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Sunday Round Up – #12

June 12, 2011

Top Stories

A new global estimate of the impact of longline fisheries on seabirds reveals that, despite efforts to reduce seabird deaths, upwards of 300,000 birds are still being killed every year.

World fish prices are expected to remain high in the coming year, while world fish production will hit a new record.

McDonald’s fish sandwiches in Europe will soon be MSC certified.

Mexico decided to ban the fishing of all shark species in federal waters on both coasts in order to contribute to the conservation of the resource. According to Mexican fishery authorities, this is the first such action taken in the countries of Latin America.

NOAA released its national marine aquaculture policy, which will guide agency’s activities with respect to fish farming and provide a national approach to supporting sustainable aquaculture.   Some feel it’s kind of vague.

Other Stories

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Olympia Snow (D-ME) introduced a bill that would establish a National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO), providing over $1 billion a year for protection, research, and restoration grants all across our oceans and Great Lakes.  The NEO would be funded by revenues generated by impacts to our oceans, such as royalty fees for offshore oil and gas development and fines from pollution violations.

Greenpeace has expressed concern over Pacific deep-sea mining.

Climate scientists are predicting irreversibly hotter summers in 20 to 60 years.

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Worth Reading/Watching

Kevin Zelnio over at Deep-Sea News has contributed a phenomenal article on the World Ocean.  Published on World Ocean Day at Scientific American.  READ IT!

The good folks over at Deep-Sea News explore why the Giant Squid could be the ‘Panda’ of the ocean. This based on the recently published article proposing just this.

The Vancouver Sun explores why we know more about the moon than our ocean.

A rapid inflation wetsuit has been developed to save surfers’ lives.

Humans are cultivating almost 40 percent of the land surface of the earth, and nearly a third of all the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet comes from agriculture and forestry.   The NYT’s Green Blog tells us more.

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Fun Stuff

Dance Dance Fish-olution.  You know you want to see this!  2mins

Boat named Titanic II sinks on maiden voyage

Communing with ocean life (and playing an ocean video game) makes you a kinder, better person.

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