The Weekly Dive, Vol. 12
Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!
Overfishing: a different kind of loss. A recent study shows that we stand to gain a lot from improved fisheries management: overfishing results in a loss of over $4 billion, and 100,000 jobs worldwide per year. The most impacted fish studied were cod, herring, and whiting. [New Economics Foundation]
A Google spin: “riverview.” Rivers provide a crucial connection between land and sea, carrying important nutrients and sediment, as well as pollutants that harm ecosystems downstream. A project called Riverview is under way to document all US rivers, giving people virtual access to the outdoors and raising awareness of the importance of our waterways. [NY Times]
Siphoning the impact of Costa Concordia. Teams have just begun round-the-clock work to remove the 500,000 gallons of fuel on board the cruise ship that was run aground, claiming 32 lives. The effort to prevent the gas from escaping and causing an environmental disaster is expected to take 28 days. [Washington Post]
Rescuers’ budget cut amid mass dolphin stranding. Researchers in Cape Cod are struggling to unravel the largest common dolphin stranding on record; 177 have come ashore since January and over 100 died. Despite incredible rescue efforts (video link), looming cuts to federal grants put rescuers’ operations in doubt. [Cape Cod Times]
Fisheries monitoring 2.0. A Spanish ship is the first to be outfitted with an array of electronic sensors being tested for monitoring fishing activity. They may eventually replace human observers that collect fishing data and serve as a crucial step in management and enforcement of sustainable fisheries. [Sacramento Bee]
Fishers are hooked. A study of fishermen in developing countries found that half of them would stick with their trade even if their catch fell by 50%. Fishers in developed countries were even less likely to stop fishing than those in poorer ones, who may already have more diversified livelihoods. [Science Daily]