Introducing the First-Ever “Weekly Dive”
Today, we are excited to bring you the first installment of The Weekly Dive – your one-stop shop for the top ocean news (in our opinion) from the week. In addition to must-read ocean news, we’ll also be sharing one user-generated video a week as our way of celebrating all the great ocean content being captured by ocean enthusiasts around the world – people like YOU who are out there in the trenches. And finally, if you come across something great – an article, a photo, a video – feel free to send it our way to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With that, dive in and enjoy…
Canada declares the polar bear a “species of special concern.” This designation is ranked two levels below “endangered” under the Species at Risk Act, and it requires that a comprehensive management plan is developed within three years. (Winnipeg Free Press)
Scientists set out on expedition to study seamounts in the Indian Ocean. Habitats in the seamounts of the Indian Ocean are very vulnerable to fishing and so little is known about them that it’s likely they will find species that were previously unknown. (BBC)
A small fish with big problems. Menhaden is a small forage fish that is a critical food source for animals higher on the food chain. But industrial fishing, which over-uses menhaden for things like fertilizer, has decimated the population. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to reduce harvest of menhaden to allow this important species to recover. (The New York Times)
Move ships, get out the way. Make room for the whales. Whales are gathering in great numbers off the California coast to forage. While an amazing, welcome sight, the whales are at risk of being struck by ships near the busy port of Los Angeles Harbor. In response to these concerns, the US Coast Guard has recommended shifting shipping lanes in the Santa Barbara Channel to put more distance between the ships and the whales. (Los Angeles Times)
Mind-blowing video of the week. Hawaiian big wave surfer Garrett McNamara appears to have shattered the world record for biggest wave ever surfed. He rode the mountain of water estimated to be 90 feet high during a swell off Portugal earlier this week. (Discovery News)