Oceans

New Partnerships Shield Vulnerable Small Island States

New Partnerships Shield Vulnerable Small Island States

  By Suzanne Maxx NEW YORK, New York, July 19, 2016 (ENS) – United Nations Headquarters was bustling with activity on Monday, full beyond capacity as island dwellers from around the world gathered for the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership...

 

World Environment Day Targets Wildlife Crime

World Environment Day Targets Wildlife Crime

  NEW YORK, New York, June 5, 2016 (ENS) – The first international accord to end illegal fishing went into effect today in celebration of World Environment Day. The pact is now legally binding for the 29 countries and the European...

 

Northern Great Barrier Reef Loses 35% of Its Corals

Northern Great Barrier Reef Loses 35% of Its Corals

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, May 31, 2016 (ENS) – One-third of the corals in the northern and central parts of the Great Barrier Reef are bleached out and dying due to climate change, according to Australian researchers. The...

 

UK Sushi Fraud Probe Finds 10 Percent Mislabeled

UK Sushi Fraud Probe Finds 10 Percent Mislabeled

  MANCHESTER, England, April 12, 2016 (ENS) – Critically endangered species of fish are being sold in UK sushi restaurants without accurate labeling, finds new research by scientists at three British universities. Overfished species...

 

Satellite Data Helps Detect Harmful Algal Blooms

Satellite Data Helps Detect Harmful Algal Blooms

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 9, 2016 (ENS) – Freshwater polluted by harmful algal blooms costs the United States at least $64 million every year, by government estimates. Now four federal agencies are collaborating on a $3.6 million research...

 

Taiwan’s Endangered Pink Dolphins Attract U.S. Allies

Taiwan’s Endangered Pink Dolphins Attract U.S. Allies

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 7, 2016 (ENS) – U.S. conservation groups are petitioning the federal government to protect pink Taiwanese humpback dolphins under the Endangered Species Act to help prevent the extinction of a population that...

 

Heat Stress Killing Corals on Great Barrier Reef

Heat Stress Killing Corals on Great Barrier Reef

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, April 6, 2016 (ENS) – The most pristine section of the world largest coral reef is experiencing the worst mass bleaching event in history, scientists have determined during aerial and in-water...

 

Obama Halts Atlantic Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing

Obama Halts Atlantic Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 17, 2016 (ENS) – The Obama Administration is withdrawing the middle and southern Atlantic seaboard from its next five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan after objections from the Pentagon and from coastal...

 

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...

 
 
 
 

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