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The ocean is broken

The ocean is broken | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
A Newcastle sailor's trip across the Pacific Ocean after the Japan tsunami was frighteningly similar to a nightmare.
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"We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.

 

Macfadyen signed up to this scheme while he was in the US, responding to an approach by US academics who asked yachties to fill in daily survey forms and collect samples for radiation testing - a significant concern in the wake of the tsunami and consequent nuclear power station failure in Japan.

 

"I asked them why don't we push for a fleet to go and clean up the mess," he said.

"But they said they'd calculated that the environmental damage from burning the fuel to do that job would be worse than just leaving the debris there."

 

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Seafood labels and sourcing to become clearer thanks to new code

Seafood labels and sourcing to become clearer thanks to new code | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
UK scheme backed by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is to allow consumers to check how sustainable their fish and seafood isA scheme to make the labelling and sourcing of sustainable fish clearer and more consistent for shoppers will be unveiled by the...
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Scientists latch on to colossal squid

Scientists latch on to colossal squid | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Huge specimen caught in Antarctic waters by New Zealand fishing crew is one of few ever examined Scientists in New Zealand were suckers for the chance to examine a rare colossal squid, a mammoth creature the length of a minibus and seldom seen by...
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The List Of Marine Parks That Buy Dolphins From Taiji’s Hunt Is Getting Bigger Every Year

The List Of Marine Parks That Buy Dolphins From Taiji’s Hunt Is Getting Bigger Every Year | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
For the love of animals. Pass it on. (Including Hawaii Inst. of Marine Biology http://t.co/xFUaCi5l7H)
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Seagrass may shield marine life from acidifying oceans

Seagrass may shield marine life from acidifying oceans | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Plant may provide food and protection from predators (RT @OceanPortal: Seagrass may shield marine life from acidifying oceans http://t.co/Pa8M0bE5ZX Learn more about seagrass bed ecology: http:…)...
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Japan's whaling has produced more sushi than science | Howard C. Rosenbaum and Susan Lieberman

Japan's whaling has produced more sushi than science | Howard C. Rosenbaum and Susan Lieberman | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Scientists dont need to kill whales to study them commercial and scientific whaling should be practices of a bygone era In 1994, member governments of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the whaling regulatory body, agreed to create a...
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How the tuna we buy is killing sharks in Indonesia

How the tuna we buy is killing sharks in Indonesia | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Australias shark cull angers conservationists.
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Ban on shark trade comes into force

Ban on shark trade comes into force | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
In a significant step forward for shark conservation, all trade in five named species is to be regulated from today.
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Sharks in acidic waters avoid smell of food

Sharks in acidic waters avoid smell of food | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
The increasing acidification of ocean waters caused by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels could rob sharks of their ability to sense the smell of food, a new study suggests.
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Better regulations needed for deep-sea biology

Better regulations needed for deep-sea biology | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Although we know relatively little about the deep sea, we do extract raw materials for electronics and medicines from it. Biologists describe the history of deep-sea biology and give some pointers on how to protect this remarkable but rather inaccessible area.
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Nature's tiny engineers: Corals control their environment, stirring up water eddies to bring nutrients

Nature's tiny engineers: Corals control their environment, stirring up water eddies to bring nutrients | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom has long held that corals -- whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs -- are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists have found that they are far from passive, engineering their environment to sweep water into turbulent patterns that greatly enhance their ability to exchange nutrients and dissolved gases with their environment.
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NSW calls for national ban on shampoo additives that are choking the oceans

NSW calls for national ban on shampoo additives that are choking the oceans | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
The NSW government has called for a national ban on the sale and production of shampoos and other products containing microplastics before they inflict worse damage on marine environments.
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How A Clothing Company Successfully Turned Salvaged Trash Into Fashion - Fast Company

How A Clothing Company Successfully Turned Salvaged Trash Into Fashion - Fast Company | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Fast Company How A Clothing Company Successfully Turned Salvaged Trash Into Fashion Fast Company The idea behind the line came about last year after ocean conservation nonprofit Parley for the Oceans founded The Vortex Project, which brings...
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NOAA adds 20 new coral species to threatened list, including five found in ... - MiamiHerald.com

NOAA adds 20 new coral species to threatened list, including five found in ... - MiamiHerald.com | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
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Research has shown that coral reefs worldwide have declined significantly the last few decades, with some individual species down 90 percent.
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Local management is paving the way for marine conservation and recovering coastal fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean | Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

Local management is paving the way for marine conservation and recovering coastal fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean | Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Local management is paving the way for marine conservation & recovering fisheries in Indian Ocean #PovertyReduction http://t.co/Kzadgdp6PN
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Captive Cetaceans Tragically Sad: Seaworld's Collaboration in the Wild Caught Industry Web, leading right back to Taiji.

Captive Cetaceans Tragically Sad: Seaworld's Collaboration in the Wild Caught Industry Web, leading right back to Taiji. | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
@SeaWorldTexSan @SeaWorldTruth = SeaWorld twists the truth! Do your research people!
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Specialized species critical for reefs

Specialized species critical for reefs | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
One of Australia's leading coral reef ecologists fears that reef biodiversity may not provide the level of insurance for ecosystem survival that we once thought.
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Protecting 4% of oceans would help 84% of marine mammals

Protecting 4% of oceans would help 84% of marine mammals | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
New research has shown that if we protected just 4% of the worlds oceans and seas we could protect as much as 84% of the marine mammals that grace our oceans. Just 9 locations have an essential role in the lives of 108 different marine mammals.
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Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists

Plastic rubbish from land, not ships, killing Australian sea life, say scientists | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Research shows three-quarters of rubbish was plastic and debris concentrated near cities
Mounds of plastic rubbish along Australias coastline are growing and killing wildlife which is ingesting or becoming ensnared in it, researchers say.
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Great Barrier Reef plan 'not enough to ward off UN in-danger listing'

Great Barrier Reef plan 'not enough to ward off UN in-danger listing' | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Federal and Queensland government proposal to improve water quality little more than business as usual, say environmentalists A plan to improve the Great Barrier Reefs water quality and conserve species such as turtles may not be enough to stave...
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Shift in Arabia sea plankton may threaten fisheries

The rapid rise of an unusual plankton in the Arabian Sea has been documented by researchers who say that it could be disastrous for the predator fish that sustain 120 million people living on the sea's edge. "These blooms are massive, appear year after year, and could be devastating to the Arabian Sea ecosystem over the long-term," said the study's lead author.
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New deep sea mushroom-shaped organisms discovered

Scientists have discovered two new species of sea-dwelling, mushroom-shaped organisms. The new organisms are multicellular and mostly non-symmetrical, with a dense layer of gelatinous material between the outer skin cell and inner stomach cell layers.
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New deep ocean species are being discovered all the time. Another good reason to take care of the oceans.

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Plastic Shores: 'Micro-plastics' Animation

'Micro-plastics' is a stop-motion animation made of bits of plastic found washed up on the shores of Britain and Hawaii. It explains how harmful micro-plastics can…
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[news] Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate

[news] Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
A new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm.
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Ecotourism rise hits whales - Nature.com

Ecotourism rise hits whales - Nature.com | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
Ecotourism rise hits whales
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But some animals are affected more than others and the long-term effects remain unclear, scientists at the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) in Glasgow, UK, heard last week.
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Australian study reveals scale of micro-plastic marine pollution

Australian study reveals scale of micro-plastic marine pollution | Marine Conservation Research | Scoop.it
The Guardian reports, 25th August 2014: “Researchers have found “alarming” level of plastic pollution in Sydney harbour, with fibres from clothing and toiletries causing a widespread impact upon the marine ecosystem.
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