Friday, August 4, 2017

Week in Review: International Talks Begin: How Should We Regulate Open Ocean?, Mexico: Dolphin Shows Banned, Largest Dead Zone in History: Gulf of Mexico and more...

1. Nations Start Talks Aimed at Protecting the High Seas


bluefin tuna, tunaThe United Nations diplomats have started talks to protect the high seas.  The high seas equate more than half of our oceans and are beyond the jurisdiction of any one country.  After two years of talks, diplomats are taking steps to negotiate a treaty creating marine protected areas.  They will have to negotiate how much to protect and how to enforce the new rules.  Many would like 30 percent set aside as reserves, and the U.N. nations have already agreed to at least 10 percent.
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2. Mexico City Bans Dolphin Shows


“Mexico City just passed a set of laws that prohibits performances, therapy and scientific research involving captive dolphins.”  Fines will be 113,000 to 300,960 pesos.  Those housing dolphins have three months to comply with the new laws. Dolphin Discovery Six Flags Mexico is rated “sixth worst dolphinarium in America.”
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3. Largest Ever Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico


dead fish, fishThe meat industry is being blamed for the largest dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Toxins from fertilizer and manure from companies like Tyson Foods are causing algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico.  When the algae dies, it uses up the oxygen in the water column and the animals there flee or die from lack of oxygen.  NOAA is going to announce that at least a 8,200 square mile area (the size of New Jersey) dead zone has been found.
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4. Marine Sanctuaries and Monuments - Open Call for Public Comment

national marine sanctuaries logo

The Department of Commerce has extended the public comment period to August 15, 2017 for the review of our National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine Monuments.  There are 11 marine protected areas in the U.S. and 5 marine monuments including the vast Hawaiian Papahānaumokuākea area of 582,578 square miles. Comment here



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5. Arctic Iceberg is Troubling for Sea Level Rise

Petermann glacier, glacier, iceberg, Greenland ice sheet
Researchers are more worried about the iceberg the size of 3 Manhattans that broke off of an Arctic glacier than the Delaware-sized iceberg that broke off of Antarctica recently.  “You could call it the canary in the coal mine. If that big glacier there is changing quickly, and it is, it's a worrying sign for what's happening in the rest of Greenland.”  Land-based glaciers of Greenland are responsible for global sea-level rise.  The Petermann glacier is 10 percent of the Greenland ice sheet and it alone melting could raise sea levels by one foot.
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