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Experts flay increasing illegal fishing on West Africa coastline

Kofi Agbogah

Fishing and marine conservation experts have expressed concern over the need for West African countries to jointly stem the increasing illegal fishing activities in West African coastline. Kofi Agbogah This call was made in Grand Popo, Republic of Benin, during the just concluded workshop on fight against Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the gulf of Benin (IUU). In a ...

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Ocean clean-up project scoops up first batch of plastic in Pacific

Ocean Cleanup

A waste collection system tasked with ridding the world’s oceans of plastic has begun raking up debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch after a year of testing and one major setback, its Dutch inventor said on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The Ocean Cleanup project “Today, I am very proud to share with you that we’re now catching plastics,” said ...

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‘World leaders can’t ignore grim facts from IPCC’s oceans report’

Healthy Oceans

Scale of threat to oceans and ice ecosystems and the communities dependent on them requires rapid and unprecedented political action to stop the climate crisis, says the Climate Action Network (CAN) Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to feed nine billion people by 2050. Photo news: FAO The ...

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Rivers Day: Group seeks legal backing for rights to waterways

River Ethiope

The Foundation for Conservation of Nigerian Rivers (FCNR) has presented two draft bills to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law. The River Ethiope The presentation was made on Monday, September 23, 2019 as part of events for the World Rivers Day that was officially observed on Sunday, September 22. It had “Waterways in our communities” as its ...

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Scientists develop instruments for marine biological survey

Marine wildlife

Chinese scientists on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 developed online monitoring instruments for marine biological surveys and tested them in the Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Marine wildlife The instruments were developed by Hefei Institutes of Physical Science under the CAS. A series of instruments with different functions had been developed including those ...

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Fishers lament effects of oil spill, chemical pollution on fishing business

Overfishing

President, Fishermen Association of Lagos State, Alhaji Fasasi Adekunle, has said that activities of multi-national companies on the high sea had led to water pollution and dearth of fish. Large scale fishing Adekunle told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday, September 16, 2019 that multi-national companies were causing oil spill and chemical pollution which had driven ...

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600,000mt of sharks, rays caught yearly by world’s top 20 catchers – Report

Angel Shark

A study prepared by TRAFFIC has identified the world’s top 20 shark and ray catchers and traders, who collectively account for some 80% of global reported catch averaged by year between 2007–2017. The Angel Shark is assessed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List Released on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the study says commercial and artisanal vessels from Indonesia, Spain, ...

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Japan boosts blue economy of five Africa countries with $4.5m

Blue Economy

Comoros, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles have received $4.5 million from the Japanese government to fund blue economy growth in the countries. Blue and Green Economy The project is aimed at improving coral reef fisheries production for food and nutrition security for populations living along the Indian Ocean. Gabriel Rugalema, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Kenya ...

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Fishers want marine ecosystem rescued from corporate capture

FishNet Alliance

An urgent need to save the marine ecosystem from corporate capture while restoring the livelihood and dignity of fishers has been underscored. Members of FishNet Alliance at the meeting The submission was made on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Okrika Waterfront, Port Harcourt, Rivers State at the close of a two-day meeting by FishNet Alliance. Member of the Alliance ...

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Thai beaches eye growing number of dead sea mammals washed ashore

Dugong

Thailand’s marine body said on Friday, July 5, 2019 that a three-meter-long dugong was found dead in the sea off the southern province Trang. Dugong This brings the total number of dead dugongs to seven in 2019. The animal, weighing about 250 kilograms, was spotted by fishermen and estimated to have been dead for four to five days. The Department ...

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