The Weekly Dive Vol. 7

Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news - along with the video update!

White House going blue? The Obama administration this week unveiled a draft plan for a national oceans policy. The U.S. National Ocean Council, which aims to unite the various organizations with jurisdiction over the ocean, coastal areas and the Great Lakes, is seeking public comments on the plan to enhance stewardship of those areas. [National Journal; The White House]

A whale of a problem. Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru was asked by the Australian Prime Minister to leave Australian waters,  but reportedly remains within a mile of the boundary and is accused of trying to fuel a dispute.  Just three days ago, the two countries negotiated the release of three Australian protesters from another Japanese whaling vessel. [The Australian; The Los Angeles Times]

Fish grow best at the same temperature as parents. Researchers found that fish can pre-condition their offspring to grow best in the same temperature the parents experienced, something known as transgenerational plasticity. The finding has implications for fish response to climate change as well as aquaculture development. [Science Daily]

A vicious cycle: poverty and marine mammal consumption. Poverty and overfishing are driving up consumption of marine mammal meat in developing nations. As fish catches drop worldwide, people in West Africa, South America and Asia are turning to other sources of meat, including cetaceans. [New Scientist]

Bacteria new oil spill clean-up heroes? New research shows that oil-eating bacteria helped reduce the toxins released during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Research is ongoing, however, and some scientists remain skeptical. [NPR]

A GIANT day at Teahupoo. Prepare to be mesmerized. Going viral this week in less than an hour of being posted, this video features truly incredible footage of one of the world’s heaviest waves on what many are calling the biggest day it has ever been ridden.

And don’t forget the Weekly Dive video segment! This week we cover annual catch limits and sharks!


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