"The Republican who chairs the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources has teamed up with a congresswoman from American Samoa to lobby President Donald Trump to open all marine monuments, including those in the Hawaii area, to commercial fishing."
Via BuzzFeed News
"As the Trump administration sows doubt over vaccines, climate science, and environmental protections offered by agencies like the EPA, lawmakers are now taking aim at the otherwise uncontroversial research on tracking the movement and abundance of ocean life."
Via Hakai Magazine
"The United States’ first major fisheries management legislation, the Magnuson-Stevens Act of 1976, enshrined single-species management in law by setting individual catch limits. “Once that happens, it’s really difficult to make progressive changes,” Fogarty says."
"Fishers gave two main reasons for poaching: their belief that there would be higher catches in reserves and that the probability of detection was low. This suggests that extolling certain ecological benefits of reserves in places where enforcement is limited could actually encourage poaching. We suggest that increasing the perceived risk of detection (i.e. naming and shaming offenders, or publicizing new detection technologies such as drones or night vision) may help to stem the rising tide of poaching on the Great Barrier Reef."
Via The Verge
"To save coral reefs around the world, global temperatures need to level off or decline, according to a new study of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) over the past 20 years. Warming waters are the key driver of mass bleaching, the study found. As the world continues to heat up, these bleaching events will become more frequent and more severe, putting the future of coral reefs at risk."
"Huge sections of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching across hundreds of miles of its most pristine northern sector, were recently found to be dead, killed last year by overheated seawater. More southerly sections around the middle of the reef that barely escaped then are bleaching now, a potential precursor to another die-off that could rob some of the reef’s most visited areas of color and life."
Via Ars Technica
"Yesterday, the Trump administration released its first proposed budget outline. While this is just the first step in what will inevitably be extensive negotiations with Congress, it gives a clear indication of what Trump's priorities are. First and foremost, he is focused on the military, which will see a $54 billion increase in spending, offset by cuts or wholesale elimination of programs elsewhere. Science is clearly not a priority, as it is repeatedly targeted for cuts in every agency that funds it."
Join researcher and environmental activist Sadie Beaton as she describes her journey to better understand the meaning and motivations for environmental justice in Mi’kma’ki, the indigenous Mi’kmaq lands on Canada’s Atlantic coast. This multimedia presentation will focus on a current environmental justice issue – resistance to a natural gas storage project threatening the Sipekne’katik River – that has Mi’kmaq communities asserting their rights to fisheries, and allying with non-indigenous Nova Scotians. Beaton has been involved in this resistance work as part of a Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) case study that takes the form of a radio interview series and podcast, alongside on-the-ground efforts to incorporate an environmental justice lens into her work with the environmental organization Ecology Action Centre.
Follow this link to register for the “Conservation, Indigenous Livelihoods and Environmental Justice” webinar.
"We know a lot about how carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can drive climate change, but how about the way that climate change can cause fluctuations in CO2 levels? New research from an international team of scientists reveals one of the mechanisms by which a colder climate was accompanied by depleted atmospheric CO2 during past ice ages."