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Sunday Round Up – #13

June 19, 2011

Top Stories

The EU warns several developing countries that it may ban their fisheries exports due to their poor control of illegal fishing.

The reform process for Europe’s much-maligned Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is about to enter its most crucial stage. While it’s widely agreed the current CFP is ineffective, there are mounting concerns the ambitious proposals soon to be put forward by EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki for implementation in 2013 will be vetoed because of the immediate detrimental impacts they will have on many member states’ fishing communities.

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations has launched a strong attack on the EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki over her stance on discards and other matters.

The executive director of Greenpeace International faces prison in Greenland for breaking an injunction and boarding a giant rig exploring for oil in Arctic waters.


Other Stories

Japan has decided to continue its whaling program in the northwest Pacific.

A new analysis has found that – out of 75 species-production systems reviewed – more aquaculture production means more ecological impact, but that compared to other forms of animal protein production such as livestock, aquaculture is more efficient.

Sea Shepherd’s Operation Blue Rage 2011 has enraged Tunisian fishermen operating on Melita Bank, roughly 70 nautical miles off the Libyan coast and 20 miles inside the NATO no fly zone.

NOAA predicts that flooding will result in the largest dead zone ever seen in the Gulf of Mexico (and the world!).


Worth Reading/Watching

Kumi Nadoo, soon-to-be-jailed Greenpeace CEO, explains his actions in the fight of one of the defining environmental battle of our age.

Bruce Barcott begs the question: “why is such a small area of the world’s oceans protected?”

Achim Steiner and Josh Reichert – two big names in conservation – have co-written an Op-Ed on how to fix our broken oceans.

Richard Black writes on the promise of aquaculture for world food security.

Michael Conathan, director of the Center for American Progress’ new oceans program, reminds us that “it’s the oceans, stupid”.


Good Stuff

First look at Andy Samberg, Chief Shark Officer for the Discovery Channel.

Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd has a hissy fit on his blog after getting dissed by Roberto Mielgo Bregazzi.

Sky Sharks: Pictures of Great Whites Snatching Prey From the Air

A first-hand account of the bends.  Pretty intense.

Princess of whales: How a naked female scientist tries to tame belugas in the freezing Arctic (NSFW)  (And may have an ugly back story


2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2011 9:59 am

    Jeez, this is an amazing roundup and collection of online stories! I am wondering how to jazz it up. Maybe make a slideshow out of it…

    • June 20, 2011 3:27 pm

      Thanks, John! I’m glad something good comes out of my excessive news reading.

      I’ve wondered myself on how best to jazz it up. It comes across very dry. My plan is to eventually spruce up the site with the help of a proper designer. Maybe at that point I’ll create a new page that presents the news picks.

      If you guys have any ideas, would love to hear them. Your website is pretty great to look at.

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