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Posted on April 14, 2017 - 1:10pm, by nwehner

Via WWF

"This World Wildlife Day, March 3, Project AWARE®, WWF and The Manta Trust are pleased to release Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice, the world’s first-ever guidelines for shark and ray tourism operators. The Guide aims to provide practical, science-based guidance to help tourism operators, NGOs and local communities develop and maintain well managed tourism operations that help conserve shark and ray species, raise awareness for their protection, and benefit local communities."

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Posted on April 14, 2017 - 11:37am, by abrown

Via Forbes

"At the group’s quarterly board dinner in February, several hundred supporters and friends -- including actor Harrison Ford, who’s a board member -- turned out at the swank Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Silicon Valley to discuss the way forward for fighting climate change and protecting the environment under the Trump administration."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on April 14, 2017 - 10:37am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new, more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control, and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on April 13, 2017 - 11:03pm, by abrown

Via Phys.org

"Endangered North American right whales gave birth last winter to the fewest calves seen off the U.S. coast in 17 years, troubling scientists who say the low births support other evidence that the imperiled species' population may be declining."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on April 13, 2017 - 10:58pm, by abrown

Via Phys.org

"Ocean life is largely hidden from view. Monitoring what lives where is costly – typically requiring big boats, big nets, skilled personnel and plenty of time. An emerging technology using what's called environmental DNA gets around some of those limitations, providing a quick, affordable way to figure out what's present beneath the water's surface."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on April 13, 2017 - 10:55pm, by abrown

Via UN News Centre

"With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans."

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Posted on April 13, 2017 - 10:42pm, by abrown
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Via Scientific American

"Whales are crucial to ocean carbon absorption. As whale numbers dwindle, it could lead to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, scientists say. But if conservation efforts pay off, whales could play a role in helping the islands meet the reductions to their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of greenhouse gases framed in the Paris Agreement."

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Posted on April 13, 2017 - 2:19pm, by nwehner
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Via Hawaii Tribune-Herald

"The Nets-to-Energy program is a partnership under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Matson Navigation provides containers and free shipping for nets to Oahu, where metal recycling company Schnitzer Steel cuts the material into smaller pieces to be burned at the Covanta H-Power Plant in Kapolei."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on April 13, 2017 - 11:59am, by nwehner

Via The Washington Post

"Climate change is one of the main characters in the new season of “Deadliest Catch,” with the crab fishermen in one of Discovery’s most enduring and popular shows forced to deal with a sudden warming of the Bering Sea that chases their prey into deeper, more dangerous water."

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