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Mapping Pacific maritime boundariessydney.edu.au | 05 Dec 2013
This year Kiribati, one of the least developed countries in the world, finalised maritime boundaries with the United States of America. The successful outcome, in September, was the result of the work that the Pacific Island country, along with 12 others, undertook at the Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Governance working sessions at the University of Sydney.
'Funeral procession' for Maui's dolphin in WellingtonNew Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
Campaigners convinced New Zealand's set-net fishing restrictions are a death sentence for the Maui's dolphins have laid cardboard coffins and fishing nets full of plastic junk outside Parliament.
Editorial: Rena response should leave us more secure (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
One of the immediate impulses following the grounding of the Rena on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga was to wonder if this country should have marine disaster equipment and expertise of its own. Then there would be no need to wait, for example, for a sea crane to arrive from Singapore.
Rena probe report seen to fall shortNew Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
A newly released independent review into Maritime New Zealand's handling of the Rena disaster has been described by the agency's first director as "housekeeping" which fails to tackle the root causes of the grounding.
Sustaining Resilience at SeaNew York Times | 04 Dec 2013
New research indicates that a marine reserve helps ward off some of the effects of climate change.
Rena disaster: Report highlights shortcomingsNew Zealand Herald | 03 Dec 2013
An independent review into Maritime New Zealand's response to the Rena disaster, released today, has highlighted shortcomings in the agency's initial response. It has called for better resourcing and communication with other agencies in dealing with a future oil spill, as the Government announces that $2 million will be invested to improve New Zealand's maritime response capability.
Major Report Details Potential Costs of Climate Change in the Pacificadb.org | 03 Dec 2013
The economic loss suffered by the Pacific region could range from 2.9% to as high as 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100, according to a new study from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It includes modeling of future climate over the Pacific region, assessments of the potential impacts on agriculture, fisheries, tourism, coral reefs, and human health, and predictions of the potential economic impact of climate change for specific sectors and economies under various emissions scenarios.
WWF calls on WCPFC to end overfishingWorld Fishing | 03 Dec 2013
WWF has voiced its concerns that the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) might fail again to implement effective measures to end overfishing of tuna at its annual meeting in Cairns, Australia next week.
A last chance to save Australia's Great Barrier ReefThe Independent UK | 02 Dec 2013
The spring spawning of coral on the Great Barrier Reef is a grand affair, with vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean turning red as millions of sperm and eggs are released, in a spectacle that is visible from space.
Oil Free Seas Flotilla returns to NZNew Zealand Herald | 01 Dec 2013
The Oil Free Seas Flotilla, which spent 10 days at sea in protest of Anadarko's deep sea drilling in New Zealand waters, docked in Auckland this afternoon. The flotilla were welcomed into shore by music, speeches and a waiata.
Marine reserves enhance resilience to climate changeEurekAlert | 01 Dec 2013
(University of Southampton) A new study, led by a University of Southampton scientist, highlights the potential for fish communities in marine reserves to resist climate change impacts better than communities on fished coasts.
Toby Manhire: Climate asylum claim sign of things to come (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 29 Nov 2013
The story from New Zealand that received the most international play this week must at first glance have looked like one of those eccentric yarns from down under: NZ rejects climate change refugee. Kooky. Certainly there is something eyecatching about the attempt by Kiribati national Ioane Teitiota to become the "world's first climate refugee".
Labour split on deep sea drillingNew Zealand Herald | 28 Nov 2013
Shane Jones' comments in support of Anadarko's deep sea oil drilling has left Labour Deputy Leader David Parker scrambling to reconcile his outspoken economic development spokesman's views with the opposition voiced by MPs Mackey and Phil Twyford.
Sainsbury's admits New Zealand jellied eels were mislabelled as BritishGuardian Unlimited | 28 Nov 2013
Sainsbury's has admitted misleading shoppers by selling jellied eels on its fish counters as "British" when they actually came from New Zealand. The supermarket owned up after the Angling Trust, which represents the UK's anglers, complained that shoppers were being misled.
Editorial: If we've got oil under our oceans, we need to find it (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 27 Nov 2013
Now Greenpeace has given up its seaborne protest against exploratory oil drilling off Raglan it is not clear what it intended to prove out there. Once one vessel of its flotilla entered the statutory exclusion zone the protest statements became somewhat contradictory. Sometimes they said their action showed the exclusion zone was not justified, at other times they reckoned it proved Anadarko Petroleum was reckless.
Chilean rock lobster fishery enters MSC assessmentWorld Fishing | 27 Nov 2013
The Chilean Juan Fernández rock lobster fishery (Jasus frontalis) has entered into independent, third party assessment in the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification programme.
Anadarko drilling protest heads to courtNew Zealand Herald | 26 Nov 2013
The offshore protest against Anadarko's deep sea oil exploration will come to an end today as Greenpeace takes the battle to court.
Anadarko starts drilling in the early morningNew Zealand Herald | 26 Nov 2013
Deep sea exploration oil drilling off the Waikato coast by Texas-based oil company Anadarko began early today. The deep sea drilling of an oil well, more than 1500 metres deep, commenced at 2.30am by the oil exploration vessel Noble Bob Douglas, Anadarko New Zealand spokesman Alan Seay said.
EPA confident of defending drilling decision - KeyNew Zealand Herald | 26 Nov 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is confident of defending their decision to allow off-shore oil drilling in the Taranaki basin, Prime Minister John Key said today. Greenpeace filed papers in the High Court at Wellington today seeking a judicial review of the process the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) followed in giving Anadarko permission for deep sea oil exploration.