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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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Posted on May 7, 2018 - 11:23am, by raye

A primer on what's needed in the UN high seas negotiations

Nature magazine offers a good primer on current management of the high seas (marine areas beyond national jurisdiction) and what’s needed from the forthcoming negotiations on a UN treaty to conserve them effectively. The article examines the challenges ahead, and hears from scientists concerned that the regulations that emerge might not be strict enough. (via Nature)

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Posted on April 30, 2018 - 9:15am, by nwehner

Australia Pledges Millions of Dollars in Bid to Rescue Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, pledged AU $500 million (US $379 million) to help the reef. Of these funds, AU $200 million would go to improving water quality, partially through reducing fertilizer runoff. AU $100 million would go directly to restoration and adaptation efforts (via New York Times). However, Australia is still planning to re-open many of its marine parks to fishing.

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