I love watching people at the beach because they exude pure joy, a release. I can tell they are behaving differently at the edge of the shore than they do in their lives back home -- in their busy lives of work and stresses and shoulds.
Many islanders believe that the plan to install concrete piers for easy cruise ship guest access is short sighted and the loss of corals will actually hurt not only the marine ecosystem, but also an important part of island income, tourism.
The Nassau Grouper, a strikingly colored, large iconic Caribbean reef fish, was once one of the mostly heavily fished species in the region. Due to unsustainable exploitation practices, however, it is now scarce in many coral reef ecosystems throughout its native range.
Practically every kind of animal, from plankton to whales, is now contaminated by plastic. It's in the birds, in the turtles, in the fish. At the current rate, we could have 1 ton of plastics for every 3 tons of fish by 2025.
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It's important to speak up and to say something about the threats to our planet in a way that is heard and not ignored or quickly dismissed. It's also important to do it in a way that invites participation, action and conversation rather than guilt and divisiveness.
If climate is the defining issue of our time, how can we ignore or stand outside its definition? If ignorance is the rejection of meaning, then why would we choose meaningless as a certain way toward collapse and failure?
Micronesia's geography puts us at the mercy of Mother Nature in some respects but, more and more, we are also at the mercy of the climate-change policies of larger, more industrialized nations.
Throughout Palau's history, local chiefs have monitored the health of fish populations, and at the first sign of resource scarcity, leaders exercised their authority to declare a "bul," or fishing ban.
Permanent protection of these offshore marine jewels from all commercial-extractive activity will preserve them as thriving biodiversity hot spots, ocean laboratories, and help build resilience against the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification.
It may sound like a tall order: By 2020, the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal for oceans calls on the world to "manage and protect marine and coast...
We are developing a system to keep illegally caught seafood out of the United States by tracking it throughout the supply chain -- from harvest to entry into the country.
The shift to the SDGs is an historic moment in many regards. The international community is coming together in the realization that there is no planet B, no hinterland, no backwater. The health of our oceans is inextricably linked with our collective future.
A new WWF report revealed that we have lost nearly half of the oceans' wildlife in the last 40 years. Gone. In just one human generation, populations of marine fish, birds, mammals, and reptiles have declined by half. That is a staggering statistic.
Exclusion from the EU is a harsh penalty for any country's fishing industry, because it is the world's largest market for fish and fishery products.
The detection of four vessels suspected of illegally poaching Patagonian toothfish in Antarctic waters earlier this year is providing Spain an ideal opportunity to put its new law into immediate effect.