News and Updates
"The House Natural Resources Committee advanced a bipartisan energy bill on Wednesday that, among other things, would strip presidents of their authority to protect marine ecosystems and make it far easier for oil and gas companies to obtain permits to incidentally harm and kill marine mammals."
Via Hakai Magazine
"In Laguna, Brazil, fishermen get help from a wild partner. Local bottlenose dolphins have learned to herd mullet into shallow water and to signal fishermen so they know when to cast their nets. After signaling, the dolphins wait with their mouths agape, ready to catch mullet not snagged in the nets. Only some dolphins participate in this cooperative hunting, and as new research shows, these helpful animals have other behaviors that are distinct from their less-friendly fellows."
"A recommendation to increase quotas for the valuable but imperiled Atlantic bluefin tuna, despite a finding that the species has not rebounded from decades of overfishing, underlines a lack of reliable data on the fish."
"Alone on a remote northern Alaska island, biologist George Divoky has been monitoring a population of sea ice-dependent black guillemots for four decades. Now he fears he’s watching the colony in a slow-motion collapse as temperatures rise and its prey disappears."
Via Huff Post
Louie Gohmert of Texas claims he drove along the Gulf Coast looking for oil after Deepwater Horizon exploded but found only 'a drop or two here and there.'" He suggested that nature naturally cleans up oil spills.
"Scientists are about to send underwater drones to the floor of wild Cook Strait in a new $900,000 study dubbed "Project Cookie Monster". Despite its humorous name, the three-year project should provide a vital contribution to global models showing how our oceans are warming due to climate change."
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"A new study just published in Environmental Pollution found marine debris in 8.5% of the dolphins and porpoise examined and microplastics in every individual examined. A total of 528 digestive tracts were examined, from 11 species making this one of the most comprehensive studies of the incidence of marine debris in whales and dolphins ever published."