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Posted on August 3, 2017 - 11:16am, by nwehner

Via The Verge

"Jellyfish are an important food source for hundreds of fish and endangered sea turtles. But they can also be a nuisance when their populations balloon and the stinging creatures wash up on beaches. The problem is, scientists know very little about these mysterious blobs of goo, like where they like to live, what they do, and what makes their populations burst into these destructive blooms."

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Posted on August 3, 2017 - 10:13am, by nwehner

Via The New York Times

"In late July, after two years of talks, diplomats at the United Nations recommended starting treaty negotiations to create marine protected areas in waters beyond national jurisdiction — and in turn, begin the high-stakes diplomatic jostling over how much to protect and how to enforce rules."

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Posted on August 3, 2017 - 9:41am, by nwehner

Via Mongabay

"In a new article, scientists have coined the term “evidence complacency” to highlight the persistence of a culture in which, “despite availability, evidence is not sought or used to make decisions, and the impact of actions is not tested.”"

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Posted on August 3, 2017 - 9:33am, by nwehner

Via Ars Technica

"Every summer for the last three decades, researchers have cruised the northern Gulf of Mexico during July to study the extent of hypoxia, or low oxygen levels. This summer they found the largest area ever on record: 22,720 square kilometers. This is about the size of New Jersey."

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Posted on August 2, 2017 - 2:16pm, by nwehner

Via Ocean Tipping Points

"The Ocean Tipping Points team has been working to further the incorporation of tipping points concepts into the way water quality is managed by focusing on ecosystem-level tipping points and how to avoid or respond to them.  

Here you’ll find resources and guidance to help you increase the use of tipping points concepts and science in your own decision-making to help improve your water quality management."

In the News
Posted on August 2, 2017 - 11:45am, by nwehner

[Punta Gorda, Belize] (July 20, 2017) Marine park staff from Honduras, Belize and The Bahamas are meeting in Punta Gorda, Belize to assess sustainable financing mechanisms for protected area management, and to share innovative financing solutions between Roatan Marine Park in Honduras and Port Honduras Marine Reserve in Belize.

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Posted on August 1, 2017 - 3:01pm, by nwehner

Via Undercurrent News

"Almost one third of China's total fishing catch consists of 'trash fish' -- fish too young or too small to be consumed by humans -- amounting to 4 million metric tons annually, the NGO said. Though too small for human consumption, ‘trash fish’ catch is increasingly in demand from China’s booming aquaculture industry, which processes the catch into fish feed."