"The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new, more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control, and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement."
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"Endangered North American right whales gave birth last winter to the fewest calves seen off the U.S. coast in 17 years, troubling scientists who say the low births support other evidence that the imperiled species' population may be declining."
"Ocean life is largely hidden from view. Monitoring what lives where is costly – typically requiring big boats, big nets, skilled personnel and plenty of time. An emerging technology using what's called environmental DNA gets around some of those limitations, providing a quick, affordable way to figure out what's present beneath the water's surface."
Via UN News Centre
"With global leaders heading to the United Nations for a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN today announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans."
"Whales are crucial to ocean carbon absorption. As whale numbers dwindle, it could lead to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, scientists say. But if conservation efforts pay off, whales could play a role in helping the islands meet the reductions to their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of greenhouse gases framed in the Paris Agreement."
"The Nets-to-Energy program is a partnership under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Matson Navigation provides containers and free shipping for nets to Oahu, where metal recycling company Schnitzer Steel cuts the material into smaller pieces to be burned at the Covanta H-Power Plant in Kapolei."
"Climate change is one of the main characters in the new season of “Deadliest Catch,” with the crab fishermen in one of Discovery’s most enduring and popular shows forced to deal with a sudden warming of the Bering Sea that chases their prey into deeper, more dangerous water."
Via WWF UK
"Tuna is one of the UK’s most popular seafood dishes, but it’s often overshadowed by questions about its sustainability. Are more fish being taken out of the sea than can be replaced? Are the fishing methods used by big seafood companies threatening other species or damaging our oceans? WWF has worked on making seafood more sustainable for many years and this spring we’re at a potential turning point for tuna – specifically, the tuna sourced from the Indian Ocean."
"A new paper in Conservation Letters offers a clearer picture of whether the ocean’s fisheries can continue to feed humanity into the future, providing a new method to help fisheries managers maintain healthy fish stocks and make the best use of the fisheries people depend on.
In this interview, Jack Kittinger, senior director of fisheries and aquaculture at Conservation International (CI) discusses the impact of the research with two of the paper’s lead authors, Andrew Rosenberg of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Elizabeth Selig of theNorwegian Institute for Water Research."