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The Constant Battle for the Bluefin - Reason for Serious Concern

The Constant Battle for the Bluefin - Reason for Serious Concern | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
The Bluefin Tuna is in a serious state of decline and the popularity of the fish is not lessening. This endangered species may become extinct if we do not continue taking action to save it.

The Constant Battle for the BluefinGreenAnswersOver-fishing has even lead to the extinction of the South Atlantic Bluefin around South Africa. With these fish fetching such high prices at market, there certainly is reason for concern.

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MIDWAY - a short film by Chris Jordan - Do We Have The Courage?

On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.

For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth.

Like the albatross, we first-world humans find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and our spirits. Choked to death on our waste, the mythical albatross calls upon us to recognize that our greatest challenge lies not out there, but in here. http://www.midwayfilm.com/

 

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Mānoa: Researchers find unprecedented, man-made trends in oceans acidity | University of Hawaii News

Mānoa: Researchers find unprecedented, man-made trends in oceans acidity | University of Hawaii News | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

Nearly one-third of CO2 emissions due to human activities enters the world’s oceans. By reacting with seawater, CO2 increases the water’s acidity, which may significantly reduce the calcification rate of such marine organisms as corals and mollusks, resulting in the potential loss of ecosystems.

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Fishing's global footprint

Fishing's global footprint | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Humanity's use of the ocean's riches now stretches right across the world, a report shows, as Europe mulls new regulation.
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Oceans have acidified more in the last 200 years than they did in the previous 21,000 years, claims new climate change research

Oceans have acidified more in the last 200 years than they did in the previous 21,000 years, claims new climate change research | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
In some regions, acidity levels rose faster in the last two centuries than it did in the previous 21,000 years, a study from the University of Hawaii has shown.
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Overfishing of the seas, a Short Film by Uli Henrik Streckenbach.

Overfishing of the seas, a Short Film by Uli Henrik Streckenbach. | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
I love finding amazing student work, and this is a great example. This short film about the fishing industry, its impact on our oceans, the environment, and the world in general is absolutely top n...
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Prince of Wales launches fight to save overexploited oceans from overfishing

Prince of Wales launches fight to save overexploited oceans from overfishing | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
The Prince of Wales is to launch a major international campaign to halt the destruction of the oceans through overfishing.
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"Sustainable" Genetically Engineered Runaway Salmon Stir Conservation Worries

"Sustainable" Genetically Engineered Runaway Salmon Stir Conservation Worries | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
The disappearance of 300,000 farmed Scottish salmon from their cages in a storm has left many wondering whether they will breed with wild ones and upset the gene pool.
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Minds In The Water, Movie Trailer

Minds in the Water is a feature-length documentary following the quest of professional surfer Dave Rastovich and his friends to protect dolphins, whales and the oceans they all share....

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Acid oceans: in some regions acidification a 'hundred times greater' than natural variation

Acid oceans: in some regions acidification a 'hundred times greater' than natural variation | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Emissions of carbon over the last two centuries have raised the acidity of the oceans to the highest levels in 21,000 years and likely beyond, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change.

 

 

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

 

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Green Investments in the Marine Sector Can Bring a Tide of Economic and Social Benefits - UNEP

Green Investments in the Marine Sector Can Bring a Tide of Economic and Social Benefits - UNEP | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems, which are currently in decline around the globe, can be boosted by shifting to a more sustainable economic paradigm that taps their natural potential...
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MONEY, JOBS DRIVING EXTINCTIONS: Debate over fishing quotas heats up again

MONEY, JOBS DRIVING EXTINCTIONS: Debate over fishing quotas heats up again | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

A long-simmering debate over federal fishing quotas and their economic impact on Florida and other coastal states could reach a boiling point this year as Congress considers changes to a landmark marine conservation law.
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Could web-connected fishing boats solve the overfishing problem?

Could web-connected fishing boats solve the overfishing problem? | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

By getting a better read on demand, excess fish can be returned to the sea unharmed.

Last year's tsunami absolutely devastated the Japanese fishing industry, leaving fishermen without ports to sell their catch. One company's innovative method of finding replacement buyers in the wake of disaster could wind up solving an even bigger environmental issue: overfishing.

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GHANA: Suspension Of Licensing Of New Fishing Vessels With Effect From 1st February,2012

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Halibut stocks continue to decline amid concerns

As expected, there will be fewer halibut available for fishermen to catch this year -- an 18 percent reduction to 33 million pounds, split among fisheries along the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska.

Driving the decreases: Pacific halibut stocks continue a decade-long decline, fish are smaller than they should be at age, and, most troubling, scientists believe they have overestimated the halibut biomass for years.
Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/01/28/2288893/halibut-stocks-continue-to-decline.html#storylink=cpy

 

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Peru's vanishing fish: Rampant cheating and lax controls plague industry

Peru's vanishing fish: Rampant cheating and lax controls plague industry | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
By Milagros Salazar, iWatch NewsCHIMBOTE, Peru -- This northern port reeks of rotten fish year-round, but when anchoveta season begins in late November, its long row of factories belch oily columns of nauseating smoke that impregnate everything...
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Is European tinned-tuna giant Bolton the latest company to change its tuna?

Is European tinned-tuna giant Bolton the latest company to change its tuna? | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

European tinned-tuna giant Bolton has started 2012 with a press release full of highly ambiguous language about its environmental commitments.
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The Surprisingly Sociable Lives of Sharks

The Surprisingly Sociable Lives of Sharks | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
Despite their image as bloodthirsty predators, sharks are actually social animals capable of bonding with each other and even humans.

 

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OF SHARKS AND PEOPLE DOCUMENT A VULNERABLE SPECIES
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/photos-sharks-people_n_5552283.html

 

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Our Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic

Our Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

There is no plan to clean it up and the problem is growing.

In 1997, scientific researcher Captain Charles Moore was the first to report witnessing huge collections of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean. GyreCleanUp.org estimates that 11 million tons of plastic pollution is floating above and below the surface just in the North Pacific Gyre alone.

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Exclusive: The Cruel Reality of the Global Shark Fin Trade, in Pictures

Exclusive: The Cruel Reality of the Global Shark Fin Trade, in Pictures | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

Treehugger, January 29, 2012

THE CRUEL REALITY OF THE GLOBAL SHARK FIN TRADE = IN PICTURES. Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless takes us inside the brutal world of shark finning. http://www.treehugger.com/slideshows/endangered-species/exclusive-the-cruel-reality-global-shark-fin-trade-oceana-ceo-andy-sharpless/page/11/

 

 

Guardian Environment, September 18, 2013
CORAL REEFS SUFFER AS THE RELENTLESS HUNT FOR SHARK FINS TAKE ITS TOLL.
The rampant overfishing of sharks, often solely for their fins, is causing a damaging chain reaction that could significantly degrade coral reef systems, a decade-long Australian-led study has found. "The result of this is that the whole food chain is being thrown out of whack." ... creating a collapse of the food chain.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/19/coral-reefs-suffer-hunt-sharks

 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/photos-sharks-people_n_5552283.html

 

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Clean up world seas to boost economy, U.N. body says

Clean up world seas to boost economy, U.N. body says | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Cleaner and better-managed seas and coasts would help boost economic growth and reduce poverty and pollution, a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report said on Wednesday.The...
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Peru's vanishing fish stocks 'devastated' by growing fishmeal demand to feed farmed fish and pigs

Peru's vanishing fish stocks 'devastated' by growing fishmeal demand to feed farmed fish and pigs | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

The fish stocks of the southern Pacific and in particular Peru are being plundered by widespread cheating and overfishing, according to a new investigation.

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PLUNDERING OUR SEAS: South Pacific ‘Free-for-All’ Decimating Fish Stocks, Report Says

PLUNDERING OUR SEAS: South Pacific ‘Free-for-All’ Decimating Fish Stocks, Report Says | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

Years of lax oversight, corruption, and political rivalry have allowed industrial fishing fleets from Asia, Europe, and Latin America to decimate fish stocks across the southern Pacific, a “free-for-all” that has pushed one critical species to the brink, according to a new report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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Creature of the Deep - The Sturgeon Going, GOING...

Creature of the Deep - The Sturgeon Going, GOING... | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

Charismatic and mysterious, the sturgeon has been around for 85 million years. We may have no more than 20 years left to save it from extinction.

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$$$$ First global assessment finds highest-grossing tunas and billfishes most vulnerable to extinction $$$$

$$$$ First global assessment finds highest-grossing tunas and billfishes most vulnerable to extinction $$$$ | OUR OCEANS NEED US | Scoop.it

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Sleek, powerful tunas and billfishes that ply the open ocean garner some of the highest prices of any fish. In January, a single bluefin tuna fetched a record $396,000 at a Tokyo auction.

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