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These reefs need protection in order to continue supporting the biodiversity and people that rely on them.
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I hope that this goes ahead as it will produce a lot of green energy and bring much needed employment to the area.
This report shows that in the Gulf of California, fisheries landings are positively related to the local abundance of mangroves and, in particular, to the productive area in the mangrove-water fringe that is used as nursery and/or feeding grounds by many commercial species
Commercial fisheries and a high natural capital can exisit side by side; that is the long term goal for sustainability champions.
This report shows that mangroves are a good case study of the mitigation of coastal erosion whilst supporting healthy fisheries and rich wildlife.
Marine Conservation Zones designated
The process has been long and slow but the level of public support for the designation of a network of protected marine spaces has been huge. A two and half year public consultation process involving one million stakeholders recommended the establishment of 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas across England.
Today the Government confirms immediate designation of 27 Marine Conservation Zones, The Wildlife Trusts welcome this first step towards the creation of a network so absolutely vital to ensure the healthy future of our seas.
The United States and its allies on Wednesday called for the establishment of Antarctic marine reserves that Russia has previously blocked by questioning the legality of such sanctuaries in an area where it has fishing interests.
||In July, however, Russia and Ukraine blocked a proposal by the United States and New Zealand that envisioned a 640,000 square mile (1.65 million square kilometer) reserve in the Ross Sea, a deep Antarctic bay south of the Pacific Ocean.
The Russian delegation said that further clarification was needed to determine whether the body was legally able to establish marine protected areas in the Ross Sea, though a World Wildlife Fund representative told RIA Novosti that Russia opposed the plan because it would affect the nation’s fishing industry.|Z|
Overlooking feeding grounds of the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle in Monterey, representatives from Indonesia and California signed a declaration on Tuesday to establish an international partnership to conserve the sea turtle...
I was once lucky enough to see a leatherback turtle, the fourth largest living reptile, that had been washed ashore on the River Severn. It was an astonishing sight and a reminder to me that we have reduced out marine diversity to such an extent that a creature that is still native to British waters in the summer months is endangered world wide.
A record number of people volunteered for what is thought to be the biggest collection of litter on the beach at Brown’s Bay.
The plastic bag levy introduced by the Northern Ireland Assembly is reported to have had a good impact on marine litter.
||In all, 788 (mostly plastic) items were picked up, although there was a marked decrease in the number of plastic bags, most due to the 5p levy introduced in shops last year.||
However until we stop using the oceans as a giant refuse dump our beaches will keep reminding us of our carelessness.
||“Often people who visit the beach do not use bins provided, spoiling the beach for other visitors. Individuals must take responsibility for their own actions, and remember never to leave litter on the beach. It was upsetting to see how some dog owners had put their dog’s pooh into a plastic bag and then abandoned it on the beach, despite the fact that dog litter bins are available nearby, causing pollution not once, but twice, by leaving a plastic bag behind.”||
Most recreational boaters enjoy the challenge of cruising in the open ocean, using their considerable skills and wonderful boats to surmount all the problems that ocean and weather can throw at them.
Marine protection is not a luxury for this blue planet, it is essential if we are to have a biosphere that is friendly to human life.
The UK has patchy marine protection legislation with England lagging seriously in an international context.
It is good to read that the boating community can be a voice in support of life under the seas. Life that is under serious environmental stress due to human ignorance and mismanagement of marine resources.
||Unfortunately, some MPAs are 'paper parks' or parks-in-name only, where protective regulations and enforcement are minimal and many damaging activities continue. Varying regulations make a big difference in how beneficial a MPA is to the ocean. MPAs that are well managed and enforced are recovering from previous abuse at faster rates. By choosing to visit fully protected MPAs the boating community can spread the message that they support stronger regulations. To find where MPAs around the world are located, visit MPAtlas.org, which has maps, data, and protected status of almost all MPAs in existence. Much like the National Parks, MPAs offer a way to take a section of our ocean and save its beauty for future generations.||
After decades of overfishing, our nation is making remarkable strides in restoring depleted fish stocks to healthy, sustainable levels.
An encouraging infographic linking US legislation, biodiversity and economic health
A senior employee of the state-owned Russian oil company Gazprom has spoken up in defence of the detention of Greenpeace activists who attempted to board an Arctic oil rig.
Our carbon driven resource intense economies make the type of confrontation between environmentalists and capitalists increasingly likely when the future of shared international resources come under the spot light. It is doubly ironic that Russia a previously communist country should view common assets so jealously especially whilst the eyes of the world are on the winter olympics flag.
The Wildlife Trusts welcome Defra’s release of the list of 37 sites for a second tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), which are due for consultation in 2015.
They stressed that scientists have recommended that 127 MCZ's be created.
27 Marine Conservation Zones around the English coast covering an area the size of Wiltshire.
We have a decade to save the oceans – is the solution public-private partnerships?
Want to buy shares in a Blue Whale? That may be the only solution to the tragedy of the commons that afflicts our marine resources, owned by no-one but abused by many, suggests a 'blue ribbon panel'.
Applying financial values to biodiversity is anathema to both die hard conservationsists and deeply held spiritual values. It may be a hard truth but the beauty and wonder of wildife is no guarantee that it will not be exploited to the point of extinction.
||"We've got 10 years to set the oceans on a course that is sustainable, or they will be in a terminal state of decline," says the chair of the panel, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a coral reef biologist from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
The panel says conservation will only work if it delivers acceptable economic benefits. The solution, it says, lies in public-private partnerships that bring together fishing communities, corporations and governments.
"We want to link custodians of marine resources to the customers for those resources," says Hoegh-Guldberg. "Often the seafood trade is not producing benefits for coastal people. That has to change if those resources are going to be protected."||
Independent panel's report on much-used technology proves controversial The mysterious stranding of about 100 melon-headed whales in a shallow Madagascar lagoon in 2008 set off a rapid international response – a few of the 2.5- to three-metre...
Environmental stress is affecting cetaceans world wide. These highly evolved sophisticated marine mammals are the canaries of the seas. We ignore the message that they are in trouble at our own peril.
Sonar strikes again?
With the Indian government proving unresponsive for years to pleas to protect the country’s marine biodiversity.
||Bengaluru: With the Indian government proving unresponsive for years to pleas to protect the country’s marine biodiversity, marine conservationists from the USA, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka are meeting in Karwar for a three-day Timi-Kurma festival to draw up a set of guidelines to conserve all marine life, especially sharks and whales.||
Europe has a chance to put an end to the use of trawls at the bottom of the Northeast Atlantic.
If the New York Times gives OpEd space to a subject it must be serious. MEPs have the chance to safeguard marine wealth on
A historical moment for the life of the oceans is at hand as the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament wrangles with proposed legislation to phase out the use of deep-sea-bottom trawls and other destructive fishing gear in the Northeast Atlantic. And yet this crucial legislation could well be killed in coming days, not least because some of the committee’s 25 members represent districts with powerful interests in deep-sea fishing.
The first whale sighting off Maui for the 2013 season was reported on Saturday morning, about two miles from Molokini, officials said.
The return of the whales is celebrated each year with the Annual Maui Whale Festival, which will be held in February, 2014.
The event features free talks, special cruises, an annual Parade of Whales and Whale Day celebration on February 15, 2014, and other whale related festivities.
DIVERS have discovered that colourful reef life in the Firth of Lorn, south of Oban, may be recovering following a six-year closure to scallop dredging in the area.
Abstract from fishnewseu.com:-
The team of scuba divers from Seasearch, the Marine Conservation Society's volunteer dive programme, spent five days surveying sites in the Forth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation.Seasearch national Coordinator Chris Wood, who was a part of the team, says that since the closure to scallop dredging in the Firth of Lorn in March 2007 local divers have reported increases in biodiversity on surrounding reefs."We were able to compare the current range of life at Jeannie's Reef near the uninhabited island of Eilean Dubh Mor with video from 2003 when dredging was still taking place nearby," he said."Since the ban there have been dramatic increases in two species - jewel anemones which are now abundant, though small, and northern sea fans, of which there are a large number of small colonies. The sea fans are slow growing colonial corals which can only thrive in undisturbed locations and take many years to reach their full size. Jewel anemones are most often found in clear waters and on offshore reefs. The team also recorded a wide range of other species in increased numbers, including cluster anemones and a variety of sponges."However, in other sites the divers found things looking less positive. At Conger Reef in The Garvellachs, a chain of four small islands north of Jura, the team found a healthy population of slender sea pens in the sandy sediment next to the reef, but this only extended about five metres from the reef, and beyond that the sediment was much less rich. The divers also failed to locate a population of the rare burrowing anemone, Arachnanthus sarsi, which was reported from two sites around the island of Eilean Dubh Beag in the 1980s.Wood said that though mobile species, such as scallops, can re-colonise in undisturbed sediment areas relatively quickly, the long lived static species may take much longer to recover."This latest survey by Seasearch has once again helped to demonstrate the value of protecting areas from damaging activities, but such protection needs to be long-term to show the full benefits," he said.The Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposals for 33 new Marine Protected Areas, ranging from spectacular coral gardens and sponge reefs to sheltered sea lochs with fireworks anemones and two-metre tall sea pens.