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Jean-Michel Cousteau softens opposition to Caymans cruise port development Photo

Jean-Michel Cousteau softens opposition to Caymans cruise port development

Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the famous underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Yves Cousteau, has performed an apparent volte-face and significantly toned down his previously strenuous opposition to a contentious plan to expand Grand Caymans’ George Town Harbor. It is also reported the Cousteau has accepted a role with one of the companies that are funding the planned development.

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Tagged:cayman islands, environment, news
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Shark fin ban Bill passes through House Photo

Shark fin ban Bill passes through House

The Sharks Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019 (H.R.737) has passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 310 vs 107. The bill “makes it illegal to possess, buy, or sell shark fins or any product containing shark fins, except for certain dogfish fins. A person may possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or permit under certain circumstances.

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Canada bans shark fin trade Photo

Canada bans shark fin trade

The BBC reports that Canada is the first G20 country to ban the trade in shark fin. Until the ban, the country was the largest importer of fins outside of Asia, but the new bill “bans the import and export, to and from Canada, of shark fins that are not attached to the shark.”

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Tagged:environment, news, shark fin soup, agony in a bowl
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Florida Shark Fin ban needs support Photo

Florida Shark Fin ban needs support

Legislation has now been tabled in the Florida State Legislature that will end the trade in the fins of sharks or rays. If passed, the ban will include both the fins of animals caught within the state’s waters and fins imported via its ports. Bills have been filed in the Senate (352) and House (99) but they need public support to move forward and be voted into law.

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Paper documents manta mating behavior Photo

Paper documents manta mating behavior

A paper has been published in the journal Fish Biology detailing a 14-year study into the mating and courtship behavior of oceanic (Manta birostris) and reef (Mobula alfredi) manta rays. The study used behavioral observations, video and photographic records to catalog 229 courtship events in the Maldives.

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Spot A Shark USA Photo

Spot A Shark USA

Underwater image maker Tanya Houppermans has shared an article about a new citizen science project that aims to use images of sharks to assists scientists to study sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus). The site allows photographers to load images and then they can be tracked via subsequent images of the animal.

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Tagged:environment, sharks, tanya houppermans
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Maarten de Brauwer: Time to stop mucking around? Photo

Maarten de Brauwer: Time to stop mucking around?

Scientist and researcher Maarten de Brauwer is studying the impact that divers and photographers have on the marine environment. His most recent paper Time to stop mucking around? Impacts of underwater photography on cryptobenthic fauna found in soft sediment habitats was published in the Journal of Environmental Management earlier this year. In this article, he kindly provides a synopsis of his research and some guidelines about ways in which underwater image makers can help avoid inadvertent environmental damage.

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Paper shows relationships between sea bird populations and reef health Photo

Paper shows relationships between sea bird populations and reef health

A paper published in the journal Nature shows a causal relationships between sea birds populations and reef health. A team from Lancaster University has compared reefs in the Chagos archipelago, some surrounding islands that are rat free, and others on which rats have been introduced. The rat free islands have significantly higher populations of sea birds.

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