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Posted on December 6, 2017 - 9:57am, by raye

Webinar #15 in the Annex IV Environmental Webinar Series

December 12, 2017 @ 16:00 - 17:30 UTC (8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET)

Summary

This webinar will discuss three tools that can be employed for environmental assessments. The first tool is the Tethys Management Measures tool, developed by the United States and the United Kingdom as part of the Annex IV initiative, that can be used to generate a detailed list of potential management measures for addressing environmental concerns around marine renewable energy (MRE) deployments. The second tool from the United Kingdom is the Impact Assessment Tool (IMPACT), which allows users to identify the potential key environmental impacts associated with MRE developments and to access guidelines and recommendations for how best to assess, monitor and manage these impacts. The third tool, AquaPixel, is being developed in Singapore as a GIS and data management tool developed for marine spatial planning allowing project developers, technology developers, regulators and other interested parties to ensure that marine renewable developments are optimized to find suitable sites and devices that match those sites from a technical aspect, whilst ensuring that environmental impacts on conservation, cultural heritage and socio economic factors are minimized.

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Posted on December 5, 2017 - 3:52pm, by raye
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Via The Hindu Business Line

"India has said that it is not ready to agree to a commitment against subsidies for illegal, unregulated, unaccounted (IUU) fishing and overfished stocks at the WTO Ministerial meet in Buenos Aires later this month"

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Posted on December 5, 2017 - 3:46pm, by raye
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Via BBC

"Local people scour the beach daily for plastic waste. They want clean beaches, and they're aware that local hotels want the same. But along the high water line millions of the fragments of plastics are mixed in with dried sea grass, too small to be collected."

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Posted on December 5, 2017 - 3:40pm, by raye
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Via Phys.org

"With a final gulp of air, the hawksbill turtle executes a perfect butterfly stroke and disappears into deeper water—a rare lucky escape for one of Kenya's sea turtles, increasingly under siege from humanity's plastic binge."

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Posted on December 5, 2017 - 2:30pm, by raye

Via Science Daily 

"A UK study, published in Scientific Reports has shown it is possible to monitor these animals via environmental DNA (eDNA), whereby a sample of seawater can provide the identifiable 'tracks' of numerous species of shark."

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Posted on December 5, 2017 - 9:31am, by raye
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Via Santa Cruz Sentinel 

"In April, Trump charged U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross with reviewing any actions taken in the past decade that expanded the existing national marine sanctuaries or established new ones and may have interfered with potential offshore gas and oil development or mineral extraction."

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