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Posted on August 27, 2018 - 9:55am, by raye

How Whale Poop Could Counter Calls to Resume Commercial Hunting

Researchers continue to explore the importance of whales for the overall vitality of ocean. Results have shown that fecal wastes from whales increase abundance of sea life, especially that of phytoplankton, which in turn consumes atmospheric carbon helping to mediate climate change. The IWC Scientific Committee will use this information, and more, to decide on the fate of commercial whaling. (via Scientific American)

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Posted on August 20, 2018 - 12:47pm, by raye

Dosed salmon, clipped fins, a ‘dinner bell’: How far is too far in helping starving orca? 

J50 is one of the 75 remaining residential Salish Sea orcas, and she is dying. Sick with intestinal worms and suffering from a fungal infection, J50 needs help fast.  Oral medication is necessary to treat these ailments, and to supply these is going to require some ingenuity. (via Seattle Times)

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Posted on August 13, 2018 - 10:37am, by raye

Apathy towards poachers widespread in world's marine protected areas

New research by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies assesses how fishers behave when faced with poaching in MPAs. The study found that majority of fishers, in the countries studied, did nothing when faced with illegal fishing behavior. The researchers hoped to find what would make fishers more empathetic towards the protection of MPAs. (via Phys.org)

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Posted on August 6, 2018 - 11:13am, by raye

Designing the Death of a Plastic

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne have created a new type of plastic. At the end of each polymer of plastic sits a little lock that when heated or exposed to some element clicks open causing the plastic itself to dismantle. This breakthrough could end the fear that comes with non-degradable single-use plastics. (via New York Times)

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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)

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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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