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Posted on January 22, 2015 - 9:10am, by nwehner

Via Keys News

"Expanding the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hurt the fishing and diving industry and not necessarily protect the region's natural resources, according to the Key West Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber, which has more than 500 members, recently crafted a resolution that supports a group of charter fishermen who want the state to rein in the federal effort."

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Posted on January 22, 2015 - 8:19am, by nwehner

Via PR Newswire

"The Pew Charitable Trusts launched groundbreaking technology today that will help authorities monitor, detect, and respond to illicit fishing activity across the world's oceans. The development of Project Eyes on the Seas, as the system is known, furthers a long-term effort by Pew to dramatically reduce illegal or "pirate" fishing.

The system is being developed in partnership with Satellite Applications Catapult, a British company established through a U.K. government initiative. The technology analyzes multiple sources of live satellite tracking data and then links to information about a ship's ownership history and country of registration, providing a dossier of up-to-the-minute data that can alert officials to suspicious vessel movements."

Editor's note: This appears to be quite similar to Global Fishing Watch unveiled by Google and others at the most recent World Parks Congress.

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Posted on January 20, 2015 - 4:16pm, by nwehner

Via Vox

"The encouraging news, McCauley and his co-authors note, is that doom is far from inevitable. "Humans," they write, "have demonstrated a powerful capacity to reverse some of the most severe impacts that we have had on ocean fauna — and many marine wildlife populations demonstrate immense potential for resilience." We're not just good at killing things. We're often quite effective at helping them recover."

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Posted on January 20, 2015 - 4:06pm, by nwehner

Via Patch

"Marin County residents concerned about the local impact of rising sea levels have the opportunity to address the issue online.

The Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) is posing questions on its Open Marin webpage. Residents are asked to share facts and opinions about local changes being seen.

The Open Marin conversation is a follow-up to public workshops held in West Marin during late October 2014, when residents helped planners identify key assets along the coast that may be vulnerable to higher sea levels and intense storms."

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Posted on January 20, 2015 - 3:59pm, by nwehner

Via Oceania Television Network

"President Remengesau’s administration is steadily moving forward in securing funding to support the Palau National Marine Sanctuary initiative.

This past Wednesday during the administration’s weekly press conference, Umiich Sengebau Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism discussed the work being done with a non-profit organization called Oceans 5. Minister Sengebau disclosed that Palau recently submitted a concept proposal for a grant through this organization. This proposal if approved would provide a temporary funding stream for the transition period of the initiative."

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Posted on January 20, 2015 - 3:52pm, by nwehner


"H.R.332 - To amend the National Marine Sanctuaries Act to prescribe an additional requirement for the designation of marine sanctuaries off the coast of Alaska"

Editor's note: While the bill was introduced 13 January 2015, the text for the bill has not yet been released.

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Posted on January 20, 2015 - 2:48pm, by nwehner

Via KHON 2

"Now in its 20th year, this project utilizes volunteers to count whales and record their behaviors from more than 60 shore sites on the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii.

The project allows the public to learn more about humpback whale population, distribution, and behavioral trends while being involved in a volunteer monitoring effort.

The Sanctuary Ocean Count will be held on Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 28 at selected sites from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Click here for a full list of sites."

Posted on January 16, 2015 - 1:32pm, by rmgregg

EcoAdapt is conducting a project on resilient water resources conservation, planning, and management practices in 10 states in the Southeast United States - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. As part of the project, we are conducting a needs assessment survey intended to:

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Posted on January 16, 2015 - 9:32am, by nwehner

Via the Center for American Progress

"To determine fishermen’s perspectives on these changes, the Center for American Progress contracted with Edge Research to conduct a survey of New England commercial fishermen in summer 2014. Edge Research completed telephone surveys  of nearly 600 permit holders in the northeast multispecies fishery—better known as the groundfishery because it targets bottom-dwelling fish such as cod, haddock, and flounders—as well as the lobster fisheries in Maine and Massachusetts. The results clearly show that although fishermen generally tend to be politically conservative, they believe climate forces such as ocean warming and acidification are not only happening but also rank among the gravest environmental threats to their employment and the future of their industry and their communities. Here are a few key results from the fishermen surveyed:

Although roughly two-thirds of them identify politically as either “conservative” or “moderate,” fishermen who say climate change is happening outnumber deniers by four-to-one.

65 percent of fishermen surveyed believe climate change could leave them “unable to profit” and ultimately “forced out” of their fishery."

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Posted on January 15, 2015 - 1:20pm, by nwehner

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