Below you will find some of the newsclips of the week about marine conservation issues of particular interest to Marine Conservation Institute. What is your opinion on some of these topics?
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the first round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S. The 18 new projects will engage fishermen around the country in the design and implementation of effective catch-share fisheries.
Discarded plastic, industrial waste and unwanted fishing nets are still a growing problem for the world’s oceans, despite decades of efforts to reduce such marine debris. However, a new set of commitments – set out during the recent Fifth international Marine Debris Conference – hope to encourage the sharing of technical, legal and market-based solutions to reduce marine debris. One of the key findings of the conference was the need to improve waste management practices globally. It was said that improvements to national waste management programes not only help reduce the volume of waste in the world’s seas and oceans, but can also bring real economic benefits.
Last month’s tsunami didn’t appear to have seriously hurt the endangered Hawaiian monk seal population, the head scientist of the federal government’s research program for the species said Monday.
Holland America Line on Thursday announced that it is rolling out its new sustainable seafood program. The program stems from a partnership Holland America initiated with the Bellevue, Wash.-based environmental NGO Marine Conservation Institute last year.
Some of the nation’s richest and most important ecosystems lie where the ocean meets the land. It’s these same coastal areas that are going to disappear as sea level continues to rise as a result of climate change. But in one wildlife refuge in North Carolina, conservationists are attempting what would seem to be impossible: fighting back the sea.
The University of Connecticut and California State University researchers found that seafloor communities in a restricted fishing area in NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary showed indications of recovery from chronic fishing gear impacts but is not fully stable.