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Posted on March 27, 2018 - 9:42am, by raye
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Via Undercurrentnews

"Australia's Maritime Border Command, working with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), has apprehended two Papua New Guinean (PNG) banana boats in the Torres Strait for suspected illegal fishing."

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Posted on March 26, 2018 - 12:53pm, by raye
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Via News Deeply

"In 2012, Catalina Sea Ranch became the first commercial aquaculture operation permitted in federal United States waters, and Cruver’s expansion vision reflects the consensus among some researchers and proponents that growing seafood in offshore waters could be a winning deal as wild fish catches flatline or diminish."

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Posted on March 26, 2018 - 12:50pm, by raye
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Via The Guardian

"Since 2012, 36% of Australia’s ocean territory has been within marine parks. However, the devil is in the detail and what is meant by a 'park'. The management plans just released in response to former prime minister Tony Abbott’s decision to suspend the 2012 plans now give us the detail, and it is diabolical for ocean protection."

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Posted on March 26, 2018 - 12:01pm, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"Invasive species brought to foreign shores by ships can have devastating effects on ecosystems and economies. Now, by reimagining tankers, bulk carriers, cruise ships, and other vessels as different kinds of migratory animals, Ian Davidson has offered up a way to better predict their potential to carry invasive species around the world."

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Posted on March 26, 2018 - 11:40am, by raye

Via New Deeply

"California has plenty of salty inland water, such as the water in the upstream Delta or in underground aquifers that have absorbed soil salts. As local agencies look for more potable water sources, desalinating that local water may become an important part of the equation, says Richard Mills, the Department of Water Resources’ recycling and desalination chief."

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Posted on March 26, 2018 - 10:47am, by raye
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Via Oceana

"Two hundred nautical miles off the coast of Chile, national waters give way to the high seas. Dense schools of jack mackerel straddle this divide, exposed to both Chilean and international fishing fleets. It’s been an unfortunate spot for the fish."

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Posted on March 26, 2018 - 10:21am, by raye

Via Phys.org

"Often overlooked, however, is the damage that artificial islands can cause to vital seafloor ecosystems. But it doesn't have to be this way. If proper planning and science are integrated, we can develop the design strategies that will help build the "blue-green" ocean cities of tomorrow."

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Our cities are becoming smart cities every day, but unless our cities are clean and litter-free, we are going to face massive problems. Globally there are over 1.5 Billion Unsecured wheelie bins, these bins are massively concentrated in cities. Wheelie bins are a prominent cause behind litter pollution and are responsible for many environmental and health problems. This occurs when bins are blown over, knocked over, or over filled, the result is huge amounts of rubbish escaping into our environment, rivers and oceans. Pollution from wheelie bins cause detrimental effects to animals, wildlife, marine organisms and to our planet as a whole.

Dangerous Impacts on Marine Organisms

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Every year eight million tonnes of plastic enter our ocean, BinStrap is committed to dramatically reducing this number simply by securing wheelie bin lids. BinStrap is a patented device that was designed with the intention of securing the 1.5 Billion Unsecured wheelie bins worldwide that are spilling plastic and rubbish into our environment, rivers and oceans. These bins get knocked over, blown over, overfilled and rummaged through by animals, birds, rodents and wildlife, this causes a huge mess and is massively polluting our planet.

Wheelie bin owners also have to face cleaning up spilt litter and rubbish that has often been in the bin for over two weeks, sometimes they can receive a litter fine even if they are not at fault, i.e. the bin has been blown over during the night or animals have got into the bin causing a mess.

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Posted on March 23, 2018 - 3:14pm, by raye

Via World Atlas

"...there are many different species of sharks, most of which are not dangerous to humans. In fact, of the over 500 known species of sharks, only 4 species have been recorded as having a number of dangerous interactions with humans. Many species are relatively small in size and are more likely to shy away from humans when in close proximity."

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