Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/24

France removes toxic tyres from failed reef project

man in straw hat watching tyres being winched out of the sea by a boat“Teams of divers are painstakingly lifting an artificial reef made of tens of thousands of old car tyres from the seafloor south of France, after it was found to spread pollution from toxic chemicals.
The operation is costing well over a million euros ($1.1m; £898,000) and is part-funded by the tyre manufacturer Michelin as well as the French state.
The divers are supported by a boat with lifting equipment.
Fish had been avoiding the area.
Local fishing association leader Denis Genovese told AFP news agency that some types of fish swam around the collection of tyres, while “no species really got used to it”.”

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Fonte: BBC News, 23 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/24

Uma a uma, marcas estão a dizer adeus aos plásticos

“Primeiro uma, depois outra e outra. Aos poucos, as marcas têm vindo a insurgir-se contra os plásticos, sobretudo depois de a Comissão Europeia ter anunciado que iria propor a proibição de objetos de utilização única e que facilmente podem ser substituídos por materiais mais sustentáveis, como é o caso das palhinhas, dos cotonetes, dos talheres de plástico ou dos suportes plásticos para balões.
McDonald’s, Starbucks, Lidl, IKEA, Adidas, Marriott, Intermarché e PepsiCo são algumas das marcas que já anunciaram que iriam contribuir para a redução do plástico, encontrando alternativas mais amigas do ambiente, como palhinhas de papel ou copos de vidro ou de porcelana.”

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Fonte: ECO, 23 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/24

Ocean acidification may reduce sea scallop fisheries

“Each year, fishermen harvest more than $500 million worth of Atlantic sea scallops from the waters off the east coast of the United States. A new model created by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, predicts that those fisheries may potentially be in danger. As levels of carbon dioxide increase in the Earth’s atmosphere, the upper oceans become increasingly acidic — a condition that could reduce the sea scallop population by more than 50% in the next 30 to 80 years, under a worst-case scenario. Strong fisheries management and efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, however, might slow or even stop that trend.”

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Fonte: Science Daily, 21 de setembro de 2018

island-conservation-invasive-species-preventing-extinctions-scott-islands-national-wildlife-area“The expansion of the Scott Islands protected area to include 11,546 square kilometers of surrounding marine ecosystem aims to protect both seabird biodiversity and threatened marine wildlife.
Lying just off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the Scott Islands are home to the highest concentration of breeding seabirds along Canada’s Pacific coast. The five islands which make up the archipelago are vital to over one million seabirds which return each year to nest and breed.”

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Fonte: Island Conservation, 13 de setembro de 2018

Resultado de imagem para singularity hub““You really can’t justify tuna in Chicago as a source of sustenance.” That’s according to Dr. Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic Society Explorer who was the first female chief scientist at NOAA. She came to the Good Food Institute’s Good Food Conference to deliver a call to action around global food security, agriculture, environmental protection, and the future of consumer choice.
It seems like all options should be on the table to feed an exploding population threatened by climate change. But Dr. Earle, who is faculty at Singularity University, drew a sharp distinction between seafood for sustenance versus seafood as a choice. “There is this widespread claim that we must take large numbers of wildlife from the sea in order to have food security.””

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Fonte: SingularityHub, 16 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/20

UN Considers Globally-Managed Protected Areas on High Seas

alt“On Monday, South Africa and other national participants in the UN high seas treaty talks raised the possibility of global enforcement mechanisms for marine protected areas (MPAs). The proposed institutional arrangements would be able to both designate and manage conservation zones in international waters.
In a statement, the South African delegation called for a global approach to managing high seas resources, and it outlined an ambitions regulatory agenda. The statement called on negotiators to:
– define a process to identify, designate, manage and enforce a global network of MPAs;
– create a mechanism for a global monitoring and surveillance of MPAs;
– and create a mechanism for addressing non-compliance.”

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Fonte: The Maritime Executive, 10 de setembro de 2018

Resultado de imagem para un environment“Lamu, Kenya 15 September 2018 – Amid the rising momentum to beat plastic pollution globally, Kenya will today see the launch of the world’s first 100% recycled marine plastic boat into the Indian Ocean. The project, aptly named the FlipFlopi, used thousands of repurposed flip-flops and ocean plastic collected on beach clean-ups along the Kenyan coast for the construction of the prototype.
After completion of trails at sea, the Flipflopi prototype will be embarking on a groundbreaking 500km expedition from Kenya’s Lamu island to Zanzibar in Tanzania. Departing early 2019, the team will be visiting schools, communities and government officials along the way – sharing messages on how to beat plastic pollution and contribute to conservation.”

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Fonte: UN Environment, 16 de setembro de 2018

“A ministra do Mar, Ana Paula Vitorino, garantiu esta quinta-feira, em Lisboa, que a ausência de limites à pesca da sardinha iria, no espaço máximo de três anos, levar à inexistência de capturas deste pescado.
“Se não houver nenhum limite, dentro de dois ou três anos não teríamos pesca da sardinha”, disse Ana Paula Vitorino, em resposta aos deputados, durante uma audição parlamentar na Comissão de Agricultura e Mar.
A governante notou que é necessário existir um ponto de equilíbrio entre o Governo, Bruxelas e o contexto socioeconómico dos pescadores no que toca à definição de restrições. “A pesca é algo que queremos proteger, mas temos de proteger também o pescado”, vincou.”

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Fonte: Jornal de Notícias, 6 de setembro de 2018


Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/19

Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe

Resultado de imagem para pew logo“In the past, ministers responsible for fisheries have often set fishing limits or Total Allowable Catches (TACs) over and above the scientific advice in the interests of short-term economic gains. The CFP’s legally binding deadline to end overfishing now requires ministers to end this practice.
Sustainable fishing will benefit stocks, the marine ecosystem, and fisheries. In time, it will also bring substantial gains to the fisheries sector. However, decades of entrenched, expedient decision-making will not end easily.”

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Fonte: Pew Charitable Trusts

e20180918 birdlife sem nome.png“In October, the Pink-footed Shearwaters begin to arrive on Robinson Crusoe Island, off the coast of Chile.

Having travelled on an incredible migration up the Western coast of the Americas all the way to Alaska and then back down again, they settle on the small island to lay their eggs and raise their young. Some will succeed in this endeavour, flying out to sea to catch fish which will sustain them and their young over the breeding season. Others, however, will not be so fortunate. While diving for a tasty fish, they will collide with a trawl cable or be caught in a large fishing net. This process, where seabirds are accidentally killed by industrial fishing operations is known as ‘bycatch’, and it is one of the biggest threats to seabirds.”

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Fonte: BirdLife International, 18 de setembro de 2018

e20180918 sem nome.png“O Clube de Lisboa e a Fundação Oceano Azul organizam, na manhã do dia 26 de setembro, o debate “Sustainability and Geopolicy of the Oceans”.

O painel conta com as intervenções de Paul Rose, líder das expedições da National Geographic “Pristine Seas” e de Tiago Pitta e Cunha, presidente da comissão executiva da Fundação Oceano Azul.”

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Fonte: Clube de Lisboa, 7 de setembro de 2018

e20180918 tallinn_36031.jpg“The European Union participates in the annual meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO), taking place in Tallinn, 17 to 21 September 2018.
In particular, the representatives of the 12 Contracting Parties will  deliberate on the setting of the total allowable catch (TAC) for fish stocks to ensure their sustainable management. The EU will seek solutions based on the best available scientific advice, aiming to ensure sustainability for the stocks and predictability for the industry’s future. In addition, the EU will strongly support long-term management approaches for key stocks such as Greenland Halibut and cod in the Flemish Cap.”

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Fonte:European Commission, 14 de setembro de 2018

Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef“The database brings together plans from around the world, enabling researchers to improve future plans and save species from extinction.
The number of protected areas for conservation is rising rapidly, and this trend is set to continue as international policy targets are set in the face of a ‘biodiversity crisis’: the rapid loss of species and degradation of ecosystems.
However, despite the vast number of studies and plans for protected areas, there is no easy way to find information on methods, trends, and progress in how to plan for these conservation areas.”

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Fonte: Imperial College London, 11 de setembro de 2018

A close look at insects being used for fish feed“A West Australian research program using soldier fly pupae as fish feed could be a game changer for Australian aquaculture, according to one of the industry’s leading scientists.
Craig Lawrence, an internationally acclaimed 25-year veteran currently running the WA Department of Fisheries’ freshwater research and hatchery, said a long-term soldier fly trial on barramundi and rainbow trout diets could deal with one of aquaculture’s biggest problems; its use of more fish per kilogram than it actually produces.”

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Fonte: ABC News, 12 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/17

California Sea Lions Keep Getting Shot by Fishermen

01-og-california-sea-lion-shooting-nationalgeographic_1519324.adapt.676.1“EVERY MORNING KEEPERS at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium shake rattles and blow whistles to let Cruz—a 225-pound sea lion—know it’s time for breakfast. He’s blind, so his keepers rely on sound, touch, and scent to guide him around his enclosure.
Cruz’s story began in 2013, when rescuers found him stranded on a crowded beach in Santa Cruz, California. The rescue team says he appeared exhausted, underweight, and altogether helpless. But it was his eyes that worried them most—the left one was foggy, and the right eye was missing.”

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Fonte: The National Geographic, 17 de agosto de 2018

U.N. Makes a Bold Move to Protect Marine Life on the High Seas“The bluefin tuna is one of the biggest, fastest fishes in the ocean. Its streamlined body can sprint at up to 45 miles per hour in pursuit of its prey. Reaching some 500 pounds, this giant once dominated the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. But humans have hunted the bluefin for thousands of years. In the last century stocks have been decimated. The Pacific population is now just 2.6 percent of its original size.
Many other species that live in the high seas—the two thirds of Earth’s oceans that lie beyond national waters—are suffering a similar fate. There is no universal law protecting biodiversity. “This is a massive gap, a literal hole in the middle of the ocean,” says Lance Morgan, president of the Marine Conservation Institute, a U.S. nonprofit focused on ocean protection.”

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Fonte: Scientific American, 7 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/14

Whales given protection from noise and fishing nets

Key resolutions protecting whales have been adopted at a meeting of the IWC.“Whales finally got some good news on Wednesday after a proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic was defeated at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission the day before.
Three resolutions were adopted at a meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil, on the third day of the 67th annual meeting of the IWC.
One, recognising the crucial role of whales in ecosystems, was voted on and got through despite opposition from Japan.
The other two – mitigating the threats among cetaceans of both noise pollution and getting entangled in ghost gear – were adopted by consensus.”

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Fonte: The Sidney Morning Herald, 13 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/14

Want to combat climate change? Take care of our oceans

Ocean Warming“To avoid the worst consequences of climate change, state and business leaders, climate advocates and philanthropists must collectively recognize the vital role of the oceans when they gather this week for the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
The oceans are warming and turning more acidic at alarming rates, threatening the physical safety, food security and livelihoods of Californians and people around the world. It is not too late to act, but time is of the essence.
Ocean ecosystems absorb roughly one-third of global carbon dioxide emissions and more than 90 percent of the planet’s additional atmospheric heat. This buffering role has been helpful, but it is changing the oceans in ways we can no longer ignore.”

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Fonte: The Sacramento Bee, 10 de setembro de 2018

Most plastic in the ocean is not visible on the surface“The vast majority of plastic in the world’s oceans is hidden below the surface, with millions of tons being buried in the seabed every year, new research suggests.
Scientists have long been puzzled as to why real-world surveys cannot account for all the plastic known to be flowing into the oceans every year.
Now the first computer models to track plastic have revealed more than 99.99% of it is out of sight.”

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Fonte: Sky News, 13 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/13

Does Europe care about overfishing in the Baltic Sea?

“The European Commission’s proposed quota for the very fragile Eastern Baltic cod stock significantly surpasses scientific recommendation, warns Lasse Gustavsson, reminding that overfishing isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for the economy too.
Lasse Gustavsson is the Executive Director of Oceana in Europe, the world’s largest international advocacy organisation focused solely on marine conservation.
Every year the European Commission (EC) publishes its annual proposal for fishing limits. The proposal from the Commission should be based on scientific advice, but, this isn’t always the case and as a result we have had decades of overfishing in EU waters. This is jeopardising the future of fisheries and our common resource: fish!”

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Fonte: EurActiv, 12 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/12

Oceana Goes to London to Protect UK Seas

Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director, Oceana Europe. Photo: Oceana 
“Oceana, the largest international ocean advocacy organisation, has opened the organisation’s office in London to strengthen Oceana’s policy and research work to protect marine life and restore fish populations in the United Kingdom (UK).
“Oceana is joining the marine conservation community in the UK at a turning point in public engagement and concern for the oceans. Now we need to move beyond conserving the oceans to actually restoring marine life and rebuilding fish populations,” said Lasse Gustavsson, executive director of Oceana in Europe.”

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Fonte: MarineLink, 11 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/12

The World’s Largest Ocean Cleanup Has Officially Begun

“Ambitious dreams have now become a reality as the Ocean Cleanup deploys its $20 million system designed to clean up the 1.8 trillion pieces of trash floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Check out another Forbes piece on how Ocean Cleanup aims to reuse and recycle the ocean plastic.
The floating boom system was deployed on Saturday from San Francisco Bay and will undergo several weeks of testing before being hauled into action. The system was designed by the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup, which was founded in 2013 by 18-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat. Their mission is to develop “advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.””

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Fonte: Forbes, 10 de setembro de 2018

Resultado de imagem para the washington post“PORTLAND, Maine — The National Marine Fisheries Service is sending more than $6 million to nearly 30 marine conservation projects as part of its Species Recovery Grant Program.
The grants are designed to help marine species that face threats in the wild. Four of the awards are going to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, which will do an assessment of how fishing impacts endangered North Atlantic right whales.
The Maine department is also getting grants designed to help the salmon population, which has been the focus of years of conservation efforts in the state.”

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Fonte: The Washington Post, 11 de setembro de 2018

e20180911 FOTO-barco-de-pesca-3-610x310“A organização Human Rights at Sea, do Reino Unido, assinou uma parceria com a organização não governamental Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF), do Botswana, para aumentar a consciencialização sobre os direitos humanos a bordo das embarcações de pesca, refere a Safety4Sea.”

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Fonte: Jornal da Economia do Mar, 5 de setembro de 2018

logo_publico“O comissário europeu do Ambiente, Assuntos Marítimos e Pescas, Karmenu Vella, afirma que as autoridades portuguesas vão utilizar o Fundo Europeu dos Assuntos Marítimos e das Pescas para apoiar seis projectos para a recolha de lixo do mar por pescadores e também para a remoção de material de pesca perdido e lixo marinho entre o período de 2014-2020.

Em entrevista por email ao PÚBLICO, Karmenu Vella aconselha o Governo a partilhar informação com outros países para “desenvolver melhores práticas” e reduzir a “discrepância” nos resultados destas operações.”

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Fonte: Público, 10 de setembro de 2018

e20180911 sem nome.png“ILLEGAL, unreported and unregulated. The business of off-the-books ocean fishing, abbreviated to IUU by acronym-loving international organisations, is a big one, worth many billions of dollars a year. Estimates of the annual catch landed beyond the authorities’ notice range from 11m to 26m tonnes. That is on top of an official catch of a bit under 90m tonnes a year. Given the belief of most fisheries scientists that even permitted extractions are doing great damage to marine ecosystems, this is worrying. But policing the oceans is hard, meaning that, more often than not, IUU fishermen get away with it..”

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Fonte: The Economist, 6 de setembro de 2018

default-preview“Se a conferência sobre alterações climáticas na Universidade do Porto, com oradores que negam a influência humana no aumento do CO2 na atmosfera, conseguiu reunir 100 pessoas no dia de arranque, a Marcha Mundial do Clima, que se realizou neste sábado, conseguiu mais de um milhar de pessoas só em Lisboa. Para além da capital, marchou-se em simultâneo no Porto, em Faro e em 800 cidades de 80 países — como Paris, Lima ou Nova Iorque.”

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Fonte: Público, 9 de setembro de 2018

“We are seeking qualified candidates to manage the in-country implementation and delivery of an exciting new project to establish the first marine protected areas around the island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe. Employed directly by FFI and under secondment to FPT, you will be based on the island of Príncipe.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 16 September 2018.

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Fonte: Fauna & Flora International

logotipo dn 183952_196072783754374_196651_n“Sob o lema “Parar o petróleo! Pelo clima, justiça e emprego!”, mais de 40 organizações portuguesas de ambiente, movimentos cívicos, sindicatos e partidos políticos vão sair às ruas de Lisboa, Porto e Faro às 17:00 para “exigir que não se inicie a exploração de combustíveis fósseis e se faça uma transição justa e rápida para as energias renováveis”.
Em declarações à Lusa, Francisco Ferreira explicou “que a marcha visa também que os combustíveis fósseis deixem de fazer parte da ementa energética na medida em que são os principais responsáveis pelas emissões de gases com efeitos de estufa e pelas alterações climáticas”.”

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Fonte: Diário de Notícias, 6 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/07

UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitation

UN treaty“The first significant steps towards legally protecting the high seas are to take place at the UN in New York.
These waters, defined as the open ocean far from coastlines, are threatened by deep-sea mining, over-fishing and the patenting of marine genetic resources.
Over the next two years, government representatives aim to hammer out a binding agreement to protect them against over-exploitation.
But several nations, including the US, are lukewarm towards the proposals.”

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Fonte: BBC News, 4 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/06

Pacific countries target more value from fisheries

Large-scale and small-scale fishing in the waters off Madang in Papua New Guinea.“Increasing the yield of the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery shows the greatest potential for growth.
The Pacific tuna fishery provides 60 percent of the global catch with around two-thirds of it coming from Forum countries’ waters.
The Forum Fisheries Agency, or FFA, reports positive economic growth figures within these fisheries.
However, Pacific stakeholders say more can be done.
FFA figures show two-thirds of the catch is taken by foreign vessels and as much as 90 percent of the fish is processed overseas.”

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Fonte: RNZ, 3 de setembro de 2018

Marine conservation: tracking species migration and protecting biodiversity“A study published on 3 September in Nature Ecology & Evolution used one of the most extensive datasets available on the movement of large marine animals ― part of the Census of Marine Life’s Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project ― to track the migratory behaviour of 14 species across geopolitical boundaries. This included leatherback turtles, Pacific bluefin tunas, white sharks, sooty shearwaters, and California sea lions, among others. The researchers found that the species cumulatively visited 37 jurisdictions while some, such as the near-threatened Laysan albatross, spent more than 75 per cent of their time in the high seas.”

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Fonte: European Scientist, 3 de setembro de 2018

“Scientists have discovered what they say is an “unbelievable” 85-mile stretch of coral reef off the eastern coast of the United States.
Researchers uncovered the reef some 160 miles from the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, this week, while examining deep-sea ridges and mounds that divers discovered earlier this summer.
The scientists long suspected the mounds were covered in coral, researcher Erik Cordes said. When they dove half a mile under the water this week to investigate, they found “mountains of it”.”

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Fonte: Independent, 28 de agosto de 2018

Dia 8 marcha-se para 'Parar o petróleo! Pelo clima, justiça e emprego'“Subordinada ao tema ‘Parar o petróleo! Pelo clima, justiça e emprego!’, a Marcha Mundial do Clima está marcada para o próximo dia 8 de setembro, pelas 17h00, em Lisboa, Porto e Faro. Mas não será apenas em território nacional que se caminhará em prol desta causa. Aliás, esta Marcha está associada à mobilização internacional ‘Rise for Climate’, que unirá milhões de pessoas em centenas de cidades por todo o mundo.”

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Fonte: Notícias aos Minuto, 3 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/05

The strange deep sea creatures off Scotland’s coast

Fish“Some of Scotland’s strangest looking marine creatures are being found among some of its most unusual marine features.
A team of scientists is surveying three separate deep sea marine protected areas.
The first of the sites is the Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area.
It lies west of the Shetland Islands and is a large rift basin that separates the Scottish and Faroese continental shelves.
In the sponge belt, sponges gather in aggregations nicknamed “cheesy-bottoms” due to their appearance.”

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Fonte: BBC News, 3 de setembro de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/04

2018 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Awards

e20180904 1280_EHfOTDR2vS41.jpg“NOAA Fisheries has awarded more than $2.3 million to partners around the country to support innovative bycatch reduction research projects through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Bycatch of various species–fish, marine mammals, or turtles–can have significant biological, economic, and social impacts. Preventing and reducing bycatch is a shared goal of fisheries managers, the fishing industry, and the environmental community.”

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Fonte: NOAA Fisheries, 15 de agosto de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/04

FARNET Flash: August 2018

e20180904 26c76af2-805e-461f-89a8-a37e1bf20404.jpgVer último número da newsletter da FARNET aqui.

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Fonte: FARNET, 30 de agosto de 2018

e20180904 polvo-1024x768.jpg“A 3ª Semana do Polvo decorre de 7 a 16 de Setembro, em Quarteira, e propostas gastronómicas não vão faltar.

Este ano, 31 restaurantes dão a conhecer a versatilidade gastronómica do polvo, em propostas que alternam entre a cozinha tradicional portuguesa e a internacional.”

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Fonte: Sul Informação, 28 de agosto de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/04

CCMAR está a recrutar!

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Fonte: CCMAR, 20 de agosto de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/03

New Zealand court squashes seabed mining proposal

Resultado de imagem para surfer logo“Between Antarctic ice melting faster than predicted, expanding plastic gyres and the Trump administration rolling back all kinds of environmental protections, the earth has been in need of a win as of late. Luckily, New Zealand’s High Court came bearing good news yesterday when they ruled in favor of environmental groups appealing a 2017 Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decision that would have allowed seabed mining off the coast of South Taranaki.”

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Fonte: Surfer, 28 de agosto de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/03

French and U.K. Fishing Boats Clash in ‘Scallop War’

the-new-york-times-logo-featured“LONDON — It’s been called the “scallop war” — a simmering rivalry that spilled out into the open again this week when French and British vessels clashed in the English Channel, French fishermen tossed what appeared to be smoke bombs at their rivals, and the British called on the Royal Navy for protection.
Video footage on French state television and on social media showed about 35 small French fishing boats menacing five larger British vessels early Tuesday morning in a stretch of international waters that separates Britain from the rest of Europe, just off the northwest coast of France.”

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Fonte: The New York Times, 29 de agosto de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/09/03

Climate change imperils our fisheries and fishermen

A spring fishing trip off the southwest Washington coast aboard the Iron Lady.  (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)“A few years ago, the “warm blob” — a huge area of abnormally warm water that spanned from southern California to Alaska — triggered a harmful algal bloom that closed Dungeness-crab and razor-clam fisheries along the West Coast, contributed to sea lion pup deaths and dramatically decreased the productivity of fish populations. It made it clear that our ocean is changing, and we have to be prepared.”

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Fonte: Seattle Times, 31 de agosto de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/08/31

‘Huge’ decline in rare seabird numbers

Arctic skua“Scotland’s population of Arctic Skuas could become extinct if the decline in numbers is not halted, according to a study by the RSPB.
It believes there are just 550 pairs of the seabird left in Scotland, a fall of 81% since 1992.
The study looked at 33 colonies in Orkney, Shetland and Handa.
It identified a reduction in the availability of sandeels to Arctic skuas at the crucial time of year they need to feed their young.
The study was carried out by the RSPB’s Centre for Conservation Science and published in the Journal of Animal Ecology.”

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Fonte: BBC News, 29 de agosto de 2018

“A Plataforma Algarve Livre de Petróleo continua a luta por uma região livre de exploração de hidrocarbonetos. Depois de uma primeira acção de crowdfunding bem sucedida que nos permitiu custear os honorários de um escritório de advogados para interpor uma providência cautelar que adiasse o início dos trabalhos de prospecção, é agora fundamental dar seguimento à acção principal no tribunal, bem como à impugnação da decisão da Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente, para terminar de vez com esta ameaça. Ajude-nos!”

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Fonte: PALP

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/08/30

EU fisheries: Commission accused of lacking ambition

Fishing Defra 800 Photo: PA“The attack comes as part of a public consultation exercise launched by the Commission on fishing opportunities for 2019, under the common fisheries policy (CFP).
The aim of the exercise is to allow Europeans to express an opinion on the way in which levels of fishing effort and quotas are set according to the new common fisheries policy.
The contributions received, as well as the outcome of a seminar on the state of the stocks and the economics of fishing fleets that will take place in September, will feed into the Commission’s much-awaited proposals on fishing.”

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Fonte: The Parliament Magazine, 29 de agosto de 2018

image“As dawn breaks across the beach and the first rays of sunlight illuminate the turquoise waters of southern Vietnam’s Ninh Hai coastline, fishermen are already hauling in their nets of shimmering, slithering silver fish. Here, in Nui Chua National Park, the sea is the backbone of the economy and the key source of sustenance for local families, many of whom have been fishermen for generations.
Ninh Hai plays host to the richest levels of marine biodiversity of any coastal region in Vietnam, providing a habitat for approximately 310 species of coral, 304 species of reef fish and an endangered species of sea turtle.”

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Fonte: UN Environment, 27 de agosto de 2018

Global fisheries could still become more profitable despite global warming“Global commercial fish stocks could provide more food and profits in the future, despite warming seas, if adaptive management practices are implemented. Even so, yields for nearly half of the species analyzed are projected to fall below today’s levels.
Researchers from Japan’s Hokkaido University, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) found that harvesting sustainable amounts of seafood globally over the next 75 years can lead to higher total food production and profits, even taking into consideration the fish populations which are projected to decline as the ocean warms and habitats change.”

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Fonte:, 29 de agosto de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/08/29

The Environmental Cost of Deep-Sea Mining

alt“There is growing interest in opening up the deep-sea to industrial mining for copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, rare earths and other metals. But at what cost?
The International Seabed Authority (ISA) was established in 1994 under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is responsible for deciding whether, how and under what conditions, mining could be permitted in the international area of the seabed, an area equal to about a third of the earth’s surface. has already issued 29 contracts to companies and state agencies from China, Korea, Japan, UK, Germany, Belgium, France, Russia, Brazil, India, Poland and a number of South Pacific countries to explore for metals in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.”

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Fonte: The Maritime Executive, 24 de agosto de 2018

Image: Cigarette butts ocean cleanup“Environmentalists have taken aim at the targets systematically, seeking to eliminate or rein in big sources of ocean pollution — first plastic bags, then eating utensils and, most recently, drinking straws. More than a dozen coastal cities prohibited plastic straws this year. Many more are pondering bans, along with the states of California and Hawaii.
Yet the number one man-made contaminant in the world’s oceans is the small but ubiquitous cigarette butt — and it has mostly avoided regulation. That soon could change, if a group of committed activists has its way.”

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Fonte: ABC News, 27 de agosto de 2018

Publicado por: pongpesca | 2018/08/29

Tourism plays lead role in conservation

“MINISTER for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau believes the tourism industry’s has to play a leading role in the conservation of a marine ecosystem.
This after the minister visited Mana Island Resort and Spa earlier this week to survey the resort’s conservation efforts for the decreasing turtle population in the Mamanuca Group.
“We have to understand that it’s very important for the tourism industry to be actively involved in conservation activities,” he said.
“We are trying to work closely with the tourism industry in conservation to ensure that our marine life is protected.”

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Fonte: The Fiji Times, 26 de agosto de 2018

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