News and Updates
"Plastic is everywhere in Thailand. And as more people in Thailand and other rapidly modernizing Asian nations adopt the Western convenience culture, the region's plastic pollution problem has only worsened, according to researchers. A recent report by the nonprofit Ocean Conservancy found that Thailand is one of the world's top-five plastic polluters, a group that includes China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam."
"Greenpeace's investigations into slavery in the fishing industry helped prompt a global fishing company to announced big changes today. Those investigations were led by the environmental lobby group's Auckland office."
"We are excited to announce that the 2017 Surfrider Leadership Academy – Washington Coast officially launches today! This is the second year of the full program following the 2015 pilot. It is a truly cutting edge leadership program that will prepare participants as they grapple with the current and emerging threats to our coastal resources."
"Rare, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, the seafood company Salty Girl Seafood and the Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative (ASIC) have partnered to push sustainability in small-scale tropical fisheries. The partnership will leverage global demand for sustainably sourced seafood to incentivize sustainability improvements in tropical fisheries – while also bettering the livelihoods of the fishermen."
"The Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) set a capture ban for Chilean kelp (Lessonia berteroana or Lessonia spicata) and giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) from the Atacama Region to avoid its decline."
Via Vietnam Post
"Coral reefs have been damaged and are full of waste, and the number of fish decreasing due to poaching at the Hon Mun marine protected area (MPA) in Nha Trang Bay in Khanh Hoa province. The MPA is covered by the Heritage Law."