Category Archives: Marine Protected Area

Melting Greenland Ice Sheet, Sea Ice Formation, and the Flow of the Gulf Stream

Pummeled by rising sea levels, extreme weather events and increasing ocean acidity, headlines tell of climate change giving the ocean another punch. “A crucial system of ocean currents is faltering.” “A critical ocean system may be heading for collapse due to climate change.” “Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse.” Yet, as…

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Scottish Fishermen support Fair Isle Marine Protected Area

The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) has stepped up in support of a proposal for a “demonstration and research” Marine Protected Area around Fair Isle.  Meaningful engagement with stakeholders had played a key role in SFF’s decision to support the initiative. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the SFF, said: ‘We recognize the vast amount of effort…

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Save Seamounts from Underwater Mountain Top Mining

George W. Bush forever protected Pacific Ocean seamounts by proclamation creating the Northern Hawaii Island National Marine Monument. Now the rare earth elements and high-tech metal mining-eye of Mordor is turning to seamounts in the Atlantic Ocean off of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.   The four pristine seamounts are named Bear, Physalia, Mytilus, and…

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Saving the Black-eyed King Scallops of Wester Ross, a Dredger Ban for Scotland’s Marine Protected Areas

The newspaper was handed to me over a plate of fish and chips with loose peas at the Coffee Pot in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.  “Dredging row turns bitter as ban ‘broken’” was the headline of The Press and Journal.[1] The “bitter row” had broken out about a week earlier and turned more bitter…

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