Protected waters foster resurgence of West Coast rockfish

Phys Org – West Coast rockfish species in deep collapse only 20 years ago have multiplied rapidly in large marine protected areas off Southern California, likely seeding surrounding waters with enough offspring to offer promise of renewed fishing, a new study has found. The research published in Royal Society Open Science shows that protecting important ocean habitat promotes the Read More…

A sea change in Pacific fish wars

FIS – In ominous times, the world is already at war over fish, and seafood-loving Japan finds itself pitted against fish-hungry nations and region like China, North Korea, Taiwan, and the US. Japan has been losing out to the competition lately, and finds it increasingly difficult to ensure steady supplies to homes and restaurants. Even inexpensive species used for general consumption, Read More…

CDFW Kelp Survey

CDFW – Beneath the waters off the California coast are vast forests that are home to an astounding variety of plants and animals. Their sunlit canopies can soar 150 feet from the ocean’s floor. But instead of trees, these forests are made of kelp. Worldwide, kelp is used in a host of everyday products like toothpaste, pudding, ice cream and even pharmaceuticals. Although kelp is Read More…

Going diving in the tropics? Don’t eat the reef fish!

Phys Org – Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau's ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy. Climate change is expected to lead to sharp declines in Palau's reefs, and this new research suggests that the best tourism management strategy includes a more than 70 per cent Read More…

Hunting for Plastic in California’s Protected Ocean Waters

KQED – California’s marine sanctuaries protect ocean animals from fishing, underwater mining, and drilling. Yet scientists think a more insidious agent may be contaminating their territory: microplastics. Microplastics include both microbeads—tiny plastic beads used as exfoliants in healthcare products—and minuscule synthetic fibers from clothing that are smaller than 5 Read More…

The US proposes to expose key Pacific marine protected areas to…

Huffington Post – This week it was reported that the US is recommending policy adjustments that would allow commercial fishing in two marine monuments or protected areas located in the middle of the Pacific ocean. The Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll have been recommended for reduction by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a report to the President. He proposed amending the Read More…

See it, Save it: Using Images of Deep-Sea Life to Preserve the Seabed

News Deeply – Geoff Shester, a senior scientist at the nonprofit group Oceana, took to the podium at the September meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council as many do – armed with a PowerPoint presentation. The council is responsible for managing the West Coast’s fisheries from the edge of state waters to 200 miles (320km) offshore, and Shester was giving a refresher on Read More…

The Next Resource War May Be Over Illegal Fishing. Is the U.S. Ready?

World Politics Review – This summer, the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first of three new aircraft carriers replacing the aging Nimitz-class supercarriers from the Cold War, was delivered to the United States Navy. This 100,000-ton behemoth—expected to serve the country for more than 50 years—stands ready to fight America’s wars, deter foreign aggression and maintain freedom of navigation at Read More…

Become a citizen of the Trash Isles to protect our oceans

Tree Hugger – A sassy campaign wants plastic trash recognized as an actual country, in hopes of getting official attention. If you've ever had the urge to seek citizenship to another country, now is your chance -- although you might not be able to visit it, exactly. British media group LADbible has launched a campaign to have the 'Trash Isles' recognized by the United Nations as the Read More…

For the Success of Coral Restoration, a Matter of Scale

UN Dark – This past June, Scientists  declared that a third massive global bleaching event, in which large sections of the Great Barrier Reef were damaged, finally seemed to be easing. Despite the relative calm, however, there’s much debate about how to protect these underwater creatures before the next round of bleaching occurs. News stories over the past few years have highlighted Read More…