Here’s this week’s roundup of interesting news stories that relate to our work at Marine Conservation Institute. As always, let us know what you think!
Researchers rescue seals caught in marine debris
Researchers rescued nine Hawaiian monk seals caught in fish nets and other marine debris this summer during an annual trip to the Northwestern Islands to monitor and help protect the critically endangered species, and officials said Tuesday.
Iceland halts catching of fin whales
ICELAND has said that no fin whales will be caught around its shores this year, blaming the collapse of the Japanese whalemeat market following the devastating earthquake over four months ago.
Ocean Acidification Event in Portland
Speakers will include Washington Representative Brian Baird, NRDC oceans attorney Leila Monroe, and commercial fisherman Amy Grondin. E2 will also screen NRDC’s new short film, Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification.
Where: White Stag Block, University of Oregon – Portland
When: Monday, September 12, 6:00-8:00 PM.
Stellwagen Proposal Seen Posing New Fishing Limits
The head of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is preparing a proposal for an “ecological research area” that could limit recreational and commercial fishing in Stellwagen for the first time since the protected area was created off Massachusetts in 1993.
A world filled with mysterious millions
For centuries scientists have pondered a central question: How many species exist on Earth? Now, a group of researchers has offered an answer: 8.7 million. Although the number is still an estimate, it represents the most rigorous mathematical analysis yet of what we know — and don’t know — about life on land and in the sea. The authors of the paper, published Tuesday evening by the scientific journal PLoS Biology, suggest that 86 percent of all terrestrial species and 91 percent of all marine species have yet to be discovered, described and catalogued.