The United States might be weakening shark conservation efforts, but there’s great news for sharks on the other side of the world. Brunei has become the first Asian country to implement a nationwide shark fin ban. Now, shark fin sales in the domestic market, the importation and trade of shark products and the catch and landing of all shark species from the waters of Brunei Darussalam is banned.
Scientists are expecting a very large ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico this year. Dead zones refer to areas with less dissolved oxygen in the water and they are called ‘dead zones’ because most marine life either dies or leaves the area. They are typically caused by nutrient pollution, often from agriculture. NOAA-supported forecast models show that the hypoxic ‘dead’ zone in the Gulf of Mexico will be between 7,286 and 8,561 square miles, potentially putting it on the list of top ten largest dead zones ever recorded.
Whole Foods is being praised for a statement made in the grocery chain’s blog about sustainable seafood. The blog states that “we do not currently, nor do we plan to in the future, source Chilean sea bass from the controversial Ross Sea area near Antarctica.” The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is being pressured to restrict or ban sea bass fishing in the Ross Sea due to the species’ low populations and for the general wellbeing of the fragile ecosystem. Whole Foods’ decision not to purchase seafood from the Ross Sea sends a strong message to CCAMLR.
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