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Huge '#ghostNet' #kills #wildlife on South #Florida #reef - Sun-Sentinel

Huge '#ghostNet' #kills #wildlife on South #Florida #reef - Sun-Sentinel | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Huge 'ghost net' kills wildlife on South Florida reef
Sun-Sentinel
Ghost fishing gear – from huge commercial nets to forgotten crab traps – kills wildlife in all the world's oceans.
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Pacific #leatherback turtle, known for its arduous 6,000-mile ocean trek, faces extinction in 20 years

Pacific #leatherback turtle, known for its arduous 6,000-mile ocean trek, faces extinction in 20 years | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

Feb 28, 2013:

The Pacific leatherback braves a transpacific journey that is one of the longest migrations in nature. Experts say its continued existence is imperiled by threats like climate change, plastic pollution, fishing methods, predation and human hunting The leatherback - the world's largest turtle - can grow to six feet long and weigh as much as 2,000 pounds (900 kg).

 be extinct in 20 years."

A study published this week in the Ecological Society of America's scientific journal Ecosphere estimates that only about 500 leatherbacks now nest at their last large nesting site in the Pacific, down from thousands previously. The study tracked the turtle's ongoing population decline since the 1980s.

 

The giant Pacific leatherback turtle, known for its arduous 6,000-mile ocean trek from the U.S. West Coast to breeding grounds in Indonesia, could go extinct within 20 years as its population continues to plummet, scientists say...

Sea turtles have been around about 100 million years and survived the extinction of the dinosaurs but are struggling to survive the impact of humans," said reproductive biologist Thane Wibbels of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), a member of a research team studying the fate of these reptiles. "If the decline continues, leatherback turtles will become extinct in the Pacific Ocean within 20 years," Wibbels said.http://planetark.org/wen/68042


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@Seasaver: Photo: #Pregnant #manta ray killed ... :( :( :(

RT @Seasaver: Photo: Pregnant manta ray killed in #Mozambique. (Adam Baugh). @cites4sharks @citesconvention #overfishing http://t.co/L3Kl9KOuxR
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#Wildlife #Photographer of the Year 2012 / Wildlife Photography / Photography Hubs and Blogs

#Wildlife #Photographer of the Year 2012 / Wildlife Photography / Photography Hubs and Blogs | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography (RT @photohab: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 http://t.co/inW3LaoNqa http://t.co/ylLc4rnsDN)...
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#SeaShepherd Seeks #Volunteers for Upcoming Dam Guardian Campaign

#SeaShepherd  Seeks #Volunteers for Upcoming Dam Guardian Campaign | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Protecting oceans around the world (Sea Shepherd Seeks Volunteers for Upcoming Dam Guardian Campaign http://t.co/4mLTODmnxe via @seashepherd)...
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What is Kamogawa #SeaWorld's Connection to the Taiji Dolphin Hunt? Say No to The Importation of A Pacific White-Sided Dolphin

What is Kamogawa #SeaWorld's Connection to the Taiji Dolphin Hunt? Say No to The Importation of A Pacific White-Sided Dolphin | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
By Kirsten Massebeau In what seems a bold move SeaWorld a company already on the hot seat due to the death of Dawn Branchau, David Kirby's recent book, "Death at SeaWorld", and the soon to be relea...

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In what seems a bold move SeaWorld a company already on the hot seat due to the death of Dawn Branchau, David Kirby’s recent book, “Death at SeaWorld”, and the soon to be released documentary, “Blackfish” have requested a permit to import aPacific white-sided dolphin from Kamogawa SeaWorld in Japan. Kirara was born  May 3, 2006 in captivity at Kamogawa SeaWorld. In the statement for import permit Kamogawa SeaWorld states these points about the dolphin candidates parents Spica and Hokuto:

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How many #dolphins at Kamogawa SeaWorld are from #Taiji drive fisheries. 

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#Japan will not Stop #huntingWhales, says minister ~ exploit to #EXtinction then.

#Japan will not Stop #huntingWhales, says minister ~ exploit to #EXtinction then. | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
A Japanese minister said criticism of whaling is “a cultural attack, a kind of prejudice against Japanese culture”.
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Land-Based #Pollution Has Massive Adverse Effects On #Coastal Communities - CounterCurrents.org

Land-Based #Pollution Has Massive Adverse Effects On #Coastal Communities - CounterCurrents.org | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
CounterCurrents.org Land-Based Pollution Has Massive Adverse Effects On Coastal Communities CounterCurrents.org As humans we are the dominant species on this tottering planet of ours and pollution has become an issue which has to be dealt with on a...
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#Fishing industry blamed for #Dolphin deaths in Trat | Bangkok Post: breakingnews

#Fishing industry blamed for #Dolphin deaths in Trat | Bangkok Post: breakingnews | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
TRAT - Sixty-five Irrawaddy dolphins have been found dead in Trat province over the past three years and the fishing industry being blamed for many of the deaths. (65 Irrawaddy dolphins washed up dead in Trat over 3 years.

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Their carcasses bore deep cuts believed to have been caused by fishing nets.

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#Pollution which is 'shrinking' #Otter penises could be affecting humans too

#Pollution which is 'shrinking' #Otter penises could be affecting humans too | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
A report by the Cardiff University Otter Project has found that males have seen a decline in the size of their sex organ and experts are warning it could explain similar problems in humans.
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#Anti-pollution ship comes calling - Gulf Times

#Anti-pollution ship comes calling - Gulf Times | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Gulf Times
Anti-pollution ship comes calling
Gulf Times
According to Michael, Samudra Prahari is the first ship in the entire South Asia and South East Asia to be equipped with anti-marine pollution response and control equipment.
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Vibrant mix of #marine life found at extreme ocean depths ~ stunning array of species * also below...

Vibrant mix of #marine life found at extreme ocean depths ~ stunning array of species * also below... | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The first scientific examinations of data recorded during a record-setting expedition have yielded new insights about the diversity of creatures that live and thrive in the cold, dark, and highly pressurized habitats of the world's deepest points...

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Deepest undersea vents discovered by UK team

 

BBC link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21520404

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Mystery over dozens of dead #Sea creatures washed up in #Peru @StrandedNoMore still ongoing,link below...

Mystery over dozens of dead #Sea creatures washed up in #Peru  @StrandedNoMore still ongoing,link below... | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Nearly 100 dead sea creatures and (RT@DolphinSeeker30 Mystery over dozens of dead sea creatures washed up in #Peru, incl.
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According to Mother Nature Network, Peru's deputy environment minister Gabriel Quijandria said warming waters disturbing species' food supplies was a possible cause.???

 

StrandedNoMore :  http://strandednomore.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/another-marine-life-die-off-in-peru-could-you-believe-it/

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Scientists seeks solutions to Lake Erie #algae

Scientists seeks solutions to Lake Erie #algae | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

Blue-green algae is native to Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes and the smallest by volume. But the lake has been plagued by increasingly large masses of the substance over the past decade. An outbreak in 2011 spread across huge sections of the central and western basins.

The blooms produce toxins and suck oxygen from the water, creating "dead zones" where little if anything can live. Dogs have died after swimming in the lake and licking themselves, said Jeff Reutter, director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, who attended the Windsor session. Water contaminated with blue-green algae has been fatal to people in some places, though not in North America, he said.


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Fidgeting #clownfish benefit #anemones ~ boost #oxygen flow

Fidgeting #clownfish benefit #anemones ~ boost #oxygen flow | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Clownfish boost oxygen flow around their anemone hosts at night, scientists find.
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EU ministers back #fish dumping ban

EU ministers back #fish dumping ban | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
EU fisheries ministers agree at an all-night session to end the controversial practice of dumping unwanted fish - but with exemptions.
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Spectacular Russian jellyfish of the White Sea – in pictures #SeaJellies ***

Spectacular Russian jellyfish of the White Sea – in pictures #SeaJellies *** | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
They look like aliens or underwater explosions, but they're actually jellyfish – shot in the freezing waters off Russia.
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Study sinks Japan's '#scientificWhaling' program | Asia | DW.DE | 05.02.2013

Study sinks Japan's '#scientificWhaling' program | Asia | DW.DE | 05.02.2013 | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
A report released in Tokyo by the International Fund for Animal Welfare shatters the justifications used by the Japanese government and the whaling industry to continue the slaughter of whales.

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Thanks to the support of the conservative members of the Japanese government and bureaucrats within the Japan Fisheries Agency, the whaling fleet is presently exploiting a loophole within the rules of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to operate in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

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Blue Planet Society: #WWF and #krill: conservation gone wrong...pls sign petition if U think they have made an error ...

Blue Planet Society: #WWF and #krill: conservation gone wrong...pls sign petition if U think they have made an error ... | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
RT @Seasaver: WWF and krill: WTF? http://t.co/TiQkno9nOV #fishfight #overfishing http://t.co/FOhaPX7ZXP
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#Blink and you’ll #miss it: how #species are being lost before they’re even found

#Blink and you’ll #miss it: how #species are being lost before they’re even found | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Regional Director at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Dr Tony Whitten, shares his grave concern for the wondrous and diverse lifeforms that lurk in the darkness of Asia's karst landscapes. (Welcome to the #Anthropocene.

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The Fabulous History Of #Plankton And Why Our Survival Depends On It

The Fabulous History Of #Plankton And Why Our Survival Depends On It | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
One of the very many micro-organisms living in the oceans. (Photo S. Sardet - CNRS - Tara Expeditions) Take a drop of ocean water.
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Take a drop of ocean water. Just a simple drop of water, you may think? You’d be wrong. That tiny drop is actually full of life. When one thinks about marine life, one has often in mind fish or whales or dolphins … but these only represent 2 percent of the oceans’ living organisms. The other 98 percent is made up of micro-organisms of all kinds whose generic name is plankton. Now, you may remember that, as a child, you were taught that plankton is a whale’s favorite meal. Forget about the whales. Plankton is much more than that; it is about life on Earth itself. First, because without them, we as human beings would not be here; and second, because without them, we’d probably disappear. So we’d better be aware of what happens to them, including what we do to them.

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Challenge #Japan to END Taiji #DolphinHunt for #Tokyo2020 #Olympic bid ~ pls sign & share thxu

Challenge #Japan to END Taiji #DolphinHunt for #Tokyo2020 #Olympic bid ~ pls sign & share thxu | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
This is Japan's 5th Olympic bid, since their 1964 Olympics. They are very eager to be selected as Host City again to boost their economy after the devastating tsunami & Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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@stevejack3: #BlueCove until September ... #tweet4taiji

RT @stevejack3: Blue Cove until September 

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#tweet4taiji @SeaShepherdScot @SeaShepherd @CoveGuardians @Melissa_Sehgal http://t.co/1tak0TqUj0
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They survived by a whisker, but #Otters are in danger again as poss. river #pollution prevents reproduction... BBC link below...

They survived by a whisker, but #Otters are in danger again as poss. river #pollution prevents reproduction... BBC link below... | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Research has found that a new generation of pollutants, particularly endocrine disrupting chemicals, may be causing reproductive problems in male otters.
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BBC link:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/21534742

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Review of #Scottish #scallop dredging after celebrity chef TV campaign | Herald Scotland

RT @Seasaver: Review of #Scotland scallop dredging after TV campaign
http://t.co/1x4RFWbc2g RT @hughsfishfight @heraldscotland #fishfight #overfishing
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