Army's Next Challenge: The Ocean

2016-02-02T19:24:05+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) View of Pacific Ocean from Kipahulu, Hawaii (Credit: Paul Bica) The U.S. Army has proved over its 238-year history that it can fight and win almost anywhere — in the jungles, deserts or mountains.(From Politico/ by Philip Ewing) -- The next venue, however, might prove to be the most difficult: oceans.President Barack [...]

Army’s Next Challenge: The Ocean

2016-02-02T19:24:05+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) View of Pacific Ocean from Kipahulu, Hawaii (Credit: Paul Bica) The U.S. Army has proved over its 238-year history that it can fight and win almost anywhere — in the jungles, deserts or mountains.(From Politico/ by Philip Ewing) -- The next venue, however, might prove to be the most difficult: oceans.President Barack [...]

Snapper-grouper Fishery Off The South Atlantic States; Amendment 36

2016-02-02T18:54:20+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus). (Credit: Wikimedia commons) NMFS, Southeast Region, in collaboration with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), is preparing an EA for Amendment 36 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 36). Amendment 36 considers alternatives to implement special [...]

Ecotourism, Natural Resource Conservation Proposed As Allies To Protect Natural Landscapes

2016-02-02T17:13:58+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) If environmentalists want to protect fragile ecosytems from landing in the hands of developers--in the U.S. and around the globe--they should team up with ecotourists, according to a University of Georgia study published in the Journal of Ecotourism. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) If environmentalists want to protect fragile ecosytems from landing in [...]

Record Warm Years Almost Certainly Due To Human-Made Climate Change

2016-02-02T18:24:04+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Recent record warm years are with extremely high likelihood caused by human-made climate change. (Credit: Nattu/Flickr) Recent record warm years are with extremely high likelihood caused by human-made climate change.(From Science Daily) -- Without greenhouse-gas emissions from burning coal and oil, the odds are vanishingly small that 13 out of the 15 [...]

With Climate, Fertilizing Oceans Could Be Zero-Sum Game

2016-02-02T17:21:23+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Scientists plumbing the depths of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean have found ancient sediments suggesting that one proposed way to mitigate climate warming—fertilizing the oceans with iron to produce more carbon-eating algae—may not necessarily work as envisioned. (Credit: James St. John/Flickr) Scientists plumbing the depths of the central equatorial Pacific Ocean [...]

Atka Mackerel In The Bering Sea And Aleutian Islands Management Area

2016-02-02T17:43:19+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Atka mackerel (Credit: Tomarin/Wikimedia commons) NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Eastern Aleutian district and the Bering Sea subarea (BSEAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Island management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery.(From the Federal Register) -- This action is [...]

Extra Iron Doesn’t Fertilize The Ancient Pacific Ocean

2016-02-02T17:25:08+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Thousands of years ago, the Earth was going through an ice age and conditions were harsh: it was much colder and windier compared to today, and large amounts of dust were being scattered in the air and much of it contained iron. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) Thousands of years ago, the Earth [...]

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings And Hearings

2016-02-02T16:20:21+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Chinook salmon. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey) The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) has announced its annual preseason management process for the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries.(From the Federal Register) --  This notice informs the public of opportunities to provide comments on the 2016 ocean salmon management measures.Read the full article here: [...]

Fisheries Of The Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock In Statistical Area 630 In The Gulf Of Alaska

2016-02-02T16:09:59+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Alaska Pollock (Pollachus chalcogrammus) (Credit: Goode, George Brown) NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA).(From the Federal Register) -- This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock in Statistical Area [...]

Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice Of Intent To Prepare An Environmental Impact Statement

2016-02-02T15:47:42+00:00 February 2, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Catch during a Groundfish Survey (Credit: NOAA Fisheries West Coast) NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) announce their intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to analyze the short- and long-term impacts on the human (biological, physical, [...]

Alaska Region, Beaufort Sea Planning Area, Liberty Development And Production Plan, Extension Of Public Scoping Comment Period

2016-02-01T17:18:39+00:00 February 1, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Ice and open water in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska. (Credit: NOAA) On September 25, 2015, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Liberty Development and Production Plan (DPP) in the Beaufort Sea Planning Area (80 FR 57873).(From the Federal Register) [...]

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