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Something's Fishy about the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans

The “Partnership for Sustainable Oceans” sounds like an organization that wants to save our oceans. The reality: It’s a front group of corporate special interests.
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TURN IT DOWN: How Human Noise Increasing Stress For Whales

TURN IT DOWN: How Human Noise Increasing Stress For Whales | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
The residents of California’s Santa Monica Bay have some rather noisy neighbors—and they're not happy about it.

The residents of California’s Santa Monica Bay have some rather noisy neighbors—and they’re not happy about it. That is the conclusion of a new studywhich shows that blue whales feeding off the coast of California stop calling to each other when a nearby naval base powers up its sonar for training exercises.

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Protect Antarctica’s Oceans From Pollution and Over-Fishing - Under Dire Threat

Protect Antarctica’s Oceans From Pollution and Over-Fishing - Under Dire Threat | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Antarctica’s oceans are under dire threat. To protect this pristine, yet threatened, ocean area we must create a network of marine reserves in the Antarctic oceans. If not, pollution and over-fishing will destroy these magnificent waters.
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Tongue Parasites to People of Earth: Thank You For Your Overfishing

Tongue Parasites to People of Earth: Thank You For Your Overfishing | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

Scientists found not only that there are more parasites in the heavily fished waters and fish farms. They also found that parasites took a heavier toll there. Fish with tongue parasites ended up smaller and lighter in the heavily fished waters  than infested fish in the refuge.

 

Overfishing Unleashes a Scourge of Sea Urchins on Reefs http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/1346150208/overfishing-unleashes-a-scourge-of-sea-urchins-on-reefs

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Overfishing Unleashes a Scourge of Sea Urchins on Reefs

Overfishing Unleashes a Scourge of Sea Urchins on Reefs | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

OnEarth Magazine:

Coral reefs can't seem to catch a break. Not only is ocean acidification -- the "other" CO2 problem -- threatening huge chunks of the world's coral, but overfishing may also destroy reefs.

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Ocean Acidification Rate May Be Unprecedented, Study Says

Ocean Acidification Rate May Be Unprecedented, Study Says | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

THE EARTH INSTITUTE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

The world’s oceans may be turning acidic faster today from human carbon emissions than they did during four major extinctions in the last 300 million years, when natural pulses of carbon sent global temperatures soaring, says a new study in Science.

 

 

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OCEAN ACIDIFYING: RAPIDLY RISING CO2 IN ATMOSPHERE CAUSING POTENTIAL CATASTROPHE http://sco.lt/8LsqbR

 

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Brian Skerry reveals ocean's glory -- and horror | Video on TED

TED Talks Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.
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Scientists: diverse catches better for fishery ecosystems

Scientists: diverse catches better for fishery ecosystems | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

Reconsidering the Consequences of Selective Fisheries

Fishing for a ‘balanced harvest’ can achieve productive fisheries as well as environmental conservation, an international scientific team reports today in the journal Science.

In contrast, increasing fishing selectivity to catch a small group of species and sizes neither maximises production nor minimises the ecological effects of fishing, according to the paper titled, Reconsidering the Consequences of Selective Fisheries.

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2,000 Dolphins (Amazing Video)

2,000 Dolphins (Amazing Video) | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Wow - what an amazing site! Whale Watchers witnessed an estimated 2,000-strong dolphin pod off the coast of Dana Point, Calif.
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Philippines plans to slash fish catch to save stocks

Philippines plans to slash fish catch to save stocks | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Manila (AFP) Feb 28, 2012 - The Philippines plans to impose wider limits on fish catches for up to two years to allow depleted stocks to recover, an official said Tuesday.
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Sea Otters’ Failure to Thrive Confounds Researchers

Sea Otters’ Failure to Thrive Confounds Researchers | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Researchers in Big Sur-Monterey are trying to determine why, despite decades of efforts, the population is barely growing. Some blame pollutants, others a decline in food.
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Meet the King of Seal Killers –Hatem Yavuz – He slaughters 86,000 Cape Fur Seal pups each year

Meet the King of Seal Killers –Hatem Yavuz – He slaughters 86,000 Cape Fur Seal pups each year | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

Every year in Namibia, 86,000 Cape Fur Seal pups are butchered to death and only one man has the contract to turn their fur into so-called fashionable apparel. The Turkish and Australia based company Hatem Yavuz named after the owner Hatem Yavuz controls roughly 60 percent of the world’s seal market and processes 130,000 seal pelts every year in his Istanbul factory. Yavuz also has a hand in the Canadian seal market and claims to be proud of what he does

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Abu Dhabi: Conservationists launch drive against overfishing in Gulf

Abu Dhabi: Conservationists launch drive against overfishing in Gulf | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Popular fish varieties, such as the hamour, on the decline...

Abu Dhabi: Demand for fish in the Gulf region has put a significant burden on certain species, threatening some to near extinction.

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The Disappearing Male - Our loaded toxic environment - Documentary

The Disappearing Male - Our loaded toxic environment - Documentary | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive...

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West Africa: EU Subsidized Fishing Fleets Plundering Region's Water - Greenpeace

West Africa: EU Subsidized Fishing Fleets Plundering Region's Water - Greenpeace | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

The extent and effects of these giant European factory trawlers on the region's fish stocks and coastal communities are devastating, as the international Greenpeace team reports from Mauritania.

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Pace of Ocean Acidification Has No Parallel in 300 Million Years - We are entering an unknown territory of marine ecosystem change.

The current rate of release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is far more rapid than anything researchers can detect in the paleontological record for hundreds of millions of years.

 

 

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OCEAN ACIDIFYING: RAPIDLY RISING CO2 IN ATMOSPHERE CAUSING POTENTIAL CATASTROPHE http://sco.lt/8LsqbR

 

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India loses millions of dollars annually to illegal foreign fishing,

India loses millions of dollars annually to illegal foreign fishing. This free for all attitude towards fishing for lucrative species like tuna in our waters will surely lead to a total collapse of fisheries in India...

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Law that regulates shark fishery is too liberal: UBC study

Law that regulates shark fishery is too liberal: UBC study | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Shark fins are worth more than other parts of the shark and are often removed from the body, which gets thrown back into the sea.
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Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescued After Swallowing Four-Inch Fishing Hook (WATCH)

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Rescued After Swallowing Four-Inch Fishing Hook (WATCH) | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
An endangered loggerhead sea turtle was rescued on Sunday after vets removed an obstruction lodged in its throat -- a four-inch metal fishing hook.
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Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong | The New York Review of Books

Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong  | The New York Review of Books | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

By William D. Nordhaus

The threat of climate change is an increasingly important environmental issue for the globe. Because the economic questions involved have received relatively little attention, I have been writing a nontechnical book for people who would like to see how market-based approaches could be used to formulate policy on climate change.

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Speedier Sperm - For some fish, climate change may be the ultimate fertility aid.

Speedier Sperm - For some fish, climate change may be the ultimate fertility aid. | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
For some fish, climate change may be the ultimate fertility aid. Or, at least, it could help them hit sperm speed records.

A new study of eastern mosquitofish living in southern France shows that male fish reared in warmer environments also churn out faster-swimming sperm. The results reveal, for the first time, how warming global temperatures could influence the performance of sex cells, potentially altering species’ ability to reproduce.

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ANTARCTIC Fish Could Die Out from Climate Change

ANTARCTIC Fish Could Die Out from Climate Change | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
The development of polar climatic conditions that shaped the [evolution] of Antarctic fish is now reversing.

 

July 17, 2013 Guardian Environment
ANTARCTIC ICE LOSS ALTERS OCEAN ECOLOGY, STUDY SHOWS. Retreat of the polar ice is having profound effects on some of the creature which live on the ocean floor http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/17/antarctic-ice-loss-ocean-ecology

 

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Dozens of dead marine mammals, turtles in Gulf this year, NOAA says

Dozens of dead marine mammals, turtles in Gulf this year, NOAA says | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Scientists concerned dead animals may be linked to BP oil spill...

Reports of dozens of stranded dolphins, whales, and sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico continue to pile up in the first two months of 2012, with federal officials tallying 48 marine mammals, mostly dolphins, and 87 sea turtles. Only a handful of marine mammal strandings were of live animals that may have been saved. None of the turtles were alive.

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Environmental, indigenous groups accuse Navy of damaging marine mammals

Environmental, indigenous groups accuse Navy of damaging marine mammals | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Environmental and indigenous groups have banded together to sue the Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Services for harming marine mammals with sonar.
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