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Posted on October 15, 2018 - 3:56pm, by raye

Dornoch Firth: Extinct oyster reefs restoration starts

The endangered European oyster is trying to make its way home. This is not the doing of researchers or scientists, but was kick started by the Glenmorangie Distillery which sits above the Dornoch Firth. Dornoch Firth historically was home to a large European oyster reef that has since been farmed away. The owners of Glenmorangie Distillery hope to replant this reef to use as a natural filter that will help to clear any discharge created through the distilling process. (via bbc)

Researchers recommend satellite technology as a way to create more effective, 'true' shark sanctuaries

Researchers went to the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) to study reef sharks and ended up exposing illegal shark fishing instead. The protected area around RMI was created as a shark sanctuary, to protect endangered shark species which pass through. What the researchers found, however, were sharks traveling through at higher speeds and closer to land than expected. This was because the tagged sharks were not swimming, but were being carried away by boat to be sold. The researcher believe one solution to this issue could be tracking all boats within the RMI. This way they would know where the boats are and what the are fishing for. Sometimes it’s not the animals that need tagging, it’s the people. (via

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Posted on October 9, 2018 - 9:36am, by raye

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor

For a place like New York City having a storm surge barrier is incredibly important. That is why local NYC teacher, Pete Malinowski, started the “Billion Oyster Project” in 2008. Oysters act as a natural stormbreaker and could help protect the city from major storm events. Bringing in government officials, restaurants, local volunteers and now including over 80 different middle and high schools in the city area, the project has so far planted over 28 million oysters, well on their way to the billion oyster mark. (via NPR)

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PRESS RELEASE                             

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018            

                                                                        - For Immediate Release

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands – Fisheries, Marine and Conservation Officers from Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) complete a law enforcement training workshop.

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Posted on October 1, 2018 - 12:45pm, by raye

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

The IPCC, otherwise known as the intergovernmental panel on climate change, duties include informing governments on climate change statistics and introducing global plans to limit more dire results. Their main concern, currently, is atmospheric warming. The panel goal is to contain warming to at most 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The outlook for reaching this goal is slim. The planet has already warmed 1 degree Celsius, leaving only .5 degrees left of this goal. In the newest report by the IPCC, the council pushes for change through the “Talanoa Dialogue,” where the countries under the Paris agreement now must discuss where and how they veered from their original goals in 2015 and how they must act now to ensure the 1.5 degree goal is reached. (via The Washington Post)

U.S. Supreme Court declines to take Martins Beach case — a win for California's landmark coastal access law

In the final verdict for Martins Beach, the beach-goers have won. This long disputed case was brought into national attention when a Silicon Valley Billionaire refused to open his gate to allow for beach access. Claiming private property rights; local beach goers and NGOs fought his claim. However, this case was more than just beach access rights. For many, it was a fight against unequal rights between the extremely wealthy and middle class America.  (via Los Angeles Times)

Rolling Back Regulations, and Arctic Sea Ice Keeps Melting

The New York Times in this weekly column detail the current news relating to our planet’s climate and climate change. In this issue, the column talks of the loosening of environmental policy within the U.S., the loss of government climate advisors, and the inevitable loss of Arctic Ice. Enjoy! (via The New York Times)

Commercial fishing banned across much of the Arctic

Nine nations that include Japan, Russia, and Norway have signed an agreement in Greenland which bans any commercial fishing in a zone the size of the Mediterranean Sea within a newly opened portion of the Arctic. As climate change continues to warm oceanic waters and the air, the Arctic melts, opening pathways never before explored. This pact will last 16 years and is intended to help give time for international agreements to be made surrounding the Arctic. (via The Guardian)

MPA News

Most of the world’s MPAs are partially protected: they restrict some extractive activities but allow others. For planners and decision-makers – especially in regions where extractive resource use is high – partially protected MPAs can be easier to designate than no-take areas. The partial protection indicates to resource users that socioeconomic and conservation objectives have been balanced.


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