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Ocean News: Manatees Could Lose Endangered Status, Ocean Acidification Causing Fish to Lose Their Friends, and More

Manatee.

(Photo: Oceana)

- Earlier this week, U.S. Coast Guard officials found 65 dead sharks in an illegal drift net 20 miles off South Padre Island, Texas. An airplane spotted the mile-long net and decomposing sharks, and immediately deployed a patrol boat. Houston Chronicle


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Ocean News: Croatia Wins the World Cup for the Oceans, Vietnamese Illegal Fishing is on the Rise, and More

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in Belize.

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in Belize. (Photo: Oceana / Tim Calver)

- Fishermen have killed a record number of whale sharks over the past 13 months in India’s  Godavari region. It’s estimated that 15 whale sharks have been killed, but many fishermen are not aware that the government has sanctions in place to reward fishermen with cash prizes if they accidentally catch and then release the animals. The Hindu


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Ocean News: Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary Declared, Hammerheads Won’t Get Federal Protection, and More

Manta ray in Coiba Island, Panama

School of manta rays (Mobula thurstoni) in Coiba Island, Panama. (Photo: Oceana / Houssine Kaddachi)

- Australia’s Queensland Government says they have fulfilled all of UNESCO's requests to improve Great Barrier Reef health—including cutting pesticide run-off by 28 percent since 2008—and therefore, the reef doesn’t need to be added to the World Heritage Site in Danger list. They also claim that the proposed port development and dredge-spoil dumping is not a threat to the reef. Australian Broadcasting Corporation


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Ocean News: Great White Shark Records Updated, Ex-BP Engineer Gets a New Trial, and More

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias)

A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) (Photo: Scubaben / Flickr Creative Commons)

- A former BP engineer won a new trial on Thursday. A U.S. District judge concluded Mix—who was originally convicted for obstructing justice related to the 2010 spill—didn’t have an impartial jury. The New York Times


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Ocean News: New Plastic Rock Discovered, Grocers Respond to Prawn Fishery Slavery, and More

Great Barracuda in the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary

A great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) in the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary in the Florida Keys. NOAA will now allow members of the public to submit marine sanctuary nominations. (Photo: Phil's 1stPix  / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Yesterday, NOAA updated its marine sanctuary nomination process for the first time in 20 years, allowing the American public to have a role in designating national marine sanctuaries. Have a favorite beach or diving site that you think needs protection? Learn more about the nomination process here. NOAA


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