The Weekly Dive Vol. 66


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

White House finalizes national ocean policy. The final National Ocean Policy, a plan for managing
usage of the nation’s oceans, is meant to reconcile competing interests and mitigate the ‘tragedy of the
commons’ problem that has arisen with the oceans. [The Washington Post]


Coelocanth, “living fossil,” genome sequenced. The coelacanth is a deep sea fish that has changed little
since its ancestors evolved 300 million years ago, and due to its unusual fins, some believe they were
ancestors of land animals. The genome may shed light on how sea creatures evolved to live on land.
[BBC]


Green turtles benefit from protected areas in Southeast US. It had been unclear whether the
endangered green turtle was offered effective protection by existing protected areas, but a tagging
study has now confirmed that they do utilize the designated habitats. [Science Daily]


Great white sharks in Hawaii migrated from eastern Pacific. A study found that great white sharks,
which are spotted near Hawaii only rarely, can migrate there all the way from the California and
Mexico coastlines. They do not appear to be residents of the Hawaii region and only few make the long
migration. [UPI]


EU ban on importing seal hunt products upheld. The European Union allows import only of seal
products from subsistence hunting by Inuits, while prohibiting products from commercial sealing. A
challenge brought by manufacturers and traders was met with the law being upheld. [The Huffington
Post]


Southern Indian Ocean has large new marine protected area. Eighteen million hectares around South
Africa’s Prince Edward Islands were declared a marine protected area. The Antarctic territory is a very sensitive and vulnerable habitat and home to many species, including endangered seabirds, that will
benefit greatly from this protection. [Birdwatch]


Finally, enjoy our Earth Day tribute to the ocean:

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