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  • ICCAT Highlights: News from Paris

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 24, 2010

    We are fast nearing the end of the 2010 ICCAT meeting in Paris. As some of you know, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is an international body responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and related species, as well as species caught incidentally as bycatch in these fisheries, including sharks.

    Our team of experts has been observing the meetings, and though ICCAT regulations don’t permit anyone to report on whats happening, there have been some interesting things going on this week that we thought we would share with you.

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  • Tun’Up for Tuna: Put YOUR face on the fight for bluefin

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 5, 2010

    The countdown to ICCAT is coming up – for those of you who don’t know much about it, keep an eye on our blog this month, we’ll be sharing tidbits about the conference, the important issues at stake and the fate of some of our favorite marine animals: the bluefin tuna, the swordfish and the shark!

    Bluefin is the critical issue at hand – if we don’t drastically reduce the amount of bluefin we take from the ocean, we’ll be kissing this majestic creature goodbye. We need your help – to spread the word.

    Here’s how you can help:

    1)      Check out our newly launched website here: www.stoptunablues.org

    2)      Tuna-fy yourself by adding your face to the fight. Admit it! You’ve always wanted to see what you’d look like if you were a tuna fish.

    3)      Spread the word to your via email, facebook and/or twitter!

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  • Bluefin Tuna’s fate in Slippery Hands

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 29, 2010

    On Tuesday this week, the European Union fisheries ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss their position for the upcoming meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – they rejected the EU Executive arm’s proposal to cut the Bluefin tuna quota for 2011.

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  • Biodiversity Summit week 1 recap

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 25, 2010

    The Biodiversity Summit in Japan is kicking off week 2 and we thought we’d give you a recap with some highlights and news stories from last week.

    The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity released a report highlighted the enourmous (but necessary) cost of altering the global economy to put value on forests, reefs and other elements of nature. It recommended that businesses and governments should report their damaging impact on the environment and provide financial compensation for it.

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  • Spain gets a new environment minister

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 20, 2010

    The big news in Spain today is a huge ministry reshuffle by the Zapatero government. This move means that Rosa Aguilar has ousted Elena Espinosa as the new Minister for Environmental, Rural and Marine Affairs.

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  • Biodiversity

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 19, 2010

    Today, delegates from over 190 nations are converging at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan. For 2 weeks, they will be discussing ways to curb the erosion of biodiversity on the planet.

    Ryo Matsumoto, Japan's Environment Minister said "we are now close to a 'tipping point' - that is, we are about to reach a threshold beyond which biodiversity loss will become irreversible”

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  • What’s Next for Deepsea Drilling in Europe?

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 11, 2010

    Last Thursday the European Parliament rejected a call to ban deepwater drilling, opting instead to tighten regulations to control exploration safety and compensation in the event of a spill.

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  • 10/10/10 - A Global Day for Work on Climate Action

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 8, 2010

    On Sunday, 10/10/10, over 6600 events in support of climate change solutions will be taking place in 188 countries. International climate action organization 350.org and partners are coordinating a “Global Work Day” to take a stand against climate change and help out our local communities.

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  • Success of the Census for Marine Life

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 7, 2010

    The Census of Marine Life, the results of which were presented this week, was an incredible effort that took 2700 scientists from 80 nations over ten years (and 9000 days at sea!) to complete. This project, which also included the participation of more than 600 institutions, including the World Register of Marine Species, is one of the best examples of scientific collaboration.

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  • Mission accomplished in the Gulf of Mexico

    Author: Xavier Pastor
    Date: October 5, 2010

    Oceana’s first expedition in the Gulf of Mexico to evaluate the long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe has concluded. For two months scientists, divers, ROV operators and support personnel on board the Oceana Latitude, sailed close to 4,000 miles - practically the distance from Miami (Florida) to Mallorca. Our team of divers completed 24 dives, and collected hundreds of photographs and hours of video footage.

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