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Posted on February 20, 2018 - 12:02pm, by raye

Via The Boston Globe

"At a recent meeting with a host of skeptical lobstermen, scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution presented the concept of ropeless fishing, a nascent technology that eliminates the need for the long, taut ropes that extend from millions of traps at the bottom of the ocean to their buoys at the surface. These ropes have killed many of the docile mammals."

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Posted on February 20, 2018 - 10:51am, by raye

Via Huffington Post

"For some of us, a house near the sea is a dream of consumption to be achieved. But for the Bajau Laut community this is simply part of who they are. The people occupy the island of Borneo, divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei."

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Posted on February 20, 2018 - 10:49am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine

"Researchers used data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s existing marine debris monitoring program, which compiles results from more than 1,100 surveys at 120 sites along the west coast of North America and Hawai‘i. Those surveys showed that approximately 100,000 items washed up on the monitored beaches from 2012 to the end of 2015, and that the rate of this influx spiked 16 months after the disaster."

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Posted on February 20, 2018 - 10:37am, by raye

Via FIS 

"Since information on fishing practices is based on papers, it is hard to trace fish origins and monitor fisheries stocks. To combat this, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business has established a  universal language for fishery exchange and information, known as Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange (FLUX)."

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Posted on February 20, 2018 - 10:17am, by raye
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Via The Seattle Times

"An independent Canadian lab that studied 19 Atlantic salmon escaped from Cooke Aquaculture’s Cypress Island net pen last August found they all were infected with a virus that can be spread to wild Pacific salmon."

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Posted on February 16, 2018 - 11:29am, by raye
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Via Mongabay

"The study in the Marine Ecology Progress Series journal found widespread decline and an aging population among the conchs of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP), a marine protected area (MPA) in the Bahamas. The plight of this previously abundant and well-protected conch population is a troubling blow for this iconic marine mollusc."

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Posted on February 16, 2018 - 11:25am, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"For centuries, shark fishers from Indonesia have targeted Scott Reef. Next door, the Rowley Shoals have been protected as a marine reserve since the early 1990s. Now, in a new study, University of Miami marine ecologist Neil Hammerschlag and his colleagues have shown how the near depletion of sharks from Scott Reef has sent a cascade of subtle changes through the ecosystem—the signs of which are written on the bodies of the fish."

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Posted on February 16, 2018 - 11:11am, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"In Williams’s lab, animal trainers work with captive seals, coaxing them into lying still for medical checkups, or getting them to perform various activities to collect important data. In the field, however, Williams—like most large-animal biologists—has always relied on anesthesia. But over the past five years, the trainers have begun to accompany Williams to the Antarctic. Their presence, and their unique skill set, has fundamentally changed how the work is done."

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