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Protecting the Ocean

Protecting the Ocean
World’s Largest Single Marine Reserve Created in Pacific The area around the Pitcairn Islands is one of the most pristine places on Earth. Swimming With Wildlife in the Seychelles Meet some of the wildlife enountered on the latest Pristine Seas expedition to the Seychelles. Value passed to resize filter must be a valid URL. Gabon Unveils Huge Marine Reserve The protected area will cover 18,000 square miles of ocean—home to great hammerhead sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, and tiger sharks. The Antarctic's New Way to Melt Ice shelves lose more mass through melting where the ice meets the sea than by shedding icebergs, a new study says.

Sea Shepherd Investigation Results in Indictments for Serving Whale Sushi in California February 1, 2013 Pennywise lead singer Zoli Teglas shows his support for Sea ShepherdFile Photo Back in 2010, Sea Shepherd activist, pelican rescuer and lead singer for Pennywise Zoli Teglas discovered that the Hump Restaurant in Santa Monica was serving whale meat to special customers. Sea Shepherd responded with an investigation and sent in undercover activists to gain the trust of the sushi restaurant until they were able to become special customers. Whale sushi was ordered and pieces of the whale were placed in plastic bags for DNA analysis. With this evidence, Sea Shepherd brought in Louie Psihoyos and his crew from Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), the producers of the film, "The Cove." Sea Shepherd and OPS worked with the United States government to send activists back into the Hump wired with mics to secure further evidence. This evidence led to the closing down of the Hump Restaurant at the Santa Monica Airport. The story can be found in the L.A.

Oceans & Marine Life Science 25 Things You Can Do To Save Coral Reefs [photogallery/photo00018790/real.htm] American Cetacean Society The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions. Endangered Whales Fact Sheet Fisheries Facts Important information from Ocean Legacy about the state of our fisheries. Be sure to surf their site to see what you can do to help! Friends of the Sea Otter Premier sea otter advocacy organization. Institute for Marine Mammal Research Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, IMMR provides programs in conservation, rehabilitation, and research while also helping rescue and rehabilitate injured dolphins. Marine Coloring Book Learn about the importance of keeping our oceans, rivers, and lakes free of debris with this printable coloring book. The Otter Project Dedicated to protecting the California sea otter. Save the Whales Working to educate the public and shift public policy since 1977. See also:

Japan halts whale hunt after Sea Shepherd clashes Updated Thu 21 Feb 2013, 10:35am AEDT Sea Shepherd is claiming victory after Japan temporarily suspended its annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean. On Wednesday the anti-whaling group claimed two of its boats, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, were rammed by a Japanese ship in Australian Antarctic waters. It said the attacks happened after they were ordered to leave the area by one of the boats in the Japanese whaling fleet. It also claimed armed Japanese coastguards threw "concussion grenades" at activists on the ships. Japan's fisheries agency has denied those reports, but confirmed that one of its factory ships, the Nisshin Maru, rammed two boats belonging to Sea Shepherd. However, it said the clashes happened after activists came too close to a Japanese vessel which was refuelling. Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research has announced it has stopped work for the time being because it is too difficult to refuel. "They're losing tens of millions of dollars," he said.

Our Endangered Oceans | Environmental News, Articles & Information | Global Warming News | EcoWorld Posted on 23 April 2007. Editor’s Note: One of the most compelling reasons to report on the oceans is because it is here that sweeping changes are happening now, not in 50-100 years. The final destruction of the major ocean reef habitats as well as the collapse of major fish populations is well underway. As of 2007, both may be destroyed beyond repair within a few years. The encouraging news is this doesn’t have to happen. It is difficult to know where to begin when reporting on the world’s oceans, after all, Earth is a water planet. CO2 in the air becomes carbonic acid as it is absorbed by the ocean, reportedly increasing the acidity of the world’s oceans to the highest levels seen in hundreds of thousands of years. - Ed “Redwood” Ring Ocean Update – What happens to the oceans affects us more than changes to the land or air. by Daniela Muhawi, February, 2007 A Right Whale slowly sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Everything in the ocean has a purpose. Corals are not only important to fish.

Pêche durable : comment bien choisir son poisson ? Le poisson, je n’en mange pas toutes les semaines. J’adore ça et les enfants aussi mais nous mangeons souvent végétarien à la maison. Parfois, je vais au marché couvert pour compléter mes courses et je passe devant l’étal du poissonnier. Me vient alors l’envie de cuisiner un poisson au four, que je servirai juste avec un filet d’huile d’olive et quelques gouttes de sauce tamari. Devant les dorades, les filets de saumon et les dos de cabillaud, je zieute toutes les étiquettes. Dans une autre vie, j’achetais du poisson selon mes envies. Pêche durable : comment bien choisir son poisson ? # 1 : On se renseigne, avant de faire sa liste des courses, sur les poissons de saison. # 2 : On n’achète pas les poissons qui sont cités sur la liste Rouge de Greenpeace. A la place, on privilégiera des poissons moins consommés, moins chers mais tout aussi bons (maquereau, saurel, pagel par exemple). # 3 : On vérifie la taille des poissons.

Earth: our water world Rich biodiversity Life began in the oceans, and continues to thrive in its diverse habitats. With as many as 100 million species - from the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, the blue whale, to the tiniest bacteria - marine biodiversity far outweighs that on land. And new species are being discovered all the time. Vital role for life on land... The oceans also have a huge influence on us landlubbers. ...and shapers of human history The oceans have also shaped human history, culture, and lives - and continue to do so.

Oceans Food, work, fun, adventure, sport and life – not many things can give us all those things in one. Every day the oceans give us the air we need to breathe; the weather to grow crops; water to support the smallest to the largest animals on earth and 80% of all species; vast ice flows to help regulate our climate; millions of jobs and a life-time of pleasure. Send us your favourite ocean image and it could be featured here! You and I are alive right now because of the oceans. They are home to the largest animal our planet has ever known – the now-endangered blue whale - but there are still huge areas of ocean that humans have never seen. Earth's longest mountain range is not on land but under the sea - the Mid-Oceanic ridge system, which winds around the globe from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic. More people have stood on the moon than dived the deepest ocean trench and less than 5% of all the oceans have been explored. We can do it. The oceans support billions of us.

Overfishing 101: How Ocean Fish Populations are Managed in the U.S. – National Geographic News Watch In the second post of a special series to mark the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, a law that is helping to rebuild America’s depleted ocean fish populations and ensure their long-term sustainability, Lee Crockett looks at some of the basics of why all Americans should care about how our fish are managed. By Lee Crockett Fish are an essential component of life in the world’s oceans, with the state of their populations serving as a bellwether of the health of ocean life overall. Pollution, habitat destruction and overfishing (removing fish from the ocean faster than they can reproduce) have impoverished our oceans. All too often the discussion around the issue of overfishing has been limited to a small group of stakeholders such as fishermen, conservationists and scientists. Understanding Overfishing Overfishing is a problem that affects the entire marine environment, extending far beyond just the species being caught. Footnotes:

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