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Citizen scientist seeks #sharkbiologist for joint #project ~ Please RT

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Sevengill shark sightings are on the rise off San Diego, and citizen-science divers who have been logging their close encounters are now looking for a biologist to help explain why the sharks have ...
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#DamGuardians :: What You Can Do

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RT @dolphinpaige: #DamTweet ...URGENT CALL to ACTION! PLEASE make phone calls, email and fax! Info in the link! http://t.co/QBKDmHszCi Please be their voice!
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BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, Fish - The Next Fight

BBC Radio 4 - Costing the Earth, Fish - The Next Fight | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Tom Heap meets the activists hoping to bring an end to illegal fishing.
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Tom Heap meets the activists hoping to bring an end to illegal fishing by tackling the problem head on: by getting in the way of pirate fishermen.

The Black Fish is a relatively new NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) who aim to stop the fishing of juvenile Bluefin Tuna in the Mediterranean and prevent to use of illegal drift nets - by cutting them. Drift nets were banned by the United Nations in 1992 but they are still used illegally around the world.

The Black Fish are soon to launch unmanned reconnaissance aircraft in the Mediterranean to monitor illegal fishing and find out exactly who is doing it and where.

Tom also meets campaigners who believe that the only way for fish stocks to recover is for a ten year moratorium to be imposed, allowing species of fish to become plentiful once more.

Presenter: Tom Heap

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The Sustainable #Exploitation of the #Ocean's Minerals and #Resources - UN Chronicle

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The Sustainable Exploitation of the Ocean's Minerals and Resources
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As a resource and the basis of our livelihoods, the ocean represents both opportunities and challenges.
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As a resource and the basis of our livelihoods, the ocean represents both opportunities and challenges. As an island nation surrounded by the sea, we are, on the one hand, at the mercy of the ocean but, on the other hand, the custodians of its resources. These resources sustain us today, and without them future generations will suffer, which is why we are vigilant about destructive fishing practices, oppose illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and call for the strengthening of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs).

A major part of the environmental and climatic challenges we face is influenced by the ocean that surrounds us. Changing winds, ocean currents, hurricanes and storms are all a result of the interplay between the ocean and the atmosphere.

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#Sea-ice #ecosystem possibly triggered evolution of baleen #whales ...

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The circum-Antarctic Southern Ocean is an important region for global marine food webs and carbon cycling because of sea-ice formation and its unique plankton ecosystem. The origin of its ecosystems can be traced back to ...

Via Amocean
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The circum-Antarctic Southern Ocean is an important region for global marine food webs and carbon cycling because of sea-ice formation and its unique plankton ecosystem. The origin of its ecosystems can be traced back to the emergence of the Antarctic ice sheets approximately 33.6 million years ago. This discovery was made by an international team including scientists from the Goethe University and the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt, Germany. Their study, published today in Science, shows that the development of the sea-ice ecosystem possibly triggered further adaptation and evolution of larger organisms such as baleen whales and penguins.

 

The scientists analysed sediment samples from drill cores on the seafloor, which were obtained in 2010 off the coast of Antarctica, as part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). The cores reach nearly 1000 meters beneath the seafloor and provide new insights into a long gone past.

A study published in 2012 demonstrated that subtropical plants covered Antarctica about 53 million years ago. In the course of the following 20 million years, the global climate cooled continuously. The new study focuses on the interval 33.6 million years ago when within a short time an enormous ice sheet covered Antarctica. This changed the life conditions and the ecosystems on the Antarctic continent and the surrounding Southern Ocean dramatically.

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Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-sea-ice-ecosystem-possibly-triggered-evolution.html#jCp


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Thousands of #Whales and #Dolphins at #Risk: Actor Ted Danson Petitions Government to Halt Deadly #Seismic Testing in the #Gulf

Thousands of #Whales and #Dolphins at #Risk: Actor Ted Danson Petitions Government to Halt Deadly #Seismic Testing in the #Gulf | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
An easy thing to do for Earth Day 2013 – please sign Ted’s petition, and take a few minutes to see how this actor is using his resources to make a difference.

Via Wildlife Defence
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                                A deaf Whale is a Dead Whale!

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#California appeals court upholds #marine reserve areas

#California appeals court upholds #marine reserve areas | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
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Californias landmark decision to establish the nations largest network of marine reserves did not violate state law and will be allowed to stand, a state appeals court has ruled.

Via Gaye Rosier
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In a significant victory for environmentalists and biologists who support the "no-fishing zones'' designed to restore declining ocean species, the Fourth District Court of Appeal this week turned back a challenge by the Coastside Fishing Club, based in Martinez, Calif. The group had sued, arguing that the rules went too far and violated state law.

"We're very heartened. It's really good news for the future of California's coast," said Karen Garrison, co-director of ocean programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.

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#OnlineSmuggling has #wildlife bureau hiring cyber detectives ~ #Seahorses #SeaCucumbers < page two...

#OnlineSmuggling has #wildlife bureau hiring cyber detectives ~ #Seahorses #SeaCucumbers < page two... | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Online smuggling has wildlife bureau hiring cyber detectives - Almost a thousand websites, many of them Indian, are at the centre of a new-age illegal trade in wildlife, promising (Online smuggling has wildlife bureau hiring cyber detectives: Based...
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On sale in this online black market, largely catering to foreign markets, are not just the usual tiger skins, elephants tusks and rhinoceros horns but also the likes of the colourful tokay gecko, giant ladybirds, the Indian star tortoise, hill mynahs, tarantulas, sea horses, sea cucumbers, parakeets; animal parts like pangolin scales, neck feathers of the grey jungle fowl, musk pods, bear bile, mongoose hair, snake skins, insects and rare plants of high medicinal value. READ more on page 2.

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Reaching an #Arctic Accord ~ unbelievably #fragile !

Reaching an #Arctic Accord ~ unbelievably #fragile ! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
'The waters of the central Arctic, an area the size of the Mediterranean, hold the last untouched fishing stocks on this planet.' NYT ("@RSN_Godot: Reaching an Arctic Accord to guard against countries overfishing this pristine area
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he central Arctic Ocean has been covered in ice for eons, but under the influence of global warming, nearly half of it is now open water for part of the year. Commercial fishing has not yet begun there, but the urge to begin fishing is almost overwhelming.

The waters of the central Arctic, an area the size of the Mediterranean, hold the last untouched fishing stocks on this planet. At present, they also lie beyond the boundaries of settled international law - more than a million square miles outside the reach of the exclusive economic zones that protect the national waters of the five countries with coastlines on the Arctic: the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark and Norway.

 

What ice once protected, it is now up to humans to protect. Beginning later this month, the ice nations will discuss an international accord that would impose a moratorium on commercial fishing until scientists have had a chance to study the fish populations and underwater environment.

 

Eventually, these waters would be opened for carefully managed fishing. The immediate goal is to forestall the rapacious fishing fleets of Japan and China, for which the Arctic is an all too tempting target. Chinese trawlers already fish for krill in Antarctica, about 7,000 miles from China. The Arctic is 5,000 miles away.

In a curious way, the year-round Arctic ice, which has persisted for some 100,000 years, has made international agreements covering the use of these waters by Arctic nations unnecessary. If an Arctic fishing accord is reached - and we firmly believe that one is essential - it will be only the third such agreement; the first two regulated search-and-rescue operations and responses to oil spills as new drilling areas and shipping lanes opened up in coastal waters.

No matter how severe, how austere, the Arctic may seem in our imaginations, it is almost unbelievably fragile, as are many of the species newly exposed under what is now open water. It is time, now, to intercede and protect this environmental oasis.

 
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#EU ban on #trade in #sealfur set to be overturned!

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A Europe-wide ban on the trade of seal fur and products is expected to be overturned this week, in a move that will reignite one of the world's most contentious wildlife issues.

Via Wildlife Defence
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A Europe-wide ban on the trade of seal fur and products is expected to be overturned this week, in a move that will reignite one of the world's most contentious wildlife issues.

The actor Jude Law has written a letter calling for the ban to be upheld, which he says would be "in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world". He sent the letter to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on behalf of the animal rights group Peta a week before the WTO's final hearing on the issue in Geneva and days after the start of Canada's annual seal pup slaughter.....read more on link above...

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#Evolutionary Perspectives & Approaches to #Conserving #VanishingWildlife - National Geographic

#Evolutionary Perspectives & Approaches to #Conserving #VanishingWildlife - National Geographic | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
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Evolutionary Perspectives & Approaches to Conserving Vanishing Wildlife
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In prior interviews with Dr.
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Will the polar bear adapt in time or “re-adapt” to life on land.


Will these iconic, Arctic predators essentially evolve to negotiate unprecedented warming trends? It is highly doubtful.


To preserve imperiled wildlife like the polar bear, humans may need to intervene on a number of fronts, not the least being the management of evolution?


We will explore this topic and related aspects of conservation in the context of evolutionary biology with Dr. Hutchins in our eighth interview for National Geographic News.

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Amid #mammal 'crisis,' #Wildlife Center seeks #volunteers, donations - Malibu Times

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Amid mammal 'crisis,' Wildlife Center seeks volunteers, donations
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A California Wildlife Center worker tends to a rescued sea lion pup in Malibu. Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 6:30 pm.
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Approximately 1,000 malnourished sea lions have been picked up in Southern California this year, with 118 of them from Malibu.


In what's been labeled as a mortality "crisis," the California Wildlife Center is still in need of volunteers and donations to help care a record number of beached sea lions and elephant seals that have washed up in Los Angeles County this year. 

 

The CWC in Calabasas is set to finish construction at the end of April on a temporary shelter to take in the overflow of animals being housed in San Pedro shelters.


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Thanks to #Plastic, Your Chances of Finding Nemo Just Got Way Worse!

Thanks to #Plastic, Your Chances of Finding Nemo Just Got Way Worse! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Yes, high-profile adventurers have drawn attention to plastic pollution in our oceans, but has it worked to lessen the filth?
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The eve of the forty third Earth Day is a good time to reflect on some of the major environmental ills facing the planet’s one ocean. Perhaps the first would be to address the fact that since nearly 72 percent of the planet is covered by salt water, shouldn’t we really be celebrating the anniversary of Ocean Day?

Earlier in the week we looked at the future role of marine protected areas, specifically in the Antarctic Ocean, as a way to preserve or revive specific sections of ocean and coast. But one of the most insidious ocean pollution stories of the past few years are the amount of plastic swirling around in it.

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#England's great #wildlife experiences ~ Basking #Sharks #Seals #Puffins #RiverOtters #Dolphins & much more*

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As St George’s Day approaches, we pick out some glorious wildlife encounters you can have without crossing the English border.
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Sea Shepherd International :: Sea Shepherd #DamGuardians Report Sea Lion in Severe Distress at Port of Astoria

Sea Shepherd International :: Sea Shepherd #DamGuardians Report Sea Lion in Severe Distress at Port of Astoria | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Protecting oceans around the world (Sea Shepherd Dam Guardians Report #SeaLion in Severe #Distress at Port of Astoria http://t.co/5psV92Cl9o via @seashepherd)...
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Teen Skepchick ~ The State of #Earth ~ Without earth, there’s nowhere for us to go!

Teen Skepchick ~ The State of #Earth ~ Without earth, there’s nowhere for us to go! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
The purpose of which is largely to spread awareness about the impact of human exploitation on our planet, and to drive people towards trying to reverse, or at least mitigate, some of the negative changes we've made.
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Even with rising sea levels pushing back island nations, melting ice caps threatening polar ecosystems, the loss of much of our sunlight, and the deaths of many species around the world, there are still those who believe the most productive way of tackling this problem is to bicker about whether we caused it or not. Whether you trust the evidence or scour it to find holes that match your personal agenda, it pays to take action, it does not pay to wait around while we continue to ravage our planet. Even if climate change was not happening, which it is, lowering pollution levels, restoring ecosystems and encouraging sustainable development can only be a good thing, not just for earth, but for this society we’ve built upon it.

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Learning from the #SeaGypsies ~ Don't exploit their #onlyFoodSource !

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Phuket Opinion: Learning from the Sea Gypsies The Phuket News It would teach the Gypsies, and their many visitors, conservation and how to run a sustainable under sea environment while making them more financially secure, and less vulnerable to...
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If you are an impoverished section of society you make a living where you can, and while I do not condone the deliberate destruction of coral, the guilty party is not the Gypsies but the company who paid them to make a meager living, while running away with a handsome profit by showing non-swimming tourists a walking tour of “one” of our many coral reefs. 


To the Department of Marine Conservation I would say. “You cannot change the way the Gypsies operate as they have done for centuries by legislation, with similar laws and regulations that relate to the fishing fleets, which have an immeasurably greater impact on the coral and the diminishing fishing stocks.”

5. Why not educate the Gypsies to be more environmentally friendly?


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How We’re #Endangering Animals [Infographic] #Wildlife at Risk !!!

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Wildlife face many threats around the world, from poaching to habitat loss. Global climate change also threatens to destabilize already stressed ecosystems.

Via Wildlife Defence
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This infographic takes a quick look at some of the biggest threats, as well as some of the better known species under assault.

Unfortunately, for every charismatic animal listed — polar bears, penguins, rhinos, etc. — there are scores of lesser known animals (and don’t forget plants!), from alligator snapping turtles tosuckermouth catfish.

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Watered down? #Experts' fury at #ministers over plans for #protecting #BritishSeas ~ Time is of the essence not #Costs Richard Benyon & passing blame is wrong!!!

Watered down? #Experts' fury at #ministers over plans for #protecting #BritishSeas ~  Time is of the essence not #Costs Richard Benyon & passing blame is wrong!!! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Scientists and ministers were at loggerheads last night as they blamed one another for letting plans to protect Britain's marine wildlife and habitats descend into "confusion and disarray".
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The zones were identified as the areas of the sea that most needed protection from fishing and other commercial interests in order to provide safe havens for hard-pressed wildlife. Signatories to the letter include 31 professors, four Fellows of the Royal Society, and five of the scientists who served on the Government's own advisory panel on the subject. However, ministers immediately hit back, claiming that the scientists have failed to come up with the evidence required to support the need to create the zones, leaving the Government in the position that it could only put 31 sites out for consultation instead of 127.

 

He added of the 86 signatories: "Rather than jumping on the bandwagon and lobbying Government, I'd ask these scientists to focus their attention on gathering more evidence so we can designate more sites in future."

His attack further incensed marine scientists. Professor Callum Roberts of the University of York said: "The Government is trying to palm off the blame for the decision. They need to have the balls to stand behind it rather than saying the science was lacking."

Professor Roberts said the letter, which he organised, was an expression of how frustrated, angry and let down marine scientists feel. "It was clear when I was contacting scientists about this letter that there was a very great deal of anger and upset," he said.

"We had within our grasp a world class network of protected areas which would have gone a very long way towards the recovery of England's marine life and productivity. Now it's a complete mess."

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#Sharks: 21 Fast #Facts About Conservation and Global Threats ~ #Pew

Sharks play a vital role in marine ecosystems, helping to maintain a balance that's critical for commercially important fisheries. But they are also one of t...

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                 They play a Vital role in the Sea's overall Health

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#BluefinTuna ~ Are they in great shape or severely #depleted?

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Are They in Great Shape or Severely Depleted?
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In order to prove the theory that additional western bluefin spawning grounds exist, other than those in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists need to do more studies. So far, they have not found bluefin larvae or young in other suspected spawning areas.

 

Although they know that reproductive-age tuna have been in these areas during spawning season, they have no proof that the females were actually ripe and ready to spawn. Could it be that smaller bluefin spawn every year and simply migrate around wide areas, raising all these questions?

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#Toothfish numbers declared sustainable ~ @abc ~ shssssh,not too loud!

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Tasmania's toothfish industry has been declared sustainable by two influential bodies following adjustments in fishing methods. Just 15 years ago the fishery was on the verge of being decimated by poachers in the Southern Ocean.
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Tasmania's toothfish fishery has been declared sustainable by two influential bodies following adjustments in fishing methods.

Just 15 years ago the fishery was on the verge of being decimated by poachers in the Southern Ocean.

In an unusual partnership, environmentalists and the industry campaigned together to encourage consumer boycotts as well as increased surveillance at sea and more controls in ports.

The poaching has been mostly wiped out and changes in fishing gear has seen the number of albatross being caught in fishing lines massively reduced.

Alistair Graham from the World Wildlife Fund says collaboration between the toothfish industry and environmentalists has helped stamp out illegal fishing.

"By working together combining our networks and way of doing things we had a spectacular effect on the public policy environment both domestically and internationally but also on commercial behaviour," he said.

 

Martin Exel from the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators says a lot of work has been put in and now only a handful of birds are being killed.

The Australian fisheries at Heard and Macquarie Islands have now been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainable.

 

Mr Exel says America's most influential seafood rating agency, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has also taken notice.
"In Australia's case both of our fisheries are rated best choice which aligns with the Marine Stewardship Council Certification where both of our fisheries are rated as well managed and sustainable," he said.

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Op-Ed: Surprise! #PETA buys shares in #SeaWorld ~

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SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. made waves Friday in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange when its stock opened at $30.56 a share. One newly invested part-owner quickly stepped forward -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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#Scientists call for #larger #Ocean #Reserves (ScienceAlert) !

#Scientists call for #larger #Ocean #Reserves (ScienceAlert) ! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Leading marine scientists have called for the protection of more large marine wilderness areas after a study showed there's dramatically less fish i (RT @Seasaver: Scientists call for larger ocean reserves http://t.co/PciJu2phIu...
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The researchers acknowledge that marine reserves closer to centres of human population require different kinds of management and need to be smaller, to ensure that people can still draw their livelihoods and food from the sea – and these smaller marine reserves also provide important conservation gains.


As world fish stocks decline, large remote wilderness reserves require careful protection against plundering by illegal and ‘pirate’ fishing concerns.



“Clearly marine wilderness does promote a unique ecological community, which smaller no-take areas fail to attain, and formal legislation is therefore critical to protect these last marine wilderness areas,” the scientists conclude.


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#Wildlife Extra News - South Africa declares Prince Edward Islands as a vast #marine #protected area*

#Wildlife Extra News - South Africa declares Prince Edward Islands as a vast #marine #protected area* | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
The online wildlife magazine for those who like wildlife, wildlife news and watching wildlife, plus a guide to UK nature reserves. (RT @Apathetica_ South Africa declares Prince Edward Islands as a vast marine protected area.
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The marine biodiversity of the Prince Edward Islands is of global importance. The islands are home to a suite of spectacular marine wildlife, including albatrosses, penguins, killer whales and Patagonian toothfish stocks. Unfortunately this wildlife has been threatened by illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the past, resulting in significant economic and ecological losses to South Africa.

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