Policy & Ocean Law

Post about the relationship between governments and marine science around the globe.

“The Smog of the Ocean” — UPSTREAM Battles Plastic Pollution at the Source

Written by on September 4, 2017 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
“The Smog of the Ocean” — UPSTREAM Battles Plastic Pollution at the Source

While many people have heard about the giant “floating plastic garbage patches” in the oceans, the truth is that the issue is neither that simple to describe nor simple to solve.

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The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay: A New National Marine Sanctuary?

Written by on September 8, 2016 in Editor's Choice, Policy & Ocean Law
The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay: A New National Marine Sanctuary?

The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay is in the running to become Maryland’s first national marine sanctuary.

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Improved high seas management need to protect coastal fisheries

Written by on September 7, 2016 in Fish, Policy & Ocean Law
Improved high seas management need to protect coastal fisheries

New research shows that closing fisheries in the high seas could increase catches in coastal waters by 10 percent.

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Drawing the line: the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Written by on September 6, 2016 in Fish, Policy & Ocean Law
Drawing the line: the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

President Obama recently quadrupled the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument from 140,000 to 582,578 square miles.

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Large Marine Ecosystems are important and they need better management

Written by on July 29, 2016 in Policy & Ocean Law
Large Marine Ecosystems are important and they need better management

There are 66 large marine ecosystems in the world and nearly all of them are experiencing ocean warming. A new report highlights ways to better manage them.

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We should “refine and reassess” sea turtle conservation laws

Written by on May 23, 2016 in Policy & Ocean Law, Sea Turtles
We should “refine and reassess” sea turtle conservation laws

Conservation laws need to be “refined and reassessed” in order to more effectively protect sea turtles.

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Using “fishing rights” to have our fish and eat them, too

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Fish, Policy & Ocean Law
Using “fishing rights” to have our fish and eat them, too

Research shows that a different approach to fishery management could double global fish populations by 2050.

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Parrotfish help keep corals healthy

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Coral Reefs, Fish, Policy & Ocean Law
Parrotfish help keep corals healthy

A new study from the University of Queensland (UQ) shows that stricter fisheries regulations are necessary for the survival of Caribbean corals.

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Fish farming expansion plans being challenged

Written by on March 2, 2016 in Fish, Policy & Ocean Law
Fish farming expansion plans being challenged

In January, NOAA announced its plans to expand aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico, but those plans are now being challenged.

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NOAA Fisheries Plans to Improve Bycatch Survivability

Written by on February 26, 2016 in Bycatch, Policy & Ocean Law
NOAA Fisheries Plans to Improve Bycatch Survivability

“Fishermen sometimes catch fish they do not want, cannot sell, or are not allowed to keep; a problem known as bycatch.”

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