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Posted on December 1, 2017 - 12:27pm, by raye

Via Fisheries and Oceans Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, issued the following statement today:

“As the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, I am proud to announce that Canada has reached an historic agreement in principle today in Washington, D.C. to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean. It’s the first time an international agreement of this magnitude has been reached before any commercial fishing takes place on a region of the high seas.

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Posted on December 1, 2017 - 11:06am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine

"Considering their wide range and unique adaptations to saltwater environments, mangroves seem like an evolutionary success story. But the reality is that mangroves have surprisingly low genetic diversity, which will be a big problem as they attempt to adapt to changing conditions."

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Posted on December 1, 2017 - 11:01am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine 

"For years, scientists have been calling sea butterflies the canaries in the coal mine of ocean acidification, and the effects on these bellwethers may be even more complex than they thought."

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Posted on December 1, 2017 - 10:35am, by raye

Via Discover Magazine

"Just like people that are scared of sharks avoid beach vacations, preyed upon fish might try to avoid areas where sharks roam in the hopes of steering clear of those sharp, pointy teeth. And where the fish avoid, the species they eat proper, a marine version of ‘when the cat’s away, the mice will play.’"

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Posted on December 1, 2017 - 10:30am, by raye
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Via Asia Times

"As a result of growth in offshore drilling, trawling and other unsustainable marine activities, China’s own fishing stock has been almost irreversibly depleted. Despite an annual moratorium on fishing, Chinese vessels have set their sights on greener pastures."

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Posted on December 1, 2017 - 9:56am, by raye

Via Earth Touch News

"After almost a decade of planning, Canada has officially established its largest marine conservation area to date. The vast stretch of pristine ocean has been called the "Serengeti of the Arctic", and it's home to 20 percent of the world's beluga whales."

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Posted on December 1, 2017 - 9:53am, by raye
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Via NYT

"Out on the sea, the polar ice cap has been melting so quickly as global temperatures rise that once improbable ideas for commercial activities, including fishing near the North Pole, are becoming realistic."

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Posted on December 1, 2017 - 9:50am, by raye
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Via Metro

"Glitter catches our eye, adds glitz to anything and can glam up your look on a hot night out. It also gets stuck on everything and seemingly (like beach sand) never goes away, but that isn’t why researchers are suggesting a ban on glitter. Glitter does “terrible damage” to the environment, scientists say."

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Posted on November 30, 2017 - 6:25pm, by abrown
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Via The Guardian

"Concerns over debris littering the world’s oceans are back in the spotlight after a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with the blue and red Pepsi logo imprinted on its claw."

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