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Mining the Abysstheglobalmail.org | 10 Dec 2013
Pacific islanders have always been sustained by the ocean. Might it now make them rich – and at what cost?
Greenpeace opens case against AnadarkoNew Zealand Herald | 09 Dec 2013
Greenpeace has opened its case against the Environmental Protection Agency and Texan oil giant Anadarko in the High Court at Wellington. The organisation alleges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed in its role to properly consider whether permission should have been granted to Anadarko to drill for oil in the Taranaki Basin.
EPA told Anadarko full oil spill reports weren't necessaryNew Zealand Herald | 09 Dec 2013
Texan oil giant Anadarko says it offered to give full oil spill modelling reports to the environmental regulator tasked with clearing its Taranaki Basin drilling plans, but was told that would not be necessary. The company and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are opposing an urgent legal challenge by Greenpeace, which alleges the EPA's decision to grant Anadarko permission to drill in the basin did not follow the procedures set out by law.
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.
Commission fails to make changes to overfishingWorld Fishing | 09 Dec 2013
Greenpeace has spoken out about the increasing need "to take steps to ensure sustainable fishing" following the end of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission 10th meeting.
Urgent plea for pest awarenessNew Zealand Herald | 07 Dec 2013
Although there has recently been a lot of focus on our freshwater streams and rivers, the threat to the seas where we do most of our boating has largely gone unnoticed. The Ministry for Primary Industries says these waters are in danger, primarily because of an invasion of marine organisms.
Simon Bridges victim of hoax website hackNew Zealand Herald | 06 Dec 2013
Energy Minister Simon Bridges has become the victim of a hoax website hack by Greenpeace activists opposed to oil drilling. A replica of his website was created which appeared to have been hacked, with a black cloud swirling across the screen that left it completely black except for a message against oil drilling.
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.
Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunamiEurekAlert | 05 Dec 2013
(McGill University) The devastating tsunami that struck Japan's Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. Now, an international scientific team has published a set of studies in the journal Science that shed light on what caused the dramatic displacement of the seafloor off Japan's coast.
'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.
An ecosystem-based approach to protect the deep sea from miningEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(University of Hawaii at Manoa) A new paper describes the expert-driven systematic conservation planning process applied to inform science-based recommendations to the International Seabed Authority for a system of deep-sea marine protected areas to safeguard biodiversity and ecosystem function in an abyssal Pacific region targeted for nodule mining (e.g. the Clarion-Clipperton fracture zone, CCZ).
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.