Friday, May 18, 2018

Week in Review May 18, 2018: Bumble Bee Tuna Sting, Trawling Termination on Trial, and More

1. Bumble Bee Tuna CEO Charged with Fixing Prices



The CEO of Bumble Bee canned tuna, Christopher Lischewski, has been charged with fixing canned tuna prices from November 2010 to December 2013.  He allegedly “conspired with others in the industry to eliminate competition.” “Three other people, including a former StarKist tuna company executive, have previously been charged. Stephen Hodge, a former senior vice president for sales at StarKist, pleaded guilty last year to price-fixing.” Two other executives at Bumble Bee have pleaded guilty and paid a $25 million fine.

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2. Pacific Council Protects Critical Ocean Habitat


Red Gorgonian Whip Coral, Deep Sea TrawlingIn April, the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to close an area roughly twice the size of Washington State to bottom trawling. Some 140,000 square miles off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington will be protected, including the "sensitive corals, sponges, and rocky reefs in a region known as the Southern California Bight." For the first time in a fishery management plan, methane seeps are protected as important fish habitat.
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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article210157954.html#storyli

3. Vanuatu First Country to Ban Plastic Straws

Vanuatu Cascade Waterfall, first country plastic straw ban
Vanuatu, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, is the first country in the world to ban plastic straws. They will also end the use of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene takeout boxes by July. “Each year at least 8 million tonnes of plastic makes its way into our ocean," and there are "at least 51 trillion pieces of microplastics already in our ocean with warnings that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our ocean.”
 

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4. Massive Wave Is Southern Hemisphere Record


New Zealand, Campbell Island, Massive Record WaveThe largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere was measured off of  New Zealand. The 78 foot (23.8 m) wave was measured by a buoy off New Zealand's Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean on Tuesday. “The ‘eight-storey high’ wave was generated by a deep low pressure system and 65-knot winds, said Meteorological Service of New Zealand senior oceanographer Dr. Tom Durrant. He said that "surfers in California can expect energy from this storm to arrive at their shores in about a week's time."
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5. New Zealand Woman Collects 10,000 Cigarette Butts, Pushes for Beach Smoking Ban

A New Zealand woman who collected 10,000  cigarette butts from Queenstown beaches is pushing for a smoking ban. Over 30 days Liz Smith collected 10,527 cigarette butts from Queenstown Bay and Frankton Beach and photographed the result to make a "visual statement". She posted her final photo on Facebook  and asked for "yes" responses to show support. More than 3,700 people have responded. Sea Save Editorial Addition: Documenting pollution makes a difference!  #GetTrashy
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6. Lawmakers want plastic-straw ban to fight litter


At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Katy Tang introduced new legislation that would ban the distribution of plastic straws and some other non-biodegradable odds and ends, in another City Hall drive to clean up San Francisco’s chronic trash problem.


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