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Posted on December 29, 2017 - 11:48am, by raye

Via The Statesman 

"The Dubai Municipality delegation, led by Peter Farrington of the Environment Department, will be participating in the event with a number of paintings that reflect the role of the department and its efforts in conserving the marine environment and address any threats that may result in degradation or pollution"

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Posted on December 29, 2017 - 11:43am, by raye
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Via Smithsonian.com

"In the high seas, fish, marine mammals and other species face many threats including toxic dumping, massive plastic pollution, poaching, overfishing and illegal fishing techniques, and the emerging technology of seabed and deep sea mining. Now that the negotiations have the go-ahead, member states will address these and other issues at four meetings that will take place over the next two years." 

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Posted on December 29, 2017 - 11:39am, by raye
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Via The Guardian 

"The impacts of these rapid weather changes are already being witnessed across the reef system. Jesús Arias-González, a researcher at the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico, conducted a study of the entire region last year and found 22% of the coral colonies presented signs of bleaching from elevated sea temperatures."

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Posted on December 29, 2017 - 11:21am, by raye
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Via Treehugger

"The Guardian reports that international development charity Tearfund is urging the British government to massively increase its spending on waste reduction and marine plastic pollution prevention, specifically within the context of its international development funding."

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Posted on December 29, 2017 - 11:17am, by raye
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Via Oregon Live

"As the New Year approaches, we have good news to share with everyone who cares about America's supply of sustainable seafood. West Coast groundfish populations -- dozens of rockfish, sole and cod species -- are more abundant today than they have been for decades."

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Posted on December 29, 2017 - 11:14am, by raye
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Via CTPost 

"The panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to consider scientific data that showed the loggerhead turtle population would significantly decline when it set limits for the industry."

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Posted on December 27, 2017 - 8:46am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine 

"Comparing the genetics of the hatchery- and wild-born smolts, the scientists found a huge difference between the two populations. But the changes weren’t so much in their genetics as in how their genes were regulated and expressed—their epigenetics."

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Posted on December 27, 2017 - 8:43am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine 

"For years, Somalia’s subsistence and commercial fishers lost out to foreign industrial fleets from Italy, Japan, Greece, Singapore, Egypt, the former USSR, and China. Not all of the fishing was illegal, but the period was essentially a free-for-all as unlicensed foreign fleets devoured Somalia’s fish with rampant disregard for domestic and international law."

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Posted on December 21, 2017 - 3:15pm, by nwehner

Via World Resources Institute

"The bad news, according to research co-authored by WRI experts and published by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, is that tourists may not come back to ecosystems damaged by these dangers. The good news is more surprising: tourists are willing to pay a premium to protect the ecosystems they visit, providing a much-needed buffer for economies seeking funding for projects that will reduce harm to reefs and beaches."

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