Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life.. — CHINA EXPOSED

A vast fishing armada off Ecuador’s biodiverse Pacific islands has stirred alarm over ‘indiscriminate’ fishing practices Jonathan Green had been tracking a whale shark named Hope across the eastern Pacific for 280 days when the satellite transmissions from a GPS tag on her dorsal fin abruptly stopped. It was not unusual for the GPS signal […]

Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life.. — CHINA EXPOSED

In major ruling for right whales, federal judge rules that regulators violated Endangered Species Act – The Boston Globe — “OUR WORLD”

A North Atlantic right whale swims in Cape Cod Bay. Peter Flood In a ruling that could have a major impact on the region’s lobster fishery, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the National Marine Fishery Service violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to reduce the risk of North Atlantic right whales becoming entangled […]

In major ruling for right whales, federal judge rules that regulators violated Endangered Species Act – The Boston Globe — “OUR WORLD”

By Safiya Hassan, GLOBUS Correspondent Fishing has quickly become one of Africa’s fastest growing industries, with fisheries found to contribute $24 billion directly to the continent’s economy, accounting for 1.1% of total African GDP. The growth in demand is thought to be spearheaded by China’s trade expansion, in its quest to feed its ever-growing population. However, this has […]

via Africa’s Overfishing Epidemic — GLOBUS

North Atlantic Right Whales-Government of Canada restores speed limits to the Gulf of St. Lawrence

As whale sightings in the Gulf of St. Lawrence dwindle, the government has restored the previously-established marine shipping speed limits, previously reduced to help avoid hitting North Atlantic Right Whales.
Quite a few of these were previously hit by shipping traffic, and some caught in local fishing nets.
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It’s a beachcomber’s nightmare: an enormous leatherback turtle slumped on a Cornish strand. The 1.8-metre-long animal, discovered on Sunday at Marazion beach, has since been necropsied (an animal autopsy) by researchers from the University of Exeter, who found plastic in its stomach. Leatherbacks, like other endangered marine turtles, rely largely on jellyfish for food, and […]

via Plastic, warm seas and propellers — KRISHNA KUMAR SINGH

And they could use your help! FACT #1 About 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually[1]. Of those, 236,000 tons are microplastics[2] – tiny pieces of broken-down plastic smaller than your little fingernail FACT #2 There are five massive patches of plastic in the oceans around the world. These huge concentrations […]

via 4ocean has removed 2,552,176 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines — Hurn Publications