The Weekly Dive Vol. 38

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

Amid 17-year high in US seafood catch, some fisheries still declared disasters. While the high in both volume and value of catch signals effective regulation in some fisheries, others floundered for a variety of reasons. [The Washington Post]

Arctic oil drilling plans postponed due to safety issues. Shell cancels plans to complete wells off of Alaska, and will only drill surface holes this year, as a spill response barge has yet to be certified and equipment used in a test clean-up was damaged. Gazprom has also delayed its plans off Russia for safety reasons. [The Huffington Post]

Northeast Coast sees record high water temperatures. From the sea surface to seafloor, and from the coast to well into the Gulf Stream, water temperature was consistently above average for the first six months of this year. This may have contributed the fisheries disaster recently declared for groundfish in that area. [Mother Jones]

Significant warming occurred on the Great Barrier Reef over the last 25 years. Data on sea surface temperature on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park show overall increases of 0.2 degree, but some areas have seen larger changes. [Science Daily] 

Climate change will cause habitat shifts and losses for North Pacific marine predators. Using long term data on thousands of species collected by the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project, researchers found that while some species’ habitats could be largely unaffected, others could lose up to 35% of their range or see habitats shift by up to 600 miles. [The Washington Post]

Vancouver making moves towards shark fin ban. The city council voted unanimously to develop a ban on the sale and trade of shark fins, in conjunction with neighboring cities Burnaby and Richmond. [The Huffington Post]

Video: Digital fishing on the Citizen Science Cruise. Crystal Cove Alliance is designing a new type of educational program that immerses students in the science of marine protected area management. This innovative program has conservation and consumptive “fishing” communities working together to protect habitat for the future.

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