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Ever seen a manta ray's bellybutton?

Ever seen a manta ray's bellybutton? | Ocean News | Scoop.it
In a remarkable turnaround, Craig directed me to a very cool new study about manta rays (next thing you know I'll be sending HIM papers about energy availability in the deep sea...).
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City holds European shark conference

City holds European shark conference | Ocean News | Scoop.it

About 150 shark experts from around the world are meeting in Plymouth to discuss the latest developments in shark research and science.

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Just how badly are we overfishing the oceans?

Just how badly are we overfishing the oceans? | Ocean News | Scoop.it

Humans now have the technology to find and catch every last fish on the planet. Trawl nets, drift nets, longlines, GPS, sonar... As a result, fishing operations have expanded to virtually all corners of the ocean over the past century.  That, in turn, has put a strain on fish populations. The world's marine fisheries peaked in the 1990s, when the global catch was higher than it is today.* And the populations of key commercial species like bluefin tuna and cod have dwindled, in some cases falling more than 90 percent. So just how badly are we overfishing the oceans? 

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The ocean is not broken, but consumer behaviour is

The ocean is not broken, but consumer behaviour is | Ocean News | Scoop.it
In an emotional article making waves on social media at the moment, yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen reports seeing no marine life at sea, only floating rubbish, while sailing across the Pacific.
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'Blackfish': Are SeaWorld orcas killers in captivity or willing show performers?

'Blackfish': Are SeaWorld orcas killers in captivity or willing show performers? | Ocean News | Scoop.it
“Blackfish” is a critically acclaimed documentary that debuted at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was aired on CNN Thursday night after a successful world run in sold out
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Study maps human impacts on top ocean predators along US west coast

Study maps human impacts on top ocean predators along US west coast | Ocean News | Scoop.it

The California Current System along the U.S. west coast is among the richest ecosystems in the world, driven by nutrient input from coastal upwelling and supporting a great diversity of marine life. Like coastal regions in general, it is also heavily impacted by human activities. A new study led by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, reveals areas along the west coast where human impacts are highest on marine predators such as whales, seals, seabirds, and turtles.

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Protected areas in the ocean now exceed size of Europe

Protected areas in the ocean now exceed size of Europe | Ocean News | Scoop.it

Nearly three percent of the world's oceans – an area slightly larger than Europe – now lies within designated marine protected areas, according to new data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is a significant increase from 2010 when the area protected was just 1.2 per cent. However, many of the new protected zones may be of little value in terms of conservation.


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For Spain, the finning ban in the EU seems 'meaningless'

For Spain, the finning ban in the EU seems 'meaningless' | Ocean News | Scoop.it

The head of the General Secretariat of the Sea of Spain, Juan Maneiro, defended the sustainability of the longline fleet given the ban by the European Union (EU) of shark finning (cutting off the fins of sharks and dumping the maimed body into the sea) on board ships.

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Government Resolution Rises but Ocean Health Still Sinks

Government Resolution Rises but Ocean Health Still Sinks | Ocean News | Scoop.it
At a time when momentum seemed to be on our side and conservation leaders and international decision-makers were prepared to build a road map for the ocean's future, indecision and partisanship yet again intervened.
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The Government Shutdown and the Oceans

The Government Shutdown and the Oceans | Ocean News | Scoop.it

The United States government is finally back to work after a 16-day shutdown. The immediate crisis may be over, but the negative effects if the shutdown will continue to impact fisheries management and ocean conservation for weeks, or even years to come. 

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Free images of dead sharks and other marine predators in distress

Free images of dead sharks and other marine predators in distress | Ocean News | Scoop.it
FREE SHARK CONSERVATION IMAGES! http://t.co/W9jcWbk0HM http://t.co/Lx3zx7WSHE
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Conservation must stop wasting money and energy on giant panda and other cute animals, warns Chris Packham

Conservation must stop wasting money and energy on giant panda and other cute animals, warns Chris Packham | Ocean News | Scoop.it
Environmental campaigners should stop wasting money trying to save “totemic symbols of cuteness” such as the giant panda and focus instead on more pressing political conservation issues, the wildlife presenter Chris Packham has said.
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Eco-tourist attractions and greenwashing: What you can do

Eco-tourist attractions and greenwashing: What you can do | Ocean News | Scoop.it

In recent years, eco-tourism has become a hot buzzword for environmentally minded travelers, but the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) advises tourists to research visitor attractions to ensure they are operating responsibly, keeping in mind the welfare of animals and the environment, and avoid those that are simply greenwashing.

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Cadets are Diving Against Debris

Cadets are Diving Against Debris | Ocean News | Scoop.it
Cadets are diving against debris
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Marine debris, or our trash in the ocean, makes its way to our underwater environments by the tonne.
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AWARE Shark Conservation. PADI donates your instructor fee to charity

AWARE Shark Conservation. PADI donates your instructor fee to charity | Ocean News | Scoop.it
AWARE Shark Conservation. Distinctive Speciality Instructor Training Course/Master SCUBA Diver Trainer. PADI will give away your application fee to...
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Coral reefs may be more adaptive to climate change than once thought

Coral reefs may be more adaptive to climate change than once thought | Ocean News | Scoop.it
Scientists studying the catastrophic phenomena of coral bleaching have concluded that reef systems may be more adaptable to increasingly warmer oceans than previously believed.
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EU Commission launches a #PublicConsultation on Marine Litter

EU Commission launches a #PublicConsultation on Marine Litter | Ocean News | Scoop.it

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on marine litter and is asking for opinions on how we can best address this problem. The Consultation will be open until 18th December 2013 and you can find it here.

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Why You Need To Know About #Blackfish

Why You Need To Know About #Blackfish | Ocean News | Scoop.it
Documentary filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite didn't set out to make a moving film about whales. "I knew nothing about whales. I knew nothing about SeaWorld," she told us in New York this week. "I'm not an animal activist.
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7 Alarming Facts About the Shark Fin Trade

7 Alarming Facts About the Shark Fin Trade | Ocean News | Scoop.it
Sharks may look scary, and sometimes an encounter with them can be fatal. (Note: On average, five out of 70 to 100 attacks result in death). But as humans, we are causing far more harm to them than they ever will to us through the shark fin trade.
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The Economist's World Ocean Summit 2014

The aim of the second World Ocean Summit is to find solutions that reconcile the need for economic growth with the increasing challenges of global ocean conservation. Chaired by John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist, the summit will bring together more than 200 global leaders from government, business, international organisations, NGOs, think tanks and academia at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California from February 24th to 26th, 2014.

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Our oceans are threatened by a toxic tide

Our oceans are threatened by a toxic tide | Ocean News | Scoop.it

This year a high level Global Ocean Commission has been convened to consider what can be done to turn the tide. For the sake of all of us, let’s hope the world’s leaders listen and act when it reports next year.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 - World in Our Hands

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 - World in Our Hands | Ocean News | Scoop.it

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013, Adult awards, World in Our Hands - This category explores the increasingly complex relationship between people and the environment by documenting both destructive and constructive influences. Images may be newsworthy, symbolic or graphic, but must always be thought-provoking and engender a greater awareness of how our actions affect the natural world.

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Dolphins butchered for shark bait in illegal hunt off the coast of Peru

Dolphins butchered for shark bait in illegal hunt off the coast of Peru | Ocean News | Scoop.it
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Dolphins butchered for shark bait in illegal hunt off the coast of Peru
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The dolphin meat is cut into strips and put on lines to catch sharks. Credit: Jim Wickens/Ecostorm/ITV News.
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Government creates the first National Ocean Policy

Government creates the first National Ocean Policy | Ocean News | Scoop.it
On Wednesday the government of Costa Rica officially announced the National Ocean Policy.
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Shark Finning: Slipping through the Nets of International Law

Shark Finning: Slipping through the Nets of International Law | Ocean News | Scoop.it
Across the world, the multi-billion dollar shark finning industry has been responsible for decimating the population of one of nature's most majestic creatures.
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2013 Ocean Health Index shows food provision remains an area of great concern

2013 Ocean Health Index shows food provision remains an area of great concern | Ocean News | Scoop.it

In the 2013 Ocean Health Index (OHI) -- an annual assessment of ocean health led by Ben Halpern, a research associate at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management -- scientists point to food provision as the factor that continues to require serious attention.

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