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Posted on June 17, 2017 - 12:21pm, by abrown
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Via Times Colonist

"A proposed expansion of the federal government’s marine conservation powers could speed protection at Race Rocks and eliminate drilling permits in conservation areas such as Hecate Strait.

Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc introduced amendments to the Oceans Act and Canada Petroleum Resources Act this week."

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Posted on June 17, 2017 - 12:15pm, by abrown
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Via Samaa

"The Astola Island, an island famous for its scenic beauty, has been designated as Pakistan’s first ever Marine Protected Area (MPA) under Convention on Biological Diversity on Thursday."

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Posted on June 16, 2017 - 6:38pm, by abrown
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Via National Post

"Canada is doing less to protect its waters than most other G8 countries, says a group of marine scientists from across Canada which is raising concerns about the federal government’s approach to ocean protection. The group of 15 scientists sent a letter to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc Wednesday calling on them to restrict human activity in Canada’s marine protected areas (MPAs)."

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Posted on June 16, 2017 - 6:35pm, by abrown
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Via The Guardian

"Beaches on remote Arctic islands are heavily polluted with plastic, a new expedition has found, demonstrating that the region is the dumping ground for waste carried northwards on the Gulf Stream."

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Posted on June 16, 2017 - 12:09pm, by nwehner

From 24 to 29 June 2018, more than 700 marine conservationists from all disciplines and from across the globe will convene in Kuching, Malaysia for the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) and the second iteration of OceansOnline.  While we are greatly looking forward to these events, the most important global meetings for marine conservation and online advocacy for the ocean, we already have an eye on the 6th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC6) and the third iteration of OceansOnline. These meeting will take place in in 2020.

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Posted on June 16, 2017 - 10:52am, by nwehner
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Via The New York Times

"The Energy Department is closing an office that works with other countries to develop clean energy technology, another sign of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate-related activities after its withdrawal from the Paris agreement this month."

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Posted on June 16, 2017 - 9:56am, by nwehner
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Via On the Tide

"Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, today released a letter signed by 535 marine, climate and other scientists who fully support the creation of marine reserves because of the “important role that strongly-protected marine reserves play in conserving marine life and benefiting fish populations.”  In response to a recent Executive Order that questions the soundness of marine and land monuments established by both Republican and Democratic presidents, the scientists also “call on the United States government to maintain existing ocean protections and to increase protections for diverse habitats across all biogeographic regions of U.S. ocean waters.”"

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Posted on June 16, 2017 - 9:46am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"A new paper, published Wednesday in the Geological Society of America’s bulletin GSA Today, includes an updated map of the Louisiana coastline and the rate at which it’s sinking into the sea, a process scientists call “subsidence,” which occurs in addition to the climate change-caused process of sea-level rise. The new map suggests that, on average, the Louisiana coast is sinking at a rate of about 9 millimeters, or just over a third of an inch, per year — a faster rate than previous studies have suggested, according to the authors."

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