"The average age of a state commercial fishing permit holder now tops 50, up by 10 years from a generation ago, according to state data cited in the new report. Back in 1975, half of rural permit holders who fished locally were 40 or under. Now it's about a quarter."
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Via Global Trade
"The site is 100 miles west of the Alaska wildlife refuge, which a provision in the current Senate Republican tax bill would open for drilling. The executive branch doesn’t require congressional approval for Eni’s Arctic drilling, which could begin this month."
"Plastic as we know it has only really existed for the last 60-70 years, but in that time it has transformed everything from clothing, cooking and catering, to product design, engineering and retailing. One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that they're designed to last - for a very long time.And nearly all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today."
"Called white plague, white blotch and other names, depending on the pattern of damaged or destroyed tissue, the disease has infected more than 20 South Florida coral species from the mid-Florida Keys through Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection."
Via The News
"The UK’s only pod of killer whales is facing extinction because of toxic pollution. With only eight members remaining and no reports of a calf being born for over 20 years, the pod may be gone in a matter of decades, despite the toxins that are killing them having been banned for almost 40 years."
"The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world’s most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change."
Via Cape Gazette
"It became apparent to me after reading some of the posts on social media concerning the menhaden issue that a good number of people have no idea how fisheries regulations are developed. Believe it or not, there is a system, and while it’s far from perfect, it has been helpful in conserving striped bass, red drum and to some extent, flounder."
Via Seafood Source
"In the busy shipping lanes of Long Beach and San Francisco the industry, working with NOAA and other organizations, learned that moving ship traffic closer to shore greatly reduced contact with whales. Right whale researchers in the Bay of Fundy found a three-mile move of shipping lanes reduced ship strikes by 90 percent."
"On Twitter, Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Interior Department, said Patagonia was disingenuous in its ad campaign.
“Patagonia Is Lying To You,” the committee's account wrote, using the same font the retailer had on its website. It continues: “A corporate giant hacking our public lands debate to sell more products to wealthy elitist urban dwellers from New York to San Francisco.”"
"The issue of plastic pollution in the oceans may be a recent revelation for ordinary citizens, but it's nothing new for the plastics industry. A report by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), titled "Fueling Plastics," says that plastic producers have known at least since the 1970s that their products pollute the ocean. Nevertheless, the industry has continually denied responsibility and fought regulation."