olhão, Portugal, from November 17th to 21st, 2014. This international and open conference will bring together scientists from different levels and disciplines to discuss and address main issues about marine ecosystems health and conservation.

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Posted on March 18, 2014 - 4:30pm, by nwehner

Via The Telegram

"Andrew Robinson’s article “Marine Protected Areas not holding up,” March 3, describes the quest for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as somewhat of a noble gesture, but ultimately a lost cause. However, a look at the broader, more global picture reveals a different story of more positive recovery outcomes for our oceans through the establishment of MPAs."

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Posted on March 18, 2014 - 11:19am, by nwehner

Via the European Commission

"We are happy to invite you to the third event in our series of workshops on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). Workshop 3 – Shipping will take place on 06 June 2014 in Athens, Greece.

In June 2013, the European Commission launched its series of stakeholder workshops to assess the benefits and challenges of MSP for specific maritime sectors and activities. On 14 June 2013, in Dublin, the first meeting was dedicated to MSP and energy. The second workshop was held in Vilnius on 15 November 2013. It was dedicated to fisheries and aquaculture. Presentations and feedback from both workshops can be found on the website:

The third workshop will be held in Athens, Greece on 6 June 2014. It will be dedicated to shipping and will gather experts, industries and NGOs to discuss the coexistence and synergies between shipping and other maritime sectors in a context of increasing use of marine space."

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Posted on March 18, 2014 - 10:53am, by nwehner

Via the Marine Center at the University of Agder

"UiA/IMR scientists Esben Moland Olsen and Even Moland participates in the ERA-Net BiodivERsA project BUFFER (, which aims to understand the functioning of buffer-zones with limited fishing activity around marine protected areas. At a meeting in Lisboa last week they discussed (among other things) how to integrate data from marine protected areas in Norway, Sweden, France and Portugal. The Norwegian case study deals with the behaviour and mortality of anadromous brown trout (sea trout) in the Tvedestrand fjord, where a marine protected area has recently been established."

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Posted on March 18, 2014 - 10:46am, by nwehner


"The Government today announced a new marine reserve, whale and fur seal sanctuary, five customary fishing areas and amateur fishing regulations to improve the management of Kaikōura’s coast and ocean.

"Kaikōura’s extraordinary marine environment needs the protection and recognition of these new sanctuaries and reserves. This is the most biologically rich ocean anywhere in the world over 500 metres depth because of its deep canyon so close to shore," Dr Smith says."


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