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Posted on June 4, 2018 - 9:55am, by raye

India Announces 'Game-Changing' Single-Use Plastics Ban

By 2022, India aims to be totally single-use plastic free. Along with this decision, India has joined the Clean Seas campaign and sets to limit ocean littering along their coasts. Holding the second largest population in the world, this decision could mean big changes in plastic wastes. (via UN Environment)

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Posted on May 29, 2018 - 1:09pm, by raye

Without seagrass we’d lose one-fifth of our biggest fisheries

The health of over 20% of our world’s largest fisheries are found to depend on an innocuous marine angiosperm, the seagrass. Seagrasses worldwide provide a safe haven for young fish, crustaceans and many others. Scientists fear the destruction of seagrass habitat is going unnoticed, leaving fisheries more vulnerable. (via Anthropocene)

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Posted on May 21, 2018 - 10:20am, by raye

Alaska Airlines ends use of non-recyclable plastic straws

Alaska Airlines is saying STOP to plastic straws. Partnering with environmental group Lonely Whale, Alaska airlines will no longer be providing plastic straws to customers, instead opting for compostable alternatives. In 2017 alone, Alaska airlines distributed "roughly 22 million plastic stir straws and citrus picks". (via The Hill)

MPA News

An opinion piece published in the New York Times in March 2018 – “Bigger Is Not Better for Ocean Conservation” – raised anew the issue of whether MPA designations should focus on large offshore sites or smaller inshore ones. The author, Luiz Rocha of the California Academy of Sciences, called the trend of designating large offshore MPAs disturbing, and recommended such protection should not come before coastal waters are secured.

MPA News

By Jeff Ardron

One unseasonably warm April afternoon this year in London, I sat in a packed media center watching five foreign ministers from Commonwealth countries explain why their governments were going to become ‘Commonwealth Blue Charter Champions.’ It was a pinch-me moment. One full day before fifty-three Commonwealth Heads of Government were due to adopt the Commonwealth Blue Charter, and already ministers were stepping forward to lead on it!

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By Carlos A. Espinosa

The colors and warmth of the tropics make Central America unforgettable. These rich, vibrant coastal landscapes have inspired marine scientists, foreign visitors, and local inhabitants alike in their efforts to protect and conserve the most pristine marine zones throughout the region, on both the Pacific and Caribbean sides.

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Posted on May 14, 2018 - 12:47pm, by raye

The Big Picture: The continuing debate over the value of large vs. small MPAs, and what it means for the field

MPA News wades back into the long-running debate over large offshore MPAs vs. small nearshore ones, and whether countries should stop designating the former to focus on the latter, as some individuals suggest. Several experts tell the newsletter, though, “It’s not an either/or - we need to do both. Just smartly.” (via MPA News)

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