Weekly News Roundup 4

Written by on December 21, 2012 in Marine Life

Other stories worth reading this weekend:

A Key tool for Saving our Oceans” from National Geographic

This is a great post from Dr. Neil Hammerschlag of the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. He writes about the benefits of Marine Protected Areas and their potential to save our oceans.

Alarmingly warm water in Gulf of Maine bringing changes from University of Maine

For the first time ever, a tour boat operator and seasonal fishermen’s thermometer reached over 60 degrees in the Gulf of Maine where temperatures are typically between the mid-30s and mid-50s. He’s not the only one noticing changes–several scientists in Maine say there is no doubt that the water in the Gulf is getting warmer.

Interview with new Commission advisor Pierre-Yves Cousteau” from EU Newsroom

Pierre-Yves Cousteau was recently appointed as Commissioner Maria Damanaki’s special advisor. Mr. Cousteau is the president of Cousteau Divers and has worked for years to promote sustainability and marine protected areas. In this interview, he discusses some of his work and what he will do as the Commissioner’s special advisor.

Ministers ‘lack ambition’ over marine conservation” from The Telegraph

After only 31 sites were selected to become marine conservation zones from a list of 127 areas identified as requiring increased protection, ministers in the UK have been accused of favoring land-based parks over marine conservation.

Skipper faces criminal charges for attending to stranded whale” from The Black Fish

The skipper of a boat belonging to The Black Fish–an international marine conservation organization–is facing criminal charges for attempting to help a young male humpback whale that had stranded itself on the Dutch coast on Sunday morning. The whale suffered through several poor attempts to get dragged back to the water and a even a botched euthanasia attempt and still the experts aboard The Black Fish vessel weren’t allowed to help, as a state of emergency had been declared.

Under Many Aliases, Mislabeled Foods Find Their Way to Dinner Tables” from The New York Times

Lately, it is not uncommon to order an expensive piece of fish at a nice restaurant and end up being served a much cheaper type of fish. Thanks to the work of Oceana, seafood fraud has been exposed in many major US cities, including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles and more. This is a great article that discusses the many causes of seafood fraud and what is being done about it.

Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.

Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. Photo credit: Claire Fackler, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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