Commercial fishermen may be able to catch more of the profitable fish they want with marine reserves than without them, according to a study in the journal PNAS led by the University of California, Davis. Using marine reserves as a management tool could also help the recently rebounded West Coast groundfish fishery sustain itself, the study notes.Add a comment
Later this month, the Department of Commerce will sift through public comments on whether 11 marine monuments and sanctuaries are to be opened up for oil and gas exploration.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed an agreement with Martin County, Florida, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District (Corps) authorizing the use of sand from federal waters as part of a hurricane and storm damage reduction project for Hutchinson Island, Martin County, Florida. Benefits from the beach nourishment are expected to reduce erosion along Hutchinson Island, and restore the beach profile following damages from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.Add a comment
NOAA is recommending $4.5 million in funding for 10 new projects through the 2017 Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants competition. These projects will restore roughly 1,400 acres of habitat, and open 70 stream miles for fish passage.Add a comment
On the night of 3 August 2017, two ships collided south of Hong Kong in the approach waters to the Pearl River Delta. According to information obtained from the Tradewinds News, the Japanese GMS chemical tanker Global Apollon and the Pacific International Lines containership Kota Ganteng had a collision, but details remain slim. The Kota Ganteng containership has since sailed onwards to Singapore. The Global Apollon remains at anchor in the waters near the Chinese Guishan Islands just to the South West of Hong Kong's Soko Islands.
According to an article by Mia Rabson in The Canadian Press, the Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously ruled that the National Energy Board (NEB) failed to properly consulting Inuit and didn’t adequately assess the impact on treaty and Indigenous rights of a proposed oil and gas exploration project before approving it in 2014.Add a comment
EPA has released several materials to assist public health officials, States and communities interested in monitoring and responding to cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in recreational waters.Add a comment
A British report looking at the impact of climate change on Jersey's sea levels and coastline was published 3 August 2017.Add a comment
The Spanish government has announced that six Spanish nationals and six Spanish companies involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Southern Ocean have been fined a combined total of more than €5.2 million euros by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment (MAPAMA).Add a comment
Over the last two weeks, NOAA Fisheries has received multiple reports of interactions between boaters and whales in New England waters. During the summer, whales are feeding on small schooling fish and zooplankton called copepods, and have been spotted in coastal areas.Add a comment