Thursday 03 May 2012
Brian Fallow: NZ's marine rights come with duties (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 03 May 2012
We rarely think farther offshore than where we fish, says Michael McGinnis. But it is high time we did. It is especially timely because of legislation before Parliament to set up an environmental management regime for New Zealand's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
First-of-its-kind study reveals surprising ecological effects of earthquake and tsunamiEurekAlert | 03 May 2012
The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that's exactly what researchers have found on the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami in 2010. Their study also revealed a preview of the problems wrought by sea level rise -- a major symptom of climate change.
Arctic sea-ice loss didn't happen by chanceScienceDaily.com | 03 May 2012
The ongoing rapid retreat of Arctic sea ice is often interpreted as the canary in the mine for anthropogenic climate change. In a new study, scientists have now systematically examined the validity of this claim. They find that neither natural fluctuations nor self-acceleration can explain the observed Arctic sea-ice retreat. Instead, the recent evolution of Arctic sea ice shows a strong, physically plausible correlation with the increasing greenhouse gas concentration.
France designates network of 14 Caribbean pondsRamsar Convention | 03 May 2012
France has designated its 41st Wetland of International Importance, called "Zones humides et marines de Saint-Martin" (2,997 hectares, 1805'N 06305'W), a Protected Biotope and Nature Reserve on the Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, shared by France and the Netherlands (as Sint-Maarten). The site comprises shallow marine waters, sea grass beds, coral reefs, mangroves, lagoons and a network of 14 ponds dispersed throughout the French side of the island.
Shark Finning Made Simple (video)Save our seas | 03 May 2012
As Europe enters the final stages of debate on a proposal to close the loopholes in the shark finning ban, find out what finning is, why the current regulation isnt good enough and why conservationists, scientists, and an increasing number of countries in the EU and beyond support a policy of fins attached with no exceptions.
World Ocean Radio 169: Conciliation of Interest (radio)World Ocean Observatory | 03 May 2012
Beneath almost every environmental challenge we face today lie various conflicts of interest. In the context of the ocean there are examples everywhere. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will discuss the relationship of fisherman and customer; market pressure and the necessity for balance, change, and responsible consumption; and fishing in an age when more consumers are willing to live with less as a means to conserve depleting resources.
New marine guideFIELD - Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development | 03 May 2012
FIELD has prepared a new guide to "Protecting the marine environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction". It provides a guide to the legal framework for conservation and management of biodiversity in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Best aquaculture practices lessen environmental impactfishupdate.com | 03 May 2012
A best practice certification system will not only promote responsible practices across the aquaculture sector, it will also reduce the environmental impact of the industry, according to a speaker at the Australasian Aquaculture Conference 2012 in Melbourne.
Greenland glaciers speed up, swelling rising seas: reportsReuters | 03 May 2012
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of Greenland's glaciers are moving about 30 percent faster than they did 10 years ago, contributing to rising global sea levels, but that still may not be enough to reach the most extreme projections for 2100, scientists reported on Thursday.
Sea-level rises 'may not be as high as worst-case scenarios have predicted'Guardian Unlimited | 03 May 2012
Sea-level rises are unlikely to be as high as worst-case scenarios have forecasted, suggests new research which shows that Greenland's glaciers are slipping into the sea more slowly than was previously thought. But the scientists warned that ice loss still sped up by 30% and is driving rises in sea levels that endanger low-lying coasts around the world.
ASC launches pangasius accreditationWorld Fishing | 03 May 2012
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has launched its second standard into the market with the opening of its accreditation process for pangasius.
Australasian Aquaculture Awards winnersWorld Fishing | 03 May 2012
The inaugural Australasian Aquaculture Awards recognised individuals and businesses that apply innovative and sustainable practices that will have lasting impacts on Australasian aquaculture over the next 10 years.
'Celtic Explorer' sets sail againWorld Fishing | 03 May 2012
The Marine Institute is once again chartering the RV 'Celtic Explorer' from the Irish Marine Institute in Galway, for research that will be conducted by MI's Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research.
NZ blue whiting fishery MSC certifiedWorld Fishing | 03 May 2012
The New Zealand Southern blue whiting trawl fishery has been certified as sustainable against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for a sustainable and well managed fishery.
Damanaki presents CFP reform in EstoniaWorld Fishing | 03 May 2012
Maria Damanaki, will be in Tallin, Estonia, today to discuss the ongoing reform of the Common Fisheries Policy with the Estonian government.
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