Fish & Fisheries

Enviros Demand Emergency Rules To Protect Rare Whales From Ship Collisions

"A coalition of environmental groups is calling on the federal government to enact emergency rules to protect a vanishing species of whale from lethal collisions with large ships. The groups filed their petition with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Sept. 28 in an effort to protect the North Atlantic right whale."

Source: AP, 10/03/2023

"Warmer Mediterranean Threatens Spain's Mussel Farms"

"Rising sea temperatures are killing mussels in Spain's Ebro delta and shellfish output is also suffering from Greece to Canada".

"EBRO DELTA, Spain - Mussel farmer Xavier Cabrera held out a handful of dry, dead mussels from his shellfish farm on the coast of the Ebro Delta, 100 miles (160 km) south of Barcelona. "Let's hope this isn't our future," he said ruefully.

A summer heatwave in the Mediterranean region killed off about 80% of the seed mussels - the tiny young that were going to be next year's harvest - and the little that was left of this year's production.

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 10/02/2023

"Road Hazard: Evidence Mounts on Toxic Pollution from Tires"

"Researchers are only beginning to uncover the toxic cocktail of chemicals, microplastics, and heavy metals hidden in car and truck tires. But experts say these tire emissions are a significant source of air and water pollution and may be affecting humans as well as wildlife."

Source: YaleE360, 09/20/2023
September 27, 2023 to September 28, 2023

The Rules-Based Order in Antarctica and Global Challenges

Join the Wilson Center and partners NSF, NOAA, the US Coast Guard and Battelle in Washington, DC or via live stream for the first-ever conference on Antarctic policy, with the aim of elevating dialogue on Antarctica’s connection to key US national interests.

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