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Posted on December 18, 2014 - 8:59am, by nwehner


"In February 2014, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) launched the Benchmarking and Tracking tool (BMT).

The tool was designed to provide a consistent method of benchmarking Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) against the MSC Fisheries Standard, while also tracking progress as fisheries move towards sustainability. [...]

The BMT has now been updated in accordance with the changes to the MSC fisheries certification requirements. As well as this, a BMT for salmon fisheries has been developed to reflect the different indicators against which these fisheries are assessed."

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Posted on December 17, 2014 - 4:39pm, by nwehner


"Commercial fisherman Tony Little caught WA's oldest fish on record in the deep waters of Two People's Canyon, off the coast of Albany.

The 84-year-old female Bight redfish (Centroberyx gerrardi), caught in November 2013, surpassed the state's previous record of 78 years, held jointly by the Western foxfish (Bodianus frenchii) and bass groper (Polyprion americanus)."

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Posted on December 17, 2014 - 4:32pm, by nwehner

Via the Houston Chronicle

"Thousands of tons of concrete is being prepared to be placed at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico as restoration workers plan what they say will be the largest artificial reef in the western hemisphere. [...]

Funding came in the form of a grant from B.P. Deep Water Horizon restoration money plus some private donations. It's hoped that the end result will garner upwards of $30 million a year in revenue for the area."

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Posted on December 17, 2014 - 4:25pm, by nwehner

Via KeysInfoNet

"Monday, Charles Jamison, 75 of Little Torch Key was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jose Martinez to 18 months of federal probation, fined $2,000 and precluded from engaging in the marine-life industry. He also has to forfeit to the government his boat, boat engine, trailer, tackle and gear.

It's the latest federal case from the Florida Keys in which the feds -- specifically Miami-based Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Watts-FitzGerald -- have been cracking down hard on those who illegally take marine resources from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary or commit other violations of the Lacy Act. That law regulates the taking and transport of marine and other wildlife.

With South Florida being ground zero in the U.S. for Medicare fraud, I.D. fraud, mortgage fraud and other white-collar crimes, this is not a small thing. That federal authorities put protecting our marine resources on par with them speaks volumes."

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Posted on December 17, 2014 - 4:23pm, by nwehner

Via eNews Park Forest

"An Italian shipping firm based in Genoa, Italy, pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by falsifying required ships’ documents to hide the fact that the ship had illegally discharged oil contaminated waste into the ocean on multiple occasions, announced the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. Coast Guard."

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Posted on December 17, 2014 - 4:18pm, by nwehner

Via ABC News

"Rangers Jo Petersen and Troy Johnson are based on Magnetic Island, off the coast of Townsville in north Queensland, and their duties traverse land and sea.

Jo says most of their work is hot, sweaty and dirty, including maintaining walking tracks and buildings, fire management, weed and pest control, and signage.

But recently they had a day in the water conducting reef health surveys."

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Posted on December 17, 2014 - 3:49pm, by nwehner

Via Sun Star Davao

"Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, chair for committee on agriculture and food, said the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will allocate P1,268,000 through the University of Southeastern Philippines (Usep) Extension Office that will facilitate the research. [...]

The project proposal aims to establish and manage a network of marine protected area in the city; reduce illegal fishing activities by 10 percent through enforcement of Local Fisheries Code of Davao City; increase level of awareness of the community by 10 percent through active participation and involvement in the management of established MPA network through social marketing approach; and identify supplemental livelihood opportunities for communities directly involved and appropriate mechanism."

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Posted on December 17, 2014 - 10:10am, by nwehner

Via Wired UK

"Last week, Google, Oceana and SkyTruth announced they were launching a battle against overfishing everywhere. A noble pursuit, Global Fishing Watch combines interactive mapping technology and satellite data with the all-important Automatic Identification System (AIS) transmissions every tanker, passenger ship and commercial vessel above a certain size is mandated by the UN to send. Global Fishing Watch then visualises the routes taken, to show when a fishing boat strays into or lingers in waters it shouldn't.

The only problem, maritime analytics company Windward tells us, is that any vessel engaging in illegal activities is gaming the system and manipulating AIS data. We can't rely on what we're seeing.

"Until 2012, AIS data was super reliable because it wasn't commoditised. Nobody had it, so no one needed to clean the data or check it," Ami Daniel, a former naval officer and cofounder of Windward, tells "Two years, there was suddenly so much data out there, so many open source portals like providing free access to [vessel positions] for everybody. People understood they were being looked at. Once that happened, spontaneously different industries started to manipulate the data.""

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Posted on December 16, 2014 - 3:51pm, by nwehner

Via the EBM Tools Listserv and Artur Gil

"CIFOR is announcing the launch of the beta version of 'Landscape Game,' a video game that teaches the economic and environmental tradeoffs of land-use investments.

See more at and

The game, originally invented as a board game by CIFOR scientist Herry Purnomo, returns now as an online game and (soon) a downloadable app, providing a more complex, rich and educational experience. Among the game’s features:

  • Play solo or with friends, online or offline
  • Choose from seven different landscapes, including Amazon, Borneo, Congo and Java
  • Play in one of four languages—English, Spanish, French, Indonesian
  • Invest to win in REDD+, logging, oil palm, ecotourism, agroforest, soybeans, livestock and more
  • Experiment with policies: Play as the government to pass laws, taxes and subsidies
  • Watch your footprint: Carbon stocks, biodiversity, and food production affect your score

This is a beta version, so please record your feedback (in the comments section of this article) at the following webpage:"