The Weekly Dive Vol. 35
Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!
Arctic sea ice at record low and still shrinking. The current extent of sea ice breaks the record low set in 2007, and four of the last five years have been the lowest since satellite monitoring began. [The Washington Post]
Cook Islands and New Caledonia to protect large swaths of Pacific. The Cook Islands aims to establish a single 1.065 million km sq (411,000 mi sq) MPA in its southern waters, containing both limited fishing areas and no-take reserves; meanwhile New Caledonia will protect 1.4 million km sq (870,000 mi sq). [The Guardian]
Oceana investigates incidence of seafood fraud. Reports indicate that mislabeled seafood in restaurants and grocery stores is incredibly common, prompting further DNA testing of food by conservation partner Oceana. [Oceana; The SF Gate]
Activists scale Russian oil platform in Arctic to protest oil drilling. Six Greenpeace members, including executive director Kumi Naidoo, climbed the rig but retreated after 15 hours during which platform personnel threw cold water and other objects at them. [USA Today; Huffington Post]
Drought shrinks Gulf of Mexico dead zone. A positive side effect of the drought wreaking havoc on the Midwest is the decrease in runoff from the Mississippi River, which led to the smallest dead zone (an ocean area with little to no dissolved oxygen) seen in years. [Science Daily]
Illegal seahorse trade worth $250,000 seized in Peru. More than 16,000 dried seahorses were stopped in Peru. The internationally protected species is often caught illegally because of the high price they fetch when turned into powder for supposed medicinal use in Asia. [BBC]
Alaskan Superior Court demands solution to cruise ship pollution. The court ordered the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce wastewater discharge permits for cruise ship because it had previously failed to do so. [Earthjustice]
Why storytelling can change the world and save the ocean. Watch Shaun MacGillivray, managing director of MacGillivray Freeman Films and One World One Ocean, speak at TEDxChapmanU about his inspiration, the OWOO mission, and how connecting people to one another through stories makes a difference.