marine environment

Ocean heatwave causes the largest seabird die-off

The University of Washington though its new study, revealed that the massive marine heatwave in the northeastern Pacific during 2014-2016, known as “the Blob”, has negative impacts upon the ocean food chain. Specifically, millions of seabirds along the US west coast lost their lives, as it is expected to become more frequent due to climate change.

BIMCO rearranges Committees to deal with safety and environmental issues

BIMCO will have a Marine Environment Committee and a Maritime Safety and Security Committee in the future, according to a recent statement. The two committees will have up to 15 members, without the Chair, and members in the committees are to be recruited from BIMCO’s member-companies coming from small, medium sized and large shipowners. 

Cruise pier construction to severely damage coral reef

Campaigners are fighting a battle against the world’s biggest cruise lines, Royal Caribbean and Carnival, with a combined market value of $55bn (£42bn), which want to redevelop the Cayman Islands’ port to accommodate bigger ships. Namely, BBC reports that the cruise lines are leading Verdant Isle, a consortium, with the aims to build a $250m new pier and berthing facility on Grand Cayman.

New initiative aspires to make ocean data available globally

One of the biggest challenges that the global marine research is currently facing is the lack of knowledge. In comparison to the innovation and research that takes place on land, data-driven marine research is far behind. The fact is that there are several smaller data initiatives and platforms in the world today, but not an all-encompassing platform combining it all. The Ocean Data Platform is an initiative aiming to change this.

Watch: Smuggling ship sunk as an artificial reef off Florida

The 180-foot long cargo freighter ‘Voici Bernadette’ was sunk as an artificial reef about 11 miles southeast of the Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida. The US Customs and Border Patrol donated the freighter to St. Lucie County, after seizing it for smuggling cocaine into Miami from Haiti.

Bermuda to protect 20% of its waters in marine protected areas

Bermuda will create an ocean plan to sustainably manage and improve ocean industries like fishing and tourism. It also aims to preserve 90,000 square kilometres of Bermuda’s waters in fully protected areas. In these areas, no fishing, extraction, or destruction of any kind will be allowed.

Addressing underwater noise created by dredging

Underwater sound created by dredging equipment below the water surface can impact marine life and requires careful evaluation and monitoring, according to the International Association of Dredging Companies. Sound levels must be evaluated in relation to their possible effect on the specific marine fauna. The aim of evaluating underwater sound is to ensure a balance between the environmental impacts and socio-economic benefits of the dredging project.

IMO gives emphasis on protecting Algeria’s marine environment

IMO training on the international treaty covering waste dumping at sea, the London Protocol, took place for Algerian government officials and participants from shipping companies and port authorities. The workshop, held in Alger from  9 to 10 April, enables effective implementation of measures in order to protect the marine environment from dumping of harmful wastes at sea.

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