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Wild #Wellington: World's best city for #animal lovers? ~ #furSeals #bluePenguin ...

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Wild Wellington: World's best city for animal lovers?
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In February, at Wellington Harbour, 100 dolphins spent a week hanging out with residents before moving back out to sea.

Then in March, several pods of orcas came to visit the harbor as they hunted stingrays, drawing out high profile visitors, like “The Hobbit” director Sir Peter Jackson. 

 

Little blue penguins, the smallest penguin species in the world, can be found nesting all around the coastline of Wellington’s suburbs.

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100 #dolphins wash up on #Italian coast after being hit by #killer strain of #measles !

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A total of 101 dolphin carcasses have been counted on the west coast of Italy since the beginning of the year. The bodies have appeared from Tuscany to Sicily.

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Humpback #Whale #stranded on shoal rescued in La Paz Bay - Pete Thomas Outdoors

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A juvenile humpback whale that had become stranded on a shoal in La Paz Bay was rescued Sunday by authorities and citizens who used a rope and boats to pull the animal back into deeper water.

Via Kirsten Massebeau
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A juvenile humpback whale that had become stranded in shallow water in La Paz Bay was rescued Sunday by authorities and citizens who used a rope and boats to pull the cetacean into deeper water.

According to Octavo Dia, the rescue effort lasted two-plus hours and the whale seemed to swim freely away despite the long and very dramatic ordeal.

(The accompanying Cabovision video shows part of the rescue effort, including the whale being pulled from the shoal. It does not show the whale swimming to freedom.)

"The effort followed the protocol for marine mammal rescue," Octavo Dia reported. "The struggle to save the whale lasted over two hours, but the successful results incited elated uproar in the concerned witnesses."

The whale had become stranded beyond El Coromuel Beach during low tide. El Coromuel is north of La Paz, which is the capital of Baja California Sur. Among those assisting in the rescue effort were members of a local stranding network.

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Stranded baby whale pulled back out to sea where it swam off uninjured.

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Science and #Environment: One Fish, Two Fish, All Fish, No Fish

Science and #Environment: One Fish, Two Fish, All Fish, No Fish | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Despite recent positive changes in some of the world’s enormous fisheries, problems of overfishing and habitat destruction remain very real threats.
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It’s clear that our efforts to meet our obligations as global stewards of our fisheries have not kept pace with the increasing demand for fish in the marketplace. . . .”

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Stop #FishKills in #Falmouth's #Coastal Waters ~ #harmfulAlgal

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Harmful algal blooms, ocean dead zones, and red tides are killing marine life.   People are taking steps to reduce the deaths by making lawn owners practice responsible stewardship.
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Citizen scientist seeks #sharkbiologist for joint #project ~ Please RT

Citizen scientist seeks #sharkbiologist for joint #project ~ Please RT | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
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 ...

#Sea-ice #ecosystem possibly triggered evolution of baleen #whales ... | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
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 ...

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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.

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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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10 Tips To Be A Better #Animal #Advocate For Our #Oceans!

10 Tips To Be A Better #Animal #Advocate For Our #Oceans! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
We tend to get the same question on a daily basis, "What can I do to help?". We have constructed this  guide  specifically for you in mind! Below are ten tips to be a better animal advocate for our...

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#California Fishery Declared One of Deadliest for #Endangered #Whales

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RT @SaveOceansNow: Center for Biodiversity says California Fishery Declared One of Deadliest for Endangered Whales http://t.co/jWnFTzL8lv #Overfishing
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SAN FRANCISCO— A federal report released today ranks California's drift gillnet fishery one of the nation’s deadliest fisheries for marine mammals. The National Marine Fisheries Service says that on average, 3.2 endangered sperm whales are killed every year by the fishery — more than twice the number federal scientists say the population can sustain and still recover. The agency is proposing to make the California gillnet fishery one of two U.S. commercial fisheries in the Pacific classified as a “Category 1” fishery, a designation for those with “frequent” incidents of death and injuries to marine mammals. The other is the Hawaii tuna longline fishery.


“There’s no reason for endangered sperm whales to die in California gillnets. It just shouldn’t happen,” said Catherine Kilduff with the Center for Biological Diversity. “These incredible whales are already struggling against climate change, loud noises from military exercises and other threats. At the very least we should be trying to ensure they don’t get snared in indiscriminate fishing nets.”

Gillnet fishing involves setting out mile-long nets at dusk that drift freely where fish, sharks, turtles and marine mammals feed during the night. The boats retrieve the nets the next day and haul in whatever catch has been ensnared in the nets. On average this California fishery catches and discards more than 100 protected whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions each year, as well as thousands of sharks and nontarget fish. The vast majority are dumped back into the ocean, dead or injured.

 

Sperm whales have been listed as “endangered” since 1970. The California-Oregon-Washington stock of sperm whales are found year-round in California waters and reach peak abundance between April and mid-June and from the end of August through mid-November. In Washington and Oregon they have been seen in every season except winter. Deep divers known to prey on the elusive giant squid, females grow to 36 feet and 15 tons and males reach 52 feet and weight as much as 45 tons. Newborn calves are about 13 feet long.

Conservation groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, filed a notice of intent to sue the federal government under the Endangered Species Act in September 2012 for authorizing California’s drift gillnet fishery since the alarming take of sperm whales and other new information suggests the government has overlooked the fishery’s impact on endangered species. Previous Center action forced the fishery to implement closed areas to protect loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles.


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#Banned #superTrawler in new troubled waters!

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The outcast super-trawler Margiris has found a new place to go - one of the world's most troubled jack mackerel fisheries in the South Pacific. (For more on the latest antics of the #supertrawler.
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The outcast super-trawler Margiris has found a new place to go - one of the world's most troubled jack mackerel fisheries in the South Pacific.

Banned by the federal government because of doubts over its impact on Australia's small pelagic fishery, the Margiris left Australia in March, and was this week tracked down off Chile.

The giant factory-freezer ship anchored near the port city of Talcahuano before heading out to sea, according to Greenpeace.

Jack mackerel catches in the region peaked at nearly 5 million tonnes a year around 1995 before collapsing in what fisheries scientists regard as a classic case of overfishing - much of it by super-trawlers.



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/banned-supertrawler-in-new-troubled-waters-20130419-2i4j4.html#ixzz2RMdzLQ7s

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@Seasaver: Photo: Supertrawlers fishing ... Too many #SuperTrawlers !!! #Krill #Antarctic

@Seasaver: Photo: Supertrawlers fishing ... Too many #SuperTrawlers !!!  #Krill #Antarctic | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
RT @JewelNature: Supertrawlers overfishing krill in #Antarctic. One is currently on fire & crewless http://t.co/C29Xl33sMM #SeaShepherd @CaptPaulWatson
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Federal appeals court grants EPA far-reaching authority to revoke #pollution ... - Daily Caller

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Federal appeals court grants EPA far-reaching authority to revoke pollution ...
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“Today’s federal appeals court ruling further highlights what Congress is up against in President Obama’s war on coal,” said West Virginia Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. “The Environmental Protection Agency has continued to overstep its bounds in its efforts to implement the president’s anti-energy policies.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/23/federal-appeals-court-grants-epa-far-reaching-authority-to-revoke-pollution-permits/#ixzz2RMZ01syo

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

#England's great #wildlife experiences ~ Basking #Sharks #Seals #Puffins #RiverOtters #Dolphins & much more* | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
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 !!!

How We’re #Endangering Animals [Infographic]  #Wildlife at Risk !!! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
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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