China Ready to Promote “Construction of a Harmonious Ocean”

Written by on December 12, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law

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China supports building of harmonious ocean: UN envoy
At a UN General Assembly meeting on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the UN, said that China is ready to “promote the construction of a harmonious ocean together with other nations.” Liu said that China commends the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) for continuing to fulfill its mandate, and supports the important role of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes. China will work to “contribute to the peace, security and openness of oceans.”

MSC certified herring.

MSC certified herring. Photo credit: Marine Stewardship Council via photopin cc.

DNA results confirm supply chain integrity for MSC certified sustainable seafood
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) recently completed an independent study about mislabeled seafood, comparing seafood with ecolabels to seafood without. Using DNA tests, they found that only three (less than one percent) of the 320 products with an MSC ecolabel were incorrect. In the control group of unlabeled products, 5% were found to be mislabeled. These results show that MSC’s chain of custody is working and that people can be confident that MSC-certified seafood is correctly labeled. The three mislabeled MSC samples are currently being investigated by tracing back through the supply chain and appropriate action will be taken if and when the source of the substitution is found.

NOAA: 11 dead whales in Fla. suffered from malnutrition
On Sunday, a fishermen found 11 dead pilot whales lying near each other in Snipe Point, near Key West. They are believed to be part of a pod of 51 whales originally found stranded in the Florida Everglades last week. Necropsies performed on the 11 pilot whales found in the Florida Keys revealed that they were emaciated and suffering from malnutrition. This could be a result of disease or from being out of their natural habitat. Researchers will test for viruses and any other possible causes of death.

Beached pilot whales in New Zealand.

Beached pilot whales in New Zealand. Photo credit: angieandsteve via photopin cc.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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