"The heat episodes in 1997-1998 and in more recent years “have been the worst events on record for bleaching events and have had devastating effects and losses of coral cover,” said Rob Ruzicka, who heads the coral research program at Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute."
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"Typically, marine protected areas (MPAs) are imposed upon fishing communities without explaining the rationale behind the move or offering any form of compensation for a measure that often carries a short-term cost that cash-strapped villagers simply cannot afford.
All too often this results in a standoff between well-meaning conservationists and the local communities they are trying to help.
By contrast, Harris and his team work closely with often-suspicious local communities, typically using octopuses to win them over by demonstrating cheaply and quickly the power of conservation."
Via CBC News
"Nova Scotia has asked the federal government to stop setting aside new marine protected areas off Nova Scotia — at least for now.
The province says it's had more than its fair share set aside and is concerned about the economic impact of a designation, which can restrict activities like fishing or offshore energy development."
"International days, such as World Oceans Day earlier this month, are vitally important for raising awareness of topics such as marine biodiversity. But in Costa Rica this year, not only was awareness raised but a key action was taken –the government announced the designation of the Área Marina de Manejo Cabo Blanco (Cabo Blanco Marine Management Area), as a new 831 km2 marine protected area (MPA)."
"The Liberal government is proposing to allow oil and gas exploration in a new marine protected area that it plans to establish where the Gulf of St. Lawrence meets the Atlantic Ocean."
Via Science Daily
"At least 1.4 million seagulls feed at landfills in North America. Aside from the nuisance they pose, a study finds their nutrient-rich feces may threaten the health of nearby waters. The study estimates North American gulls deposit 240 tons of nitrogen and 39 tons of phosphorus into nearby lakes and reservoirs each year, fertilizing algae and weeds and costing local governments about $100 million in nutrient offset costs."
"Legislation to ban certain sunscreen chemicals in Hawai’i stalled in the final days of the 2017 session. But, state lawmakers are already starting their push to pass the bills next year. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports."
Via The Guardian
"A rare, tiny marine creature known as the “unicorn of the sea” has swarmed in its millions on the west coast of America, ruining fishermen’s nets and baffling scientists who are scrambling to find out more about them."