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Student cruise offers lessons on ocean life
staradviser.com

Since 2005 the NOAA research vessel Sette has designated a week out of the year so students can learn what type of work the crew and scientists do. Students collect oceanographic data, and participate in Monk seal research and marine debris removal work to reduce the threat to marine life.

NOAA Begins National Survey of the Economic Contributions of Saltwater Angling
noaa.gov
NOAA is again surveying saltwater anglers across the nation to update and improve estimates of the overall economic contributions of saltwater recreational fishing to the U.S. economy.

New study shows marine ‘networks’ can protect fish stocks
eurekalert.org

University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science faculty were part of an international scientific team to show that strong links between the corals reefs of the South China Sea, West Pacific and Coral Triangle hold the key to preserving fish and marine resources in the Asia-Pacific region.

Surfers transform plastic into fuel
surfertoday.com
Surfers Without Borders have presented the results of the “Plastic to Oil” demonstration, held at the Orella Stewardship Institute. The new technology allows everyone to transform normal everyday plastic into gasoline, kerosene and diesel for your surf trips.

BP reneges on deal to rebuild oyster beds, repair wetlands, Louisiana officials say
nola.com

BP has reneged on promises made in November to negotiate early payments to Louisiana to help rebuild oyster beds, repair damaged wetlands and build a fish hatchery to allow the state to respond immediately to the collapse of commercial fisheries in the wake of the BP Gulf oil spill, state officials said Monday. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority chairman Garret Graves and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries director Robert Barham said the state will instead scramble to find millions of dollars to begin the work itself, then bill BP for the costs.

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