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"The new National Integrated Management District (DNMI) covers a total area of 190,282 hectares (more than 734 square miles) and occupies a strategic location that connects important protected areas in the Colombian Pacific with the Manglares Cayapas Mataje (REMACAM) Reserve in Ecuador."
"Any future network of high-seas reserves will need to cover a large variety of species in representative ecosystems in all climate zones. To do this, researchers with the UN Convention on Biological Diversity suggest that marine protected areas should cover at least 10% of the global ocean by 2020. At present, the figure is closer to 6% — almost all in coastal waters."
"Scotland’s Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, has announced plans to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds.The proposals will be put to public consultation and would position Scotland as the first country in the UK to legislate against these environmentally damaging items."
Via ars technica
"Today, the city of New York joined a number of California cities in suing a group of major oil companies for the costs of climate change. The suit claims that these companies—by ignoring their own scientific experts and promoting the continued expansion of fossil fuel use—have created a public and private nuisance in addition to trespassing on city property. It seeks not only damages for past harms the city has suffered, but wants the oil companies to pay the cost of all the adaptation programs that it has had to start or plan."
"New research led by scientists from Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) shows for the first time that volunteers are successfully defending local marine habitats against a global invader. The study, published in Conservation Letters this month, examines volunteers participating in annual fishing ‘derbies’ for invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish in the Tropical Western Atlantic, an exotic predator which consumes a range of native species and now occupies millions of square miles of marine habitat. From 2012 to 2014, the team, led by REEF affiliate scientist Dr. Stephanie Green of Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions, found that derbies reduced lionfish numbers by 52% over a 192 km2 area on average during these single-day events each year."
"The Trump administration said Tuesday it had ruled out drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after strong opposition from the state’s Republican governor, Rick Scott."
Via Huffington Post
"SIMP asks basic questions about seafood entering the US: who caught it (vessel flag and registration info), what is it (specific species), when was it caught (dates of operation), where (jurisdiction of fishing location) and how it was caught (what type of gear or method was used). These information requirements are intended to help stop illegally caught and/or mislabeled seafood from entering the US market."