Study reveals Arctic Ocean started getting warmer decades earlier…

Helsinki Times — An international group of researchers reconstructed the recent history of ocean warming at the gateway to the Arctic Ocean in a region called the Fram Strait, between Greenland and Svalbard. Using the chemical signatures found in marine microorganisms, the researchers found that the Arctic Ocean began warming rapidly at the beginning of the last century as warmer and saltier Read More…

Ocean mapping of US waters reaches major milestone

KXAN — NOAA has now mapped two million square kilometers of the ocean with a high resolution, multi-beam sonar system. Two million square kilometers is equivalent to more than 772,000 square miles or roughly more than one quarter of the size of the lower 48 United States. The 2 million square kilometers milestone was reached while mapping the Blake Plateau off the coast of the southeastern Read More…

For the Oceans Foundation takes lead for Ocean Conservation for Costa…

The Tico Times — There is growing international interest in the conservation of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, a vast area of largely thriving but threatened ocean stretching Southwest from Costa Rica’s coast to the Galapagos. Taking a lead is Ecuador whose President Ecuador Guillermo Lasso recently committed to building an international effort, including Costa Rica, to protect a marine Read More…

MSA reauthorization debated in US House of Representatives

SeafoodSource — Two bills that would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act received a hearing on Tuesday, 16 November, in the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife. As U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) said in a statement, the hearing was “one of contrasts,” as lawmakers reviewed his proposal and one by Subcommittee Read More…

Canada is failing fisheries: Fewer than one-third considered healthy

Financial Post — Today, Oceana Canada released its fifth annual Fishery Audit , showing that despite significant government commitments and investments, the health of Canada’s wild fish has not improved in the last five years. Fewer than one-third of Canada’s fisheries are considered healthy (30.4 per cent, compared to 34.5 in 2017). Sixteen per cent are in the cautious zone and 17 per Read More…

Ocean temperature patterns drive the West’s wintertime storm tracks

PhysOrg — About 20,000 years ago, large ice sheets loomed over North America, and researchers thought the ice, itself, pushed storms south, drenching the Southwest and leaving the Pacific Northwest dry. Now, a new CIRES-led study finds that ocean temperatures are the real culprit behind the dramatic shift in atmospheric circulation. The work, published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters Read More…

NOAA Bottom Trawl Survey finds warmer waters and declining fish…

KNOM — Every year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, conducts the bottom trawl survey, using a net to collect samples of the sea life that resides near the bottom of the ocean floor. The survey examines elements of marine life such as fish population sizes, distribution of species across the Bering Sea, fish diets and environmental data. Although the survey had Read More…

The world created about 8 million tons of pandemic plastic waste, and…

The Washington Post — Some 8 million metric tons of pandemic-related plastic waste has been created by 193 countries, about 26,000 tons of which is now in the world’s oceans, where it threatens to disrupt marine life and further pollute beaches, a recent study found. The findings, by a group of researchers based in China and the United States, were published this month in Read More…

In a first, a California tribal marine sanctuary seeks federal…

The Hill — A marine sanctuary that runs 140 miles off the Central California coast is hoping to become a federally recognized sanctuary to protect marine life and preserve Indigenous sacred sites. The Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary is the first tribally nominated sanctuary, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) making a public announcement today that Read More…

Spill cleanup improves, but fisheries to remain closed

Antelope Valley Press — Five weeks after a ruptured underwater pipeline spilled crude in the waters off Southern California, cleanup crews have cleared about a third of the shoreline and the amount of oily waste collected is tapering, an official said, Friday. Fisheries remain closed and aren’t likely to reopen before the final week of the month, said Lt. Christian Corbo of the Read More…