Oceans

Taiwan Warned of Looming Fishery Collapse

Taiwan Warned of Looming Fishery Collapse

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, February 4, 2016 (ENS) – The number of coastal fish species in northern Taiwan has dropped by 75 percent over the past three decades, finds a newly published study by Taiwanese researchers. Along...

 

Canada’s Trudeau Orders Tanker Ban on B.C. North Coast

Canada’s Trudeau Orders Tanker Ban on B.C. North Coast

  OTTAWA, Canada, November 13, 2015 (ENS) – Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today instructed his incoming cabinet members to work together to “formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s...

 

Palau Delights in Vast Pacific Marine Sanctuary

Palau Delights in Vast Pacific Marine Sanctuary

  NGERULMUD, Palau, November 4, 2015 (ENS) – The Pacific island nation of Palau has created a new marine sanctuary the size of California that will be the world’s sixth largest protected ocean area. Palau’s President...

 

Eight Arctic Nations Join Forces for Coastal Security

Eight Arctic Nations Join Forces for Coastal Security

  NEW LONDON, Connecticut, October 31, 2015 (ENS) – Coast guard agencies of the eight Arctic nations Friday officially signed a joint statement establishing a new intergovernmental security body – the Arctic Coast Guard Forum. Membership...

 

Six Die as British Columbia Whale Watching Boat Sinks

Six Die as British Columbia Whale Watching Boat Sinks

  TOFINO, British Columbia, Canada, October 30, 2015 (ENS) – Five people have lost their lives and another is missing and presumed drowned after a whale watching trip off the west coast of Vancouver Island went wrong on October 25. The...

 

Obama Cancels Arctic Oil Leases After Shell Pull-out

Obama Cancels Arctic Oil Leases After Shell Pull-out

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 18, 2015 (ENS) – “In light of current market conditions and low industry interest,” the U.S. Department of the Interior says it will cancel the two potential Arctic offshore lease sales scheduled...

 

Chile Protects Three Areas of Pristine, Fragile Ocean

Chile Protects Three Areas of Pristine, Fragile Ocean

  VALPARAISO, Chile, October 5, 2015 (ENS) – Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet today announced the designation of three new marine sanctuaries in Chilean waters, including the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, the largest...

 

New Zealand to Establish Extensive Ocean Sanctuary

New Zealand to Establish Extensive Ocean Sanctuary

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand, October 3, 2015 (ENS) – To safeguard a unique, pristine ocean environment, New Zealand intends to create a new sanctuary in the Kermadec Islands region of the South Pacific, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles)...

 

Sea-Girdled Taiwan Creates First Central Marine Agency

Sea-Girdled Taiwan Creates First Central Marine Agency

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, September 1, 2015 (ENS) – Taiwan is establishing a new government agency to coordinate and implement the island country’s marine policies and strengthen conservation of its ocean environment. Taiwan’s...

 

Toxic Algae Contaminate Two of the Three U.S. Coasts

Toxic Algae Contaminate Two of the Three U.S. Coasts

  SEATTLE, Washington, August 12, 2015 (ENS) – A record-breaking algal bloom continues to spread across the North Pacific from as far north as the Aleutian Islands to as far south as southern California. At the same time, this year’s...

 

Arctic Nations Pledge to Prevent Unregulated Fishing

Arctic Nations Pledge to Prevent Unregulated Fishing

  OSLO, Norway, July 19, 2015 (ENS) – The five states that surround the central Arctic Ocean on Thursday signed a declaration to prevent unregulated commercial fishing on the high seas of the 1.1 million-square-mile so-called “donut...

 

One of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Ships Hits a Snag

One of Shell’s Arctic Drilling Ships Hits a Snag

  DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska, July 7, 2015 (ENS) – In another setback for Shell Oil’s summer Arctic drilling plans, a ship headed for the Shell prospect in the Chukchi Sea off northwest Alaska was forced to return to Dutch Harbor...

 

BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster

BP Agrees to Pay $18.7 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 2, 2015 (ENS) – British oil giant BP has reached agreements with the United States, five States and many local governments totaling $18.7 billion to settle all civil claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon...

 

Bunker Fuel Spill Fouls Vanouver’s English Bay

Bunker Fuel Spill Fouls Vanouver’s English Bay

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, April 10, 2015 (ENS) – The Marathassa, a Korean bulk grain carrier on its first voyage, is the source of the heavy bunker fuel oil that spilled into the waters of English Bay in Vancouver Wednesday,...

 

Madagascar’s New Shark Sanctuary Protects 19 Shark Species

Madagascar’s New Shark Sanctuary Protects 19 Shark Species

  ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, February 13, 2015 (ENS) – The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society has assisted the Government of Madagascar to create the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new law to safeguard...

 

Goverments Will Forge First Treaty Protecting Global Oceans

Goverments Will Forge First Treaty Protecting Global Oceans

  NEW YORK, New York, January 27, 2015 (ENS) – Government representatives from around the world agreed Saturday to develop the first legally-binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas and international seabed, an area...

 

Single Hull Oil Tankers Barred From U.S. Waters

Single Hull Oil Tankers Barred From U.S. Waters

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 2, 2015 (ENS) – As of January 1, 2015 single-hull oil tankers are no longer allowed in U.S. waters. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990, passed after the disastrous 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William...

 

Obama Bars Oil Industry From Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Obama Bars Oil Industry From Alaska’s Bristol Bay

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama today designated the waters of Bristol Bay as off limits to oil and gas leasing for exploration, development or production. This action safeguards one of the nation’s...

 

Sunscreens, Cosmetics Found in Antarctic Waters

Sunscreens, Cosmetics Found in Antarctic Waters

  CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, December 10, 2014 (ENS) – Polluting chemicals found in personal care products such as cosmetics, soaps and sunscreens has been discovered in waters off Antarctica at the same levels as many urban areas,...

 

Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Obama Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 26, 2014 (ENS) – In the remote reaches of the Pacific Ocean, President Barack Obama Thursday created the world’s most extensive marine reserve by expanding a National Monument established in the waning...

 
 
 
 

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