The following are all news stories from this week which relate to Marine Conservation Institute’s conservation efforts. A lot of stuff is going on! What do you think about it?
Study: Changes to ocean expected to damage shellfish around world
CNN: Massive global greenhouse gas pollution is changing the chemistry of the world’s oceans so much that scientists now predict it could severely damage shellfish populations and the nations that depend on the harvests if significant action isn’t taken.
High risks on the high seas
The Boston Globe: THE WORLD’S oceans provide a crucial environmental safety valve: The blue territory that covers 70 percent of the globe absorbs 80 percent of the heat we are adding to our climate, and about a third of carbon dioxide we are emitting into the atmosphere. A recent report by the International Program on the State of the Ocean, however, has found that the oceans may not be able to sustain these burdens much longer.
Keeping Sea Life
Brookings Institution: We still imagine the high seas as a place beyond limits, thick with undiscovered and exotic life below the surface—and if not souls, at least fish. Indeed, the sea is full of stuff and mystery. However, this abundance does not mean we should act like there’s so much that we will never run out. We will, and we have already for some species.
*Take note of the mention of Papahanaumokuakea and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands!
Lionfish derbies in Florida Keys help eliminate invasive species
Examiner.com: Divers collecting lionfish during the 2011 Florida Keys lionfish derbies are doing more than enjoying a day on the water; they are raising much needed awareness about invasive species as well as contributing to science. Tuesday, officials from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary issued a report about the lionfish events being presented in conjunction with the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF).
Tour giant funding project to raise resistance of coral reefs in the Maldives
Minivan News (Independent News for the Maldives):Travel giant Kuoni, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and local environmental consultancy Seamarc have launched a comprehensive project to protect coral reefs and address the impact of climate change in the Maldives.