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Corals need 9 to 12 yrs to fully recover from bleaching, study finds

Coral reef

Corals need nine to 12 years to fully recover following large environmental disturbances such as mass bleaching and storm damage, researchers from Australia’s Southern Cross University said in a paper published on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Coral reef Corals are marine invertebrates within the class Anthozoa of the phylum Cnidaria. They typically live in compact colonies of many identical individual ...

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Government seeks blueprint on effective utilisation of underwater valuables

Underwater valuables

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 called for a workable National Action Plan to maximise and effectively use underwater valuables for sustainable development. The convention seeks to protect all traces of human existence having cultural, historical and archaeological characters that cover the oceans floors Ms Grace Isu Gekpe, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, made ...

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EU adopts proposal on emissions from maritime transport

Ship

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to revise the EU system for monitoring, reporting and verification (EU MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport. Bow of a ship The system will be revised for the EU to take “appropriate account” of the global data collection system for fuel consumption of ships established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Specifically, the proposal aims to ...

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Germany restricts professional fisheries in protected areas of North Sea

Svenja Schulze

Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany have developed tangible proposals for restrictions on professional fisheries in the marine protected areas of the North Sea. These were transmitted to the EU Commission as a “joint recommendation” and concern the Natura 2000 sites in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze The BMU and ...

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Nigeria, Togo fishers clamour sustainable fishing

Fishers

Courtesy of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) fishers in Nigeria and Togo met on December 28, 2018 in Makoko community, Lagos State, Nigeria. The meeting reportedly created space for exchange of information and ideas to ensure sustainable fishing and ensure that fishers’ rights are upheld and respected by policy makers. Adam Derman (second left) with fishers from Makoko ...

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Government restates commitment to promoting blue economy

Blue Economy

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to promoting blue economy for safe and sustainable use of the continent’s vast sea and ocean resources. Blue and Green Economy The minister disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr Muhammad Idris, the Head of Press, Ministry of Transportation, on Wednesday, December 30, 2019 in Abuja. Blue ...

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New Zealand issues alert over toxic shellfish

Shellfish

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 issued a public health warning on the consumption of toxic shellfish from the coastal area of the Bay of Plenty down to Bowentown Heads. Shellfish Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region in the North Island have shown levels of toxins above the safe limit, said ...

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Greenpeace welcomes EU decision on Thai fishing industry

Tara Buakamsri

Greenpeace welcomes the European Union’s decision to withdraw threat to ban Thai seafood imports owing to progress in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, its Directorate for Southeast Asia said. Tara Buakamsri “We applaud the Thai government for taking the necessary and essential steps towards reform in the Thai fishing industry,’’ the country’s director, Tara Buakamsri, said. Thailand’s multi-billion-dollar fishing ...

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Two out of 200 lost shipping containers hold toxic materials

Lost shipping containers

Two of the over 200 lost containers that were knocked from one of the world’s largest cargo ships hold dangerous materials, it has been revealed. Lost shipping containers One that broke open was transporting 250 sacks of toxic peroxide in powder form. Some sacks had washed up on shore. The other container with dangerous goods, which holds 1,400 kilograms of ...

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CCLME project to reverse marine ecosystems degradation

Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem

Resident Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in the Gambia, Madam Perpetua Katepa-Kalala, has revealed that the objective of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) project is designed to help countries to bring together knowledge and capacity-building in order to establish adequate mechanisms of good governance. This, according to her, is aimed towards managing and reversing the ...

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