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UK creates Pitcairn marine reserve : 3½ times the size of the UK

Pew Charitable Trust reports: The Pew Charitable Trusts joins the Pitcairn Island Council in praising the UK government for the designation of 320,465 square miles (approximately 830,000 square kilometres) as a marine reserve in the remote waters surrounding the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The announcement, 15th September 2016, by the United Kingdom’s […]

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IUCN’s World Conservation Congress calls for 30% protection of the oceans

The Pew Trust reports, 9th September 2016: The International Union for Conservation of Nature members have passed a motion calling for more marine reserves. The passing of this motion is a milestone for marine conservation and underscores the need to create more marine protected areas around the world. In a major win for marine life, […]

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World-wide monitoring of fishing now possible, and implementation active

Oceana reports, 15th September 2016: Oceana, SkyTruth and Google today launched the public Beta of Global Fishing Watch, a new online technology platform that allows anyone in the world free access to monitor and track the activities of the world’s largest commercial fishing vessels in near real-time. By providing the first free global view of […]

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Shell and BP remain committed to deep-sea wells

We provide extracts from two news reports which show that the two largest British oil and gas companies, Shell and British Petroleum, remain committed to a future which involves extraction of oil and gas from deep-sea wells. The Guardian reports, 11th September 2016: Royal Dutch Shell has started production at the world’s deepest underwater oil […]

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FishingTV : The true cost of farmed salmon

The online film site, FishingTV, reports September 2016: Sometimes we at FishingTV come across a film that we feel that everyone needs to see, no matter whether they’re an angler or not. Last week we uploaded one that without doubt falls into that category. Salmon Confidential is an in depth documentary looking at the plight […]

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IUCN : Ocean surface waters warming by 0.1°C per decade

Bill McKibben writes in The Guardian, 7th September 2016: So, just as a refresher, it’s always good to remember that we live on an ocean planet. Most of the Earth’s surface is salt water, studded with the large islands we call continents. It’s worth recalling this small fact — which can slip our minds, since […]

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UK Government to ban microbeads in cosmetic products and to consult on wider action

edie.net (part of the Guardian Environment Network) reports, 3rd September 2016:  Tiny pieces of plastic in personal beauty products, that end up in the oceans and are swallowed by marine life, will be banned from sale in the UK by the end of 2017, the Government announced. The move comes just days after MPs called […]

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Pacific tuna stocks continue to be fished unsustainably

The Guardian reports, 2nd September 2016:  Pacific island states and countries failed on Friday to strike a deal to protect shrinking supplies of tuna and adopt cutbacks following a regional conference, officials said, sparking condemnation from conservationists. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest tuna fishing ground, accounting for almost 60% of the global catch. […]

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US President expands Hawaiian marine reserve created by his predecessor

The Guardian reports, 27th August 2016: Barack Obama has created the world’s largest marine protected area by expanding an existing ocean reserve off Hawaii to cover 582,578 square miles, providing what’s likely to be the grandest, and final, chapter in the president’s conservation legacy. The sweeping move quadruples the size of the Papahānaumokuākea marine national […]

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Microbead plastics should be banned, say MPs

The Guardian reports, 24th August 2016: Cosmetics companies must be banned from using plastic microbeads in scrubs, toothpaste and beauty products because of the marine pollution they are causing, say a group of MPs. Members of the Environmental Audit Committee have called for a ban within 18 months after hearing that trillions of tiny pieces […]

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Campaign to Save Cardigan Bay from scallop dredging awaits Welsh Government response

Mick Green, organiser of the “Welsh Government : Save Cardigan Bay!” petition and campaign has provided an update, 24th August 2016: “Thank you for your patience. We have heard nothing from Welsh government but are expecting a decision in the autumn. We asked the new Minister, Lesley Griffiths, for a meeting to represent the 30,000 of you […]

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Arctic sea ice declining by 13% per decade

The Guardian reports, 18th August 2016: Ice scientists are mostly cheerful and pragmatic. Like many other researchers coolly observing the rapid warming of the world, they share a gallows humour and are cautious about entering the political fray. Not Peter Wadhams. The former director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and professor of ocean physics […]

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Phase 2 of world’s largest offshore windfarm gets planning approval

The Guardian reports, 16th August 2016: Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off the Yorkshire coast are to be expanded to an area five times the size of Hull after being approved by ministers. The multibillion-pound Hornsea Project Two would see 300 turbines — each taller than the Gherkin — span more than 480 […]

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Renewable energy storage on brink of a revolution

Popular Science reports, May 2015: The next step for renewable energy is to figure out how to store all the power we create. Harvard researchers have used a molecule nearly identical to one in rhubarb to make a battery that can store more energy­ — for less money — than solid-state and traditional flow batteries. […]

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China expanding its long-distance fishing fleet, says Greenpeace

The Guardian reports on a Greenpeace Report, 9th August 2016: China’s vast, long-distance fishing industry has expanded to more than 10 times the size of America’s and its growth is depleting fisheries and creating conflicts, according to a Greenpeace report. From 2012 to 2014, the number of Chinese vessels involved in “distant water fishing” [DFW] […]

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NEF Blog: Untangling UK and EU fisheries: Is it possible? Is it desirable?

Griffin Carpenter writes in his New Economics Foundation (NEF) Blog, 26th July 2016: The EU’s track record turning around fisheries management, benefiting UK communities, fishers and the marine environment, did not get the airtime it deserved throughout the referendum debate. The key question now is whether we can continue to build on these achievements post-Brexit […]

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Crisis for the Sea Bass fishery gets worse

B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society) reports 6th August 2016: Sea Bass is facing an environmental disaster. The spawning population is now dangerously low due to commercial fishing. EU scientists said in April 2015: “The spawning stock biomassThe amount of living matter. This is therefore a different measure to numbers of organisms. So, for example, there […]

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Regulating Order for sustainable fishing in Firth of Clyde rejected by Scottish Government

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) reports, 28th July 2016: SIFT is disappointed by the Scottish Government’s decision not to approve its Clyde Regulating Order application. We regard this decision as a missed opportunity for Scotland’s vulnerable coastal communities, who have suffered from decades of economic decline under short-term fisheries policies. Note: The Sustainable Inshore […]

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Two reports on Fukushima’s radiation and its environmental impact

We provide here two reports of the long-term environmental impact of the radiation from Fukushima’s tsunami-ravaged nuclear reactors. The first comes from the USA’s broadcaster PBS, dated 9th March 2016. The second comes from Greenpeace, dated 22nd July 2016.   Report by Ken Buesseler, PBS, 9th March 2016 With the help of my colleagues in […]

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How serious is coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef?

The Australian reports, 4th June 2016: Activist scientists and lobby groups have distorted surveys, maps and data to misrepresent the extent and impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, ­according to the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Russell Reichelt. A full survey of the reef ­released yesterday [3rd June […]

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