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Canada’s marine refuges must be upgraded, report notes

A recent report from SeaBlue Canada indicates that over half of Canada’s marine refuges, which is a form of marine protected area in Canada, do not comply with international standards. Despite the fact that Canada has made important progress to protect its marine and coastal environment, the report notes that stronger standards are needed to sustain biodiversity.

Nestlé, Tesco to tackle ghost gear problem in the ocean

During the ‘Our Ocean 2018’ conference in Bali, Nestlé and Tesco joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to address the 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear, also known as ghost gear, ending up in the oceans every year. Ghost gear is abandoned, lost and discarded fishing nets, lines and traps.

How climate change drives collapse in marine food webs

A new study led by the University of Adelaide has found that levels of commercial fish stocks could be harmed as rising sea temperatures affect their source of food, demonstrating in this way how climate change can drive the collapse of marine “food webs”.

Unanimous agreement on deep sea quotas reached

The EU fisheries ministers have agreed on the 2017 and 2018 fishing limits (or TACs) for 19 deep-sea stocks. For the first time in six years, a unanimous agreement was reached on deep sea TACs and quotas for the next two years. One of these will be fished in accordance with Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) for the very first time next year.

NGOs submit paper to UN re ocean ecosystems

Eight internationally recognized NGOs have made a submission to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox, regarding the continued exploitation of fisheries workers at sea.

Remote marine reserves are able to monitor

The British government partnered with Pew, U.K.-based Satellite Applications Catapult, and the Swiss-based Bertarelli Foundation to conduct a trial in the Pitcairn Islands with a view to gather information from the water’s surface that would help enhancing identification of vessels in the protected area.

BMA adopts efforts to deter IUU fishing

The BMA has issued Bulletin which provides guidance on the Bahamas position on Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated (IUU) fishing. It also provides guidance to operators of Bahamian ships involved in activities associated with fishing, such as transhipment of cargoes on refrigerated cargo ships, and outlines requirements for Bahamian ships involved in such activities.

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