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One of the participants in the process, Patrick Ramage, the Marine Conservation Director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare said, “In a status quo scenario, state and federal bureaucrats, fishermen, researchers and NGOs all keep doing their jobs and the right whale goes extinct. Stakeholders around the table took that challenge seriously this week. What’s missing is political will in Washington.”
Why This Matters: This week in Canada a group of high-level environmental ministers is meeting to explore ways to work together to achieve the ambitious target of saving 30% of the planet for nature by 2030. The Canadian government took the important step yesterday of announcing that it will now ban oil and gas drilling in its marine parks. This is important progress in waters that are important to many marine mammal species. Hopefully, the Canadian and the U.S. governments will work together to level the playing field for fishermen in both countries when it comes to whale conservation and will do whatever else they can to conserve both right whales in the Atlantic and gray whales in the Pacific. Ramage warns that the U.S. government “must act fast to fund and facilitate a swift transition to 21st-century fishing gear and policies that promote the survival of two endangered species: North Atlantic right whales and New England lobstermen.”
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
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 […]
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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