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Posted on July 17, 2018 - 12:05pm, by raye

‘Decolonizing conservation’: Q&A with PNG marine activist John Aini

It's time to start trusting that there are just as good or better ways to approach conservation than just the western perspective. In order to properly protect or enhance protections on critical areas we should be listening and utilizing as much information that can be gathered from the people who know the areas best. (via Mongabay)

Some Plastic Pollution Isn’t Plastic After All

Some may remember the big scare a couple months ago about shellfish grow-out areas (specifically along the US Pacific coast) being riddled with microplastics. A new study, by the British Columbia Shellfish Growers' Association, discovered that the main pollutant inside of pacific coast shellfish (both farmed and wild) was not plastic, but cotton. My question is, is that any better? Probably depends on what's in the cotton fibers. (via Hakai Magazine)

Bold initiative aims to protect coral reefs in the Dominican Republic

This 786,300 hectares of reef environment in the Caribbean will be the first of the its kind in management style. Co-managed by locals, non-profits, and government organizations, this collaborative style could shape future MPA management efforts. (via Mongabay)

Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal

Though this is just a proposal, if it comes to pass some changes would be putting each species on a case-to-case basis and taking economics into consideration when viewing a contending plant or animal. (via Washington Post

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Posted on July 10, 2018 - 9:43am, by raye

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

It is still unknown why the resident orca pods within the Salish Sea are dying. There are many possible theories, ranging from: pollutants from nearby cities to increase in marine traffic. A leading thought is the deaths are driven by loss of the orca's main food source, the Chinook Salmon. The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon found in the Salish Sea and similarly to the resident orcas, is endangered. (Via The New York Times)

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Posted on June 25, 2018 - 11:29am, by raye

For science and security, Trump should prioritize our oceans

Based off of recent actions taken by the Trump administration, this opinion piece by Paul Gaffney II and Janis Searles Jones asks for the current American administration to review their maritime ideals because there is so much more to learn and take from the our oceans. (via The Hill)

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Posted on June 19, 2018 - 9:59am, by raye

Trump’s new oceans policy washes away Obama’s emphasis on conservation and climate

To protect our fishermen and create sustainable fishing practices, we need regulations. Rolling back on Obama's ocean policy in order to “facilitate the economic growth of coastal communities and promote ocean industries” will only reduce productivity and ultimately hurt the health of our oceans. (via Science Mag

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Posted on June 11, 2018 - 11:08am, by raye

Ecological “law” turns out to just be the result of us fishing

New research is breaking down Heincke's law. Instead of previous assumptions that older fish preferred deeper depths because of societal shunning or temperature, these fish are most likely traveling deep to escape from being food for us. Live and learn, fish style. (via Ars Technica

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Posted on June 4, 2018 - 9:55am, by raye

India Announces 'Game-Changing' Single-Use Plastics Ban

By 2022, India aims to be totally single-use plastic free. Along with this decision, India has joined the Clean Seas campaign and sets to limit ocean littering along their coasts. Holding the second largest population in the world, this decision could mean big changes in plastic wastes. (via UN Environment)

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Posted on May 29, 2018 - 1:09pm, by raye

Without seagrass we’d lose one-fifth of our biggest fisheries

The health of over 20% of our world’s largest fisheries are found to depend on an innocuous marine angiosperm, the seagrass. Seagrasses worldwide provide a safe haven for young fish, crustaceans and many others. Scientists fear the destruction of seagrass habitat is going unnoticed, leaving fisheries more vulnerable. (via Anthropocene)

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Posted on May 21, 2018 - 10:20am, by raye

Alaska Airlines ends use of non-recyclable plastic straws

Alaska Airlines is saying STOP to plastic straws. Partnering with environmental group Lonely Whale, Alaska airlines will no longer be providing plastic straws to customers, instead opting for compostable alternatives. In 2017 alone, Alaska airlines distributed "roughly 22 million plastic stir straws and citrus picks". (via The Hill)

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Posted on May 14, 2018 - 12:47pm, by raye

The Big Picture: The continuing debate over the value of large vs. small MPAs, and what it means for the field

MPA News wades back into the long-running debate over large offshore MPAs vs. small nearshore ones, and whether countries should stop designating the former to focus on the latter, as some individuals suggest. Several experts tell the newsletter, though, “It’s not an either/or - we need to do both. Just smartly.” (via MPA News)

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