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Citizens Oceans Advocacy from a Sustainability Perspective

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A global oceans advocacy effort may require individuals to form clusters of mutual interests separate from their business and professional affiliations, be they with non-profits, NGOs, governments or corporations.

Water and Sustainability Letter

Plastics in Our Oceans
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Nothing is more fundamental to sustainability than water. It defines the surface of our planet, prescribes what is necessary to our life, and challenges hopes for worldwide prosperity.  The voices of sustainability who address water span a wide range of issues, programs, disciplines, professions, geographies, industries, opportunities, catastrophes, and toxins making it difficult, but not impossible, to organize and connect them under the one umbrella of sustainability.

#DardenDigest: Advancing Ethical Practices in Seafood Sourcing

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How do consumers select what fish they should and shouldn’t buy? How are fishermen conserving the oceans and supporting the availability of seafood in the long-term? What are the most innovative practices emerging in fisheries today?  These are just a sample of the questions asked of four distinguished panelists during a seminar at the University of Florida titled, “Advancing Ethical Practices in Seafood Sourcing.”

Study: Planning Can Protect Whales in Seismic Energy Surveys

Scientists outline recommendations for protecting whales and other marine animals from loud blasts generated by ocean seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration
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Whale experts have teamed up with the oil and gas industry to develop a step-by-step guide for reducing the impacts of noise pollution from marine seismic surveys on whales and other marine species.
 
The paper, published in the current issue of the journal Aquatic Mammals, was the result of a collaboration between scientists with the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel and the Russian consortium, Sakhalin Energy Investment.

Post-Plastic Entrepreneurs

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Can you think of two everyday materials with a worse environmental rep than Styrofoam and plastic bottles? From production through disposal, these things produce toxic gasses, are major culprits in our single-use disposable culture, and are rapidly invading our oceans and destroying marine food chains. This week’s guests on Sea Change Radio are each working on eco-friendly alternatives to these environmental villains.
 

Coping With The Rising Tides: John Englander & David Hedman

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Our planet’s rising oceans are no longer the purview of pessimistic doomsayers – they are the new reality. This week’s guests on Sea Change Radio are both trying to help us adapt to the phenomenon of crumbling coastlines and swollen seas. 

Carbon Dioxide is Killing Coral: How Rising Ocean Acidification Damages Marine Ecosystems

by J.P. Rose
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Ocean acidification from high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere threatens coral reef habitats, and the hundreds of marine species that rely on them. How this works at http://bit.ly/qfjoOu.

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Ocean acidification from high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere threatens coral reef habitats, and the hundreds of marine species that rely on them. How this works at http://bit.ly/qfjoOu.

The Widening Gyre Of Plastic: Made To Last Forever, Designed To Be Thrown Away

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Plastic is wonderful material. It has so many uses, infinitely malleable to fit almost any need. And soooo durable. Plastics last hundreds, even thousands of years. That is their strength. Our weakness is that we design too much plastic to be simply “thrown away” -wherever “away” is.

FishChoice.com - new tool for restaurants and retailers to increase sales of sustainable seafood

No More Fishing for Solutions: Commercial Seafood Buyers Reel in Sustainable Sources from an Unlikely Fishing Ground—The Internet.
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FishChoice is a non-profit, free service started by a former chef to connect producers of sustainable seafood products with both restaurant and retail buyers who would like to offer more sustainable seafood choices to their customers. FishChoice collaborates with six respected environmental organizations to set the criteria for sustainability and to provide buyers with the most current information about the most sustainable seafood species, regions, fishing methods, and farm types. By using FishChoice, restaurants and retailers can increase their sales of sustainable seafood products, satisfy customers who want more sustainable seafood, and do their part to ensure a steady supply of seafood into the future.

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FishChoice is a non-profit, free service started by a former chef to connect producers of sustainable seafood products with both restaurant and retail buyers who would like to offer more sustainable seafood choices to their customers. FishChoice collaborates with six respected environmental organizations to set the criteria for sustainability and to provide buyers with the most current information about the most sustainable seafood species, regions, fishing methods, and farm types. By using FishChoice, restaurants and retailers can increase their sales of sustainable seafood products, satisfy customers who want more sustainable seafood, and do their part to ensure a steady supply of seafood into the future.

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