Krill fishers partner with Greenpeace to protect Antarctic wildlife

July 10, 2018 by  
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An unlikely alliance has formed between krill fishing companies and environmental protection groups over a common cause: protecting the Antarctic Ocean and its marine life. Greenpeace is teaming with members of the Association for Responsible Krill Harvesting (ARK) to ensure wildlife sustainability of the southern ice cap. The agreement was announced during the Greenpeace Antarctic 360° event in Cambridge. The individual fishing companies honoring the agreement are all ARK members, representing 85 percent of the Antarctic krill harvesting industry. Related: The world’s largest wildlife sanctuary proposed for Antarctica Under the pact, the fisherman will honor “buffer zones” in known penguin breeding grounds in order to protect the wildlife. In addition, major portions of the Antarctic Peninsula will be out-of-bounds for the ARK membership. The partnership will also see ARK support scientific endeavors to study the area’s natural inhabitants. Working with scientists and environmental organizations, the groups will end fishing operations in environmentally sensitive areas, permanently closing these locations to fishing in 2020. The prohibition is part of a plan to create permanent protection zones throughout the Antarctic and reduce the potential for wildlife damage . The movement to protect Antarctic wildlife has grown in popularity in the last decade. According to Greenpeace, more than 1.7 million people worldwide have signed the organization’s petition to create stricter protections and maintain wildlife conservation in the southernmost waters. Krill is an important part of the Antarctic ecosystem . The shrimp-like crustacean is a food source for many of the South Pole’s animals, including whales, penguins and seals. By creating the wide protection zones, both Greenpeace and ARK hope to ensure long-term sustainability for animals. “Through our commitment we are showing that it is possible for no-fish zones and sustainable fisheries to co-exist,” Kristine Hartmann, executive vice president at krill fishing company Aker BioMarine, said in a statement. “We are positive that ARK’S commitment will help ensure krill as a sustainable and stable source of healthy omega-3s for the future.” The ARK-Greenpeace partnership is one part of a global plan to help preserve marine life. The multi-nation Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources will meet in October to decide on sanctuary status for parts of the ocean. + Greenpeace Via  The Guardian Image of krill via Uwe Kils

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No, the Great Barrier Reef isnt dead – but it is damaged

October 17, 2016 by  
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Last week, social media users from around the world were shocked and horrified to find the Great Barrier Reef had been “declared dead” in a viral symbolic obituary from Outside Magazine. There was only one problem: the premise of the article isn’t actually true, and scientists have been scrambling to correct the record in the following days. What is true is that the reef is struggling due to climate change, and needs urgent help if it’s going to survive. Earlier this year, a shocking 93% of the reef began experiencing a phenomenon known as “bleaching,” which occurs when warm ocean temperatures stress the reef, causing the tiny colored algae living within the coral organisms to become ejected. Without the algae, the coral eventually dies. In fact, this is what’s recently happened to about 22% of the coral on the reef. While this is the worst mass bleaching event on record, the majority of the reef is still alive and struggling. Related: This startling video shows coral bleaching in action The viral obituary has marine scientists scrambling to correct the record. In a statement to the Huffington Post , Russell Brainard, chief of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Program at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, expressed his frustration. While the article may have been a well-intentioned attempt to highlight the urgency of the situation, he worries that people will take it at face value and assume that there’s no work to be done to save what’s left of the reef. In fact, there is reason for hope: one study last year found that even after massive bleaching events, it is possible for reefs to fully recover. However, it’s a slow process that requires stable conditions to occur — something the reef may not have if bleaching events continue to occur at a faster and faster rate. Related: More than one-third of the coral is dead in parts of Great Barrier Reef If we don’t act soon to protect our oceans, we may see the world’s coral reefs perish for real. The driving cause of coral mass bleaching events is climate change , and if global temperatures continue to rise, we will reach a point at which coral simply can’t survive. That’s why it’s so important to vote for candidates with a strong environmental record, write to our representatives, and do what we can to reduce our individual carbon footprint . Via Slashdot Images via Wikipedia and Oregon State University

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Palau just created a marine reserve larger than Texas and Alaska combined

October 29, 2015 by  
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The Pacific island nation of Palau, just east of Indonesia and the Philippines, announced its plan to designate 193,000 square miles of nearby ocean territory to be a fully protected marine reserve. The news comes at a pivotal time of concern for Earth’s oceans and joins numerous other landmark preservation efforts just this year. In fact, there has been more square footage of ocean territory protected in 2015 than any other year – totaling over one million square feet. It seems we’re finally catching up with amending, or at least slowing, the damage we are causing. Read the rest of Palau just created a marine reserve larger than Texas and Alaska combined

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Chile to sanction largest protected marine park in the Americas

October 6, 2015 by  
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The largest marine park in the Americas will soon protect the waters around Chile . Announced by President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, the forthcoming Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park will encompass a whopping 114,872 square miles of ocean. Applauded by non-profit Oceana , the new marine park will protect 12 percent of Chile’s marine surface area, fighting against environmental destruction in the region. Read the rest of Chile to sanction largest protected marine park in the Americas

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New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form

August 25, 2015 by  
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We’ve all heard of the ocean garbage patches that are swirling out at sea, but it can be hard to visualize just how these patches form and grow. The data visualization wizards at NASA have come up with a way to show the world how and where garbage collects in our oceans and ultimately, what the ocean’s garbage patches might look like in 20 years. Lead animator Greg Shirah and chief data cruncher Horace Mitchell combined two data models to show how trash ends up collecting in the ocean’s five big garbage patches, also called gyres. Read the rest of New NASA video shows how ocean garbage patches form

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UK could create the world’s largest marine reserve

February 18, 2015 by  
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Ahead of the May 7 general election, a coalition of conservationists and high-profile supporters has called upon the the UK government to create three marine reserves that together would more than double the world’s protected waters. The prospective sites for new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) include the UK waters surrounding the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific as well as those around Ascension Island and the South Sandwich Islands in the Atlantic. The three proposed MPAs would safeguard around 0.7 million square miles, home to threatened whales, sharks, fish, and corals. Read the rest of UK could create the world’s largest marine reserve Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ascension Island , Greenpeace UK , marine protected area , MPA , National Geographical Society , ocean conservation , Pew Charitable Trusts , Pitcairn Island , Satellite Applications Catapult , South Sandwich Islands , the Blue Foundation , UK general election 2015 , UK government , united kingdom

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The Maldives To Become The World’s Largest Marine Reserve By 2017

June 22, 2012 by  
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Just a few days after Australia officially created the world’s largest marine reserve , the President for the Republic of Maldives has announced that the state will become  the first country to be a marine reserve —making the Maldives the single largest marine reserve in the world. Speaking at the 1st Plenary Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development at the Rio+20 Conference , President Dr Mohamed Waheed highlighted the environmental challenges faced by the country as well as the conservation work it has been performing, such as making the Baa Atoll the first UNESCO Biosphere reserve . Read the rest of The Maldives To Become The World’s Largest Marine Reserve By 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia marine park , Great Barrier Reef , Maldives , maldives marine reserve , marine conservation , marine park network , ocean conservation , ocean protection , president waheed , rio+20 , sustainable practices , the maldives , wwf

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Australia Creates World’s Biggest Marine Park Network

June 15, 2012 by  
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Days before the Rio+20 Conference gets under way, Australia has created the world’s biggest network of marine protected areas , setting an impressive precedent for other countries when it comes to policies on ocean protection. Read the rest of Australia Creates World’s Biggest Marine Park Network Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia marine park , Great Barrier Reef , marine conservation , marine park network , ocean conservation , ocean protection , rio+20 , wwf

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