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Posted on July 17, 2017 - 8:53am, by nwehner

Via EcoWatch

"Regardless of where we were, we found evidence of microplastics pretty much everywhere we looked," said marine biologist and lead researcher Scott Ling. "Even some very remote areas we found levels of microplastics up to more than 10 items of per milliliter of sediment."

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Posted on July 14, 2017 - 1:03pm, by nwehner

We would like to cordially invite you to take part in a short online questionnaire relating to your experience and familiarity with a variety of pelagic platforms (e.g. aerial/vessel surveys, underwater videography, animal-borne tags, environmental DNA, drones, etc. amongst many more). This work is part of ongoing efforts to develop standard operating procedures for the collection of consistent, comparable, interpretable and fit-for-purpose empirical evidence useful in assessing status and trends in ocean ecosystems. 

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Posted on July 14, 2017 - 12:58pm, by nwehner

Via Monterey County Weekly

"The meeting felt historic, and indeed, it was: Today, at CSU Monterey Bay's World Theater, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved an order—which Cemex has also agreed to—that will shut down sand mining at the company's mine in Marina by the end of 2020. "

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Posted on July 14, 2017 - 12:57pm, by nwehner

Via Coastal Point

"Meanwhile, the seismic testing must be done to even determine the best places for drilling. Seismic airguns shoot intense blasts of compressed air — one of the loudest manmade sounds. During testing, the blasts constantly pierce the ocean floor and reflect back up to help ships create a map of likely oil reserves in the Atlantic."

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Posted on July 14, 2017 - 12:03pm, by nwehner

Via Marine Link

"The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stressed the need for concerted and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders toward the conservation and sustainable use of ocean resources for the protection of the environment and indeed the entire ecosystem."

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Posted on July 14, 2017 - 11:57am, by nwehner

Via The Washington Post

"But the appointment of fisheries biologist Chris Oliver to lead NOAA Fisheries — the agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that is charged with sustainable management of commercial fisheries worth more than $140 billion — represents a striking departure from the Trump administration’s scientific and environmental personnel and policy choices."

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Posted on July 13, 2017 - 1:24pm, by nwehner

Via EurekAlert

"Santiago Herrera was awarded a multi-year grant by NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program to study connectivity patterns in habitat-forming corals in the Gulf of Mexico, key to restoring marine ecosystems damaged by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill."

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Posted on July 13, 2017 - 1:21pm, by nwehner

Via Cyprus Mail

"Limassol fishermen threatened to block the sea entrance to the city’s port on Wednesday after the Department of Fisheries decided to close the sea corridor for boats as it is located between two protected areas of the Olympia Coast."