"Researchers from the University of Bath in England have developed biodegradable, plant-based microbeads that could one day replace the plastic version in a variety of consumer products."
"What do fish sound like? When Gulf Corvina breed, their mating calls could be likened to an immense, underwater roar. Now, a group of researchers have found a way to use the deafening din to save these fish from exploitation. Using underwater microphones, they’ve developed a method for converting sound recordings of the fish’s calls into precise population estimates. Those could inform more accurate catch limits, they say, that would ultimately make corvina fisheries—and others—more sustainable."
"Join us for an engaging online panel to examine our connection to the world’s oceans. Science and policy experts will discuss the human impact on the ocean, as well as the ocean’s powerful influence on all of us. Featured topics will include climate change, crossing boundaries to conserve ecosystems, the role of fisheries in feeding the global population, and much more.
Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean
June 22, 10-11 AM (Pacific)
Edward Allison, PhD; Professor, Marine & Environmental Affairs, University of Washington
Katie Arkema, PhD; Lead Scientist, Natural Capital Project, Stanford University
Phillip Levin, PhD; Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy in Washington; Professor of Practice, College of the Environment, University of Washington
Melissa Poe, PhD; Social Scientist, Washington Sea Grant and NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Terre Satterfield, PhD; Director, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Jenna Sullivan, graduate student; Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University"
"The continent is considered to be a pristine wilderness compared to other regions and was thought to be relatively free from plastic pollution. However new findings by scientists from University of Hull and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have revealed that recorded levels of microplastics are five times higher than you would expect to find from local sources such as research stations and ships."
Via NOAA Fisheries
"Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, named Chris Oliver Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. The Texas native assumed his new position on June 19, taking the helm from Acting Assistant Administrator Samuel Rauch who will return to his position as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs."