Category Archives: Ecosystem Destruction

Norway whalers take first whales of hunting season: official


Whale hunting, Norway. Photo source: Library of Congress

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Norwegian whale hunters have harpooned the first three whales of the year, off Bear Island, nearly a month after the controversial hunting season began.

Norway and Iceland are, with Japan, the only countries to defy the 1986 international moratorium on commercial whaling, claiming Minke whale stocks are large enough to be hunted…

Read Full Article, AFP / Phys. Org

Greenpeace Protests 2012 Whale Hunting Renewal in Norway
Norway announced renewal of its whale hunting quotas for 2012, approving the killing of 1,286 whales last February. The decision has mobilized the environmental activists.

Norwegian Whaling, Greenpeace
Norway resumed commercial whaling in 1993 as an attempt by the political party in power at the time to gain popularity in northern Norway.

Savagery without Borders: When the sands turns from white to blood red in the bays of the Faroe Islands, Coastal Care

Peru Examines Deaths of More Than 500 Pelicans

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Photo courtesy of: © Mat Kubota

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The government of Peru is investigating the deaths of more than 500 pelicans found along a 70km (40-mile) stretch of the country’s northern coast. Officials say most appeared to have died on shore over the past few days…

Between January and April of this year, some 800 dead dolphins washed ashore in Lambayeque, according to government figures…

Read Full Article, BBC News

Mueren más de mil pelícanos en la costa peruana
Más de mil pelícanos fueron encontrados muertos en la costa norte de Perú durante la semana, dijeron el domingo organizaciones de pescadores, mientras el gobierno abrió una investigación sobre las causas de las muertes.

615 Dead Dolphins Discovered on Peruvian Coast, Oil Exploration Thought to be Responsible
Researchers from ORCA Peru and BlueVoice.org have discovered 615 dead dolphins along a 135km stretch of the coast of Peru, according to a statement from BlueVoice. While the research, sanctioned by the Peruvian Ecological Police has not determined a definitive cause for the horrific “Unexplained Mortality Event”, Dr. Yaipen Llanos of Orca Peru fears that the fatalities may have been caused by sonic blasts used in oil exploration…

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Mancora Beach, Piura, northwestern coast, Perú. “Local media reports suggest more than 1,200 dead pelicans have been found in the Piura and Lambayeque regions…” BBC. Photo source: ©© Dns

St. Maarten: Paradise in Peril

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Frigate bird, St Maarten. Photo source: ©© Penumbra

Excerpts; by Patrick Holian; a Green Antilles Interview

Sint Maarten is at the crucial point of destroying the last of what draws crowds of dollar-touting tourists to this once-pristine Caribbean island.

“When the Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, was bathing in opening ceremonial champagne in 2010, no-nonsense dredgers were busy scraping out the bottom of Sint Maarten’s Great Bay to accommodate the behemoth boat’s thirty-one foot draft.

The port did not want to miss out on welcoming the 6000 passengers that this mega-vessel promised to deliver each time it arrives.

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Photograph: © SAF

The dregs from the bay were taken to the Great Salt Pond, one of the few remaining wetlands on the island—critical habitat for birds, fish, and other marine organisms. The pond is currently being filled in with the bay’s sand to build a ring road, one declared by politicians and developers alike as an absolute must for the island’s economy. There is also talk by some of constructing a drag strip there. Others want to build a cricket stadium in the pond, which also currently holds the island’s landfill.

Welcome to a paradise in peril.”

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Landing at the Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten. Captions and Photo source: ©© Aldo Bidini

Read Full Article, By Patrick Holian; a Green Antilles Interview

615 Dead Dolphins Discovered on Peruvian Coast, acoustic tests for oil to blame?

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Photo courtesy of: © PGYC

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Researchers from ORCA Peru and BlueVoice.org have discovered 615 dead dolphins along a 135km stretch of the coast of Peru, according to a statement from BlueVoice. While the research, sanctioned by the Peruvian Ecological Police has not determined a definitive cause for the horrific “Unexplained Mortality Event”, Dr. Yaipen Llanos of Orca Peru fears that the fatalities may have been caused by sonic blasts used in oil exploration…

Read Full Article, MSNBC

615 Dead Dolphins Discovered on Peruvian Coast, Oil Exploration Thought to be Responsible

Blue Voice

ORCA Peru

Mega Trawlers Emptying African Seas

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West African waters have been subject to overfishing for decades, the effects of which are being felt by local communities. The trawler is a prime example of how the size of fishing vessels are completely at odds with what fisheries can sustain. Captions and Photo source: © Pierre Gleizes /Greenpeace

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Abdoulaye Gueye cannot see any Chinese, Russian or European trawlers as he lands his meagre catch of sardinellas and mackerel into waiting horse-drawn carts on the beach at Joal. But he knows there are 30 or more of them just over the horizon, hoovering up the fish he cannot reach…

“Senegal’s fishing community will act on foreign fleets if government doesn’t”Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Greenpeace protests against EU subsidised plunder of West African Waters, Greenpeace

Activists stop Mega Trawler Emptying African Seas, Greenpeace

Large Marine Protected Areas Work for Dolphins

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Hector’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori) is the best-known of the four dolphins in the genus Cephalorhynchus and is found only in New Zealand. At about 1.4 m in length, it is one of the smallest cetaceans. Captions: Wikipedia. Photo source: ©© James Shook

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Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas — long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals, actually work.

Their study, based on 21 years’ monitoring and published March 27 in the British Ecological Society’s Journal of Applied Ecology, reveals that a marine sanctuary off the coast of Christchurch has significantly improved survival of Hector’s dolphins, one of the rarest dolphins in the world…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

Global Partnership for Oceans: to Reverse Patterns of Degradation, UN

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“The world’s oceans are in danger, and the enormity of the challenge is bigger than one country or organization. We need coordinated global action to restore our oceans to health… ” —World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick said, In a keynote speech to be delivered today at The Economist’s World Oceans Summit, UN. Photograph: © SAF

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A powerful coalition of governments, international organizations, civil society groups and private interests are joining together under the banner of a Global Partnership for Oceans to confront widely documented problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss.

The key step is to mobilize around a set of shared goals. This focus will help coordinate activities and mobilize new financial support, working closely with countries, civil society, and the private sector to reverse patterns of degradation and depletion…

Read Full Article, UNEP

Avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons

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Photograph: © SAF

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Management of fisheries at the community level can help curb overfishing and the ‘tragedy of the commons’ which is driving humans to decimate the planet’s dwindling fish stocks, an international scientific team says.

The positive finding comes from the world’s largest field investigation of 42 co-managed coral reef fisheries in five countries spread across the Indian and Pacific oceans.

The team of 17 scientists from eight nations concluded that partnerships between government, conservation groups, and local fishers – known as ‘co-management’ – were having considerable success in both meeting the livelihood needs of local communities and protecting fish stocks.

The team studied local fisheries arrangements on coral reefs in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea, using a combination of interviews with local fishers and community leaders, and underwater fish counts…

Read Full Article, ARC

Comanagement of coral reef social-ecological systems, Original Study: published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)

Ending the Oceans’ Tragedy of the Commons: Navigating transformations in governance of Chilean marine coastal resources

Radical Sand Dune project

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Kenfig Burrows, South Wales, UK. These Sand dunes cover most of six grid squares but this area is one of the last remnants of a large sand dune system that once stretched along the coast from the river Ogmore to the Gower peninsula. Captions and Photo source: ©© Nigel Homer

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Will a pioneering project to reshape sand dunes that are home to a stronghold of fen orchids and other rare plants and invertebrates, protect or destroy the habitat?

Read Full Article, BBC