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Posted on September 17, 2013 - 10:51am, by nwehner

Via iOL News

"A Japanese vessel has been arrested for allegedly fishing illegally near the Aliwal Shoal Marine Protected Area, south of Durban, [South Africa]

Officials from the Department of Fisheries in Cape Town confirmed on Thursday night that the Japanese-registered long-line vessel Koei Maru No 88 had been arrested for a variety of alleged transgressions."

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Posted on September 17, 2013 - 10:45am, by nwehner

Via The Telegram

"It wouldn’t have cost the government a cent, but the province just isn’t interested in studying the possibility of setting up a marine conservation area on the province’s south coast.

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Posted on September 12, 2013 - 11:32am, by nwehner

Via Caribbean Climate

"Sustainable Grenadines (SusGren) Inc, an integrated development and biodiversity conservation NGO operating the Grenadines Islands, recently trained staff from six marine protected areas from Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines were  in lionfish capture and handling.  The training exercise was conducted August 28 – 30, 2013 during a Networking Meeting in Carriacou – Grenada.

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Posted on September 11, 2013 - 1:04pm, by hrindge

By Holly Rindge, Communications Manager, California Ocean Science Trust

As we sail out of Moss Landing Harbor, there are no familiar sounds of sea lions or crashing waves.  The early morning fog seems to have muted even the seabirds.   The swells are small today, but that is little comfort to my queasy stomach. I’m onboard the F/V Donna Kathleen with scientists from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), California Sea Grant (CSG) and the Fisheries & Conservation Biology Lab at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML).  

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By Laurence Mee, SAMS, Scottish Marine Institute, laurence.mee [at]

As Director of an independent marine institute, I have become used to having to balance the books. With the help of innovative and hard-working staff and a savvy Board and Council we have managed to do this well in the past five years without relying on ‘hand outs’. But I must admit, we all have to pedal harder and harder to keep up with the peloton and they are all doing the same. We have come to accept this as a ‘fact of life’ and encourage others to do the same. I have had my doubts about the sustainability of this lifestyle we have all adopted for some time and a recent paper that the economist Bob Costanza sent me has given me even more food for thought. The paper, titled Beyond GDP: Measuring and achieving global genuine progress is published in Ecological Economics by a team led by Ida Kubiszewski.

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Posted on September 6, 2013 - 12:33pm, by nwehner

Via Environment

"The Government has bowed to international pressure and slashed the size of a proposed marine sanctuary in Antarctica’s Ross Sea.

A joint New Zealand-United States plan for the reserve was today scaled back from 2.3 million to 1.34 million square kilometres. 

The original bid included a 1.6sq km no-take zone which would only allow fishing for scientific research. That is now 1.25sq km."