Other stories worth reading this weekend:
“Coca-Cola kickstarts Arctic campaign with WWF donation” from Reuters
The world’s largest maker of soft drinks will give $4 million (3 million euros) to the World Wildlife Fund over the next three years to help begin a campaign to protect the Arctic. The campaign will focus on raising awareness and protecting polar bears.
“Darpa wants to store drones at the bottom of the sea” from WIRED
US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is planning on storing capsules with military assets at the bottom of the ocean. The technology would be non-lethal but would provide the Navy with operational support whenever it was needed.
Scientists found that most major hydropower dams in the northeastern U.S. have failed in their attempts to allow migratory fish to pass through them. Their research shows that the numbers of fish that make it through the passage facilities make up only a tiny fraction of the targeted goals.
“Fishing company sentenced to pay $2.4M for dumping” from Boston.com
A New Zealand fishing company is sentence to three years of probation, during which it will be banned from fishing in U.S. waters, and will pay $2.4 million for dumping oil into U.S. waters off American Samoa. Part of the payment will go to National Marine Sanctuaries.
Twice in one week, more than 30,000 dead menhaden washed up along the Atlantic coast. Most recently, the 6-8 inch fish washed up along a mile and a half stretch of beach in South Carolina. Earlier in the week, more than a hundred thousand fish washed ashore in North Carolina. Last year on that same beach, there was an influx of dead starfish. Experts say the fish died from hypoxia, a lack of oxygen.
“Tidal energy from UK coastal waters” from National Oceanography Center
New research has shown that about 20 percent of the UK’s electricity needs could be met by tidal energy. Many of the sites are located near transmission grids, making it even more practical. You can learn more by checking out this related article: UK tidal power has huge potential, say scientists.
“Wave of jumbo squid hits California” from USA Today
Check out the following video from Today to see the squid that are flooding California waters.
“Western Australia rescinds kill order due to lack of new shark sightings” from Shark Year
Last week, the Department of Fisheries in Australia issued orders to kill great white sharks in waters along the southwest because the sharks represented an “imminent threat to water users.” Now, following a lack of shark sightings, the orders have been rescinded.
“World Fisheries: are we managing an effective decline?” from World Fishing & Aquaculture
Did you know that the world fish food supply is increasing faster than the human population? Check out this great article about the state of fisheries across the globe. It’s a little long, but it will answer all your questions.
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