"U.S. government scientists have found a dramatic impact from the continuing decline of coral reefs: The seafloor around them is eroding and sinking, deepening coastal waters and exposing nearby communities to damaging waves that reefs used to weaken."
"Although coastal aquaculture has long been seen as harmful to the environment, some are calling for a new look into operations that move the practice into deeper water."
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"While Russia insists that economic development in the North won’t harm a fragile environment, Russian environmentalists note that the country’s oil companies continue to spill massive amounts of crude each year."
"Today, hundreds of species of the ocean’s smallest schooling fish are protected from the shoreline to 200 miles out to sea and from Washington’s northern border to California’s southern border to ensure a healthy and productive ocean into the future. New regulations put in place on Saturday, April 15 by the State of California prohibit new fisheries from developing on certain species of forage fish from zero to three miles unless and until it can be demonstrated these tiny, but critical fish can be caught without causing harm to the ecosystem."
"In a study published Wednesday in Science Advances, a group of researchers from the University of Cádiz in Spain and several other institutions show that a major ocean current is carrying bits of plastic, mainly from the North Atlantic, to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there — in surface waters, in sea ice and possibly on the ocean floor."
Alaska Senator Don Young has introduced yet another fisheries-related bill. This one intends to train more young people as commercial fishermen, by encouraging groups like Sea Grant to "provide education and training."
"Last year, Hauer and his colleagues used data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to calculate that 13.1 million people in 319 coastal U.S. counties could be forced to move if sea level rises 1.8 meters by the year 2100."
A new study by a global team of researchers has determined that MPA effectiveness — as measured by higher fish biomass compared to non-MPA sites — is generally greatest in MPAs that have adequate staff and budget to carry out their management duties.
By Jean-Luc Solandt, Bryce Stewart, and Alice Puritz
Brexit may be the single biggest constitutional change that will happen to the UK in its history. The UK government and civil service are still coming to terms with the process of change, the complexity of developing new laws, and the new political horizon of working with our European partners once the UK exits the EU.