Callum Roberts: It may be the end of fish discards, but now we need more marine conservation zones to stop our seabeds becoming a wasteland (RT @Seasaver: Callum Roberts on why we must all fight for fish http://t.co/rgFbREHj...
Sometimes people ask me why efforts to change or end the use of marine mammals in entertainment shows hasn't gained more traction. I don't really know how to answer, but I do know from other work t...
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latest plea for help in the legal battle he and other whistleblowers are fighting against Marineland. Marineland has been suing former employees left and right, in an effort to drain their bank accounts and force them to retract their devastating allegations regarding the way Marineland treats its marine mammals.
Demers and his fellow whistleblowers desperately need help paying their legal bills, and if they can continue to mount a legal defense pressure will grow on Marineland because the cases will get to a discovery phase, which could force Marineland to cough up documents and information about its operations. And, as it happens, there is easy money out there, courtesy of the BiLLe Celeb Challenge–if the community of people who care about marine mammals in captivity can mobilize and take action.
Here’s Demers’ plea:
Urgent call to action re: Marineland.
Marineland’s whistleblowers urgently need your help.
Les Stroud of the famed television show “Survivorman”, in conjunction with Orca Conservancy has generously sponsored us in the BiLLe Celeb Challenge.
We are currently in 2nd place with only a week to go and URGENTLY need your daily vote to ensure us the victory award of 25 000$ towards our legal defense.
Studland Bay in Dorset had been the only place in the country where two species of native seahorses lived, but the delicate environment has been destroyed. (The seahorses from Saturdays Wild show, will soon be gone...
The 10 zones are all ditched by the Welsh Government after huge levels of protest (Marine Conservation Zones: Controversial plans for North Wales are scrapped http://t.co/mYuKI46n4L via @dailypostwales)...
CONTROVERSIAL plans for 10 marine conservation zones have been scrapped after a huge protest.
The Welsh Government proposed the zones last year, with the backing of the Countryside Council of Wales and the Marine Conservation Society.
They would have included an area at the north-eastern end of the Menai Strait, an area around Bardsey Island as far as Llanbedrog, and the mouth of the Dwyfor near Porthmadog.
The plans sparked outrage among fishermen who claimed creating the zones would mean a ban on fishing and anchoring in some areas. The Welsh Fishermen's Association insisted existing conservation networks for Welsh waters are adequate.
Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies yesterday told AMs Welsh Government officials had received 7,000 responses to a consultation containing “strongly held” views.
Mr Davies said to “avoid any continuing uncertainty over the options presented in the 2012 consultation, I am also withdrawing all the proposed sites”.
Now, he will concentrate on the existing 125 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that cover 36% of Welsh seas to see if any changes can be made rather than creating additional zones.
He said: “We are now in a stronger position to assess our current contribution to the network's ecological coherence. I have, therefore, commissioned an assessment of our current MPAs to identify if there are any gaps and what the options might be to fill those gaps.
“If any measures are required, I believe they should be simple, proportionate and fit for purpose.”
Campaigners who fought the proposals said their protest had been “vindicated
Fisherman Owen Williams, 53, who launches his lobster boat from Trefor, near Caernarfon, said: “The ministers in Cardiff were told in no uncertain terms what we thought of the plans. Thankfully they have listened to what we had to say and we have been vindicated in what we said.”
The withdrawal of marine zone plans were also welcomed by opposition parties. Plaid Cymru Shadow Environment Minister Llyr Gruffydd AM said: “We have been calling on the Minister to scrap these flawed proposals since last year and we therefore welcome today’s announcement.
“The Labour Government’s botched job at developing their original proposals was a classic example of how not to engage with affected communities and businesses on such an important issue.
“The current state of many of Wales’ Marine Protected Areas isn’t up to scratch and the first priority must be to get existing sites managed properly before designating new conservation areas.
“The Minister has, at long last, realised this. The original proposals incited strong feelings across a large number of coastal communities, and there were many concerns about their potential economic and social impacts.”
Conservative Shadow Minister Russell George added: “Given the botched handling of the initial consultation, the Minister’s decision to re-evaluate must be welcomed.
Fresh scrutiny of zone location and the current network of protected areas must now take place swiftly.
Our seas contribute £2.5bn to the economy and any potential impact must be very carefully balanced with environmental protection.”
At the last day of oral hearings about legality of Japanese whaling in the Antarctic at the ICJ in The Hague, Japan's lawyers told judges that they had no jurisdiction to rule on a whaling dispute with Australia.
BBC News fish stocks 'heading for recovery' BBC News They used data collected largely by government research institutes, including large programs at hundreds of fish markets and at sea on hundreds of fishing and research vessels operating every day...
Shark Haven Could Save Species from Overfishing Earthweek - A Diary of the Planet Marine scientists say the booming shark population inside Fiji's fishing reserve proves conservation efforts can help save the predatory fish from extinction.
The sea defines and delineates us, sustains and supports us.
It provides 50% of the air we breathe, and carries 95% of our global trade by volume. Yet most of us only interact with it for these few weeks, when it becomes our resort and playground; a place of careless abandon, left littered and abused once we're done with its aestival charms. (Jet skis, for instance, pump out almost as much fuel into the sea as they burn up in their petrolhead frolics).
Defied by its greater vastness, we chose to ignore the ocean and fly over its expanses, as though it were a veil drawn over our sins. Of which there are many.
Talks to decide on the establishment of huge marine reserves in Antarctica have failed to reach a consensus.
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18.7.13 ~ Russia and Ukraine have blocked a proposal for creating an expansive marine wildlife reserve in the Antarctic because they contest the authority of the organizing commission, news reports said Wednesday.
WeHo News Black Fish reviewed WeHo News Its topic far transcends that of niche documentary and brings us answers to a plethora of questions regarding wild creatures seemingly tamed by humankind, often for our own selfish emotional needs.
Stop marine pollution to protect kelp forests Science Daily (press release) Stop Marine Pollution to Protect Kelp Forests.
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The researchers have found a combined effect on kelp forests from nutrient pollution and higher CO2, which could have a devastating impact on Australia's marine ecosystems.
"When we manipulated CO2 and nutrient levels in an experimental marine ecosystem we found the effect of both of them together was greater than the sum of their individual impacts," says Dr Bayden Russell, of the University's Environment Institute and Senior Lecturer in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
A government research chemist has isolated what he calls "a suite of toxins" on seaweed eaten by the 112 manatees that have died in Florida's Indian River Lagoon.
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The manatees filled their bellies with the reddish seaweed called Gracilaria because their normal food, sea grass, had been wiped out by a series of huge algae blooms fueled by nutrient pollution in the lagoon.
Initially scientists thought fertilizer was the source of the pollution, but tests by Brian Lapointe from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have found that the culprit is actually sewage.
The sewage could be coming from leaks in the estimated 300,000 septic tanks scattered around the lagoon on the state's Atlantic coast, he said, or it could be migrating into the lagoon from the deep-well injection of treated sewage into the aquifer.
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