The government of Tristan da Cunha, a four-island archipelago of about 250 people, has announced that it will be protecting approximately 700,000 square kilometers of its waters, creating the world’s fourth-largest Marine Protected Area.
Marine scientists and volunteers spread more than 70 million eelgrass seeds off Virginia’s shores. Led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and with help from The Nature Conservancy, the project has grown to over 8,896 acres.
Samoa’s land mass accounts for less than three percent of its territory, and the country is largely dependent upon the ocean for food and income. To preserve this vital resource, the Samoa Government has committed to fully managing its ocean area and protecting 30 percent by 2025 through the Samoa Ocean Strategy.
Coral has declined up to 80% in some areas around Hong Kong such are Double Island and Sai Kung, over the past decade. The new coral tiles will be used in these area to help restore coral population, create new substrate and attract tourism.
Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel, S/V KWAI completed a 48-day expedition, successfully removing 103 tons of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
For the second year in a row, Iceland’s two whaling companies will skip the annual whale hunt. One of the companies, IP-Utgerd, which specializes in the hunting of minke whales have announced they will never hunt whales again.
Results from the trial were “really, really encouraging”, the project’s lead scientist Daniel Harrison from Southern Cross University said.
The team believes restoring ocean health would require billions of dollars of investments, but the benefits of doing so would likely be 10 times the cost.
The move fulfills the country’s long-standing pledge to safeguard 30% of its marine waters.
Experts say seagrass helps tackle the effects of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide faster than trees.