Friday 20 April 2012
Alexander Gillespie: NZ shares blame as extinctions riseNew Zealand Herald | 20 Apr 2012
Ecotourism drive threatens base of the industry, writes Alexander Gillespie. It's called the sixth extinction. It follows the earlier five, in which species disappeared forever in huge numbers within relatively short periods of time. The sixth extinction may be the greatest yet.
Fish sick near BP oil spill siteNew Zealand Herald | 20 Apr 2012
Two years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, touching off the worst offshore spill in US history, research into the disaster's environmental effects is turning up ailing fish that bear hallmarks of diseases tied to petroleum and other pollutants.
Deep-sea oil wells: Surface coatings could inhibit buildup of methane hydratesScienceDaily.com | 20 Apr 2012
During the massive oil spill from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in 2010, it seemed at first like there might be a quick fix: a containment dome lowered onto the broken pipe to capture the flow so it could be pumped to the surface and disposed of properly. But that attempt quickly failed, because the dome almost instantly became clogged with frozen methane hydrate.
Euro MPs demand an end to mackerel war before Iceland joins EUfishupdate.com | 20 Apr 2012
In a high-level meeting in Strasbourg today, senior members of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee, representing all of the main political groups, called on Štefan Füle, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement & Neighbourhood Policy, to block Iceland's accession to the EU until they agree to a fair settlement of the dispute over mackerel.
Total says gas leak cut to a third after relief workReuters | 20 Apr 2012
LONDON (Reuters) - The amount of gas leaking from Total's North Sea Elgin platform has shrunk to one third of the volume it started spewing in late March, after the company started drilling a relief well to control the escaping gas, Total said on Friday.
CaMPAM Announces Learning Exchanges for Best Marine PracticesInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 20 Apr 2012
The Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Management Network and Forum (CaMPAM) has announced learning exchanges on MPA management as a tool for disseminating best marine management practices.
Recovery plans for endangered whalesWorld Fishing | 20 Apr 2012
Following the Center for Biological Diversity's notice of intent to sue, the National Marine Fisheries Service has announced that it has begun preparing a recovery plan for the endangered North Pacific right whale.
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