Tuesday 07 August 2012
International trawlers on voyages of undersea destructionNew Zealand Herald | 07 Aug 2012
International action is urgently required to save the world's historic shipwrecks from the ravages of commercial fishing, experts say. Industrial trawling, capable of destroying fragile underwater heritage, is occurring on a scale that is creating an archaeological catastrophe.
Changes will tighten laws governing ocean drillingNew Zealand Herald | 07 Aug 2012
Key legislation to regulate deep-sea oil drilling and other activity in New Zealand's vast offshore ocean areas is to be toughened up, Environment Minister Amy Adams says.
Scientists define new limits of microbial life in undersea volcanoesEurekAlert | 07 Aug 2012
(National Science Foundation) By some estimates, a third of Earth's organisms live in our planet's rocks and sediments, yet their lives are almost a complete mystery. This week, the work of microbiologist James Holden of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and colleagues shines a light into this dark world.
Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 ProblemWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 07 Aug 2012
Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when humans began burning coal in large quantities, the worlds ocean water has gradually become more acidic. Like global warming, this phenomenon, which is known as ocean acidification, is a direct consequence of increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earths atmosphere.
New Marine Protected Area Established on Nguna Island, VanuatuInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 07 Aug 2012
A new Marine Protected Area (MPA) has been established in Utanlangi bay, Nguna Island, Vanuatu, with the support and participation of the local community and the facilitation of the Nguna-Pele Marine and Land Protected Area network (NPMLPA). The new MPA aims to ensure the protection and sustainable use of local marine resources.
Beach photography can open up a whole new worldGuardian Unlimited | 07 Aug 2012
Whatever the weather, summer on the beach offers a wealth of opportunity for interesting and unusual photographic subjects. But just like nearby wading birds and encamped holidaymakers, you'll find yourself governed by the ebb and flow of the tide.
SAFE act means traceabilityWorld Fishing | 07 Aug 2012
Oceana campaign director Beth Lowell "applauds" the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood (SAFE Seafood) Act which if passed would help stop seafood fraud by requiring full traceability for all seafood sold in the US.
Scotland to stamp out illegal cocklingWorld Fishing | 07 Aug 2012
Following concerns raised by residents in the Solway area over illegal cockle picking, Scotland's fisheries secretary Richard Lochhead has called a meeting of public bodies.
Irish Sea herring catch increasedWorld Fishing | 07 Aug 2012
Northern Ireland's fisheries minister, Michelle ONeill MLA, has announced that a deal has been secured with the European Commission for an in-year increase to the catch of Irish Sea herring.
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