Category Archives: Marine Mammals

SEAL shooting: RSPCA accredits 63% of Scottish salmon farms & “urgently trying to bring the practice to an end”… since 2008… The Guardian echoes GAAIA concerns

Continue reading SEAL shooting: RSPCA accredits 63% of Scottish salmon farms & “urgently trying to bring the practice to an end”… since 2008… The Guardian echoes GAAIA concerns

GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

WWF welcomed on Monday July 9, 2018, the announcement of a voluntary krill fishery closure along the Antarctic Peninsula by five fishing companies who make up the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting companies (ARK), and which represent 85% of the krill fishing industry in the Antarctic: the world’s largest krill fishing company, Aker BioMarine (Norway), Pesca Chile (Chile), Insung (South Korea),  Rimfrost (Norway)  and China National Fisheries Corporation (China). The companies have also pledged to support the scientific and political process for the creation of a network of large-scale marine protected areas in the Antarctic, including areas in which they currently operate.

Aker BioMarine also says it will support the creation of marine sanctuaries in Antarctica through the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in coming years. “WWF welcomes the initiative by Aker BioMarine and other ARK members to voluntarily commit to protecting Antarctica and its extraordinary wildlife,” said Chris Johnson, Senior Manager of WWF’s Antarctic Programme.

The voluntary krill fishery closure comes as a direct result of a Greenpeace campaign to protect the Antarctic Ocean, backed by 1.7 million people globally; it was announced at the ‘Antarctic 360°’ Greenpeace event in Cambridge (UK). “The momentum for protection of the Antarctic’s waters and wildlife is snowballing. A huge movement of people globally has been joined by scientists, governments, celebrities and now even the companies fishing in the Antarctic. This is a bold and progressive move from these krill fishing companies, and we hope to see the remainder of the krill industry follow suit,” said Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic Protect the Antarctic campaign.

Andrea Kavanagh, Director of Antarctic and Southern Ocean conservation, Pew Charitable Trusts, commented: “The Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies’ support for the creation of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs), including large no-fishing zones, is a truly visionary step that more commercial fishing interests in Antarctica and around the world should follow. Cooperation among scientists, governments, industry, and conservation groups is the surest bet to protecting the 30 percent of the ocean that scientists tell us is needed to maintain global ocean health. We expect to see the Weddell Sea and waters off East Antarctica declared marine parks in October. Governments should follow industry’s lead and support MPAs.”

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GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

Continue reading GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

LOBSTER industry: Innovative whale satellite buoys to assist in disentanglements; ~35,000 whales currently migrating to calving areas in the Kimberley

Continue reading LOBSTER industry: Innovative whale satellite buoys to assist in disentanglements; ~35,000 whales currently migrating to calving areas in the Kimberley

SFP, Greenpeace, Birdlife International &TNC report highlights threatened species bycatch issues in global longline tuna fishing, urges action

Continue reading SFP, Greenpeace, Birdlife International &TNC report highlights threatened species bycatch issues in global longline tuna fishing, urges action

FISH accounted for surprisingly large part of the Stone Age diet; “dominance of fishing is a discovery that has an enormous significance” – PhD thesis

Continue reading FISH accounted for surprisingly large part of the Stone Age diet; “dominance of fishing is a discovery that has an enormous significance” – PhD thesis

SEA LICE & Mortalities: “We have absolutely no problem whatsoever in being completely open and transparent with that data” – SSPO at Scotland’s Parliament Inquiry

Continue reading SEA LICE & Mortalities: “We have absolutely no problem whatsoever in being completely open and transparent with that data” – SSPO at Scotland’s Parliament Inquiry

SCOTTISH Green Party warns U.S. ban on farmed salmon exports is “step closer as regulators and industry unable to address seal issue”

Continue reading SCOTTISH Green Party warns U.S. ban on farmed salmon exports is “step closer as regulators and industry unable to address seal issue”

WWF urges MSC to adopt key reforms: “WWF does expect to see strong, more specific and more immediate commitments” – John Tanzer

Continue reading WWF urges MSC to adopt key reforms: “WWF does expect to see strong, more specific and more immediate commitments” – John Tanzer

WELFARE Standards: UK’s RSPCA attacked for support for Scottish seal shooting to protect farmed salmon; Updated Standards

Continue reading WELFARE Standards: UK’s RSPCA attacked for support for Scottish seal shooting to protect farmed salmon; Updated Standards

NZ Minister of Fisheries decision to ensure that Southern Squid Trawl Fishery activity does not threaten overall population of sea lions

Continue reading NZ Minister of Fisheries decision to ensure that Southern Squid Trawl Fishery activity does not threaten overall population of sea lions

COMPETING Tradeoffs: Recovering marine mammals populations “may now exceed combined harvest by commercial & recreational chinook salmon fisheries”

Continue reading COMPETING Tradeoffs: Recovering marine mammals populations “may now exceed combined harvest by commercial & recreational chinook salmon fisheries”

SEA LION vs. Salmon in Oregon; U.S. NMFS seeking public comments re. Pinniped Removal Authority; Protecting & recovering listed salmonid stocks

Continue reading SEA LION vs. Salmon in Oregon; U.S. NMFS seeking public comments re. Pinniped Removal Authority; Protecting & recovering listed salmonid stocks

COMPETITION: Seals, birds & humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea; Reducing ‘drastically’ cormorants or seal populations would be acceptable…- Professor

Continue reading COMPETITION: Seals, birds & humans compete for fish in the Baltic Sea; Reducing ‘drastically’ cormorants or seal populations would be acceptable…- Professor

GAAIA’s Don Staniford now taking aim at RSPCA for certifying “serial seal killer” salmon farms in Scotland…

Continue reading GAAIA’s Don Staniford now taking aim at RSPCA for certifying “serial seal killer” salmon farms in Scotland…

ANTHROPOGENIC impacts: human noise pollution in Hawaiian waters along Kona Coast may cost dolphins their sleep

Continue reading ANTHROPOGENIC impacts: human noise pollution in Hawaiian waters along Kona Coast may cost dolphins their sleep

MARINE mammal deaths on Scottish salmon farms increase in H1 2017; “country risked losing the export market to the USA” – Sunday Times

Continue reading MARINE mammal deaths on Scottish salmon farms increase in H1 2017; “country risked losing the export market to the USA” – Sunday Times