Wednesday 16 May 2012
Govt's marine bill draws flak ahead of progressionNew Zealand Herald | 16 May 2012
Government legislation to regulate deep sea oil drilling, seabed mining and other activities in New Zealand's massive offshore Exclusive Economic Zone is again under attack from Opposition parties ahead of its second reading.
Oyster industry given funding boostNew Zealand Herald | 16 May 2012
Kiwi oyster farmers are hoping a boost in funding from the Government will help the industry fight back from a two-year fight with a herpes virus. The newly formed Ministry for Primary Industries has awarded $407,000 for the Oyster Industry Modernisation Project, co-ordinated jointly between Aquaculture New Zealand and New Zealand Oyster Industry Association.
Arctic seabirds adapt to climate changeScienceDaily.com | 16 May 2012
The planet is warming up, especially at the poles. How do organisms react to this rise in temperatures? Biologists have now shown that little auks, the most common seabirds in the Arctic, are adapting their fishing behavior to warming surface waters in the Greenland Sea. So far, their reproductive and survival rates have not been affected. However, further warming could threaten the species.
Sulfur finding may hold key to Gaia theory of Earth as living organismScienceDaily.com | 16 May 2012
Is Earth really a sort of giant living organism as the Gaia hypothesis predicts? A new discovery may provide a key to answering this question. This key of sulfur could allow scientists to unlock heretofore hidden interactions between ocean organisms, atmosphere, and land -- interactions that might provide evidence supporting this famous theory.
Hidden lives of elephant seals: Record-setting dive more than a mile deepScienceDaily.com | 16 May 2012
The same researchers who pioneered the use of satellite tags to monitor the migrations of elephant seals have compiled one of the largest datasets available for any marine mammal species, revealing their movements and diving behavior at sea in unprecedented detail.
Seabed test mimics carbon releaseBBC | 16 May 2012
Scientists begin a month-long experiment in Scottish waters to study the impact of a possible leak from an undersea carbon dioxide storage site.
The Water CycleWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 16 May 2012
Water supports life, but it can also change form, wear down mountains, build clouds, and warm the poles. Regardless of the amount, location, or form, water is in constant motion. The water cycle includes places where water is stored (reservoirs) for short and long periods and processes that move water (flows) and other substance, shaping the face of the planet and making life on Earth possible.
CMS and Ramsar Renew PartnershipConvention on Migratory Species | 16 May 2012
The Secretariats of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands have renewed their interest and commitment to work together. Nick Davidson, Deputy Secretary General of Ramsar and Bert Lenten, Officer in Charge of CMS, signed a new Memorandum of Cooperation, during the opening ceremony of the 5th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA).
ADOPTION OF BEST FISHING PRACTICES TO MITIGATE IMPACT ON MARINE ECOSYSTEMScaf.com | 16 May 2012
CAF - Latin American development bank - and World Wildlife Fund Inc. (WWF) signed an agreement to prepare a technical-economic feasibility study with the National Federation of Small Scale Fisheries Cooperatives of Ecuador (FENACOPEC), and the Ecuadorian Eastern Pacific Fisheries School on...
Total says stops Elgin gas leakReuters | 16 May 2012
PARIS (Reuters) - France's Total said it had succeeded in stopping the gas leak at its well at the Elgin platform in the North Sea after it pumped heavy mud into it.
The Grand Old Party and the SeaNew York Times | 16 May 2012
The House voted to deny further financing to a program that helps regulate commercial fisheries, which has been important to the recovery of several at-risk species.
US's dolphin-safe tuna labels banned by court calling them 'unfair' to MexicoGuardian Unlimited | 16 May 2012
The international trade court has effectively outlawed the sale of dolphin-friendly canned tuna in American supermarkets, ruling such labels were unfair to Mexican fishermen.The ruling, delivered on Wednesday, was the third from the World Trade Organisation against the use of a voluntary system of labels for dolphin protection and was immediately denounced by conservation groups.
Tuna stomach analysis for better fisheriesWorld Fishing | 16 May 2012
Dr Valerie Allain has been analysing two thousand frozen tuna stomachs at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea - all in order to promote better fishery management.
Snow crab fishery begins MSC assessmentWorld Fishing | 16 May 2012
Newfoundland and Labrador's highest value fishery, the snow crab fishery, has entered into Marine Stewardship Councils (MSC) assessment.