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Tourists likely to help pay for reef-restoration projects

Visitors who come to the Florida Keys to see coral reefs may help fund reef restoration projects. Two nonprofit organizations based in the Keys are requesting about $302,500 to help transplant tens of thousands of small corals nurtured in underwater nurseries. Monroe County commissioners, meeting Wednesday at the Marathon Government Center, will decide on recommendations for spending some of the Tourist Development Council taxes levied on visitor accommodations for the underwater projects. The projects have been endorsed by regional TDC advisory committees that allocate tax money collected in their areas. Typically, the proposed grants cover about half the cost on the coral-transplant work. Staghorn corals, the most successful of corals grown and cemented tor reefs, account for the bulk of the restoration efforts but elkhorn and boulder corals also are being transplanted in higher numbers. The Coral Restoration Foundation, a Key Largo organization that pioneered the culturing of staghorn corals,...
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Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Event Already Under Way,…

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The biggest shark to have ever lived was wiped out during a global extinction of the ocean’s megafauna

Updated | The biggest shark to have ever lived was wiped out during a previously unknown global extinction event that saw 36 percent of the world’s marine megafauna disappear. Carcharocles megalodon could reach up to 60 feet in length and had jaws measuring 9 feet wide. It lived from 23 million years ago up until the end of the Pliocene Epoch, around 2.6 million years ago. What caused its extinction has been the matter of debate for many years—shifting environmental conditions, a decline in prey and the emergence of new marine predators all appear to have played a role. However, in a study published in  Nature Ecology & Evolution , scientists found the demise of the megalodon was part of a larger extinction event that affected huge swaths of marine life during the Pliocene (5.3 million to 2.6 million years ago). Tech & Science Emails and Alerts - Get the best of...
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THE BUSINESS OF OCEAN CONSERVATION

Our oceans are worth at least $24 trillion according to a WWF report, so how can we afford not to protect and invest in it like any other business? Water covers 71% of our planet and is, therefore, our largest and most precious natural resource.  Like most natural resources across the globe, businesses extract, consume and profit from the ocean, which is why it’s crucial to start replenishing and protecting this extremely valuable resource. There is a desperate need for large scale and worldwide ocean conservation work to be carried out and these problems cannot be solved by a handful of charities whose limited capacity and strict rules dictate what they can and can’t do with the donated funds.  Charities have done a fantastic job in raising awareness for the problems we are facing and getting the ball rolling with conservation work.  We now need rapid innovation and socially responsible...
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'Make new rules' to save the oceans

Image copyright GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY New rules are urgently needed to protect life in the open seas, scientists have warned. A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no conservation rules as it’s outside national jurisdiction. It says the open ocean is at risk from climate change, over-fishing, deep sea mining, farm pollution and plastics. The authors say one area – the Bay of Bengal - is at a tipping point which could impact on global fish stocks. The report was commissioned to inform delegates preparing a UN resolution on governance of the open ocean. Representatives in New York are preparing a text that could cover everything from establishing marine protected areas to distributing the benefits of valuable biotech products generated from the seas. One of the report’s authors, Prof Alex Rogers from Oxford University, told BBC...
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Scientists Warn That 'New Rules' Are Urgently Needed to Protect the Oceans - The Daily Catch

Source: BBC News/Roger Harrabin - July 13, 2017 in Featured , Politics Photo: Ellmax Photos New rules are urgently needed to protect life in the open seas, scientists have warned. A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no conservation rules as it’s outside national jurisdiction. It says the open ocean is at risk from climate change, over-fishing, deep sea mining, farm pollution and plastics. The authors say one area – the Bay of Bengal – is at a tipping point which could impact on global fish stocks. The report was commissioned to inform delegates preparing a UN resolution on governance of the open ocean. Representatives in New York are preparing a text that could cover everything from establishing marine protected areas to distributing the benefits of valuable biotech products generated from the seas. One of the report’s...
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'Make new rules' to save the oceans

Image copyright GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY New rules are urgently needed to protect life in the open seas, scientists have warned. A report to a UN ocean conference in New York points out that more than 60% of the ocean has no conservation rules as it’s outside national jurisdiction. It says the open ocean is at risk from climate change, over-fishing, deep sea mining, farm pollution and plastics. The authors say one area – the Bay of Bengal - is at a tipping point which could impact on global fish stocks. The report was commissioned to inform delegates preparing a UN resolution on governance of the open ocean. Representatives in New York are preparing a text that could cover everything from establishing marine protected areas to distributing the benefits of valuable biotech products generated from the seas. One of the report’s authors, Prof Alex Rogers from Oxford University, told BBC...
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Jellyfish invasion stirs debate over Egypt's Suez Canal

CAIRO (AP) — Swarms of jellyfish have descended on Egypt's northern coast, keeping vacationers out of the water and stirring debate over a recent expansion of the Suez Canal. The nomad jellyfish, Rhopilema nomadica, is native to the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea but has been turning up in the Mediterranean in growing numbers in recent years. This year was the worst in recent memory. Wary bathers largely avoided the sea during the long Eid al-Fitr holiday last month, and social media was awash with pictures of the purple swarms and advice on how to treat stings. The jellyfish have come through the Suez Canal, which was first built in 1869. It has been expanded on a number of occasions, most recently in 2015, through a multi-billion-dollar project that the government touted as an historic achievement. Egyptian officials deny the recent expansion is to blame, noting that the jellyfish...
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