"The Hawaii state Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), an arm of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, finalized data last Wednesday on 20 research sites throughout West Hawaii. The findings showed an average relative loss of coral cover of approximately 7 percent across the region, with absolute coral cover loss ranging between 1-5 percent at specific locations."
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"Of the permits remaining in rural Alaska today, an increasingly older population holds them, a trend known as the 'graying of the fleet.' In 1975, fishermen age 40 and under held about half of all rural local permits. By 2016, that figure had nearly been cut in half. The typical fisherman working today is over 50 years old, a decade older than a generation ago."
Via CBS News
"In Nairobi, Kenya, a U.N. environmental summit opened Monday. The goal: to restore a healthy ocean. The U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA) began with 7,000 delegates from around the world and 100 ministers, making it the highest level decision-making body on the environment."
Via Xinhua Net
"The Angolan government will create integrated protected marine areas to ensure the preservation of vital energy resources and maintenance of food chains, biodiversity, fish production and help in the conservation of fishery resources."
Via Sport Fishing
"Eight sport-fishing associations and two fishing clubs represented by FECOP, the sport-fishing advocacy group in Costa Rica, voted unanimously against the Alvaro Ulgalde Marine Reserve even though its promoters claim sport-fishing will be allowed in the proposed law sent to the Costa Rica's Congress."
"According to a recent United Nations study, approximately 40% of the global population lives within 100 km of the coastline. As human life continues to expand and develop along the ocean waters, ecological conservation and environmental protection become mere afterthoughts."
Via The Atlantic
"Worst-case scenario: You’re dead by the following sunset. There are thought to be 25 species of Irukandji. One species, Malo kingi, is commonly known as “the king slayer.” After the initial sting comes a procession of ever more dreadful symptoms: back pain, agitation, the sensation of crawling skin, vomiting. The heart can become arrhythmic. Fluid may build up in and around the lungs. Patients “beg their doctors to kill them, just to get it over with,” the marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin told ABC Radio National in 2007."
Following in the success of our last Ocean Series (http://films.economist.com/blancpain-ocean) The Economist has been commissioned to make another documentary about the Ocean to be screened at the World Ocean Summit in Mexico, 2018.
The film wants to examine Marine Protected Areas and those advocating the rise in size to cover 30% of the Ocean. We seek to explore the current health of the Ocean and see how overfishing, pollution and climate change are pushing our planet to its limits. We want to explore how MPAs can be used in conservation to help marine environments recover from the damage done by humanity and to provide an insurance policy for biodiversity across the globe. We also want to look into how MPAs can be effectively managed and enforced to have a meaningful impact both on marine life and surrounding communities. It’s one thing to draw a line on a map another to make that meaningful to both the marine life and the people who inhabit it. We are going to be looking at how technology can assist in the process of enforcing MPAs, using Satellites and unmanned vehicles to help police these areas.