Articles & News Tagged “Environment”
Australian lawmakers enact largest removal of conservation zones in the world
Via some deft political maneuvering, the Australian government has railroaded through new legislation that removes protections from sensitive marine environments. Opponents of the move are calling it the largest unwinding of conservation zones in world history, at least by area, exceeding the Trump administration’s downsizing of two national parks to make way for mining. For updates and ways to protest this decision, please see this thread in the Wetpixel forum.
The Ocean Cleanup Foundation releases starling results of Pacific Garbage Patch survey
The Ocean Cleanup Foundation has released the results of a 3 year project that mapped and cataloged the size and composition of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They are startling and dramatically exceed previous estimates: There are 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, weighting 80,000 metric tons afloat in an area of 1.6 million square kilometers between Hawaii and California.
Sea Save offers tool to register protest at US oil drilling plan
The Sea Save Foundation has posted a simple tool that allows individuals to register their protest at the Administration’s plans to offer 47 leases to global energy companies to explore and drill in US coastal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans. (Image credit: NOAA)
Communities agree further MPA in Raja Ampat
In a ceremony, community officials from the villages of Pam, Saukabu, and Saupapir in the Fam (locally Pam) Archipelago of Raja Ampat signed an agreement to protect their waters with the provision of a Marine Protected Area (MPA). This agreement will now move forward through the legal process. Thereafter, the MPA can be formally declared and join the other 5 that are already established within Raja Ampat.
Opinions required: Fishing Goliath Grouper in Florida
The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) is holding public consultations to discuss the possibility of allowing a “limited open season” for fishing goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). These include public meetings in a wide variety of venues throughout the state, along with an online workshop and an online survey. If implemented, the proposed kill will exterminate most of Florida’s breeding population of the groupers, destroying 27 years of conservation management effort.
Sabah outlaws shark fishing in its marine parks
The Malay Mail Online reports that as of the end of 2017, shark fishing will be banned in Sabah’s 6 marine parks. The Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun has proposed a law that will allow offenders to be convicted if caught catching sharks. (Image from Shutterstock)
Study investigates illegal shark fishing
A study published in the journal Fisheries Research investigates the beliefs , attitudes and behaviors of land-based shark anglers. The authors studied posts on an online fishing forum. The posts show that there is a widespread disregard for legal regulation of what they catch. The authors counted 389 examples of “illegal fishing activity” being openly discussed on the forum between 2010 and 2015. ((Image from Shutterstock.)
New study shows high mortality rate of mako sharks
A paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that the fishing mortality rate for shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) is significantly higher than has been thought. Researchers found that 30 to 40% of satellite tagged sharks were being captured in fisheries, which when extrapolated, means that the number being killed is 10 times higher than previously believed. (Image from Shutterstock.)
Dominican Republic bans shark fishing
The Dominican Republic has announced a ban on the fishing and trading of sharks, rays, parrotfish and sea urchins within its waters. FIS has also reported that the trade of any derivate products, including import and export will be banned. The sharks fishing ban is for an indefinite period, whereas the other species have either a 2 or 5 year ban.