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COP21 Paris results in historic global agreement Photo

COP21 Paris results in historic global agreement

The United Nations COP21 meeting has just ended and has resulted in the first international agreement to control CO2 emissions. The delegates agreed to enact measures to keep temperature increase below 2°C (3.6°F), to balance emissions and sinks in the second half of this century, to review progress every 5 years and to earmark $100 billion to help developing countries achieve these goals.

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NOAA reopens Florida shark fishery Photo

NOAA reopens Florida shark fishery

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has decided to open commercial shark fishing at Jupiter, Florida. This targets all species of shark found in the area, including lemon (Negaprion brevirostris), tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier), and hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) sharks. It is perhaps important to note that NOAA has not proposed any form of catch limit on the fishery, nor any measures to prevent the commercial fishing of shark protected by CITES.

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Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling Photo

Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling

The Japanese government has announced that it plans to resume whaling in the Southern Ocean this year. This is in direct contravention of a ruling from the International Court of Justice. The BBC reports that the Japanese have announced a reduced quota for the number of whales killed under the guise of scientific research. (Image from Shutterstock).

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New paper tracks humpback movements Photo

New paper tracks humpback movements

A new study, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal has used satellite tracking tags to study the novel migratory patterns of endangered South Pacific humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Among the unexpected findings is the fact that the whales spend time “hanging out” around seamounts during their migrations. (Image from Shutterstock)

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Seaworld to continue orca shows Photo

Seaworld to continue orca shows

Contrary to many early reports, Seaworld is revising not ceasing its shows with captive orcas. The new strategy for its California based parks is that the company will replace that act with a more “informative” experience in a more natural setting that will carry a “conservation message inspiring people to act.” (Image by Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)

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Good news for marine conservation Photo

Good news for marine conservation

In two separate announcements, Cuba has stated that it is implementing a management strategy for the sharks in its waters, and the nation of Palau plans to create a marine reserve that’s about 193,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers) in size.

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Hurricane Patricia to hit Mexico Photo

Hurricane Patricia to hit Mexico

Hurricane Patricia is about to make landfall on the Mexican Pacific coast. The storm has strengthened and the BBC is reporting that it is now the “strongest storm to hit the Americas”. For all those that are in the path of the storm, we hope that you and your loved ones are in a place of safety. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

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Oceanography for Everyone community launches Photo

Oceanography for Everyone community launches

Oceanography for Everyone is designed to create a community for the sharing open-source hardware and tools for monitoring and understanding the marine environment. Within each project, there are “resources, build guides, 3-D printer codes, code repositories, and, eventually, databases”. The site is working closely with the OpenROV project to create tools that can be deployed from or by the ROV.

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NOAA warns of third coral bleaching event Photo

NOAA warns of third coral bleaching event

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared that the third global coral bleaching episode is now underway. The event began in the north Pacific in 2014, is expected to expose 95% of corals in the U.S.A. to bleaching conditions by the ned of 2015, with a similar effect on reefs globally. (Image from [Shutterstock)(http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-208937023/stock-photo-shallow-corals-begin-to-bleach-in-eastern-indonesia-bleaching-is-usually-caused-by-sea-temperature.html?src=Lp66Amrj7pR7pKIIAnQnZg-1-3))

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