Blue whale protection may need to increaseNew Zealand Herald | 20 May 2013
The protection afforded to blue whales in New Zealand waters may need to be increased, now a study has found they may be more regular visitors to the South Taranaki Bight than previously thought.
Fishermen angry at call to extend set-net banNew Zealand Herald | 20 May 2013
Otago commercial fishermen have reacted with anger to a proposal to extend a ban on set-net fishing around the Otago Peninsula to help preserve yellow-eyed penguin colonies.
Scientists explore roots of future tropical rainfallEurekAlert | 20 May 2013
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) How will rainfall patterns across the tropical Indian and Pacific regions change in a future warming world? Climate models generally suggest that the tropics as a whole will get wetter, but the models don't always agree on where rainfall patterns will shift in particular regions within the tropics.
Precious penguins needing better protectionNew Zealand Herald | 19 May 2013
Extending a ban on set net fishing around the Otago Peninsula will stem the deaths of one of the rarest penguin species in the world, the native yellow-eyed penguin, Forest and Bird says.
Using earthquake sensors to track endangered whalesEurekAlert | 14 May 2013
(University of Washington) Oceanographers analyzed more than 300,000 fin-whale calls recorded by seafloor seismometers and recreated more than 150 fin-whale paths off the Pacific Northwest coast.
Scientists find impact of open-ocean industrial fishing within centuries of bird bonesEurekAlert | 14 May 2013
(Smithsonian) The impact of industrial fishing on coastal ecosystems has been studied for many years. But how it affects food webs in the open ocean has not been very clear. So a team of Smithsonian and Michigan State University scientists and their colleagues looked to the ancient bones of seabirds for answers, revealing some of the dramatic changes that have happened within open-ocean food webs since the onset of industrial fishing.
Divers try to free Rena debrisNew Zealand Herald | 14 May 2013
Six containers of pollutants remain to be emptied by divers working on the fast-disappearing hulk of the Rena.
GEF Reports on Federated States of Micronesia IWRM Demonstration ProjectInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 14 May 2013
The project titled 'Ridge to Reef - Community to Catchment', which is funded by the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) 'Implementing Sustainable Water Resources and Wastewater Management in Pacific Island Countries' project (GEF Pacific IWRM Project), has reported improved national coordination in the water and sanitation sectors and enhanced community involvement in water resource management in the Pohnpei and Chuuk states, part of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
Sustainability key to Chilean fisheriesWorld Fishing | 14 May 2013
Chile's Vice Minister of Fishing, Pablo Galilea, has announced that Chile has plans to maintain its position as a world power in fisheries and aquaculture, and believes that his countrys new fisheries law is just the tool to help Chile achieve this goal, reports Carly Wills.
Hector's dolphins caught in netsNew Zealand Herald | 12 May 2013
Two Hector's dolphins have been captured by set nets during an electronic monitoring programme of the set net industry in Timaru.
Challenging times for South KoreaWorld Fishing | 09 May 2013
South Korea's fishing industry is navigating a challenging period as the government seeks a further reduction in fishing boat numbers along with further expansion of aquaculture production to ensure the long term sustainability of the fisheries sector, reports David Hayes.
GEF Reports on Tuvalu IWRM Demonstration ProjectInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 08 May 2013
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Pacific "Implementing Sustainable Water Resources and Wastewater Management in Pacific Island Countries" (IWRM) project has issued a progress snapshot on Tuvalu, reporting overall improvements in wastewater management and sanitation.
Seafood Safety and PolicyWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 07 May 2013
Part 6 of an eight-part series on the impact of Fukushima on the ocean and human health
Tale of the TunaWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 06 May 2013
Part 5 of an eight-part series on the impact of Fukushima on the ocean and human health. One species that has become emblematic of the disaster is a shimmering giant: the Pacific bluefin tuna.