"Organizations suing to eliminate the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean have gotten the OK to proceed with a suit designed to reopen the area to commercial fishing, which environmentalists fear could jeopardize preservation efforts."
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"The year before Hurricane Harvey, the Flower Garden Banks corals were hit twice: once with an onslaught of freshwater from Texas and then extreme sea surface temperatures that led to one of the worst coral bleaching events on record."
"Although billions of public and private dollars are invested in fisheries every year, more often than not, sustainability is neither the driver nor the intended outcome of those investment dollars. That means we are currently missing a major opportunity to solve the global overfishing and food security problem, which requires significantly more and better-aligned investment from a variety of capital providers."
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"Scientists have identified a ‘biogeographic boundary’ for commercially valuable marine animals in the northwest Atlantic that divides genetically distinct populations of the same species. As temperatures rise, that dividing line is moving north."
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"A recent opinion piece in the New York Times draws a needless distinction between large-scale and small-scale MPAs. It’s a false choice – the reality is that we need both. For too long, ocean conservation has been focused on drawing lines around the very smallest quanta of an ocean ecosystem: a single reef, a bay, a politically significant viewshed, but omitting critical surrounding areas that affect marine life within the MPA to be effective."
Namely, it finds that for every five years in the present that we continue to put off strong action on climate change, the ocean could rise an additional eight inches by the year 2300 — a dramatic illustration of just how much decisions in the present will affect distant future generations."
"University of California, Irvine scientists expect the world's fisheries to be, on average, 20 percent less productive in the year 2300, with those in the North Atlantic down nearly 60 percent and those in much of the western Pacific experiencing declines of more than 50 percent."
Chimpanzees preen in front of mirrors, elephants inspect themselves in reflective surfaces, and dolphins name themselveswith individual whistles. Surprisingly, manta rays are in the same category as these charismatic mammals when it comes to intelligence tests. A recent study found that giant manta rays display the distinct behaviors humans assign to self-awareness. Manta rays are in the elasmobranch family of cartilaginous fishes that include sharks and skates. They have the largest known brain of any fish and coordinate hunting in large groups, suggesting social intelligence.
"Like many places in the world, Cape Town and the surrounding region has likely reached 'peak water,' or the limit of how much water can be reasonably taken from the area, says water scientist Peter Gleick, president-emeritus of the Pacific Institute. Gleick, who has spent substantial time in South Africa, says the country generally has good water managers."
Via Canberra Times
"The government measure will strip back highest-level protections in a host of sensitive marine areas, including critical waters near the Great Barrier Reef, saying its approach will continue to protect the environment while supporting fishing and tourism."