Tampabay.com Florida wildlife commissioners limit harvest of sea cucumbers Tampabay.com Two months after they postponed a decision on regulating the harvest of one of Florida's ugliest sea creatures, state wildlife commissioners voted Wednesday to...
Daily Mail Shark cull in Western Australia angers environmentalists Daily Mail Conservationists have launched a fresh attack on the killing of sharks cull off Western Australia after a tiger shark was shot three times and took 15 minutes to die.
Monomoy Wildlife Refuge plan seeks 'balanced'approach Wicked Local Orleans Monomoy is due for a new 15-year management plan and yesterday the U.S.
Marian Locksley's insight:
The sands are ever shifting in Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge; connections and disconnections to the mainland, sandbars and cuts, channels and dunes are there then vanish in the mist.
Monomoy was established in 1944 as a refuge for migratory birds. It covers 8,321 acres of open ocean, salt marsh, freshwater swamps and ponds, sand dunes and beach, 3,244 acres of which are officially wilderness. The world’s second largest nesting colony of common terns (8,000 pairs) calls it home.
Mashable, March 16 2014 -▶ NEW STUDY: GREENLAND MELTING IS MORE PERVASIVE THAN THOUGHT, ADDING TO SEA LEVEL FEARS. “Nature is changing faster than expected and seems to respond much stronger than expected to small fluctuations,” he said. “This also means that predictions of future sea level rise need to be revised.” http://mashable.com/2014/03/16/greenland-ice-melt-sea-level-rise/
July 28, 2013 Rolling Stone
-▶ Greenland's ice sheets are melting faster than anyone predicted. Why glaciologist Jason Box's radical theory may not be so radical after all...
August 01, 2013 Mongabay -▶ CLIMATE COULD WARM MORE RAPIDLY THAN ANY TIME IN THE LAST 65 MILLION YEARS According to a new review of 27 climate models, scientists say the global climate is likely to experience a warmth as great as any in the last 65 million years, only much, much faster... http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0801-hance-climate-pace.html
The world's reefs are hotbeds of biological diversity, including over 4,500 species of fish. A new study shows that the ancestors of these fish colonized reefs in two distinct waves, before and after the mass extinction event about 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Reef Mappers: Visually Documenting Coral Reefs, Before They're Gone Huffington Post (blog) After scanning this report, I panicked, and wondered: Is the future of our reef ecosystems destined to exist only on the worn printed pages of National...
Japan's whalers expect to return to the Antarctic, despite losing an International Court of Justice case brought against them by Australia banning their current hunt.
Marian Locksley's insight:
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was deeply disappointed with the ruling, but would abide it, according to the country's chief ICJ negotiator, Koji Tsuruoka.
Shortly afterwards the Fisheries Agency of Japan said it would cancel planned "research whaling" next Antarctic summer because of the ICJ ruling.
This meant that for the first time in more than a century, the Antarctic would have a summer free of any whaling.
The Institute of Cetacean Research disclosed plans to go south again in a pleading filed with the U.S. court in Seattle on Saturday, Australian time, in a case against Sea Shepherd's harassment of the whaling fleet.
"The Government of Japan recently announced the JARPA II special permits would not be issued for Plaintiffs to conduct research in the Southern Ocean during the 2014-15 season," said the filing by John Neupert, counsel for the plaintiff ICR.
The project will be carried out using an eco-friendly oceanographic vessel that will cover the whole Mediterranean basin over a period of three months. The ship will also touch keys areas in the Mediterranean basin characterized by different anthropogenic impact.
The scale and destruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami were beyond anyone's expectations. Three years on, the disaster is still very much on people's minds with images of the giant wave and destruction still vivid. In the months immediately after the disaster, I began looking online for volunteer work that involved diving or anything marine-related when one day I came across Sanriku Volunteer Divers, a group that's been diving almost everyday since March 2011 to continue restoring the affected regions.
With about 3,000 volunteers, both Japanese and foreign, debris continues to be removed and much of the large items have been successfully cleared away. Because of slightly strict regulations among some fisheries-related groups, it has been harder to access and clean some areas than others but on the whole there is progress.
A controversial plan by the New South Wales government to allow recreational fishing in marine sanctuary areas could undermine decades of progress that protected the state’s most important underwater areas and unique species, and provided well-documented economic benefits.
It is well known that polar bears accumulate alarmingly high concentrations of PCBs and other pollutants. It is now discovered that also Greenland sharks have contaminants in their bodies. The long-term effects remain unknown.
“We had this theory that the sharks would occasionally move south, but it turns out that they stay in the waters around Svalbard,” says Professor Bjørn Munro Jenssen, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specializes in pollutants and arctic biology.
These finds are very provocative. The species highest up on the food chain are the most affected. We are among them,” Jenssen says.
12.4.14 ~ Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation (with video) Sometime in the next few weeks highly diluted, low-level radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster is expected to reach West Coast shores.