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California whales entanglements decrease in 2019

Data from the National Marine Fisheries Service present that the rate of whale entanglements in fishing year in the US West Coast has decreased by half in 2019, from 2018’s 40 incidents during January-August, to 18 incidents the same period this year.

California passes bill that calls for 75% reduction in single-use plastics by 2030

At the end of May, California Senate passed the ‘California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act’ according to which the producer manufacturers and retailers in California should reduce the waste generated by single-use packaging and products by 75%  by 2030 through producing less plastic, recycling more of it, making reusable packaging, or using compostable materials.

Global partners launch hydrogen initiative

During the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting, a new global international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries.

Carnival Corporation earns perfect score in corporate equality index

For for the third year, US-based Human Rights Campaign Foundation has recognized Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, with a perfect score in its 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which rates US companies on their treatment of LGBTQ consumers, investors and employees.

US and Canadian regulations in protection of whales

Gard, in light of February 16 being ‘World Whale Day’, published a revision on US and Canadian regulations and recommendations concerning whales, aiming at reducing collisions between North Atlantic right whales and ships. ‘World Whale Day’ held annually on the third Saturday in February, was founded in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, to honour humpback whales, which swim off its coast.

Canada, US to protect the Salish Sea

The Canadian based Chamber of Shipping and the United States based Pacific Merchant Shipping Association will cooperate to ensure safe and sustainable shipping on the Pacific Northwest and the Salish Sea. These areas are considered key gateways for marine commerce in Canada and the US. Both organizations will take part in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s ECHO program.

Port of Long Beach awards $3 mil. to improve water quality around Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners granted over $3 million in order to support four projects that will help improve water quality in and around Long Beach as part of the Port Community Grants Program. The $46.4 million program aims at reducing the environmental impacts of goods movement.

US to fund maritime heritage preservation projects

The US National Park Service, along with the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration will allocate $2.6 million in maritime heritage grants to assist funding 34 preservation and education projects in 14 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. These grants aim to teach about sites related to US’s maritime history.

Washington inaugurates maritime sustainability project

Washington Maritime Blue was funded $500,000 by the U.S. Economic Development Administration for facilitating ‘Blue economy’ to ensure Washington State is home to the most sustainable maritime industry by 2050.

USA to fund offshore wind research

The consortium will be a private-public innovation hub addressing topics such as wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance and supply chain technology solutions.

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