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One Fishy Thing: The “Codfather” Is Banned From Fishing But Will Keep Millions

One Fishy Thing: The “Codfather” Is Banned From Fishing But Will Keep Millions

Carlos Rafael, a New England fishing captain who is currently serving time in federal prison for massive fishing and tax fraud violations and for smuggling the proceeds out of the country, settled his civil fraud violations with the National Marine Fisheries Service, including more than $3 million in fines and a lifetime fishing ban.  As a […]

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Beach Clean Ups Sweeping Hawai’i

Beach Clean Ups Sweeping Hawai’i

Hawai’i is known for its beautiful beaches, powdery sand, and crystal clear ocean waters.  But it is also a hub in the Pacific for trash from Asia, including microplastics, derelict fishing gear, and even debris from the 2011 Fukushima tsunami in Japan.  Local residents are not taking it sitting down!  Organizations like Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors […]

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One Stinky Thing: Brazil Responsible for Seaweed Blooms in Caribbean

One Stinky Thing: Brazil Responsible for Seaweed Blooms in Caribbean

The rise of stinky washed up sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean is a big problem for animals and tourism and is being made worse by nutrient pollution from deforested parts of the Amazon River. In the British Virgin Islands, the layer of seaweed is two meters thick. In Punta Cana, the clear water has turned […]

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New Marine Protected Area To Be Established in the Canadian Arctic

New Marine Protected Area To Be Established in the Canadian Arctic


While news about the Arctic has rarely been positive in recent years (just this week extreme heat in Greenland lead to the rapid melting of its ice sheet) a bright spot of hope emerged this week out of Canada. A far northern Canadian Arctic region named Tuvaijuittuq is on the path to becoming a Marine […]

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One Big Gulp Thing:  Watch Out Sea Lion!

One Big Gulp Thing: Watch Out Sea Lion!

Off the coast of California on July 22nd, a wildlife photographer Chase Dekker caught a rare moment on film — a humpback whale coming up and “encountering” a sea lion that had been feasting on anchovies.  Talk about wrong place, wrong time!  Dekker shared his incredible photo with The Washington Post and they asked Ari Friedlaender, […]

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Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

At the southernmost tip of South America, ten thousand gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the sea off the coast of Chile’s Patagonia, in one of the most pristine areas of the world.

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