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#SeaTurtleRestoration Project : 50 Ways to Help #SavetheOcean

#SeaTurtleRestoration Project : 50 Ways to Help #SavetheOcean | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

The world's oceans face a mounting crisis of abuse and overuse--but you can help!  Just by taking small, common-sense steps that reduce your impact, you join a growing movement of ocean awareness that's good for the ocean....and good for you.


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#Explaining Pattern in which Humpback #Whales Drift in #Pacific

#Explaining Pattern in which Humpback #Whales Drift in #Pacific | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

About 50 years ago, since the international community has banned commercial whaling, a gradual increase has been noticed in the population of North Pacific humpback whales. 


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About 50 years ago, since the international community has banned commercial whaling, a gradual increase has been noticed in the population of North Pacific humpback whales. Considering this, a group of Hawaii fishermen is urging the federal government to take off these northern Pacific humpback whales from the rare species list.

 

In this regard, last month even a petition has been filed by the Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition Inc. to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This group is a coalition of fishing clubs and groups across the islands.

 

In 1960s, when there were about 1,400 humpback whales in the North Pacific; today there exist approximately more than 21,000 whales.

During the winters when breeding and calving season is on its peak, more than half of these whales survive in warm waters of Hawaii.

 

Since, Humpback whales are known for acrobatic leaps and multifarious singing patterns, these serve as a true attraction for tourists here. As a result, these whales have supported a flourishing whale-watching industry in Hawaii too.

 

Few other humpback whales of North Pacific swim off to Central America, Mexico, Japan and the Philippines for feeding. During summers, these humpback whales generally drift the waters of Canada, Russia and Alaska to feed on krill and fish there.

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#Port of Long Beach Invests $100 M to #LowerShipPollution - NBC Southern California

#Port of Long Beach Invests $100 M to #LowerShipPollution - NBC Southern California | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
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Port of Long Beach Invests $100 M to Lower Ship Pollution
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home > news > local. Port of Long Beach Invests $100M to Lower Ship Pollution.
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Huge cargo ships often stay at a port for days, in many instances with their diesel engine running. Starting next year, a new requirement will take effect that mandates ships turn off their engines and plug into the power grid during at least half of their port visits.


Plugging a large ship into the grid is equivalent to taking 20,000 to 30,000 cars off the road. Hetty Chang reports from Long Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 6, 2013.

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#Sevengill #Shark sightings website adds methodology page ~ #ScienceDiver Michael Bear...

#Sevengill #Shark sightings website adds methodology page ~ #ScienceDiver Michael Bear... | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The Sevengill Shark Sightings.org web site, run by San Diego AAUS [American Academy of Underwater Sciences] Science Diver Michael Bear recently added a 'Methodo
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Floating freezers full of #Tuna, but where did it come from? #Greenpeace

Floating freezers full of #Tuna, but where did it come from?  #Greenpeace | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
On the shimmering blue high seas, there is a grey area.
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On the shimmering blue high seas, there is a grey area. Known as transshipping, this common practise of transferring fish catches from one vessel to another is also a loophole, as it can lead to fish from illegal sources getting into the chain of custody without detection. It also means that otherwise legally caught fish might not be adequately reported, leading to fishery management problems.

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#Oxford college under attack over plans to display #live #shark at ball

#Oxford college under attack over plans to display #live #shark at ball | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

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                                     This is So Wrong!

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Kirsten Massebeau's curator insight, April 23, 2013 8:27 PM

Another incident of human beings using, and harming other species for their own entertainment.

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Obviously they're not learning anything about the Ocean species! Shame on them All !
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Video: Charities & kids Campaign to #SaveSeabirds from #PIB dumping

Video: Charities & kids Campaign to #SaveSeabirds  from #PIB dumping | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
After reports of thousands of birds being affected by a chemical that was dumped in the sea, charities and school kids begin a campaign to get the practice banned.
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#PIB chemical #pollution kills more #birds than MSC Napoli - BBC News !!!

#PIB chemical #pollution kills more #birds than MSC Napoli - BBC News !!! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
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PIB chemical pollution kills more birds than MSC Napoli
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Nearly 3,000 birds have been killed or injured by the chemical polyisobutene (PIB) off the south and south-west coast this year.
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Multinational #NavalExercise Meant #Death and Destruction for Pilot #Whales and Orcas

Multinational #NavalExercise Meant #Death and Destruction for Pilot #Whales and Orcas | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
By Kirsten Massebeau The military is calling their multinational Naval exercises a success: "A giant exercise off the coast of Scotland which involved more than 30 warships and 65 aircraft from 13 ...

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                     More deaths.......when will it end !

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Kirsten Massebeau's curator insight, May 2, 2013 9:41 PM

When does the price of for war games become too great?

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Just 35 Devils Hole #Pupfish Remain—Does #Extinction Loom?

Just 35 Devils Hole #Pupfish Remain—Does #Extinction Loom? | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
One of the world’s rarest fish species just got a lot rarer.

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One of the world’s rarest fish species just got a lot rarer. The latest twice-annual count of tiny Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) at their sole habitat in Nevada has revealed just 35 of the critically endangered fish remain, down from 75 this past fall. This is the lowest count since the species was federally protected back in 1967.

 

Devils Hole pupfish live exclusively in a deep geothermal cavern in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, where their population has undergone precipitous declines over the past several decades for reasons that remain unclear.

 

The 25-millimeter fish appear to be adapted by both high temperatures (33 degrees Celsius) and the water’s low oxygen content, but little else about them is understood by science. Efforts to breed them outside of Devils Hole have not been fruitful, and two captive populations died out in 2006.

 

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), there are now too few of them to risk transferring any more of the fish from their natural environment.

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Decision due on controversial #Irish #fishfarm ~ #Environment ~ DW.DE 26.03.2013

Decision due on controversial #Irish #fishfarm ~ #Environment ~ DW.DE  26.03.2013 | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The Irish government is proposing one of the largest salmon farms in the world. Activists and locals are raising environmental concerns though, including the possibility the farm will make other local fish turn pink.
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Many of the 270 people that live on Inis Oirr see the salmon farm not as a potential economic driver, but rather as a possible environmental nightmare that could fatally harm the island's tourism sector.

 

During the summer, the island's population swells to about a thousand as people come to the island to enjoy the temperate weather and scenic beaches.

 

60-year-old Padraic Mailer has lived on Inis Oirr his entire life. He's concerned waste from the salmon farm will pollute the island's beaches. Several studies have shown waste from farms can travel long distances and wash ashore, polluting the land.

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#SalmonFarming #Problems ~ Farmed And Dangerous ~ more below...

#SalmonFarming #Problems ~ Farmed And Dangerous  ~ more below... | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
RT @SaveOceansNow: Open net-cage salmon farming, one of the most harmful in aquaculture http://t.co/LTMu2vowpV #BanFishFarms #Overfishing oceans for fish farms
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2.5.13

Scientists Are Divided Over Threat to Pacific Northwest Salmon :: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/science/infectious-salmon-anemia-threat-divides-scientists.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&&nbsp; <<< Alexandra Morton, a biologist, has warned that infectious salmon anemia has reached the Pacific Northwest, but other scientists disagree.

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#Singing Humpback #Whales Tracked by their Haunting Melodies

#Singing Humpback #Whales Tracked by their Haunting Melodies | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The haunting melodies that humpback whales sing echo through the ocean waters. Now, researchers are using these songs to track the massive cetaceans. (Singing HumpbackWhales Tracked by their Haunting Melodies.
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#ArcticOcean 'acidifying rapidly' !!!

#ArcticOcean 'acidifying rapidly' !!! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Carbon dioxide is rapidly altering the chemistry of the Arctic, and the changes will last many thousands of years, a report says.

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#HongKong's #PinkDolphins at #risk - NEWS.com.au

#HongKong's #PinkDolphins at #risk - NEWS.com.au | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
NEWS.com.au Hong Kong's pink dolphins at risk NEWS.com.au CONSERVATIONISTS warned Monday that Hong Kong may lose its rare Chinese white dolphins, also known as pink dolphins for their unique colour, unless it takes urgent action against pollution...
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Their numbers in Hong Kong waters have fallen from an estimated 158 in 2003 to just 78 in 2011, with a further decline expected when figures for 2012 are released next month, said the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society.

"It is up to the government and every Hong Kong citizen to stand up for dolphins. We risk losing them unless we all take action," said society chairman Samuel Hung.



Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/world/hong-kongs-pink-dolphins-at-risk-due-to-pollution-overfishing/story-e6frfqai-1226636378545#ixzz2SaWCvkiL

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#Guadeloupe and #Martinique threatened as #pesticide contaminates #foodchain

#Guadeloupe and #Martinique threatened as #pesticide contaminates #foodchain | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Chemical once used on banana crops threatening livelihoods and public health by polluting soil and sea (Guadeloupe and Martinique threatened as pesticide contaminates food chain http://t.co/sczWajSBkJ...
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Chlordecone (aka Kepone) is known to be an endocrine disruptor and was listed as carcinogenic in 1979. The coastline was the last part of the island to be contaminated, as the chemical was gradually washed down by the rivers. Pollution centres on the Basse-Terre area, which specialised in growing bananas for export.


As the contamination spread, fishing had to be stopped and freshwater prawn farms closed.


The same soon applied to the crabs caught in the mangrove swamps.


It remains to be seen which deepwater species will be allowed to be caught in the future.

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#Navy #sonar 'did cause mass #Dolphin #deaths' say scientists who blame war games exercise off #Cornishcoast for #strandings

#Navy #sonar 'did cause mass #Dolphin #deaths' say scientists who blame war games exercise off #Cornishcoast for #strandings | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The Royal Navy has been blamed for driving dozens of dolphins to an agonising death during anti-submarine war games near Falmouth Bay, Cornwall.

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The Royal Navy has been blamed for driving dozens of dolphins to  an agonising death during anti-submarine war games.

A four-year investigation by scientists has ruled out every other cause for the UK’s largest stranding of common dolphins in shallows off the coast of Cornwall in 2008.

At the time, the area was hosting a week of ‘live fire’ war games involving 20 Royal Navy ships, helicopters and submarines – including the nuclear-powered sub HMS Torbay – as well as 11 foreign vessels.

And scientists now believe trials of anti-submarine warfare techniques, using a range of mid-frequency sonar devices in the water to detect hidden vessels, were the most likely cause of the dolphins’ deaths.



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#Antarctica Feature: Part 1 - What #Wildlife Will I See? - We Said Go Travel

#Antarctica Feature: Part 1 - What #Wildlife Will I See? - We Said Go Travel | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Wildlife spotting in Antarctica is a lottery.  There are no game park enclosures or zoos.  There are no park rangers waiting for a “release the whale for tourists” call.  There are no guarantees. And that’s what makes it so special.
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Boom In #Jellyfish Linked To #Overfishing

Boom In #Jellyfish Linked To #Overfishing | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Boom In Jellyfish Linked To Overfishing http://t.co/gwmYWHWunz
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Jellyfish have free rein

 

Jellyfish predators, such as tuna and sea turtles, are disappearing due to overfishing. However, jellyfish are primarily taking advantage of the overfishing of small pelagic fish. Just like these cnidarians, sardines, herring, anchovies and more feed off zooplankton. Thus, they represent their main competition for food. In areas where too many of these fish are caught, they free up an ecological niche.

 

Jellyfish now have free rein and can thrive. Furthermore, small fish eat the eggs and larvae of jellyfish. Therefore, under normal conditions, they regulate the population. In their absence, there is nothing to stop the proliferation of these gelatinous creatures.

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#Wildlife official: More dead #Pelicans wash up on local #beaches ~ mostly at Surf City & Topsail Beach!

#Wildlife official: More dead #Pelicans wash up on local #beaches ~ mostly at Surf City & Topsail Beach! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
WCTI12.com Wildlife official: More dead pelicans wash up on local beaches WCTI12.com According to Toni O'Neil, director of the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert, rescuers are finding several dead pelicans per day, mostly at Surf City...
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Since 2010, hundreds of the federally-protected birds have washed up dead or injured on Eastern Carolina shores. Wildlife investigators said they don't know what's causing the pelicans' deaths, but evidence suggests their killings are intentional.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is offering a reward of almost $10,000 for information. They can be reached at  919-833-1923.

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#SaveWhales, #Sealions, and #Polarbears: Protect the #BeringSea! pls sign & share thxu

#SaveWhales, #Sealions, and #Polarbears: Protect the #BeringSea! pls sign & share thxu | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Polar bears, fur seals, sea lions, walruses, whales and millions of sea birds make their home in the Bering Sea, and beneath the surface abundant life thrives in the Bering Sea Canyons– larger than the Grand Canyon itself. The importance of this...

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#Seabirds can help track #OceanPollution - NBCNews.com (blog) 'regulations sparse' who manufacture!

#Seabirds can help track #OceanPollution - NBCNews.com (blog) 'regulations sparse' who manufacture! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
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Seabirds can help track ocean pollution
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The best tools for tracking how well pollution-reduction laws are working may be seabirds.
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A major part of the problem is that regulatory agencies are constantly playing catch-up to industry, Elliot said.

 

Most new products are developed and manufactured in China and other nations where regulation is sparse!

 

Products are already on the market by the time problems show up.

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#CaveDiving: Into the Earth

#CaveDiving: Into the Earth | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Stake a claim on the last unknown frontier: It lies just beneath our feet.

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N.S. sets up panel to develop #Rules for #fishfarms by end of 2014

N.S. sets up panel to develop #Rules for #fishfarms by end of 2014 | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
A panel has been created in Nova Scotia to recommend new regulations to govern the aquaculture industry by the end of next year, the provincial government announced Wednesday.
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#SpeakUp for Sea #Turtle Nesting Beaches. Please sign petition...thxu

#SpeakUp for Sea #Turtle Nesting Beaches. Please sign petition...thxu | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Speak Up for Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches. http://t.co/E5RHcDc131 @SeaShepherd #defendconserveprotect http://t.co/DKMm7qgA9H
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After five years of delay, the federal government is finally proposing to protect more than 739 miles of critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles on their nesting beaches along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts -- where they have been laying eggs for centuries!

The area spans 84 percent of all known nesting habitat for loggerheads from North Carolina to Florida to Mississippi. Read more about loggerheads and download the fact sheet here.

Add your own comments to the letter below about sea turtles and the need to protect beaches for nesting adults and emerging hatchlings.

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