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Study: $560 Billion Wasted by Bottom Trawling

By MarEx 2018-05-15 22:03:59

Industrial fisheries that rely on bottom trawling to catch fish threw 437 million tons of fish and $560 billion overboard over the past 65 years, finds new research. “Industrial fisheries do not bring everything they catch to port,” said Tim...

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Record Ocean Temperatures Fueled Hurricane Harvey

By MarEx 2018-05-14 17:38:26

In the weeks before Hurricane Harvey tore across the Gulf of Mexico and plowed into the Texas coast in August 2017, the Gulf's waters were warmer than any time on record, according to a new analysis led by the National...

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Study: Marine Protected Areas Won't Matter

By MarEx 2018-05-08 20:28:05

New research from the University of North Carolina concludes that most marine life in marine protected areas will not be able to tolerate warming ocean temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions.  There are 8,236 marine protected areas around the world...

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U.N. Ambassador Issues Urgent Call for Action

By MarEx 2018-05-07 18:06:21

Peter Thomson, the United Nations Special Envoy for the Oceans, has used the first Opening Oceans Conference (OOC) in Copenhagen to highlight the desperate plight of the oceans and the need for a sustained, universal push from the maritime industry...

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Over Three Tons of Pangolin Scales Seized in Vietnam

By MarEx 2018-05-06 21:38:18

The customs office at Saigon Port seized 3.3 tons of pangolin scales illegally imported from Africa on May 3, the second such seizure within a week. The container was declared by Tan Vinh Thinh Trade to contain dried cashew nuts...

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Sea ice along the east coast of Banks Island in the western Canadian Arctic. Photo credit: UVic researcher William Halliday.

Call to Reduce Ship Speed for Arctic Whales

By MarEx 2018-05-05 19:26:22

In the Arctic, marine mammals such as belugas and bowhead whales rely on a quiet environment to communicate and forage. But as Arctic sea ice shrinks and shipping traffic increases, vessel disturbance could very likely impact their social behaviors, distribution...

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New Water-Based Battery Targeted at Renewables

By MarEx 2018-04-30 20:43:11

Scientists from Stanford University in the U.S. have developed a manganese-hydrogen battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is...

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Climate Pledges Vague and Contestable

By MarEx 2018-04-25 19:43:13

A new study by the International Transport Forum at the OECD examines how transport-related commitments in countries’ climate pledges, the so-called Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), will affect national CO2 emissions from transport. Transport CO2 emissions make up around 23...

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F/V Thunder sinking. Credit: Sea Shepherd / Simon Ager

Owner of F/V Thunder Hit with Fine in Spain

By MarEx 2018-04-18 04:38:34

Florindo González Corral, the Spanish fishing tycoon who owned the pirate fishing vessel, the F/V Thunder, has been fined 8.2 million euros ($10.1 million) in a civil case brought by the Spanish government. The F/V Thunder was an INTERPOL-wanted fishing...

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New Zealand Issues Biofouling Guidance

By MarEx 2018-04-16 20:01:05

In March last year, the bulk carrier DL Marigold became the world's first biofouling “casualty.” The vessel was ordered from both New Zealand and Fijian waters for being an invasive species threat, after divers discovered dense fouling of barnacles and...

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