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Aerial survey reveals great diversity and abundance in NE Canyons Marine National Monument

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 10:03:45 EDT ~ Airborne marine biologists were amazed by the sheer abundance and diversity of large marine wildlife in their recent aerial survey of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the only marine national monument on the East Coast, about 150 southeast of Cape Cod. Find out more...

Halting biodiversity loss: Political actions are required, not additional scientific knowledge

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:35:02 EDT ~ Over 15 years, almost 13,000 scientific papers have been published in the leading conservation science journals. Yet biodiversity remains threatened at a global scale. Researchers have now focused on this worrisome paradox by taking a deeper look at this large volume of literature. One of the major problems is that decisions are usually more favorable to human activities than to nature protection. Find out more...

National survey shows ocean and coastal recreation is big business

Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:04:19 EDT ~ A new report by social scientists reveals that viewing or photographing the ocean was the top activity for ocean lovers in the U.S. in number of participants, days spent, and how much people paid to do it. Find out more...

Can social media networks reduce political polarization on climate change?

Mon, 03 Sep 2018 15:29:19 EDT ~ Political bias often leads to polarization on topics like climate change. But a new study has shown that exposure to anonymous, bipartisan social networks can make a striking difference, leading both liberals and conservatives to improve their forecasting of climate-change trends. Find out more...

Tracking marine migrations across geopolitical boundaries aids conservation

Mon, 03 Sep 2018 11:34:10 EDT ~ A new study uses tracking data for 14 species of migratory marine predators, from leatherback turtles to blue whales and white sharks, to show how their movements relate to the geopolitical boundaries of the Pacific Ocean. The results provide critical information for designing international cooperative agreements needed to manage these species. Find out more...

Better fisheries management could help offset climate change's negative effects, research suggests

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:39:02 EDT ~ New research shows a more prosperous global future is possible if both climate change and sustainable fisheries management are addressed now. Find out more...

Protect key habitats, not just wilderness, to preserve species

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 14:38:18 EDT ~ Some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth's surface to preserve most of its species. A new study, however, cautions that it's the quality, not merely the quantity, of land we protect that matters. To preserve biodiversity more fully, especially species with small ranges, governments should expand their conservation focus and prioritize key habitats outside wildernesses and current protected areas. The study identifies where some of the most urgent conservation gaps occur. Find out more...

Preemptive overfishing: Promising to solve environmental problem may initially worsen it, study suggests

Mon, 27 Aug 2018 18:07:49 EDT ~ As ocean conservation efforts kick into high gear amid concerns over climate change, food insecurity and habitat degradation, a disturbing phenomenon may also be on the rise: preemptive overfishing in a given area in anticipation of impending conservation policies. Find out more...

New study highlights shark protections, vulnerability to fishing

Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:51:13 EDT ~ A new analysis shows that the habitats of three shark species (great hammerhead, tiger, and bull sharks) are relatively well protected from longline fishing in federal waters off the southeastern United States, but that that some prime locations are still vulnerable to fishing. Find out more...

Shortcoming of ITQ systems for fisheries

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:08:20 EDT ~ Individual transferable quota systems for fisheries around the world may be ideal for some fisheries, but they can exclude rural, indigenous, low-income and next-generation fishermen from the industry, according to a new article. Find out more...