Other stories worth reading this weekend:
Kate Walsh joined Oceana in Washington D.C. this week on the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster to support the expansion of offshore wind development in the United States. They are pushing for the expansion of off shore wind power as a way to transition away from the use of fossil fuels.
“Animal Book Club: Interview with David Kirby” from ALDF
Check out this interview from the Animal Legal Defense Fund with David Kirby, author of Death at SeaWorld. Kirby’s book tells the story of captive orcas, particularly Tilikum who was the orca that killed Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. In the interview, he discusses what he learned while writing the book and how it changed as he wrote it.
“Conservation plan set out to reduce seabird bycatch” from The New Zealand Herald
Earlier this week, New Zealand’s Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy released a five-year plan that outlines ways to reduce seabird bycatch in the nation’s waters. The plan involves applying prevention measures, developing new research and monitoring techniques, and cooperating with fishing vessels from other nations.
“Corexit: An Oil Spill Solution Worse Than the Problem?” from Take Part
Corexit is a product designed to disperse petroleum in water and was used after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. While fairly effective as an oil dispersant, its effect on both marine and human life is not so good. One form of Corexit used in spill cleanup has been identified as one of the agents that cause liver, kidney, lung, nervous system, and blood disorders in many of those who helped to cleanup the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.
“Cormorant Management Bill Debuts In Oregon Legislature” from OBP
In Oregon, Cormorants, large fish-eating seabirds, are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and cannot be harmed or killed under federal law. However, a new bill may change that. It proposes killing some of the birds in order to protect salmon and steelhead smolts in the spring and fall.
“Denying sea-level rise: How 100 centimeters divided the state of North Carolina” from Earth Magazine
Check out this interesting article about those who believe in climate change, and those who don’t. It focuses on North Carolina where the most recent sea level rise estimates range from 40 cm at the least to 140 cm at the most.
The National Marine Fisheries Service accepted a petition from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund to include Lolita, the Miami Seaquarium’s only killer whale, on the list of endangered species. Lolita was captured from Puget Sound where the Southern Resident Population lives. The Southern Residents are protected under the Endangered Species act, but they gained that status in 2005 and Lolita was captured in 1970. PETA is asking for Lolita to be released and transferred to a coastal sanctuary, but even if she gains the endangered listing, there is no guarantee that she will be released.
“Japan’s Triple Disaster” from Oceanus
This is an interesting analysis of Japan’s “Triple Disaster” that resulted in the March 2011 tsunami. Starting with the magnitude 9 earthquake and continuing all the way to seafood contamination today, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how and why this happened.
“Japanese government to assert international use of “Sea of Japan” name” from Japan Daily Press
The Japanese government is finalizing a five-year ocean policy plan that will serve as the foundation of Japan’s ocean policy starting this year. The plan includes plans to assert that the name “Sea of Japan” be used as the only globally-accepted name for the body of water which South Korea calls Donghae, or East Sea. For more information on the politics of Japanese waters, check out this article: Japanese nationalists approach Senkaku Islands to ‘survey fishing grounds’.
“Oxford college under attack over plans to display live shark at ball” from The Guardian
The Last Ball, advertised as “one night of decadence, debauchery and indulgence” is going to be held next month at Somerville College in Oxford. However, many students plan to boycott this elegant event because there will be a live shark on display at the ball. They worry about the stress the animal will be put through by relocating and being displayed in such a loud place.
Check out these absolutely amazing photos of a conflict between killer whales and sperm whales. Fewer than a dozen of these encounters have ever been recorded and this is the first one ever observed in the Indian Ocean.
“Whales stranded in Scotland during major navy exercise” from The Telegraph
A recent group of whales became stranded on beaches in Scotland. Animal welfare experts are saying this is a result of major international military activity in the area. Exercise Joint Warrior is Europe’s largest military exercise and takes place twice a year. About 30 ships and 75 aircraft are training off the coast of Scotland for two weeks, and marine mammal experts say that the strandings are a result of stress and noise from these activities.
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