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No to Seabed Mining From World Conservation Congress

No to Seabed Mining From World Conservation Congress

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer A motion rejecting deep-sea mining was largely supported by delegates at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, currently meeting in Marseille, France. The motion calls for a moratorium on extracting minerals from deep below the ocean surface, as well as reforms for the International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for […]

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Saving Florida’s Corals

Saving Florida’s Corals

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Seven years ago, Florida’s corals started dying. The mysterious illness, called stony coral tissue loss disease, quickly decimated almost half of the state’s hard coral. Florida’s reefs are the only coral reef system in the continental US, running up the state’s Atlantic coast from the Keys to West Palm Beach. […]

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NatGeo and Mexico Team Up to Create New Marine Protected Area, Islas Marías

NatGeo and Mexico Team Up to Create New Marine Protected Area, Islas Marías

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Mexican government, Mares Mexicanos, and the National Geographic Pristine Seas project have announced a new fully protected marine area: the Islas Marías Biosphere Reserve. The reserve will cover 6,413 square kilometers, an area about the size of Delaware, and bans all fishing, mining, drilling, and other extractive activities. The coalition says […]

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One Cool Thing: Deep-sea Paradise

One Cool Thing: Deep-sea Paradise

Off the coast of Texas, deep in the Gulf of Mexico, is a hidden wonder and one of the last of its kind. The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is home to some of the healthiest remaining coral reefs on the planet, along with underwater mountains known as salt domes and hundreds of species, including whales, sea turtles, mollusks, crustaceans, birds, […]

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Fish Are Moving to Poles, And Management Isn’t Keeping Up

Fish Are Moving to Poles, And Management Isn’t Keeping Up

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As the world’s oceans warm, fish are moving toward the poles where waters are colder. A new study finds that fishing regulations haven’t adapted to the new climate change-fueled reality. The researchers looked at 10 East Coast ports, where water temperatures are rising especially quickly and found that species […]

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EPA Must Update Regulations for Oil Spill Dispersants, Court Rules

EPA Must Update Regulations for Oil Spill Dispersants, Court Rules

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must update decades-old regulations on chemicals used to disperse offshore oil spills. Environmental groups say that many of these chemicals carry significant health and biodiversity risks and that tighter regulations are necessary. The decision comes following a lawsuit from […]

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