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Weekly Marine Policy Round Up – #16

July 10, 2011

Top Stories

Last week, Chile decided to ban all shark finning in its waters. After months of discussions since the bill on the ban was drafted and presented by the conservation group Oceana to the Chilean National Congress in January, the vote to approve the bill passed unanimously.  And just before that the Bahamas converted 243,244 square miles of the country’s waters into a shark sanctuary, prohibiting any commercial fishing of the animals.

Thirty-three scientists – including a senior scientist at NOAA – have found that 5 tunas and marlins qualify as ‘threatened’ according to IUCN criteria.  They are: Southern Bluefin Tuna (Critically Endangered),  Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Endangered), Bigeye Tuna (Vulnerable), Blue Marlin (Vulnerable), White Marlin (Vulnerable).

The lull in global warming from 1998 to 2008 was mainly caused by a sharp rise in China’s coal use, a study suggests.


Other Stories

Norway says it will  take an important step in the ecosystem-approach to fisheries management,with the introduction of a new regulation for bottom fishing in Norwegian waters.  The new regulation is based on the FAO International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-sea Fisheries in the High Seas.

The draft of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s 2012 budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls for a $103 million cut below current spending of $4.59 billion. The panel’s figure is a billion dollars below the amount requested by the Obama Administration.

For the first time, we have evidence that the MSC label confers a price premium.   This might help further push the eco-label movment.


Worth Reading / Watching

Rainer Froese stabs deep into the dark heart of fisheries management in the EU.  His opener is a beauty: “The fishing industry is less important to Europe’s economy than its sewing-machine manufacturers. Yet it consistently gets to overrule scientific advice and drive fish stocks to the brink of collapse. “

The Guardian has a good piece exploring the West’s possibly hypocrisy on the whaling issue.  Next week is the annual meeting of the IWC.

Southern Fried Science has an excellent piece on deep sea conservation and the coming era of deep-sea mining.

Menhaden: the most important fish in the sea?


Good Stuff

A Portuguese Man-of-War gets fed. (1 min)

A special camera reveals the secret life of puffins. (1 min)

Have we found the most sustainable sushi restaurant in America?  All sustainably-sourced and they are about to buy their first marine protected area.


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