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Ocean News: Green Sea Turtle Makes Longest Migration Ever Recorded, Small Oil Spill Found off of Italy, and More

A green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen)

- In areas where overfishing is common and observers are few and far between, drones could be a significant resource in helping to tackle illegal fishing. This June, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Belize Drones, and Belize’s fisheries department launched a program that may soon have drones flying over Belize’s Glover Reef. National Geographic

- A satellite-tagged green sea turtle may have recently broke records for the longest green sea turtle migration ever recorded. The turtle swam from Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean to the coast of Somalia in East Africa, or 2,472 miles in one year, according to researchers. BBC News

- A new study has linked turbulent mixing in the Southern Ocean’s deep water with ocean eddies and wind speed. Since the Southern Ocean plays such a significant role in global ocean circulation, this study will provide insight to scientists for building climate change models. Phys.org

- A small oil spill occurred near the sunken Costa Concordia cruise ship off of Italy over the weekend. Officials say the spill is “nothing to worry about,” though Greenpeace warned about toxic spills during the ship’s removal. The Guardian

Op-Ed:

- The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations’ executive director takes a close look at why one proposed bill could undermine years of progress in rebuilding fishery populations under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The Sacramento Bee


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