On the Tide

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Commission Hears Final Testimony on North Coast Ocean Protection Plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today in Sacramento, the Fish and Game Commission is holding a public comment hearing on plans for a network of underwater parks, or marine protected areas (MPAs), along California’s north central coast (between Half Moon Bay and Point Arena). After today’s meeting, the Fish and Game Commission is expected … Continue reading Commission Hears Final Testimony on North Coast Ocean Protection Plan

Slide Show: Glimpses of Undersea Life at Nation’s New Marine Monuments

Scientific AmericanBy David Biello With a stroke of his pen, former President George W. Bush created three new marine monuments some 2.5 times larger than the entire U.S. national park system. The ocean reserves in the remote Pacific are bigger than Texas—335,000 square miles (540,000 square kilometers) of ocean in all concentrated around U.S.-controlled islands—and … Continue reading Slide Show: Glimpses of Undersea Life at Nation’s New Marine Monuments

Obama admin proposes major spending for fishery cap-and-trade plan

The New York TimesBy ALLISON WINTER The Obama administration is proposing significant new spending on a proposed cap-and-trade regulatory scheme for fisheries — a major overhaul in fishery management and a bid to halt the decline of wild fish stocks. In its fiscal 2010 budget request, the administration is asking for $18.6 million for “catch-share … Continue reading Obama admin proposes major spending for fishery cap-and-trade plan

Scientists solve mystery of missing basking sharks

The Christain Science Monitorby Pete Spotts Head south, young basking shark. Way, way south. And way deep, while you’re at it. That’s the unexpected advice the world’s second largest fish seem to be taking — at least in the Western Atlantic. To some marine scientists, the newly discovered itineraries these gentle giants follow could have … Continue reading Scientists solve mystery of missing basking sharks

Abalone are treasured — nearly to extinction

The Seattle TimesBy Craig WelchSeattle Times environment reporter The authorities popped him near the docks in Port Angeles. On a March afternoon in 1994, a sleek fishing boat — not-so-subtly named the Abalone Made — came ashore after puttering around Freshwater Bay. The waiting cops nabbed the captain and seized his contraband: 188 specimens of … Continue reading Abalone are treasured — nearly to extinction

SA to create large marine-protected area around Prince Edwards Islands

Engineering NewsBy: Chanel Pringle 8th May 2009 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Friday gazetted a proposal to create one of the world’s largest marine protected areas (MPAs) surrounding the Prince Edwards Island group, comprising Marion Island and the Prince Edwards Island in the Southern Indian Ocean. This would also be South … Continue reading SA to create large marine-protected area around Prince Edwards Islands