News and Updates
Via The Daily Catch
"In a fjord system of northern British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, a team of scientists, non-profits and an indigenous monitoring group have uncovered a curious humpback whale behaviour. Dubbed the “whale wave”, it suggests local displacement of the animals caused by humans may have more consequences than previously thought."
"Our National Marine Sanctuary System comprises 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments. Though they sound similar, national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments are actually two different types of protections. But what, exactly, is the difference between a national marine sanctuary and a marine national monument?"
"In the Trump administration, “energy dominance” has replaced “energy independence” as the go-to phrase for describing the federal government’s broad energy goals -- in President Trump’s case, to promote as much oil, gas and coal development as possible." This article also discusses budget cuts to NOAA "-- A lot of attention has been paid to the heavy cuts Trump proposed for the EPA, but let's dig into the budget reductions proposed for another agency: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."
Via India Times
"Find a relatively old photograph of the Versova beach and compare it to its most recent click. The difference will be stark and also be relieving to the eyes. Thanks to a lawyer named Afroz Shah, who went on a cleanliness drive 85 weeks ago and left the entire beach super clean."
Via SCUBA News
"The team aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer have just completed the Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin expedition. The 23-day expedition focused on exploring deepwater areas of the Jarvis Island, Kingman Reef, and Palmyra Atoll Units of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument; areas near American Samoa; areas around the Cook Islands Marine Park (Marae Moana); and the high seas."
"Academics should resist signing over the copyright of their research to a “profit-oriented” academic publisher if they can secure a licence to publish themselves, a report recommends, while university leaders must simultaneously seek ways to ensure that copyright remains with the author."