Comprehensive, Integrated Approach Helps to Determine how the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes are Used and Protected Now and in the Future
A project near and dear to naturalist Mark Fraser’s heart is the elimination of single use plastic bags and the Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive gyre of plastic bags, bottles and other litter located in the North Pacific Ocean. The patch is estimated to be about the size of Texas.
The new bluefin quota of 13,500 tonnes is within the range of scientific agreement, but at the high end. At the March 2010 CITES meeting in Qatar, it will be determined if bluefin tuna should be listed as endangered.
Environmentalists and scientists encourage the World Trade Organization to help end subsidies to commercial fishing that result in overfishing.
International coalition advances marine conservation as part of the solution to climate change
World leaders should recognize the immense potential of the ocean to reduce global warming by capturing carbon, if we are to avoid a serious climate crisis.
After a month long delay over amendments regarding the census and trying terrorists, the Senate approved the FY10 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill last Thursday night.
President Obama charged the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force with recommending a framework for effective coastal and marine spatial planning by December 2009.
Obama Administration officials will hold their sixth regional Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 29, 2009.
Preventing the destruction of marine life, from plankton to seagrasses and mangrove forests, could help offset between 3 to 7 percent of current fossil fuel emissions, a U.N. environment report said on Wednesday.