The Weekly Dive Vol. 37

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

Disaster declared for US Northeast groundfishing industry. The US Dept of Commerce declared a commercial fishery failure, paving the way for relief funding, as fish stocks failed to rebuild despite fishermen adhering to catch limits. [] 

Arctic summer ice melt beats 2007 record by 35%. The amount of ice that has disappeared since March could be equivalent to the combined areas of Alaska and Canada. [Climate Central]

Ecologically important forage fish granted nationwide protection. River herring and shad, which are key species at the base of the food web but are often caught as bycatch, will receive catch limits for the first time, and are moving towards third party observer coverage on all industrial trawlers in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. [Pew Environment]

Think tank calls to halt fishing in Europe to allow stocks to rebound. The New Economics Foundation’s controversial solution to solving overfishing is to freeze European fishing, saying most stocks would be sustainable again within five years and that the return to sustainable levels would generate massive profits over the long term. [The BBC]

New Zealand’s proposal for protecting the Antarctic’s Ross Sea falls short. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance finds that though the New Zealand proposal would protect a massive area, its focus is preserving fishing interests while leaving the most biodiverse habitats unprotected. [MSN]

For first time, tidal power contributes electricity to US grid. The Maine project, the first commercially produced tidal energy, is currently providing enough power for 25 to 30 homes but is planning additional turbines. [The Huffington Post] 

Only 6% of ocean adequately surveyed to protect marine mammals, study says. Large gaps in knowledge from marine mammal surveys put the animals at risk. Only 25% of the ocean’s surface has been surveyed at all and only 6% well enough to predict trends for conservation purposes, with surveyed areas skewed heavily towards waters of wealthy northern hemisphere nations. []

Fathoms Deep. Enjoy this beautiful video made by our partner, Oceana, and narrated by Alexandra Cousteau, featuring the amazing organisms that inhabit the seafloor. 

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