"His decision removes about 85 percent of the designation of Bears Ears and nearly 46 percent of that for Grand Staircase-Escalante, land that potentially could now be leased for energy exploration or opened for specific activities such as motorized vehicle use."
"Scientist found that, on average, a portion of mussels contains about 90 plastic particles – meaning two portions of mussels eaten weekly translates to roughly 11,000 plastic fibers annually."
Via Nhan Dan
"Vietnam was served with a yellow card warning by the EU in September for failing to progress in fighting IUU fishing and it has been offered the opportunity to take measures to rectify the situation within six months."
Via The Guardian
"While we’re most familiar with our shallow coastal waters, offshore areas of the UK and Ireland can reach depths of over 5,000 metres. These deeper waters are home to vast, cold-water coral reefs that can be over 8,000 years old, and are as fragile and colourful as their tropical counterparts."
"With winter descending on the Arctic, sea ice should be expanding rapidly in the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska and eastern Siberia. But instead of sea ice, satellite sensors see thousands of square miles of open water stretching between the Alaska and Russia."
Via Calgary Herald
"Protecting and restoring fish habitat will only be successful if it is done collaboratively with many stakeholders that either impact Canada’s rivers, lakes and oceans, hold responsibility for their management or are concerned for the future of fish and habitat"
"An international agreement to protect the Central Arctic Ocean against all commercial fishing has been reached with the U.S., Canada, Norway, Russia, Denmark, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, China and the European Union signing a 16 year moratorium on commercial fishing in international waters."
"A recent study in the journal Fisheries Research by the Canada- and U.K.-based conservation group Project Seahorse estimates that between 127,000 and 269,000 seahorses are taken from the waters off this one island each year."