News and Updates
Via The Guardian
"The Antarctic, one of the world’s last great wildernesses and home to animals such as whales, penguins and leopard seals, is being threatened by the plight of an animal just a few centimetres long, according to scientists."
Via Down to Earth
"Lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear, made predominantly of plastic, is a significant component of marine debris and has been a concern of FAO Members for decades. Approximately eight million tonne of plastic litter, up to ten percent of which is estimated to come from the fisheries sector, ends up in our oceans every year."
Via Oceans Deeply
"In 1997, sailboat captain Charles Moore sailed from Hawaii across the Pacific Ocean, taking a shortcut to his home port of Los Angeles after a sailing race. As he cut across the then-seldom-sailed stretch of ocean – the swirling North Pacific Gyre – he came upon an enormous accumulation of plastic trash and made it famous. He helped captured the public’s imagination around the problem of marine plastic pollution by writing about the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch.'"
"Blue Planet II has inspired the corporation that made it to ban single-use plastic. The BBC says it will remove all single-use plastic from it’s operations in three stages between now and 2020."
"POLSON, Mont. -- This small town marks the spot where Flathead Lake narrows into a river and resumes its long meander toward the Pacific. Its docks and ramps, now bare and icy, will soon hum with recreational boats. And that gives Erik Hanson cause for concern."
Via Texas Standard
"The sanctuary’s expansion has been in the works for several years, and is currently being discussed in a workgroup made up of gulf coast scientists and representatives of the fishing and oil and gas industries."
"Thailand has marked and locked up some 1,160 vessels for not possessing legal registrations or fishing licenses, and 13 police officers have been deployed to work full-time at monitoring for illegal fishing."