What is ocean etiquette?

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

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

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

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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