Archive for March, 2012

MPAs Succeed in Protecting Sea Turtles

Written by on March 20, 2012 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
MPAs Succeed in Protecting Sea Turtles

Emily Tripp Senior Writer A new study shows that Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are helping sea turtles survive. The study from an international team of scientists, led by the University of Exeter, explains that MPAs provide an ideal habitat for foraging and protects turtles from the negative aspects of fishing.  The research team found that […]

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James Cameron to Explore the Mariana Trench

Written by on March 17, 2012 in Technology
James Cameron to Explore the Mariana Trench

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Filmmaker James Cameron has revealed his plans to visit the deepest place on the planet aboard a deep-diving craft called the Deepsea Challenger. If successful, this will be only the second time humans have been to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 7 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. […]

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768 Whales Saved from Japanese Whale Hunt

Written by on March 16, 2012 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
768 Whales Saved from Japanese Whale Hunt

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Japan’s whaling fleet killed less than one third of the animals it planned this season, due primarily to sabotage by activists.  They killed 266 minke whales and one fin whale, much less than the 900-whale goal they set out with. “The catch was smaller than planned due to factors including weather […]

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A Success Story for Dolphins in Switzerland

Written by on March 15, 2012 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
A Success Story for Dolphins in Switzerland

Emily Tripp Senior Writer Switzerland has joined Norway, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and Cyprus in banning the captivity of dolphins. Switzerland’s House of Representatives has voted to outlaw the keeping of dolphins in aquariums or for entertainment purposes.  The Senate also banned the future importation of dolphins, meaning that the dolphins living in the country’s only dolphinarium, […]

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