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Plastic fishing in the Southern OceanGuardian Unlimited | 10 Dec 2013
In one of the remotest places on Earth, a scientist is measuring for the first time the concentration of plastic particles that can float on the sea surface for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Survey of supposed deep-sea chemical munitions dump off Southern CaliforniaEurekAlert | 09 Dec 2013
(Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) At this week's meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute describe a preliminary seafloor survey of an area off the Southern California coast marked on charts as a chemical munitions site. The preliminary survey turned up trash and 55-gallon drums, but no chemical munitions.
Plastic 'a threat' to biodiversityBBC | 02 Dec 2013
Tiny particles of waste plastic that are ingested by shoreline "eco-engineer" worms could have an adverse impact on biodiversity, a study shows.
Mounting microplastic pollution harms 'earthworms of the sea' - reportGuardian Unlimited | 02 Dec 2013
Tiny bits of plastic rubbish ingested by marine worms is significantly harming their health and will have wider impact on ocean ecosystems, scientists have found. Microplastic particles, measuring less than 5mm in size, have been accumulating in the oceans since the 1960s and are now the most abundant form of solid-waste pollution on Earth.
Plastic bag charge or ban 'could cut use in Europe by 80%'Guardian Unlimited | 04 Nov 2013
European Union member states could cut their plastic bag use by 80%, the European commission has said, by charging for bags or even banning them. Plastic bags are a major cause of seaborne pollution, which is a serious hazard for marine life, and some regions have already moved to cut their use through charging.
UCLA report urges new global policy effort to tackle crisis of plastic litter in oceansEurekAlert | 30 Oct 2013
A new report by authors from UCLA School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explores the sources and impacts of plastic marine litter, and offers domestic and international policy recommendations to tackle these growing problems--a targeted, multifaceted approach aimed at protecting ocean wildlife, coastal waters and economies, and human health.
Stemming the Tide of Plastic Marine Litter: A Global Action Agendacdn.law.ucla.edu | 30 Oct 2013
There is general agreement about the need for robust, consistent funding for clean-up efforts; better infrastructure to encourage proper waste management; and, most importantly, reductions in the sources of marine litter— especially single-use plastics. Yet, no one has proposed an overarching action plan that would effectively address the plastic marine litter problem.
'The ocean is broken'Sydney Morning Herald | 24 Oct 2013
Nothing could have prepared Ivan Macfadyen for the devastation all around him as he sailed the Pacific.
The Ocean Isn't Full of Plastichuffingtonpost.com | 24 Oct 2013
If you're reading this you likely know that the ocean--the flowing, living, deep, and inspiring thing that covers most of our blue planet--is in some trouble. Big trouble. It all makes me feel very sad, a bit hopeless, angry, and confused. Then I take a walk down the coast, and it blows my mind.
Sam Judd: Global partnerships for oceansNew Zealand Herald | 11 Oct 2013
In the first of a series of articles, Sam Judd - our Young New Zealander of the Year and co founder of Sustainable Coastlines - reflects on the challenges and opportunities that the United Nations Environment Program faces with regard to oceans.
Effects of natural and anthropogenic processes in the distribution of marine litter in the deep Medi...sciencedirect.com | 01 Oct 2013
The distribution, type and quantity of marine litter accumulated on the bathyal and abyssal Mediterranean seafloor has been studied in the framework of the Spanish national projects PROMETEO and DOS MARES and the ESF-EuroDEEP project BIOFUN. The results are discussed in the framework of knowledge on marine litter accumulation, its potential impact on the habitat and fauna and the legislation addressing these issues.
NOAA awards $967,000 to 11 marine debris removal projectsEurekAlert | 26 Sep 2013
(NOAA Headquarters) NOAA's Marine Debris Program announced today that it provided $967,000 through NOAA's Restoration Center to support locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects. Eleven groups across the country received funding to remove derelict fishing nets, litter, lumber, tires and other harmful marine debris from shorelines and coastal waters.
The Fight Against Ocean LitterThe Ocean Foundation | 24 Sep 2013
Marine debris comes in many forms, from a cigarette butt to a 4,000-pound derelict fishing net.No one enjoys looking at a litter filled beach or swimming next to trash. And we definitely don't enjoy seeing marine mammals die from ingesting debris or getting caught in it.
Tin for TenThe Ocean Foundation | 29 Aug 2013
Did you know that a 10th wedding anniversary was traditionally celebrated with a gift of tin or aluminum? Today, that gift isn't considered the trendy way to celebrate such an important milestone. And neither are we. We focus on just one trend: increasing ocean conservation and awareness—and the...
Marine litter within the European Marine Strategy Framework DirectiveOxford Journals | 21 Aug 2013
There have been numerous anthropogenic-driven changes to our planet in the last half-century. One of the most evident changes is the ubiquity and abundance of litter in the marine environment. The EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD, 2008/56/EC) establishes a framework within which EU Member States shall take action to achieve or maintain good environmental status (GES) of their marine waters by 2020.
Sam Judd: More mining please (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 15 Aug 2013
I am lucky enough to have sailed around several Pacific Islands, where I have witnessed on approach how idyllic golden sands nestled against palm trees are from a distance. Unfortunately though, it was a case of good from far, but far from good, when it comes to waste.
Mangroves Protect All Ah Weslideshare.net | 15 Aug 2013
Photo diary of the St Vincent community working together to protect the mangrove ecosystems that protect them as part of My Island-My Community
234: The Plastisphere (radio)worldoceanobservatory.org | 12 Aug 2013
Recent studies by a collaboration of research scientists, institutions and vessels have discovered a new ecological habitat: microbes colonizing and thriving on reefs of plastic that pollute our ocean. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will share some of the findings and analysis of the myriad microorganisms discovered there and the complex, synergistic relationships that are developing in these vast new floating mats of disintegrating plastic and chemicals.
Green sea turtles eat more plastic now than ever: studyNew Zealand Herald | 09 Aug 2013
Endangered green turtles are ingesting more man-made debris, including potentially lethal plastic products, than ever before, a new Australian study has shown. The majestic turtles are significantly more likely to swallow plastic than they were in the 1980s, the study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, showed.