OC Overview for the Week of June 18, 2018

OC Overview

Trump’s new oceans policy washes away Obama’s emphasis on conservation and climate

To protect our fishermen and create sustainable fishing practices, we need regulations. Rolling back on Obama's ocean policy in order to “facilitate the economic growth of coastal communities and promote ocean industries” will only reduce productivity and ultimately hurt the health of our oceans. (via Science Mag

Attention knitters: Researchers harvest uranium from the sea with a yarn “net”

Using high-tech polymeric material, researchers have created a "yarn" that is able to absorb uranium from the ocean. Uranium, more commonly mined for, is rare to find on land and requires extensive refining and processing. This new technology could eliminate certain costs and remove the need to mine, which is environmentally damaging. (via ars Technica)

Pacifical tuna products to be blockchain traceable by July 2018

This shift will allow consumers to know where the tuna was caught, what boat was used, the name of the captain on the boat and more. Blocktrain traceability aids in supporting sustainable consumer shopping and supports sustainable fisheries (via Seafood Source)

Scripps Graduate Student Discovers World’s First Known Manta Ray Nursery

As a threatened species, this knowledge is incredibly valuable. Joshua Stewart, Scripps PhD candidate, who originally went to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to take DNA samples off manta rays, struck gold when he noticed the abundance of juvenile mantas. With this discovery comes the knowledge of the environment that manta ray juveniles prefer, which could aid in the placement of future mpas. (via Scripps News)

For a more sustainable food future, molluscs and small fish may be the answer


Orca death leads to lowest Southern resident killer whale population in 30 years


Great white sharks dive deep into warm-water whirlpools in the Atlantic


Sharp Fall in Australian Fish Stocks Stokes Fight Over Marine Reserves