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Posted on November 29, 2012 - 3:49pm, by nwehner


There’s something magical about exploring under the sea. Clown fish (nemo), Christmas tree worms, blue star fish and white tip reef sharks are just a few of the standouts from guided snorkelling trips that I did recently on the Coral Coast of Fiji’s Viti Levu Island and also in the beautiful Yasawa Islands.

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Posted on November 29, 2012 - 3:45pm, by nwehner

Via KUOW EarthFix

SEATTLE — Rescuing shellfish from the rising acidity in Puget Sound will require a wide-ranging response: Everything from curbing greenhouse gases and controlling water pollution to growing more seaweed and putting restaurant-discarded oyster shells into shallow bays. Those are among the recommendations in a long-awaited report on ocean acidification that was delivered Tuesday to Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire by a blue-ribbon panel.

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Posted on November 29, 2012 - 3:42pm, by nwehner

Via CA Department of Fish and Game News

Nineteen marine protected areas (MPAs) will become effective next month, completing the statewide network of MPAs in California’s coastal regions. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is pleased to announce the new MPAs will go into effect on Dec. 19 in the north coast and that effective date is weeks earlier than expected.

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Posted on November 28, 2012 - 10:48am, by nwehner

Via the Seattle Times and the Associated Press

Rising acidity levels in the oceans pose a serious threat to shellfish and other marine life, and tackling that problem in Washington state will require reducing carbon dioxide emissions, keeping polluted runoff out of marine waters, and increasing monitoring at hatcheries, a group of experts recommended Tuesday.

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Posted on November 28, 2012 - 10:03am, by nwehner

December 5, 2012, 12:00 PM EST to 2:00 PM EST (Speaking will begin promptly at 12:05 PM)

Please RSVP to Marcia McMurrin (mcmurrin [at] by December 3. The event is free and open to the public to attend remotely via teleconference or webinar. RSVPs should include: name of registrant, affiliation, email address, and if you would like to receive mailings about future ocean seminars. Call-in information will be emailed to registrants the day before the event.

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Posted on November 26, 2012 - 9:40am, by nwehner

New multiple-use reserve will help protect a globally important coral reef ecosystem that is home to turtles, manatees and more.

The Government of Belize has announced that it is to create a marine reserve around Turneffe Atoll, part of the largest and most biodiverse coral reef system in the western hemisphere.


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