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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) The British Virgin Islands declared its territorial waters a sanctuary for all shark species Thursday to help protect the marine predators whose global numbers have been dramatically dwindling.

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Bay of Islands marine reserves long overdue

Independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird is welcoming a proposal from a local community group for two marine reserves to be created in the Bay of Islands.

Fish Forever released the proposal at a function last night (Thursday) at the Copthorne Hotel in Waitangi.

Forest & Bird Marine Conservation Advocate Katrina Goddard says the current lack of any marine reserves in the Bay is typical of the poor level of marine protection found throughout New Zealand waters.

The Bay of Islands is hugely popular with tourists, recreational anglers, and boaties, and there is an urgent need to set aside a portion of the area for full marine protection. These reserves would allow significant pockets of marine life to flourish.

Right now, snorkellers in the Bay of Islands commonly see kina barrens vast areas where the absence of crayfish and snapper has allowed kina to multiply, killing off kelp, leaving rocks bare, and starving juvenile fish of important habitats.

Easily accessible marine reserves like those proposed by Fish Forever draw huge numbers of visitors, protect biodiversity and help replenish fish stocks across the wider area, Katrina Goddard says.

More than 380,000 people visit the Goat Island Marine Reserve every year. People fishing outside the marine reserves boundaries are a common sight so its pretty clear there would be more than just conservation benefits to having no-take marine reserves in the Bay of Islands.

Less than one per cent of New Zealands total marine area is protected by marine reserves. We need marine reserves that protect all the various ocean habitats and marine life, whether in deep offshore waters, or in areas like the Bay of Islands.

We hope that plenty of New Zealanders take the opportunity to have their say on Fish Forevers proposal, Katrina Goddard says.

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North Northumberland beaches are among the best in the UK for water quality, according to the Marine Conservation Societys Good Beach Guide.

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UK beaches – including 81% in the North East – have good water quality because of last summer's dry weather, says the Marine Conservation Society.

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The Marine Conservation Society is asking for help from the public in cleaning litter from Scotland's beaches.

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A 13-year study of coral reefs spontaneously recovering in the Cayman Islands offers hope of refuting often doomsday forecasts about the worldwide decline of the colorful marine habitat.

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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – A 13-year study of coral reefs spontaneously recovering in the Cayman Islands offers hope of refuting often doomsday forecasts about the worldwide decline of the colorful marine habitat.

Scientists monitoring the Cayman reefs noted a 40 percent decline in live coral cover between 1999 and 2004 during a period of warmer seas in the Caribbean.

However, seven years later, the amount, size and density of the live coral had returned to 1999 levels as sea temperatures eased, according to Tom Frazer, professor of aquatic ecology at the University of Florida and part of the research team.

“People have said these systems don’t have a chance,” Frazer told Reuters. “What we are saying is: ‘Hey, this is evidence they do have a chance.’”

Coral reefs account for 0.01 percent of the marine environment. They harbor up to 25 percent of the different species of marine organisms and generate millions of dollars for the fishing and tourism industries, the report states.

“They’re kind of like the rain forest of the sea,” Frazer said.

The reefs are dying around the world. In 2012, the Australian Institute of Marine Science reported that coral coverage of the Great Barrier Reef had declined by half over the previous 27 years.

The Cayman Islands study, conducted with the Central Caribbean Marine Institute there, was published in the November online issue of the San Francisco-based Public Library of Science and highlighted in last month’s issue of the Science journal.

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SURABAYA, Nov 15 (Bernama) – The Indonesian government and Germany’s Hochscule Wismar University of Applied Science are working together to develop two islands.

They are Poteran Island of Sumenep, East Java and Maratua Island of Berau, East Kalimantan, Indonesian news agency ANTARA reported.

Eko Budi Jatmiko, Dean of Marine Technology Faculty of Surabaya Institute of Technology (ITS), said Thursday the Marine and Fishery Ministry (KKP) had appointed ITS to adopt the Poteran and Maratua Islands.

A team from ITS and Hochscule Wismar University discussed various methods of taking this forward at the Sustainable Island Development Initiatives (SIDI) Week 2013 held earlier this week, and will visit the islands between Nov 15 and 17.

“The cooperation between ITS and Germany is a follow-up of an agreement signed in 2012,” Jatmiko said.

Four universities will take part in the adoption plan: ITS, Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Hasanudin University, and University of Indonesia.

Jatmiko said the focus of development will be different for both islands.

Research on Maratua Island will focus on developing the island’s tourism potential without neglecting the environmental or social aspects of the surroundings.

Poteran Island will be a place for research on tropical herbal extracts that will be used in medical products, food or cosmetics.


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Freedom Alliance, an educational and charitable organization that supports military personnel and their families, has awarded college scholarships to 270 children of military heroes in 2013. The scholarships total $1.3 million and were awarded to students whose parent is a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine who was killed or permanently disabled in a combat mission or training accident.

“These scholarships are made available,” explained Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon, “because these students have a parent who sacrificed life or limb defending our country. Both the parents and the students have made tremendous sacrifices for our country which we hope to recognize and honor with these scholarships.”

In total, Freedom Alliance has now awarded more than $7 million in scholarship assistance to students to help them finance their college educations.

“This Scholarship Fund,” Kilgannon said, “is a living memorial to military heroes. Each scholarship is a practical act of support for a family that has made incredible contributions to our country. Each scholarship is also recognition for a patriots sacrifice and a reminder to his or her child that the sacrifice of their parent will never be forgotten by a grateful nation.”

Among the scholarship recipients are students whose parent served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Persian Gulf War, the 1983 terrorist attack on the Marine Barracks in Beirut, the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, and other military campaigns in defense of our country.

Kalie Walters is one of Freedom Alliances scholarship recipients. She recently graduated from the University of West Florida, and is currently serving an internship with the organization. Walters father, Tech. Sgt. Howard Walters, died in a helicopter crash in November of 2003 in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron in Hurlburt Field, Florida. Walters was 13 years old at the time of her fathers death.

The Scholarship Fund is one of several programs sponsored by Freedom Alliance in support of those who serve our country. To be eligible for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship, students must have a parent that has become 100 percent disabled or deceased due to an operational mission or training accident, and under the age of 26.

Students who may qualify for the Freedom Alliance scholarship can visit our website at or the organizations main website at

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Oct. 25, 2013 Protection in the Medes Islands marine reserve started more than 25 years ago. Dusky grouper, zebra seabream and European seabass have practically reached their carrying capacity, whereas brown meagre is still approaching population stabilization and common dentex is still increasing. One exception to these trends is gilthead seabream, which decreased probably due to fishing just outside the borders of the reserve.

These are the conclusions of an article published recently on the journal PLOS ONE; the research is based on the scientific surveillance of species of fish strongly affected by fishing practices in the Medes Islands between 1992 and 2009. The article is signed by Bernat Hereu and Miquel Zabala, from the Department of Ecology at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona, and Antoni Garcia Rubies, from the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC).

It is one of the most comprehensive studies carried out in a protected marine area on the Mediterranean coast; it is focused on six littoral fish: dusky grouper (Epinephelus marginatus), common dentex (Dentex dentex), European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), zebra seabream (Diplodus cervinus), brown meagre (Sciaena umbra) and gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata). Professor Bernat Hereu points out that “these fish species are good indicators of protection effects as they vulnerable to fishing, they have long lives and a common habitat and, due to protection, they are more abundant in the protected area than outside.”

What are the effects of the protection carried out in the Medes Islands?

The research compares abundance and size between some vulnerable to fishing species in the marine reserve, partial reserve and the unprotected area. Authors affirm that the effect of protection varies among species. Dusky grouper and zebra seabream, which are sedentary species, have a positive answer towards protection; they have practically reached carrying capacity. However, the effect of partial reserve is not so effective because these species do not export biomass. Dusky grouper population is extended to new areas within the reserve; that gives birth to smaller individuals. In the case of common dentex, the effect of protection is clear too: even if it does not reach carrying capacity, there is a general recovery of populations along the Catalan coast.

Gilthead seabream, threatened with fishing

Gilthead seabream is an exception as population is decreasing even in the protected areas of the Medes Islands. This phenomenon may be consequence of their movement from the protected area to the coast, named ‘spillover’. “Gilthead seabream — says Hereu — is a species that live in different habitats. In autumn, it aggregates to spawn. One of these aggregations is situated very close to the marine reserve and is well known by fishermen in the area. An overfishing of aggregations for reproduction may reduce gilthead seabream populations.” More information about gilthead seabream biology, where and when do they form aggregations, may contribute to protect them and promote their conservation.

Population recovery: a long-term process

The study alerts that the total recovery of fish populations in the Mediterranean coast lasts for decades; it opposes other studies that hold that recoveries are quicker processes. “Total recovery of populations is a long-term process,” affirms Bernat Hereu. “They are long-lived species which only reach total recovery (carrying capacity) after many years of protection.” Carrying capacity, also described in other Mediterranean marine reserves, depends on several factors related to marine coast: natural habitat, depth, substrate, currents, productivity, etc.

Antoni Garcia Rubies explains that research concludes that “those species which are more vulnerable to fishing need longer protection in order to recover totally.” “If protection is not ensured — adds the expert — , populations will be destroyed in a matter of days. The comparison between protected and exploited populations gives us an idea about how much these species are exhausted in areas open for fishing” To know these data will enable administrations to select those marine areas that most need to be protected.

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If you think the sea can swallow all the muck that you throw into it or on the beach, think again. You should not throw garbage into the sea. In the current season, it is especially important not to litter the beaches, said a city-based scientist.

Bindu Sulochanan, Scientist, Research Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Mangalore, told The Hindu, Awareness has to be created, it is not just the (responsibility of the) government, each person has to take responsibility.

Visitors at beaches and fishermen, who make and vend fishing nets during the fishing holidays, must be more careful with disposing of garbage. With monsoons, more than half of Panambur beach gets submerged under water.

The rip currents begin and erosion is severe. The water reaches a longer way up the beach and goes back to the sea carrying with it all the trash it finds on the beach. When the calm current returns (the same day), it comes back with all the trash.

Fishermen are another section of people who should act. She said, Only with fishermen we can retrieve trash only through them it can be resolved.

Yathish Baikampady, CEO, Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project, said, Monsoon trash is a big nuisance Now is the right time to clean the beaches. In Panambur, the garbage is like a 40 ft road of up to one ft height. Higher the tide more the garbage, and it must be removed or else it leads to pollution. The sporadic rains now are a trailer to the real monsoon.

We need volunteers. This is the time, not when everything is fine, he said.

He said a large part of the garbage thrown into the sea comes through the rivers, is churned by the water and forms an island (called palke in Tulu), which becomes a shelter for leaves, dry forest waste and from where fishermen go and catch fish. Later, some garbage gets back to the beach.

A study titled Marine litter in the coastal environment of Mangalore by Bindu Sulochanan, G. S. Bhat and S. Lavanya, published in the Marine Fisheries Information Service journal, says, Chitrapur has the highest rate of marine litter of nearly one kg per square metre or 901.5g/m2 to be exact, followed by Tannirbavi 689.85 g/m2 and Panambur 83.33 g/m2.

The marine litter consisted of ice cream spoons, toothbrushes, bottle caps, plastic sachets, footwear, nylon ropes and thermocole.

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The state Marine Debris Task Force has updated its webpage with new information on what beachgoers should do if they encounter wood or hazardous debris on beaches:

Published: May 19, 2013 at 12:05 a.m. PDT Updated: May 19, 2013 at 12:31 a.m. PDT

The state Marine Debris Task Force has updated its webpage with new information on what beachgoers should do if they encounter wood or hazardous debris on beaches:

Logs, branches, sticks and wood debris are common along our coastal beaches. In the wake of the 2011 Japan tsunami, beachgoers might find a larger amount of wood debris as well as some new items coming in with the tides small beams and milled lumber.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends leaving it in place. Unless the wood is treated or contains a lot of nails and other metal, the wood should stay on the beach to decay. In most cases, there is no need to report wood debris. If the item is unusual and you believe that it is Japan tsunami marine debris, report it by calling toll free 855-922-6278.

For potentially hazardous debris, look first for hazard symbols and labels. Always put safety first. If you encounter something and youre not sure what it is, dont move it or touch it, especially if you think an item might be toxic, corrosive or flammable, contain an explosive, biohazard or pose any other threat. Call the marine debris hotline and leave details on what you find.

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Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), part of the Global Specialty unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance, has launched a new policy designed to cover marine liability and property related risks for small and mid-size marine businesses owners and operators.

The new policy, LIU Marine Business Owners Policy, offers competitive policy forms that give easy access to a variety of optional coverages, including general liability, which is a key exposure for smaller-size businesses.

Small business owners want a comprehensive policy that encompasses multiple coverages, said Don Harrell, senior vice president of LIU marine. They face the same marine liability and property risks as larger companies and need to have in place the same protections. We created LIU Marine BOP to meet this need in the market and to make it easier for small businesses to have access to a financially strong insurer with impeccable service standards.

LIU Marine BOP coverage includes marine general liability; hull and protection & indemnity; marine excess liability; and mobile equipment/tools. Classes eligible for coverage are: ship repairer/ship builder, marina operator, marine construction, marine artisan, marine contractors, consultant/inspections, and scientific/research/educational.

LIU Marine provides a broad range of insurance products that include Ocean and Project Cargo, Marine Liabilities, Marine Builders Risk and Hull and Machinery and Yachts. LIUs unique approach employs a team of local underwriters, risk engineers and marine claims specialists. Because the entire team is fully integrated into the insurance process, clients get faster service and a program that leads to a reduction in loss and best claims outcome.

Brokers can contact Don Harrell at or 212-208-2862.

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Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2012 revenue. As of December 31, 2012, Liberty Mutual Insurance had $120.1 billion in consolidated assets, $101.5 billion in consolidated liabilities, and $36.9 billion in annual consolidated revenue.

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