Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5 m

Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000lb of poorly understood creature A Seattle-area fish processor who hoped to cash in on China’s appetite for sea cucumber faces years in prison for his role in a $1.5m poaching scheme that rocked an already unstable fishery. Federal prosecutors claim Hoon […]

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414 million pieces of plastic found on remote island group in Indian Ocean

Debris on Cocos( Keeling) Islands was mostly bottles, cutlery, suitcases and straws, but also included 977,000 shoes, study says On the beaches of the tiny Cocos( Keeling) Islands, population 600, marine scientists saw 977,000 shoes and 373,000 toothbrushes. A comprehensive survey of debris on the islands- among the most remote places on Earth, in the […]

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Found: British writer of 50-year-old message in a bottle that washed up in Australia

South Australian man and his son discovered the bottle, which was dropped from an ocean liner by 13 -year-old Paul Gilmore in 1969 The British author of a message in a bottle that recently washed up on the South Australian coast after more than half a century has been discovered- and he is currently out […]

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Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5 m

Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000 lb of poorly understood creature A Seattle-area fish processor who hoped to cash in on China’s appetite for ocean cucumber faces years in prison for his role in a $1.5 m poaching strategy that rocked an already unstable fishery. Federal attorneys […]

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‘Great Pacific garbage patch’ sprawling with far more dusts than thought

The patch of detritus is more than twice the size of France and is up to 16 times larger than previously estimated An enormous area of rubbish floating in the Pacific Ocean is teeming with far more debris than previously thought, heightening alarm that the world’s oceans are being increasingly choked by trillions of pieces […]

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Seattle sea cucumber poachers reeled in $1.5 m

Washington man faces prison for role in years-long operation to poach and sell 250,000lb of poorly understood creature A Seattle-area fish processor who hoped to cash in on China’s appetite for sea cucumber faces years in prison for his role in a $1.5m poaching scheme that rocked an already unstable fishery. Federal prosecutors claim Hoon […]

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Oceans’ last chance:’ It’s taken years of negotiations to set this up’

Wildlife in most of the lawless high seas faces an existential threat from fishing, shipping and the military. Next month, a landmark UN conference could finally bring hope The leatherback turtle is one of our planet’s most distinctive creatures. It can live for decades and grow to weigh up to two tonnes. It is the […]

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Almost all world’s oceans is affected by human impact, study discovers

The remaining wilderness areas, mostly in the remote Pacific and at the poles, require urgent protection from fishing and pollution, scientists say Just 13% of the world’s oceans remain untouched by the damaging impacts of humanity, the first systematic analysis has disclosed. Outside the remotest the sectors of the Pacific and the poles, virtually no […]

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Toxic ‘red tide’ algae bloom is killing Florida wildlife and menacing tourism

This year 267 tons of marine life, including thousands of small fish and 72 Goliath groupers, have washed up along 150 miles of the Gulf Coast from the unrelenting bloom With its long, white, sandy beaches, Sanibel Island off the coast of south-western Florida is usually a perfect place for families to enjoy these last […]

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The Cape Cod shark attack is a terrible reminder of our fragility- and that of the sea | Philip Hoare

Great whites follow seals, collisions with swimmers and surfers ensue. I decline to demonize the scything dorsal fin The terrible news of a young man’s death after an attack by a shark off Cape Cod comes wreathed in a kind of narrative that cannot be any consolation to his family, suffering the grief of his […]

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