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What is ocean etiquette?

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A young child learns to appreciate the ocean and enjoy its beauty and fascination. Photo: Claire Fackler/NOAA Knowing how to interact with ocean wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk. Each time someone visits the marine environment, they have the wonderful opportunity to encounter wildlife. However, the unfortunate potential to harm our marine life and resources exists with every visit. Because we love our marine resources and want you to appreciate them, the National Marine Sanctuary System sees every visitor as a potential steward of our sanctuary resources. The Ocean Etiquette program calls on each of you to take on that responsibility. We have listed below a set of general marine wildlife viewing guidelines....
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About IYOR

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The Third International Year of the Reef At the 31st General Meeting (November 2016 in Paris, France), the International Coral Reef Initiative declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef (view the recommendation in French , English , Spanish ) and encourages to: Strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems; Promote partnerships between governments, the private sector, academia and civil society on the management of coral reefs; Identify and implement effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency and sustainable use of these ecosystems and promoting best practices; and Share information on best practices in relation to sustainable coral reef management. ICRI encourages its members to support and participate in planning for IYOR 2018, and to facilitate the development of national level IYOR activities. For more information, contact the ICRI Secretariat . History 1997 was declared the first International Year of the...
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Scotland plans to ban plastic straws by end of 2019

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Scotland is set to become the first UK nation to ban plastic straws , as part of plans to cut down on single-use plastics. The move follows the announcement that the Scottish Government is outlawing the sale and manufacture of plastic cotton buds, one of the most prevalent waste items found on beaches. Parts of Britain, including the remote Shetland Islands , have also set out their own plans to cut down on single-use plastics in an effort to combat pollution. There has been growing concern among the public about the impact of plastic waste on marine life, particularly after the issue was highlighted by BBC series Blue Planet II.  The Independent has launched its Cut the Cup Waste campaign to address the problem of unrecyclable, plastic-lined coffee cups. Ways to reduce your single-use plastic Businesses like Wetherspoon  and Wagamama have already ended the use of plastic straws, as has Buckingham...
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Triggerfish needed to grow reefs, new research finds

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Orange-lined triggerfish. A recent study by marine scientists from WCS found that triggerfish may play a vital role in helping corals grow, specifically by keeping sea urchins in check. Credit: T. McClanahan/WCS. A study of complex coral reef ecosystems in the western Indian Ocean found that one species of fish—the orange-lined triggerfish—may play a significant role in maintaining a reef's ability to thrive and grow, according to investigations by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society). Scientists working for WCS discovered that the orange-lined triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus)—a small but brilliantly colored predatory fish—was consistently found among corals and algae that build reef systems . Triggerfish are known to reduce sea urchin species that degrade reef structure when they become too numerous, and the authors believe this relationship may explain the positive association of these fish species and reef builders. The study titled "Similar impacts of fishing and environmental stress on calcifying organisms in...
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5 biggest threats to our oceans - and what we can do about them

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Surfing, boating, long walks on the beach - yes, we love our oceans. And yet, we treat them horribly, even though we need them to survive. DW takes a closer look at the five biggest man-made threats to these massive bodies of water - and why we should try desperately to save the oceans while we still have a chance. 1. Depleted fish stocks Eating fish and seafood is good for our health and many people worldwide, particularly in low-income countries, rely on these important sources of protein. In the past, the number of fish and other sea creatures caught by humans could be replenished through natural reproduction. Today, however, we take out more than what nature can deliver. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), humans extracted more than 81 million tons of fish and seafood from the oceans in 2015, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to 2014. Around 30 percent of global fish...
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Madagascar: No more fish? We'll farm seaweed instead

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Landing his wooden canoe on the coral-sand coast of Madagascar, just a few steps from his home, fisherman Samba Lahy recalls his childhood: "I started fishing with my parents when I was 18," he told DW. "We used to return home with the pirogue packed with fish." Today, life in Tampolove - a small village in the south of Madagascar - has changed for Lahy and his family. "Resources are rare," he said. For 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of fish per day, fisherman can earn $1 (.87 euros). "On lucky days, a catch goes up to 20 kilograms," Lahy explained. Fishermen have seen fish stocks dwindle over the course of their lifetimes Fish stocks around the world are being put at risk by climate change, overexploitation, pollution and habitat destruction . In Madagascar, this is particularly worrying, as fishing contributes more than 7 percent of the national gross domestic product - and is the backbone of the...
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'First hint' of a puzzling change in Southern Ocean revealed by CSIRO

Researchers aboard an Australian ship undertaking pioneering work in the Southern Ocean have found the "first hint" of a shift in a decades-long trend towards fresher, less dense water off Antarctica. Teams of scientists on the RV Investigator have been profiling the salinity and temperature of water between Tasmania and Antarctica at 108 locations. Dr Steve Rintoul, chief scientist of the RV Investigator voyage, with one of the deep-sea floats. Photo: Peter Mathew They also released the first batch of deep Argot floats to measure conditions as deep as 4000 metres. But it is the early analysis of data on salinity in the so-called bottom waters near the seabed that may stir international debate. "Every time we've measured since the 1970s, [bottom water's] been becoming lighter and fresher," Steve Rintoul, the voyage chief scientist, told Fairfax Media on Monday as the ship took its final ocean profile. "We’ve got the first hint...
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New desalination technology turns the world’s oceans into unlimited lithium mine (+drinking water)

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You know that argument that comes up when someone sees your electric car and says something like, “it is way worse to mine lithium needed for batteries than oil and what happens when the lithium runs out? I saw a Meme on the internet  so I know it is true.”  Well… Fun fact: The earth’s ocean water is full of lithium salts and getting at it will simply be a byproduct of desalinating drinking water from seawater. This process is growing by leaps and bounds, especially as climate change is putting cities like Capetown in water crisis . Sure there are downsides to desalination like scooping up marine life and the incredible energy it takes to produce fresh water as well as what to do with the byproducts. But these are solvable problems, especially as freshwater is dumped into our oceans from the melting ice caps. New technologies like metal-organic frameworks...
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Miami could be underwater in your kid’s lifetime as sea level rise accelerates

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Disputing the ice caps are melting, President Trump insists they're at a record level. He's right they're at a record, a record low. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) explains. Buzz60 The Totten Glacier is the most rapidly thinning glacier in East Antarctica. (Photo: Australian Antarctic Division, AFP/Getty Images) Sea-level rise is accelerating around the world, thanks to ongoing melting of ice sheets in both Antarctica and Greenland, a new study suggests. At the current rate of melting, the world's seas will be at least 2 feet higher by the end of the century compared to today, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Such a rise could leave portions of the world’s coastal cities underwater. It would also increase high tides and worsen storm surges. "This acceleration ... has the potential to double the total sea level rise by 2100 as compared to projections that assume...
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25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

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T he Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In recent years, scientists have made it abundantly clear that humans are driving climate change , but what they’ve only recently found out is how quickly we’re making the Earth more inhospitable. In a new study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they report that the rate at which the climate getting worse is actually increasing each year. In the paper , a team of climate researchers shows evidence that global sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate. Scientists previously thought that sea level rise was constant at 3 millimeters per year or even slowing, but this new study, first-authored by R. Steven Nerem , associate director of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, shows that the annual global average sea level rise has increased by about 0.08...
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Ozone layer continues to thin over Earth's populated areas

The ozone hole reached its largest size of the year on Oct. 2, 2015. (Photo: NASA) The ozone layer that protects us from harmful ultraviolet radiation continues to thin over populated areas of the world, a new study warns. Scientists say the layer is in better shape, however, over the North and South Poles. Ozone has been declining globally since the 1980s. While the banning of the chloroflourocarbons that cause the thinning is leading to a recovery at the poles, "the same does not appear to be true for the lower latitudes," study author Joanna Haigh of Imperial College in London said. Located in the stratosphere, the ozone layer blocks potentially harmful ultraviolet energy from reaching our planet's surface. Without it, humans and animals could experience increased rates of skin cancer and other ailments.  Scientists first discovered the dramatic thinning in Earth's protective sheet in the 1970s and determined the production...
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Earth's Greatest Extinction Event May Have Been Caused by Thinning Ozone

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T he end-Permian extinction, also known as the Permian-Triassic extinction, is one of the greatest mysteries in the Earth’s entire history. Sure, the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, the one that (almost) wiped out all the dinosaurs , was bad, but it pales in comparison to the end-Permian extinction event . This mass extinction event, which began about 251.9 million years ago, wiped out over 90 percent of marine species and more than two-thirds of terrestrial species in about 500 thousand years. But aside from the theory that a massive volcanic eruption probably set this extinction event in motion, scientists don’t have a totally clear idea of what really happened on Earth during this event. Some tiny grains of evidence could change that, though. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, researchers from the Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley, provide...
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11 reasons to avoid supermarket seafood

Supermarkets may be convenient, but they just aren't the best place to shop for meat . And they may not be the best place to purchase seafood, either. Buy it from a reputable fishmonger if possible. If you don't live near a fishmonger, however, the supermarket seafood is probably safe. 11 Reasons to Avoid Supermarket Seafood Gallery We simply want to raise your awareness of a few factors that might influence your buying choices. We understand if you have no other option than to buy your fish at the supermarket; not everyone lives a short distance from a full-on fish market with knowledgeable fishmongers at the ready. The best consumer is an educated one, and when it comes to seafood, it pays to be educated. Do some research into the fish you're buying, and make your decisions based on what's sustainable, how it's caught or farmed, where it's from, and...
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The way the world catches fish defies all economic logic

It’s often said that there are plenty more fish in the sea. For most of human history, that was true. From ancient Minoans to postwar industrial trawl fleets, mankind found wealth from harvesting more and more of the sea’s seemingly endless abundance of creatures. The more fishermen tried, the more their catches grew, such that, between 1950 and the mid-1990s, global fish landings more than quintupled. And then, suddenly, that stopped. Since then, the world has hauled up roughly the same volume of fish out of the ocean each year—about 85 million tonnes, on average. It’s not hard to guess the culprit: overfishing. Similarly well-known is that overfishing is a problem of biology: we’re hauling up too many fish, leaving too few adult ones behind to repopulate. But if fewer and fewer fish are left behind to replace themselves, why have we caught around the same volume of them each...
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#Marine #Etiquette ever heard of it? Here a friendly reminder Knowing how to #interact with #ocean #wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk.Knowing how to interact with ocean wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk. #THEOCEANROAMER #NOOA
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#Madagascar: No more fish? We'll farm seaweed instead The changing #climate is a major pressure on communities across Madagascar #nofish #climatechange Add to the equation that coastal communities like Tampolove are experiencing changing weather patterns. "We are well into the rainy season, but have yet to receive rain," said Richard Badouraly, president of the aquaculture community in Tampolove. "Both farmers and fishers are in trouble."
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Way to go scottie! Scotland plans to #ban #plasticstraws by end of 2019