OC Overview for the Week of June 4, 2018

OC Overview

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)

Judge orders EPA to disclose any science backing up anti climate-change claims

Thanks to a FOIA request from PEER, the EPA now has until July to provide documents used to change the agency's policies arguing that climate change isn't real. The EPA originally rejected the FOIA request stating it “would require EPA to spend countless hours researching and analyzing a vast trove of material on the effect of human activity on climate change". (via Ars Technica)

Coral decline in Great Barrier Reef 'unprecedented'

The Great Barrier Reef continues to see more trouble. Undergoing major heatwaves, there has been significant losses in all sectors of the reef. The loss of viable corals will make future natural recolonization much more difficult. (via The Guardian)

A Grass-Roots Movement to Create Marine Protected Areas

In a daylong event called "save your breath", Pierre-Yves Cousteau with the help of tactical divers and non-profits will lead an extensive clean-up of derelict fishing gear off the coast of Santorini, Greece. He hopes this event will help lead to further awareness of the issues within the area and will encourage Greece to form a MPA. (via Oceans Deeply

High Seas Fishing Isn’t Just Destructive—It’s Unprofitable

via National Geographic 

Oceana requests pirate fishing to be an environmental crime

via FIS

For the Love of Cod 

via Hakai Magazine