The Weekly Dive, Vol. 2
Welcome to the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we keep you updated on the top ocean news from around the world with some fun stuff mixed in as well. With that, dive in to this week’s news!
Nordic countries have agreed to ban fish discards. Throwing unwanted bycatch overboard is a pervasive and wasteful practice in the fishing industry. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark will require that fishermen in the Skagerrak Strait must land all their catches – a great step towards more sustainable fisheries. [The Guardian]
The Coral Sea may soon be the world’s largest marine protected area. The government of Australia is “on track” to implement protections for the Coral Sea, 51 percent of which would be a no-take area. The proposal is under fire from fishermen, who believe more should be left open to fishing, as well as conservationists, who believe more space should be fully protected. [FIS]
Manta ray protections will expand, with the recent agreement by the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) to list the giant manta ray under CMS Appendix I and II. This means member countries must provide strict national protections, and encourages further global conservation action. [The Sacramento Bee]
Rescued birds appear healthy and ready for release following the oil spill in New Zealand. A bright spot in the sad story of the country’s worst environmental disaster, the first recovered penguins were set free this week and can return to their ocean home. [Treehugger]
Video of the week! We present you with a satellite view of our beautiful planet “Earth” brought to you by the International Space Station. We see a whole lot of blue and like it.