Other stories worth reading this weekend:
“Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral predicted by model” from U Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
A new study is the first to examine the specific influence of environmental factors on the abundance and distribution of coral species in the Main Hawaiian Islands. The researchers found that wave height was the most influential variable in explaining coral abundance. The methods used in this study will help researchers get more accurate data on coral abundance than field surveys alone.
“Americans eat a lot of shrimp” from Fish Navy Films
Did you know that Americans eat an average of four pounds of shrimp per capita per year? According to the latest blog post from Fish Navy Films, that’s about 631,993 TONS of shrimp per year. Wow.
Blue Flag awards are given to beaches in the UK with exceptional water quality. New standards under the EU Bathing Waters Directive make that award more challenging to obtain. Recently, 55 beaches received Blue Flag awards which is down from 79 in 2012 due to the higher standards.
“Caribbean Talks Conservation on Branson’s Island” from the AP
Political and business leaders of the Caribbean gathered on billionaire Richard Branson’s private island last weekend to discuss the Caribbean Challenge. The Challenge calls for protected zones along at least 20 percent of the region’s coasts by 2020. On Friday, the delegates signed an agreement pledging to establish a framework for a regional approach to conservation.
“Drones ready to hunt illegal driftnets” from The Black Fish
Can a new fleet of drones help put an end to illegal fishing? Check out this post from The Black Fish as they prepare to start searching for illegal driftnets in the Mediterranean with the help of these drones.
“How Penguins Lost Their Ability to Fly” from Discovery
Penguins are exceptionally talented divers but that ability came at a cost. In order to develop such good diving skills, the birds lost their ability to fly millions of years ago.
“Marine Harvest agrees to limit pesticides and seal killings” from The Guardian
Marine Harvest is a Norwegian-owned company that grows 25% of all Scotland’s farmed salmon. They recently volunteered to join Aquaculture Stewardship council’s strict new environment scheme which involves putting a cap on escaped fish and cutting chemical treatments. It will also limit the killing of seals to protect salmon.
“New Center Targets Ocean Contaminants and Human Health” from Scripps News
Scripps Institution of Oceanography is introducing the new Center for Oceans and Human Health which will track natural and man-made chemicals and other contaminants that end up in our oceans and their impact on human health. To learn more, watch the following video.
“Protest makes waves at Marineland” from The Star
World renowned dolphin activist Ric O’Barry joined crowds at Marineland in Ontario on opening day to protest marine mammals in captivity. During the protest, O’Barry publicly challenged Marineland’s John Holer to a debate on the “educational value of captive dolphins.”
“Rainy season first real test for Thailand’s artificial reefs” from Asia One
In an effort to lessen coastal erosion in Thailand, artificial reefs were set up in shallow waters last week. In order to prove their effectiveness, the artificial reefs will have to withstand the upcoming rainy season.
“What’s Eating ‘Keet,’ SeaWorld’s Captive Killer Whale?” from Take Part
Many people are commenting on the dorsal fin of Keet, a 20-year-old male orca at SeaWorld San Diego. Keet’s dorsal fin has collapsed and looks as if other orcas have been chewing on it. Videos have been taken of treatment efforts, but no one is really sure what happened.
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