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If you’re lucky, you may find yourself snorkeling with sea lions. They don’t bite. Well, maybe just a nibble, says naturalist Giancarlo Toti.

Dueling sea lions

Creeping up on tortoises

Only penguin in the Northern Hemisphere

Waved albatross

Marine iguana

Playful sea lions

Kayaking in Galapagos

Underwater feeding

Blue-footed boobies

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Sep 192014

If you’re lucky, you may find yourself snorkeling with sea lions. They don’t bite. Well, maybe just a nibble, says naturalist Giancarlo Toti.

Dueling sea lions

Creeping up on tortoises

Only penguin in the Northern Hemisphere

Waved albatross

Marine iguana

Playful sea lions

Kayaking in Galapagos

Underwater feeding

Blue-footed boobies

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Parry says he is ‘sick’ of seeing litter on the beach.

Monday, September 15, 2014 8:00 AM

Join in a Barefoot Beach Clean on one of North Devons beaches.

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Three beach cleans will be held in Westward Ho!, Instow and Croyde this Saturday.

Meet at Westward Ho! Tesco Express at 9.30am; at the slipway opposite the Commadore Hotel in Instow at 11am; or at Croyde beach cafe at 10am for the clean ups.

Tom Bell, Marine Conservation Society campaigns manager, said: Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches.

We throw more stuff away than ever.

Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks.

We flush stuff down the loo we shouldnt, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches.

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A NATIONAL marine charity has urged people to take part in helping to clear beaches around Yorkshire.

The Marine Conservation Society is looking for people to join beach cleans at Robins Hood Bay, Scarborough, Filey and Flamborough. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) runs regular beach cleans around the UK which this year will culminate in the Great British Beach Clean over the weekend of September 19 to 22.

Tom Bell, MCS Campaigns Manager, said: Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks.

We flush stuff down the loo we shouldnt, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches. We want to see people turning out to clean up their favourite or local beach during our Great British Beach Clean weekend please dont turn your back on our beaches.

There are beach clean events in Yorkshire Flamborough, Hessle Foreshore, Hornsea, Spurn, Hunmanby Gap, Robin Hoods Bay, Sandsend, Scarbough, Sewerby Steps, Tate Hill Sands, Filey, and Reighton Sands.

To find out dates and times at individual beaches and to sign up to the Great British Beach Clean in Yorkshire, register at mcsuk.org/greatbritishbeachclean or call 01989 567807.

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DIRTY beaches get spruces up at events across the county over the weekend of September 19 to 22 with the Marine Conservation Society hoping for a record turnout.

The society is urging residents to take part in the Great British Beach Clean and there are plenty of coves and bays in Dorset to choose from.

There are events at Baiter Park, Bournemouth, Durdle Door, Friars Cliff Beach, Hengistbury Head, Holes Bay at Poole, Lulworth Cove, Whitley Lake, Knoll Beach, Ham Common and Worbarrow among others.

Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches, said Tom Bell, campaigns manager.

We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown on to beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks.

We flush stuff down the loo we shouldnt, and that ends up in our waterways and then our beaches.

We want to see people turning out to clean up their favourite or local beach during our Great British Beach Clean weekend please dont turn your back on our beaches.

To find dates and times and register go to mcsuk.org/ greatbritishbeachclean.

Alternatively, call 01989 567807 for information.

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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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Bay of Islands marine reserves long overdue

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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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Beaches get top rating from MCS

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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Mud Islands – Marine Monitoring (01-Mar-14)
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Marine Iguana, Puerto Egas, Galpagos Islands
A short clip of a Marine Iguana on land at Puerto Egas.

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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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(Cutting) The Cost Of Freedom At the Expense Of Our Veterans
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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.

By Barbara Liston

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.

— BERNAMA

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Dulles, VA (PRWEB) November 07, 2013

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 http://www.fascholarship.com or the organizations main website at http://www.freedomalliance.org.

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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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