Via The News Minute
"India is all set to opt for automatic observation of pollution in the ocean to crunch data that will aid the tourism industry and could also come in handy in countering allegations levelled by developed nations against the country being a major polluter, according to a scientist."
"Last year, the body of a female orca was found on the shores of the Isle of Tiree, Scotland. Lulu, as the orca was called, was a member of the last orca pod living in the waters of the United Kingdom. She had died after becoming ensnared in fishing nets."
Via Project AWARE
" A highly anticipated best practice framework on the management of fishing gear developed by the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) launched today for an industry-wide consultation. The framework provides the seafood industry - from port operators to seafood companies - with practical steps to decrease the abundance and effects of ghost gear within their respective industries."
"In June, Falkor will travel from Oregon up to the Alaskan Gulf on an expedition led by Dr. Daniela Zeppilli from IFREMER (the French Institute for Research and Exploitation of the Sea) to better characterize organisms in this region and determine the extent microplastics can be found in these deep systems. Using new genetics techniques, scientists, will examine some of the smallest particles in the “Abyssal Plain,” a deep sea geologic ecosystem that ranges from 3,000 – 6,000 meters below the ocean’s surface."
"The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to the natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists recently found after a six-year study of the impact of the largest oil spill in U.S. history."
Via News Deeply
"While Russia insists that economic development in the North won’t harm a fragile environment, Russian environmentalists note that the country’s oil companies continue to spill massive amounts of crude each year."
"Marine salvors this week were racing to get 32 abandoned boats off the bottom in Marquesas Keys waters before the birds arrive. Monday, a crew from Coffin Marine Services removed seven of the deteriorating vessels, many holding “hazardous materials including oily residue, fuels and other pollutants,” says a report from the Monroe County Marine Resources Office, which is spearheading the $61,200 project."