"Environmentally conscious tourism is on the rise, with more people concerned about the footprint they might leave behind at their chosen holiday destination. While cruise ships continue to be big polluters, some operators are waking up to the economic opportunities of catering to eco-friendly tourists."
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"Banning transshipment at-sea—the transfer of fish and supplies from one vessel to another in open waters—is necessary to diminish illegal fishing, a team of researchers has concluded after an analysis of existing maritime regulations."
"More than five months after 35 shipping containers fell off an international cargo ship, scattering huge pieces of debris across the coastline near Tofino, the hunks of metal and bits of Styrofoam remain along the coast. The question of who is responsible for the cleanup is bouncing around federal government departments."
Via Climate Central
"We’re 12 weeks into the Trump administration and there’s a glut of nominations President Trump has yet to put forward. Many are crucial to having a functioning government and setting the priorities for their agencies."
"Without guidance from Fish and Wildlife, Democrats on a Natural Resources subcommittee said they were powerless to refute claims from witnesses called by Republicans who said the Endangered Species Acts cost projects millions of dollars as a result of delays."
"Over the last two decades, marine protected areas (MPAs) have become the most commonly used tool to conserve marine ecosystems globally, driven in part by international targets set to “effectively and equitably manage” 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020. Despite substantial progress in reaching the associated 10% coverage target, key questions remain about the management of MPAs, including how management approaches can improve their conservation performance."
"This World Wildlife Day, March 3, Project AWARE®, WWF and The Manta Trust are pleased to release Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice, the world’s first-ever guidelines for shark and ray tourism operators. The Guide aims to provide practical, science-based guidance to help tourism operators, NGOs and local communities develop and maintain well managed tourism operations that help conserve shark and ray species, raise awareness for their protection, and benefit local communities."
"At the group’s quarterly board dinner in February, several hundred supporters and friends -- including actor Harrison Ford, who’s a board member -- turned out at the swank Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Silicon Valley to discuss the way forward for fighting climate change and protecting the environment under the Trump administration."