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US - Most ships exceed speed limits set to protect whales: report

A new report from an ocean conservation advocacy organization finds that most ships are exceeding speed limits in areas federally designated to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, with some of the worst compliance measured off the southern North Carolina coast, south to Georgia.

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World - Enlist the Ocean in Combatting Climate Change, Experts and Advocates Argue

“Blue carbon” taken up by marine plants and animals is mostly neglected in climate policy, they say

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US - New tool helps spot harmful algal bloom in US waters

There’s a new online tool to help identify when a harmful algal bloom may be forming where people swim, fish and boat.

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World - Our view: Responding to our changing climate

With all the news about the growing impacts of climate change and sea level rise – countless wildfires on the West Coast, unprecedented drought and heat waves in much of the Southwest and Midwest, record July rainfall in parts of New England, subway riders in China drowning in flooded train tunnels – it can be hard to keep it all in perspective.

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Int'l - Future sea level rise: When, where, how much?

Toward the end of the last Ice Age, mile-thick glaciers weighed down the land surface and then melted. Parts of New England and eastern Canada became inundated by water. Some lowlands flooded and formed inland basins like the Champlain Sea.

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US - Pandemic gives breathing room to endangered sea turtles

A new study suggests endangered loggerhead turtles reclaimed empty shores to breed during Covid, but conservationists fear the return of mass tourism

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DC - Huffman, Case Introduce the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act, Legislation to Update Federal Fisheries Management

Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, and subcommittee member Ed Case (D-Honolulu) introduced the Sustaining America’s Fisheries for the Future Act, legislation to update and reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), the primary law governing federal fisheries management and conservation that has made the U.S. a global leader in sustainable fisheries.

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The wondrous reason scientists are racing to map the sea floor by 2030

MARINE SCIENTISTS often feel like they’re fumbling in the dark. The global ocean covers about 71 percent of our planet and is central to life as it exists on Earth. But only about 20 percent of the seafloor has been directly mapped so far.

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US - Scientists to develop sustainable solutions against coastal flooding and erosion

The University of Liverpool is part of a partnership that has been awarded funding by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as one of six new research projects that aim to build a sustainable future for the marine environment and all those whose livelihoods depend on it.

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US - NCCOS Expands Monitoring of More Lakes, Coastal Bays and Estuaries for HABs

With harmful algal blooms (HABs) occurring in the nation’s lakes, bays and sounds, NCCOS is expanding HAB monitoring and forecasting to these smaller water bodies which can be resolved by current satellite imagery.

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US - New Publication Shows Distribution of Threatened Coral Species in Mesophotic Reefs

A new modeling study by NOAA scientists and others at University of the Virgin Islands and Louisiana State University predicts the distribution of Orbicella corals in shallow and mesophotic reef ecosystems along a portion of the Puerto Rico shelf.

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Advocacy

World - Support mangrove conservation, UNESCO chief says

The world is waking up to the importance of mangroves, a senior UN official said on Monday, underscoring the need for everyone to support restoration and protection of these crucial habitats.

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US - Cultural Biases Impact Native Fish, Too

From art to religion to land use, much of what is deemed valuable in the United States was shaped centuries ago by the white male perspective. Fish, it turns out, are no exception.

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US - For first time, U.S. fishing law could include climate focus

A long-awaited overhaul of the nation’s primary fishing law would require NOAA to devise plans for “climate ready fisheries” to deal with shifting stocks, under a bill expected to be introduced later today.

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US - Coral reefs prevent more than $1.8 billion a year in U.S. flood damage

But climate change and habitat destruction threaten reefs and their ability to offer this protection.

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US - Disturbance in Atlantic has low chance of development, hurricane forecasters say

A disturbance in the Atlantic has a low chance of development, hurricane forecasters said Thursday.

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Fisheries

World - Pew Urges WTO Members to Prioritize Fisheries Subsidies Effort After Deal Is Delayed Again

Agreement could boost fish populations, improve ocean health, and help coastal communities

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Federal

US - LeBoeuf Tapped as director of NOAA's National Ocean Service

Nicole LeBoeuf, with more than two decades of experience at NOAA, was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo as the assistant administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management.

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World - Mathematical model predicts the movement of microplastics in the ocean

A new model tracking the vertical movement of algae-covered microplastic particles offers hope in the fight against plastic waste in our oceans

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World - Fossil shark scales provide a glimpse of reef predator populations before human impact

The results indicate that shark abundance in the region declined roughly three-fold since prehistoric times

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World - Ocean Microplastic Pollution Can Now Be Tracked By Satellite

Plastic is the most common type of debris floating in the world’s oceans. Waves and sunlight break much of it down into smaller particles called microplastics – fragments less than five millimeters across, roughly the size of a sesame seed.

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World - Global insurance and reinsurance leaders establish alliance to accelerate transition to net-zero emissions economy

Net-Zero Insurance Alliance committed to join Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero and UN Race to Zero; plus Net-Zero Banking Alliance and Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance announce updates

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US - Mayors push climate infrastructure action

CITIES TO THE HILL: Over 140 mayors from cities across the country are calling on congressional leadership today to push for aggressive climate measures in their infrastructure legislation that they say will benefit localities.

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World - FMC, DOJ look to cooperate on ocean-shipping oversight

‘Memorandum of Understanding’ supports inter-agency collaboration on antitrust issues

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