Last week, officials from the Pew Charitable Trusts met with fishermen, local officials and others to discuss the creation of what would be the Atlantic Ocean’s largest marine reserve. The “Blue Halo” plan would protect waters around Bermuda, beginning 50 miles offshore and extending to the end of its 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Advocates believe the reserve would boost tourism and benefit Bermuda’s fishermen.
According to news reports, the new documentary about SeaWorld’s captive orca program, Blackfish, has led the writers and producers of Finding Dory to change the ending of the movie. An early version of the script ended with many marine mammals being relocated to an aquatic park similar to SeaWorld, but after seeing the film and meeting with the director, the studio made some big changes, signaling an important shift in attitude towards captive marine mammals.
Check out this inspiring segment from NBC’s Nightly News about U.S. military veterans who are transplanting corals to save dying reefs as a part of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge.
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