IN BRIEF - Saving the albatross: 'The war is against plastic and they are casualties on the frontline'
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
We are living in a plastic age and the solutions may seem glaringly obvious, so why aren’t all 7.6 billion of us already doing things differently? Shocking statistics don’t guarantee effective change. So what’s the alternative? American photographer and filmmaker Chris Jordan believes the focus should be on forcing people to have a stronger emotional engagement with the problems plastic causes. His famous photographs of dead albatross chicks and the colourful plastic they have ingested serve as a blunt reminder that the planet is in a state of emergency.
While making his feature-length film Albatross, Jordan considered Picasso’s approach: “The role of the artist is to respect you, help you connect more deeply, and then leave it up to you to decide how to behave.”
Most nature documentaries devote their final few minutes to hopeful solutions, but Jordan avoids this. He simply shines a light on the crisis facing the huge colonies of Laysan albatrosses on the remote Pacific island of Midway. “There’s something so archetypal about these legendary birds and seeing bright colours of ocean plastic against dead sterility is a powerful symbol for our human culture right now. We’re in a state of emotional bankruptcy,” says Jordan.
KAMPALA – Makerere University’s Department of Zoology and Fisheries sciences has entered a partnership with RUFORUM and Carnegie Foundation to help fish farming communities boost their earnings through value addition.
The research fellowship according to the university will also contribute to improvement in the areas of fish feed formulation, fish production through the integrated farming system and multidisciplinary approaches.
The University says it will train graduate students on post-doctoral fellowship and research in key areas of aquaculture and that these will come up with new innovations to boost the sector.
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest research report card.
The effects are already being felt locally along the Oregon Coast.
Scientists at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport are studying the impacts of warmer ocean conditions in the Arctic. Inside temperature-controlled rooms are tanks full of subzero seawater. In the tank are Arctic cod.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans launched an investigation last month into allegations of habitat destruction on islands eyed for development in the Fraser River.
“On November 22, 2018, Conservation and Protection (enforcement branch of DFO) directed the Herrling and Carey Island property owners to take corrective measures,” said Leri Davies, strategic media advisor to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
“Failure to comply with the corrective measures issued by DFO is a serious matter that may result in further investigation by fishery officers and possible prosecution.”
Several groups have been calling for protection of the world-class salmon and sturgeon spawning habitat that those islands provide, like the B.C. Outdoor Recreation Council and the Watershed Watch Salmon Society. Some were pleased to hear about the investigation launched by DFO.
In March 2016, the Argentine coast guard intercepted a Chinese fishing vessel illegally operating in the waters of Argentina’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Such Chinese vessels had routinely violated the zone, as they had in numerous other countries in the region.
On this occasion, however, when the Argentine Coast Guard ship fired a warning shot to halt the perpetrator’s attempted escape to international waters, the ship, the Lu Yan Yuan Yu, responded by attempting to ram its pursuer, obliging a defensive response by the Coast Guard ship that inadvertently capsized the aged Chinese vessel. As the ship sunk and the Argentines shifted to rescue operations, most of the Chinese crew chose to swim to the numerous other Chinese fishing boats, observing from just outside the EEZ in international waters.
In recent months, U.S. authorities and the media have highlighted numerous ways in which Chinese economic engagement in the hemisphere has been prejudicial to the region, including commercial espionage and non-transparent contracts, in which Latin American elites commit their countries to significant debt to pay for projects of questionable economic value performed by Chinese companies and workers, sometimes guaranteed through critical national resources such as oil.
A federal judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to rewrite its pollution cleanup plans for Oregon rivers.
U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernández rejected water quality standards that were submitted to the EPA by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Hernández’s ruling Wednesday came in response to a lawsuit filed by Northwest Environmental Advocates. The group charged in its lawsuit that the EPA should not have accepted those plans. They were used to decide regulation for activities that affect water temperatures — like cutting trees along river banks and discharging treated wastewater.
I’ve been typing and talking about the epic expansion of fisheries in North Dakota since the current wet cycle began in the early 1990s.
Since this fortuitous natural phenomenon began 25 years ago, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists have stocked millions of walleyes into more than 50 prairie fisheries that now cover more than 61,000 acres. Many of these waters had no fish when the wet cycle first started.
And just when it might seem like all the waters that could possibly have potential have already been tapped, the November 2018 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine tells us this amazing run might not be finished yet.
WWF urges EU Member states to meet CFP deadlines European Union
The conservation organisation WWF indicates that Member States are still lagging behind and are likely to miss important 2020 deadlines on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management.
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