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Grist, February 24, 2014
-▶ OCEAN BOTTOMLINER: WHY IS FMR. NEW YORK MAYOR, MIKE BLOOMBERG INVESTING $53 MILLION IN FISH? http://grist.org/food/ocean-bottomliner-why-mike-bloomberg-is-investing-in-fish/
-▶ THE VIBRANT OCEANS INITIATIVE
The Bloomberg Philanthropies Vibrant Oceans Initiative supports a groundbreaking approach to reform both local and industrial fishing simultaneously. Our approach integrates financial strategies to ease the transition to more sustainable fishing.
THE DEMAND FOR FISH IS RISING WHILE THE SUPPLY IS RAPIDLY DECLINING
One billion people rely on fish as their primary source of protein. As the world’s population continues to grow, so will the demand for fish – which is projected to rise by over 20% by the year 2030. Meanwhile, over-fishing, or taking more fish than can be naturally replaced, is depleting the global population of fish. The amount of fish caught worldwide peaked in the 1990s and has since declined.
Industrial ships are able to catch two times more fish than exist in the ocean. Bottom-trawling, or dragging a heavy net along the ocean floor, in some cases discards 10 lbs of marine life (dead or dying) for every 1 lb of marine life caught. Other dangerous practices include dynamite and cyanide fishing, which damage coral reefs.Limits on the number of fish that can be caught are set too high in many places or do not exist at all, diminishing fish stocks and not allowing fish to repopulate.
The good news is that marine ecosystems can rebound relatively quickly if caught in time. The factors that led to mismanagement must be addressed now in order to replenish fish populations and to help meet the dietary needs of a growing global population....
Mother Jones, May/June Issue
-▶ SOMETHING IS SERIOUSLY WRONG ON THE EAST COAST -- AND IT'S KILLING ALL THE BABY PUFFINS http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-change
National Geographic, February 25, 2014
-▶ JOHN KERRY AND PRINCE CHARLES URGE IMMEDIATE ACTION ON OCEAN PROTECTION http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/25/john-kerry-and-prince-charles-urge-immediate-action-on-ocean-protection/
Science Now, February 27, 2014
-▶ 3D MAPS REVEAL A TOXIC LEAD-LACED OCEAN: A pollutant once widely emitted by cars burning leaded gasoline. Decades ago, the United States and Europe banned leaded gas and many other uses of the metal, but the pollutant’s fingerprint lingers on http://news.sciencemag.org/chemistry/2014/02/3d-maps-reveal-lead-laced-ocean
-▶ THE END OF CORAL REEFS? AROUND FOR 10 MILLION YEARS, WIPED OUT IN 100 http://sco.lt/7y1XHt
-▶ OCEAN PLASTIC'S IMPACT ON SEA LIFE, YOUR SEAFOOD AND YOUR HEALTH http://sco.lt/7yGHWz
▶ OUR OCEANS ARE DYING - 90% OF BIG FISH ARE GONE http://sco.lt/8K5sy9
▶ OCEAN ACIDIFYING: RAPIDLY RISING CO2 IN ATMOSPHERE CAUSING POTENTIAL CATASTROPHE http://sco.lt/8WLvHd
-▶ THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING http://sco.lt/61gcWf
-▶ WRECKING THE OCEAN ECOSYSTEM: OVERFISHING, COLLAPSING FISHERIES, OCEAN DEPENDENT SPECIES STARVING http://sco.lt/89htxZ
-▶ GREENLAND'S MELTING CREATING A DIFFERENT CLIMATE & ECOSYSTEM THAN EARTH HAS EVER SEEN http://sco.lt/7MZUVV
-▶ 100 MILLION SLAUGHTERED A YEAR JUST FOR THEIR FINS. SHARK POPULATIONS PLUMMET BY 90% http://sco.lt/6lqeED