The Weekly Dive Vol. 56

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


"No take zone" benefits fish and fishermen. New research in the Tortugas Marine Reserve finds that the no-take reserve resulted not only in recovery of overfished species, but also in an increase in commercial fishery catches in the region; neither commercial nor recreational fishers experienced financial losses. [Science Daily]

Tsunami in Solomon Islands. A magnitude 8 earthquake led to a tsunami in the Solomon Islands that caused ten confirmed deaths and destroyed the town of Lata. Most residents relocated to higher ground but there are now fears of a health crisis due to the lack of a freshwater supply. [ABC]

Dolphin pod saved by “kidnapping” baby. Prospects seemed hopeless for a stranding pod of dolphins, when rescuers took a single calf to deeper water. Its distress cries successfully lured the pod away from shore and to safety, prompting questions of ethics as well as discussion of applying this method for other rescue situations. [Take Part] 

Endangered list protection proposed for great white in CA. The white shark has been designated a candidate for state protection, commencing a year-long review process. Though commercial fishing for them is banned, there are currently no limits or penalties for incidental catch. [The Huffington Post]

2012: 10th hottest year ever recorded. The average global temperature for last year was the 10th warmest since record-keeping began in 1880. It was also the 36th year in a row to have an above-average temperature. 1976 was the last below-average year. [Science Daily]

Arctic Council members draft “useless” Arctic oil spill plan. While Arctic Council ministers are set to discuss a draft plan for responding to oil spills in the Arctic, Greenpeace describes the plan as inadequate due to vague language. [BBC]


Canada falling short of marine protection goals. Though Canada committed fifteen years ago to protecting 10% of its marine area, an evaluation reveals slow progress. At this rate, reaching the goal would take “many decades.” [iPolitics]

Iceland investigating mass herring deaths. Low oxygen levels in Kolgrafafjordur fjord might be to blame for this winter’s second mass death of herring, worth millions of dollars. [Yahoo]

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