The Weekly Dive Vol. 32


Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!

NOAA Chief will explore funding options to prevent Aquarius Reef Base shutdown. After meeting with U.S. Reps Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart (R./FL) regarding the closure of the world’s only underwater lab, Dr. Jane Lubchenco committed to explore options to keep it open. [One World One Ocean]

London serves only sustainable seafood at Olympics. As part of London’s effort to become world’s first Sustainable Fish City, organizers of the Olympics are serving sustainable seafood only in the Olympic and Paralympic village and in athletics venues.  [World Fishing and Aquaculture] 

France will pay fishermen to hunt vulnerable sharks, in wake of Indian Ocean attacks. Bull sharks, listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN Redlist, are believed to be the culprit of seven attacks (and three deaths) on people off the island of Reunion. France will pay fishermen to incentivize participation in the shark cull. [The Washington Post]

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson on the run, will continue whale conservation.  Watson claims his recent arrest in Germany was requested by Japan, whose whaling efforts have been impeded by Sea Shepherd in the past. If extradited to Japan, Watson fears he would never escape. He has skipped bail, vowing to continue defending whales. [The Huffington Post]

Greenpeace finds deep-sea corals on Shell’s Arctic drill site, where drilling could start as soon as next week.  Shell’s scientific report on the Chukchi Sea’s seafloor environment described it as having less than 4% coral cover, however Greenpeace found several dense patches of the valuable animals, which provide habitat, and described it as the third-most abundant species. [The Washington Post]

Mediterranean fin whales more at risk than thought. By accidentally including Atlantic fin whales in the census, the number of Mediterranean fin whales was overestimated, indicating this population faces greater risk of extinction than previously believed. [Science Daily]

Tidal power could add $4.7 billion annually to UK economy, Scotland opens first “Marine Energy Park.” 11% of the United Kingdom's electricity could be supplied by wave and tidal power by 2050. The new Marine Energy Park off Scotland’s coast will harness marine power, putting the country (along with the US state of Maine) at the forefront of the technology. [Treehugger; Utility Products]

Aquanaut Olympics. In celebration of the ongoing Olympic Games and the possibility of the re-instatement of funding to Aquarius, we present the following:

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