In 1986 the IWC (International Whaling Commission) banned commercial whaling but allowed that member states to still catch whales for scientific research, a loophole that Japan has exploited to continue whaling in the southern ocean.
Islands most vulnerable to rising sea levels are pushing for a climate-damage insurance program, adding to pressure on industrial nations to boost aid committed to fight global warming past $US100 billion a year.
It has been announced that quotas for two deep-sea species – roundnose grenadier and black scabbardfish – targeted by French and Spanish trawlers fishing off Scotland and Ireland are to be increased. The deep-sea trawl fisheries in the area take upwards of 100 species as bycatch according to the French marine research institute IFREMER. Increasing the quotas for these two species translates to increased fishing pressure on many more deep-sea species.
Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) was honored Friday, Nov. 16, by The Ocean Foundation as an “Ocean Hero” for his leadership in marine conservation and on critical ocean issues. Ranker was recognized with five other recipients including Alexandra Cousteau of Blue Legacy International and “The Ocean Doctor” David Guggenheim.
The “Blueprint” outlines actions that concentrate on better implementation of current water legislation, integration of water policy objectives into other policies, and filling the gaps in particular as regards water quantity and efficiency. The objective is to ensure that a sufficient quantity of good quality water is available for people's needs, the economy and the environment throughout the EU.
In full scuba gear, we roll off a small open, outboard-powered boat into the clear water. We’re in a shallow bay near the southern tip of Baja California, in the middle of the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.
In a damning decision to be published tomorrow, the Scottish Information Commissioner, Rosemary Agnew, rejects SNP ministers' arguments for secrecy as "tenuous". She says she is "disappointed" at the Government's failure to provide evidence in support of its claim that public safety would be put at risk.
DOHA, Qatar -- U.N. talks on a new climate pact resumed Monday in oil and gas-rich Qatar, where negotiators from nearly 200 countries will discuss fighting global warming and helping poor nations adapt to it.
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