The Weekly Dive Vol. 15

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

Kiribati president buying land for relocation of country’s entire population. The island nation, which averages less than a few feet above sea level, is perhaps the most pressing case of climate change impacting mankind, as rising sea level is wiping out islands settled between 3000 BC and 1300 AD. They plan to send young, skilled workers to their Fijian refuge first, to make a positive impact on local population. [The Telegraph; The Huffington Post]

Japan calls off whaling season early and under quota. The Australian government is applauding the departure of the Japanese whaling fleet from the Southern Ocean and anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd is claming victory after their efforts resulted in whalers only killing 266 of the 900 whales they planned to take. [BBC; Sea Shepherd]  

Sting operation nets 27 black market fish traders. A three and a half-year undercover investigation by Canada’s Fish and Wildlife Branch, has lead to the arrest of 27 people on charges of illegally catching and trading 4,500 lbs of walleye and whitefish. They face up to $100,000 in fines and a year in jail. [The Edmonton Journal]

Vote to expand gillnetting inside CA leatherback protected area. The Pacific Fishery Management Council seeks to reduce critical habitat protections for the endangered leatherback sea turtle in order to increase gillnet fishing, notorious for its high amounts of bycatch. [Center for Biological Diversity]

Bipartisan senate bill would grant funds to fisheries. The legislation, supported by conservationists and fishermen, would increase funding for fisheries science programs, which are critical to maintaining sustainable, productive fisheries and the businesses that depend on them. [MarketWatch]

Yangtze River porpoise likely extinct in 15 years, following the Yangtze river dolphin. The porpoise, whose population is currently estimated at 1,000, can be expected to continue its decline due to overfishing and pollution, unless adequate conservation measures are implemented quickly. []


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