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Posted on May 3, 2017 - 9:07pm, by abrown

Via 89.3 KPCC

"The Pacific Marine Mammal Center has brought in at least 32 sick female sea lions since early April. Twenty-one of them died. Scientists say they haven't seen evidence of this kind of toxic bloom in years."

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Posted on May 3, 2017 - 4:45pm, by nwehner
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The OCEAN Act is now before both the House and the Senate.

The act seeks to "amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to limit the authority of the President to withdraw areas from oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes."

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Posted on May 3, 2017 - 3:59pm, by nwehner
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Via Project AWARE

" A highly anticipated best practice framework on the management of fishing gear developed by the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) launched today for an industry-wide consultation. The framework provides the seafood industry - from port operators to seafood companies - with practical steps to decrease the abundance and effects of ghost gear within their respective industries."

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Posted on May 3, 2017 - 3:32pm, by nwehner
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Via Schmidt Ocean Institute

"In June, Falkor will travel from Oregon up to the Alaskan Gulf on an expedition led by Dr. Daniela Zeppilli from IFREMER (the French Institute for Research and Exploitation of the Sea) to better characterize organisms in this region and determine the extent microplastics can be found in these deep systems. Using new genetics techniques, scientists, will examine some of the smallest particles in the “Abyssal Plain,” a deep sea geologic ecosystem that ranges from 3,000 – 6,000 meters below the ocean’s surface."

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Posted on May 3, 2017 - 3:24pm, by nwehner

Via Ars Technica

"Another concern is the combined effects discharged drugs might have on humans and the environment. Already, research suggests pharmaceuticals can work in tandem to cause harm. For example, both antidepressants and beta-blockers are readily absorbed in marine sediments, both on the seafloor and suspended in the water column. Researchers studying marine mussels found that together, these drugs stressed mussels and interfered with their digestive system. Researchers hypothesize chronic exposure to pharmaceuticals, especially in combined doses, may reduce mussels’ ability to cope with environmental stressors and reduce their overall health and survival rate."

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Posted on May 3, 2017 - 3:21pm, by nwehner

Via ZSL

"The EDGE Fellowship programme is more than just a source of funding. In addition to receiving a grant of up to £10,000, EDGE Fellows attend two regional training courses; undertake online modules in relevant topics; and receive one-to-one support from a scientific advisors based at ZSL or a partner organisation."

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Posted on May 3, 2017 - 2:54pm, by nwehner

The Marine Cadastre is seeking stories on how you use MarineCadastre.gov data and tools:

"Knowing how you use our products helps us expand and make improvements to better address your needs. These are just a few examples we have already:

Email us and tell us how you are using our data and tools and we will work with you to craft your MC.gov story.  

Please email your ideas to Jodie.Sprayberry [at] noaa.gov or Megan.Treml [at] noaa.gov

We look forward to hearing from you!"

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Posted on May 3, 2017 - 2:50pm, by nwehner

Via The Anthropocene

"Of all the carbon buried in the floors of Earth’s oceans, most of it is found in the narrow strip of tidal marshes, seagrass beds, and mangroves along their edge. Known as blue carbon ecosystems, these vegetated coastal habitats “occupy only 0.2% of the ocean surface, yet contribute 50% of the total amount of carbon buried in marine sediments,” write researchers, led by Deakin University ecologist Peter Macreadie, in the journal Frontiers in Ecology in the Environment. Meter for meter, they’re some of the most effective carbon storage systems we have. But could people make them even more effective?"

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