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World Oceans Day: Protect the blue planet - Business Mirror

World Oceans Day: Protect the blue planet - Business Mirror | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

As part of the Month of the Ocean in the Philippines, the Asean Centre for Biodiversity worked with the Department of Environment-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, Nissan Motor Philippines, Shell, and the local province of Batangas in organizing a media tour and mangrove-tree planting in Calatagan, Batangas.

 

The trip to the Ang Pulo Mangrove Conservation Project in Calatagan showcased the community-led mangrove reforestation and ecotourism project and was highlighted by the planting of 200 seedlings of mangroves led by Nissan Motor Philippines. The event showed that collaboration between the government, the business sector and media, could spread awareness about successful conservation initiatives, spur environmental action and hopefully the replication of these projects in other areas.

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India's fish resources over-exploited: Report - Times of India

India's fish resources over-exploited: Report - Times of India | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

A report released by environmental NGO Greenpeace on Friday says that 90 per cent of India's fish resources are at or above maximum sustainable levels of exploitation. It also highlights that fishing down the marine web is a rising trend.

 

It implies that the larger longer lived species of fish have been overexploited and now we are fishing for smaller, fast producing species like sardines. In 2009, just sardines accounted for 16 per cent of the total catch.

 

Interestingly, trawling and deep sea fishing could be at the root of such depletion. The catch statistics of the east coast excluding Odisha and West Bengal, like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu show a distinct leveling off since the mid to late nineties. Both the states have large mechanized trawling fleet and a long history of mechanized trawling.

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Russian fertiliser factory near Gulf of Finland admits massive phosphorus ... - Helsingin Sanomat

Russian fertiliser factory near Gulf of Finland admits massive phosphorus ... - Helsingin Sanomat | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

Previously the factory had denied the existence of the emission, which was discovered in a Finnish-Russian study. It came out that phosphate was flowing from the factory area, probably from the pile of waste gypsum, into the Luga River at the rate of up to 1,000 tons a year.


This made the factory the largest single source of phosphorus emissions in the whole Baltic Sea catchment area.

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Tsunami dock washes up in Oregon

Tsunami dock washes up in Oregon | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

A huge dock torn from a Japanese port by the 2011 tsunami has washed up 8,050km (5,000 miles) away on the US West Coast after crossing the Pacific.

 

The 165-tonne structure made of concrete, metal and tyres, and studded with starfish and barnacles, arrived on a beach south-west of Portland, Oregon.

 

It has tested negative for radiation, but scientists say a host of invasive marine species may have hitched a ride.

 

Police are guarding the dock while officials decide what to do with it.

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Are Our Oceans on a Collision Course? - Mother Jones

Are Our Oceans on a Collision Course? - Mother Jones | In Deep Water | Scoop.it
Mother JonesAre Our Oceans on a Collision Course?Mother JonesBack in 2006, a team of scientists from Canada, the United States, Sweden, and Panama published a landmark report in the prestigious journal Science on the state of the oceans.

 

So, six years after the study's publication, how are the oceans doing? Have the globe's leaders acted in decisive fashion to protect them? I put the question to the ingeniously named Boris Worm, a German-born marine ecologist at Canada's Dalhousie University and a co-author of the Science paper, in a phone interview. Speaking in that precise, clear English common to German intellectuals—think the filmmaker Werner Herzog—Worm gave a chilling answer: "The loss of [oceanic] biodiversity continues at a pace that's not slowing down," he said. "On average, the condition of the oceans continues to get worse."

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Government pressed to do more to save country's remaining corals - BusinessWorld Online Edition

Government pressed to do more to save country's remaining corals - BusinessWorld Online Edition | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

"There are about 1,000 marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Philippines, some of them already no-take areas," said Terry Hughes, director of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, in his keynote speech at a forum on the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) on Tuesday in Manila.

 

No-take marine zones are areas of the marine environment permanently closed to all forms of extraction of resources, primarily fisheries, he explained.

"The ban lets species within the enclosure propagate, which will effectively reseed the area’s surrounding seascape and increase fish biomass by enhancing egg production," Mr. Hughes said. ...

 

According to Mr. Hughes, among the threats to the world’s coral reefs are population growth and migration, as well as increasing wealth and consumption which has led to the evolution of the fisheries global market, runoff from land, over-fishing and climate change.

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Sharks need local conservation - ScienceAlert

Sharks need local conservation - ScienceAlert | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

A new scientific study has identified two distinct populations of white shark at the east and west of Bass Strait in Australian waters, prompting researchers to suggest the huge fish may need regional conservation plans.

 

Published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, the paper is authored by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, The University of Queensland, CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF Queensland).

 

White shark numbers declined in the 20th century and the species is now protected in South Africa, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malta, Namibia, throughout the Mediterranean Sea and globally under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

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'Seasteaders' gather in San Francisco to develop ocean cities - Contra Costa Times

'Seasteaders' gather in San Francisco to develop ocean cities - Contra Costa Times | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

Colonizing the oceans to free human progress from the choking grasp of regulation has drawn a wealthy group of futurists, engineers, maritime lawyers and libertarians to San Francisco this weekend.


"We've run out of frontier. All land is claimed. And our revolutions have become superficial," said Patri Friedman, who cofounded The Seasteading Institute four years ago with billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel.


They envision a floating city movement whose most immediate step is to launch a "visa-free" ship by 2014 to house and employ high-tech workers in international waters 12 miles off the Peninsula.

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Saving the Oceans for Our Children… « FilipinoFestival.com

Saving the Oceans for Our Children… « FilipinoFestival.com | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

Our oceans are in trouble, plastic polution, overfishing and neglect are just a few of the problems. All fish and mammals who live here are in peril and need our help. This pages aim is to bring awareness to the problems facing our oceans.

We need to protect our ocean world, all marine life is in danger of extinction or destruction, We need to address all issues that effect our waterworld, from sharks to whales, sea turtles to seals, invasive species, pollution, ocean warming etc. This is a vast subject but so important for our marine life and for us, if the balance is tipped much further the oceans will die, without a healthy ocean we risk our own extinction. We must protect our oceans for our children.

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River pollution facts | Pollution articles

River pollution facts | Pollution articles | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

China and India are countries notorious for excessive water pollution. This however doesn't mean that other countries aren’t affected with river pollution issue.

Yangtze and Ganges are world's most polluted big rivers.

 

It has been estimated that up to 80 % of India's urban waste ends up in its rivers.

The holy river Ganges has become an international symbol for excessive river pollution. The recent measuring of pollution in Ganges showed that in some places the level of pollution is 3,000 percent higher than what is considered safe for bathing.

Citarum River in Indonesia is also notorious for pollution because of the combination of untreated household sewage, solid waste and industrial effluents.

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The relationship between Bering Sea ecosystems and fisheries

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Bering Sea marine mammals, birds, and fish are shifting where they eat, bear their young, and make their homes in response to changes in sea ice extent and duration. These patterns of change are documented in a special issue of the journal of Deep Sea Research II now available online.

 

The special journal issue represents newly published findings from a partnership between the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington, and several other academic and federal partners.

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Fukushima has positive fallout for marine science - Nature.com

Fukushima has positive fallout for marine science - Nature.com | In Deep Water | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.ukFukushima has positive fallout for marine scienceNature.comThe bluefin tuna's migratory cycle is fairly well known, so the study “didn't tell us very much about migration patterns", says Daniel Madigan, a marine biologist at Stanford...

 

Buesseler thinks that basic marine science using radiation from Fukushima will take off in earnest in the next few years, once grant proposals have been funded. But for now, there are a multitude of questions about the damage that Fukushima may have done or still be doing to ecosystems. US research efforts are complicated by the fact that no single US government department or agency has responsibility for such work.

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Submarine Cable Map

Submarine Cable Map | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

The Submarine Cable Map is a free resource from TeleGeography. Data contained in this map is drawn from Global Bandwidth Research Service and is updated on a regular basis.

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Tsunami debris starting to wash ashore in Southwest Alaska - Alaska Dispatch

Tsunami debris starting to wash ashore in Southwest Alaska - Alaska Dispatch | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

Debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan is apparently starting to appear on Unalaska's beaches.

 

While the pieces tend to be small and unremarkable after a trans-Pacific journey, the sheer quantity makes it “highly probable” that they were generated by the giant waves that walloped the Japanese coast, said David Gaudet of the Marine Conservation Alliance, which is tracking the debris.

 

Occasionally a very distinctive object with Japanese markings, like a soccer ball, washes ashore in Alaska, but those are the exceptions, Gaudet said. In Unalaska, local resident Charlie Medlicott reported finding a bottle of Japanese carpet shampoo near the gun range by the airport, along with other likely objects.

 

The stuff isn’t necessarily of tsunami origin, perhaps it fell off a merchant vessel. But the quantity he’s seeing points to the tsunami.

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Today: World Oceans Day Focuses on Surging Youth Activism ...

Today: World Oceans Day Focuses on Surging Youth Activism ... | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

Today communities around the globe will celebrate World Oceans Day as an opportunity to learn more about our ocean and take action to help conserve it. This year the celebration is bigger than ever with hundreds of family-friendly events at aquariums, zoos, museums, exciting online events and strong prospects for a new youth movement to protect the ocean.


“A record number of aquariums, zoos, and museums are providing ways on World Oceans Day for their visitors to get inspired and take personal action to help our world’s ocean,” said Bill Mott, director of The Ocean Project. “World Oceans Day provides an opportunity for people across the country and around the world to celebrate our ocean connections, do more for ocean conservation, and learn more about our ocean.”

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SPC: Climate Change and Fishing in the Pacific - Pacific News Center

SPC: Climate Change and Fishing in the Pacific - Pacific News Center | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

Fifteen countries and territories are meeting in Noumea this week [8 June] to discuss how climate change will affect Pacific fisheries and how they can ensure fishing and aquaculture will continue contributing to their food security, livelihoods and community development.


The meeting was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). ...

 

Mr Mike Batty, Director of SPC’s Fisheries Division, said that countries need to take action now, as changes are already being felt and will gather pace in future.

 

“Tuna, reef and freshwater fisheries will all be affected as the oceans get warmer and more acidic,” he said. “The changes will affect economies, jobs and food, and countries of the region have to plan to minimise potential damage and maximise new opportunities.”

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Oil rush in the Arctic gambles with nature and diplomacy

Oil rush in the Arctic gambles with nature and diplomacy | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

"Nowhere are the implications of global warming more visible than in the Arctic. Ecosystems as well as livelihoods are presently undergoing rapid change. In spite of all the evidence provided by science, most governments in the world have failed to take the necessary action," warns Anders Wijkman, the Swedish MEP who is chairman of this special symposium.

 

After hearing predictions that 30% of species could be extinct and a fifth of Bangladesh underwater before 2100, he urges the removal of "all subsidies on fossil fuels" and a much stronger commitment to renewable power in measures to build a sustainable future.

 

Yet outside the room, in the grey Arctic waters, an oil rush looms which threatens more carbon emissions and the risk to the natural world of an accident similar to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The drilling also threatens to spark territorial disputes and sabre rattling, such as the bellicose noises made by Argentina over British companies seeking oil off the Falkland Islands.

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The Oceans Day at Rio+20 « Mediterranean Sea climate and ...

The Oceans Day at Rio+20 « Mediterranean Sea climate and ... | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

A special day is being set aside during the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (known as the Rio+20 Conference) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 16, 2012 to focus high-level political attention on the importance of oceans and coasts in sustainable development. The Oceans Day at Rio+20 will bring together high-level representatives from governments, civil society, and the private sector ...

 

Oceans are the quintessential sustainable development issue—essential to the economic, social, and environmental pillars of sustainable development—and perform vital life-sustaining functions for the planet. They generate half of the oxygen on Earth, absorb 25-30% of carbon emissions, and regulate global climate and temperature. Nearly half of the global population lives in coastal areas, including in 21 of the world’s 33 megacities. Fisheries and aquaculture provide almost one billion people with over 50% of their animal protein intake and are also vital sources of livelihood for about 200 million people.

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10 Ocean Conservation Groups Making a Difference

10 Ocean Conservation Groups Making a Difference | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

"Global fisheries are on the verge of collapse, global warming is raising ocean temperatures, coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate and runoff from farms and neighborhoods is fouling the seas with fertilizers and other pollutants.

 

For Ocean Week here at EcoSalon, we want to show our love of oceans and how we can’t live without them – we need serious action to protect them from these threats and many more, and we need it now. Thankfully, we have these 10 inspiring ocean conservation groups that are influencing public policy, drumming up public support, researching solutions, and even going out there and stopping illegal activities that harm wildlife."

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UN: Australia's Great Barrier Reef Under 'Imminent Threat'

UN: Australia's Great Barrier Reef Under 'Imminent Threat' | In Deep Water | Scoop.it
SYDNEY, June 2 (Reuters) - Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is under imminent threat from industrial development and may be considered for listing as a world heritage site “"in danger" within the next year, a U.N.

 

Citing the findings of a mission to the world's largest living structure in March, the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) recommended that "“in the absence of substantial progress", its World Heritage Committee would consider such a listing in February next year.

 

Key pressures on the reef include coastal development, ports and liquefied natural gas facilities, extreme weather, grounding of ships and poor water quality, UNESCO said.

The reef's outstanding universal value "“is threatened and decisive action is required to secure its long-term conservation", it said.


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Arctic Warming Means Challenges, Clinton Says - Voice of America

Arctic Warming Means Challenges, Clinton Says - Voice of America | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

Thinning polar ice means more sea traffic through the Arctic at a time of territorial claims to an area that could contain as much as 20 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and natural gas reserves. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Norwegian officials to discuss the changing Arctic.

 

Over the last 20 years, Norwegian climate scientists say the Arctic has been losing 45,000 square kilometers of ice cover a year. That has opened new shipping routes across the north that could make trade between Europe and Asia 40 percent faster than using the Suez Canal.

 

So Arctic nations are working to protect a region that Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere says is undergoing a profound transformation.

"There are changes going on which are leading to the emergence of a region which used to be frozen both politically and climatically, and now there is a thaw," Stoere said.

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Rising sea level threatens India's coastal areas - Zee News

Rising sea level threatens India's coastal areas - Zee News | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

The tranquil stretches of emerald green backwaters in Mumbai and Kerala are among several locales in the western and eastern coasts facing threat from the rising sea level due to climate change.

 

Deltas of the Ganga, Krishna, Godavari, Cauvery and Mahanadi on the east coast may also be threatened along with irrigated land and adjoining settlements, according to a Government report.

 

"It is estimated that sea level rise by 3.5 to 34.6 inches between 1990 and 2100 would result in saline coastal groundwater, endangering wetlands and inundating valuable land and coastal communities. The most vulnerable stretches along the western Indian coast are Khambat and Kutch in Gujarat, Mumbai and parts of the Konkan coast and south Kerala," says the report submitted to the UN.

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World Oceans Day

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Welcome to the international community’s online resource for World Oceans Day—our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean, held every June 8th. This year, we encourage you to reach out to young people in your community and help inspire them for the 2012 theme Youth: the Next Wave for Change. The future of ocean conservation is in their hands! Explore this site for ideas, resources, and information about how you can get involved.

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Joint fisheries statement by EU and US - Fish Update

Joint fisheries statement by EU and US - Fish Update | In Deep Water | Scoop.it

We have identified the most effective tools for rebuilding and maintaining sustainable fisheries. These tools include:

 

· A science-based, precautionary, and ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management;

 

· Working partnerships to conduct cooperative scientific research and to develop innovative fisheries management strategies that improve profits while sustaining healthy fisheries;

 

· Strong measures to combat pirate fishing because it leads to unfair competition for law-abiding fishermen in the marketplace, and it undermines efforts to manage fisheries sustainably;

 

· Sustainable aquaculture to meet the growing demand for seafood that wild fisheries alone cannot satisfy;

 

· Global leadership and a commitment to implement best practices for using these tools.

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Ocean Acidification by the Alliance for Climate Education

Learn about how climate change is impacting our oceans. The Alliance for Climate Education is the nation's leader in climate science education and we're excited to present this short on ocean acidification. (video)

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