17,000 Marine Species Unprotected

2016-01-04T17:39:35+00:00 January 4, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Marine biodiversity at a roral reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (Credit: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) A new study says that more than 17,000 marine species worldwide remain largely unprotected, with the U.S. among the bottom in supporting formal marine protected areas (MPAs) that could safeguard marine biodiversity.(From [...]

Protecting Ocean Species

2016-01-04T15:28:54+00:00 January 4, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Vibrant Marine Biodiversity - Naigani, Fiji (Credit: Nick Hobgood) New study offers strategic guidance on the placement of marine protected areas to meet global conservation goals.(From Science Daily) -- Thousands of marine species with mapped locations worldwide remain largely unprotected, according to a new study by a team of international marine [...]

Giant Sea Spiders In Arctic Ocean Puzzle Scientists

2016-01-04T15:26:15+00:00 January 4, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Sea spiders have long legs and a very small body. The number of walking legs is usually eight (four pairs), but species with five and six pairs have been seen. A proboscis allows them to suck nutrients from soft-bodied invertebrates. Their digestive tract has diverticula extending into the legs. (Credit Wikimedia [...]

North Pole Unfrozen As Temperature Soars

2016-01-04T15:28:20+00:00 January 4, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) The North Pole (Credit: Jonathan Pio/Flickr) Stormy weather in the North Atlantic has brought balmy weather to the world’s northernmost point.(From Time Magazine/ by Alexandra Sifferlin) -- The temperature in the North Pole hit 42 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday morning, which Discovery News says is 50 degrees higher than average for this time of [...]

Extension Of Deep Seabed Exploration Licenses: Response To Comments

2015-12-31T11:30:50+00:00 December 31, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Due to a clerical error, comments submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity on a requested extension of Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act exploration licenses were not considered until after the licenses were extended (Credit: Joel Penner/Flickr) Due to a clerical error, comments submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity [...]

Mid-atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) And New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

2015-12-31T11:17:09+00:00 December 31, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Jack Mackerel School (Credit: NMFS/Southwest Fisheries Science Center) The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scientific & Statistical Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).(From the Federal Register) -- Recommendations from this group will be brought to [...]

Inuit Want Arctic Policy To Protect Their Culture

2015-12-30T13:30:45+00:00 December 30, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus). These large seals, reaching up to 2.7m in length and 430kg in weight, are a primary food source for Polar Bears. (Credit: Allan Hopkins/Flickr) ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—Alaska Inuit hunter John Goodwin for decades has hunted oogruk, the bearded seal, a marine mammal prized for its meat, oil and [...]

President Appoints Longtime Alaska Native Leader To U.S. Arctic Research Commission

2015-12-30T13:00:24+00:00 December 30, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) U.S. Arctic Research Commission Logo (Credit: Federal Register) President Obama last week appointed longtime Alaska Native Corporation leader Marie Kasaŋnaaluk Greene to the commission that advises the president and Congress on Arctic research.(From KUAC/ by Tim Ellis) -- “She brings a tremendous degree of not only experience but knowledge and understanding [...]

Fisheries Of The Exclusive Economic Zone Off Of Alaska; Observer Coverage Requirements For Small Catcher/Processors In The Gulf Of Alaska And Bering Sea And Aleutian Islands Groundfish Fisheries

2015-12-30T12:34:46+00:00 December 30, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Catch during a Groundfish Survey (Credit: NOAA Fisheries West Coast) NMFS proposes regulations that would implement Amendment 112 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP) and Amendment 102 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska [...]

Fisheries Of The Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan; Notice Of Intent To Prepare An Environmental Impact Statement; Scoping Process; Request For Comments; Extension Of Comment Period

2015-12-30T12:00:09+00:00 December 30, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Commercial fishing boat.(Credit: James Brooks/Flickr) In the Notice of Intent (NOI) that published on Monday, November 23, 2015, the Council and NMFS announced the intention to prepare an environmental impact statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.(From the Federal Register) -- This notice is to alert the interested public [...]

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