The Weekly Dive Vol. 40

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

Leatherback designated California State Symbol. California waters are a critical habitat for the Critically Endangered leatherback, the largest of all sea turtle species. October 15, 2013 will be the first annual Leatherback Conservation Day in honor of the new state marine reptile. [Oceana]

Study says irreversible sea level rise will continue for millennia. New research shows that carbon emission levels have now committed us to a sea level rise of at least 1.1 meters by the year 3000 – but it could be more depending on mitigation efforts. The worst case analyzed would result in 6.8m rise in that time period. [Science Daily]

Marine debris costs Scotland’s fishing and tourism sectors US$27 million a year. Litter, especially plastic, threatens the environment and economy. The biggest offenders are beach users and recreational tourists. [Herald Scotland] 

US Navy plans sonar testing, seeks authorization to harm 33 million whales and dolphins. The Navy awaits approval from the National Marine Fisheries Service to proceed with sonar tests off the coasts of Southern California, Hawaii, and the East Coast, despite minimal mitigation efforts, which would result in hearing loss and potential death to many cetaceans (formally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act). [NRDC]

U.S. advocates ban on trade of polar bears. US Fish and Wildlife Service will support a ban on the international commercial trade of polar bear parts. A permit from the exporting and importing countries would be required for the international movement of any polar bears or parts, certifying the export didn’t harm the species’ survival and was non-commercial. [The Los Angeles Times]

Coral reefs in trouble, adequate protection can save them. Experts say huge economic and cultural value is lost when reef resources disappear but concerted efforts to restore them can be effective. One bright spot is the growing potential for use of coral growth and transplantation. [Science Daily]  

Micronesia speaks up to save sharks. This story of Micronesian children who took action to protect sharks will inspire you!

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