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Taking off our masks, figuratively

Taking off our masks, figuratively

The need for authenticity, kindness, and inclusivity in the fight to protect the ocean By Dune Ives, Executive Director, Lonely Whale The pandemic has brought our world to a halt in many ways none of us had expected—altering how we live, communicate, celebrate, and of course, feel. And, although we’ve seen a temporary dip in greenhouse […]

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Federal Court Rules Federal Government Cannot Allow Fish Farms in the Gulf of Mexico

Federal Court Rules Federal Government Cannot Allow Fish Farms in the Gulf of Mexico

This week two Republican-appointee federal judges overturned a Trump Administration-endorsed plan that would have allowed “up to 64 million pounds of seafood” to be produced in fish farms in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Why This Matters: Fish farming is happening all over the world — except here in the U.S.  Chances are the shrimp, salmon or tilapia you buy in the store is farm-raised in another country – more than 50% of the world’s supply of fish now comes from aquaculture.

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Sea Walls Are No Match For Severe Storms Made Worse By Climate Change

Sea Walls Are No Match For Severe Storms Made Worse By Climate Change

Hurricane Isaias, while only a category 1 (low strength) storm, caused great damage along the coast of the Carolinas and inland up the I-95 corridor, with several people killed, leaving nearly 3 million people without power, and causing widespread flooding necessitating water rescues up the Eastern seaboard all the way from Myrtle Beach, SC to Philadelphia, CNN reported last night

Why This Matters:  Sea level rise and coastal flooding are some of today’s toughest climate challenges.  While the gut instinct may be to “build that wall,” in the case of the ocean, walls and other “hardened” structures only make matters worse.

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China Fishing Illegally in North Korean Waters According to New Investigation

China Fishing Illegally in North Korean Waters According to New Investigation

Using satellite monitoring technology and intelligence capabilities, an investigation by NBC News and Ian Urbina an author and former NY Times journalist, has uncovered massive fishing by a “dark” fleet in North Korean waters with deadly results for North Korean fishermen.

Why This Matters:  China is a member of the UN Security Council that in 2017 banned fishing in North Korean waters (which China used to pay to access) as part of sanctions it imposed after North Korea’s nuclear missile tests.  If it’s true (and the UN has an anonymous report corroborating China’s violations with evidence to back it up) it would be a serious breach of the UN’s security rules

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Interview of the Week, Eric Schwaab, SVP, Oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund

Interview of the Week, Eric Schwaab, SVP, Oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund

We have excerpted portions of his interview below.  Thank you, Eric, for speaking with ODP! ODP:  There have been many studies documenting the impact that climate change is having on fish stocks.  Is EDF seeing this actually play out in its fisheries work here in the U.S. and worldwide? ES: Yes. Ten years ago we […]

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Sunny Day Flooding Increasing Around the U.S. According to New Government Report

Sunny Day Flooding Increasing Around the U.S. According to New Government Report

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its annual report on high tide (a.k.a. sunny day) flooding and found that high tide flooding happens twice as often as it did in 2000 due to sea-level rise.   Nineteen cities and towns along the East and Gulf Coasts broke or tied their all-time high tide flooding […]

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