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-Gulf of Mexico: http://eli-ocean.org/gulf
-Ocean Planning: http://eli-ocean.org/planning/
-Fish and Aquaculture: http://eli-ocean.org/fish
-Arctic Management: http://eli-ocean.org/arctic
-Ocean Seminar Series: http://eli-ocean.org/seminars
-Marine Protected Areas: http://eli-ocean.org/mpa


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Who Will Win the Race to Generate Electricity From Ocean Tides? 11/25/2022

The Bay of Fundy has a record-setting 50-foot high tide that has long frustrated engineers hoping to harness its electricity. However, a new coalition of entrepreneurs and scientists in Nova Scotia are trying a new technology that may work long-term and could be a highly reliable new source of renewable energy.

Who Will Win the Race to Generate Electricity From Ocean Tides? The Bay of Fundy, between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, has one of the world’s most powerful tides. Now, engineers and scientists hope to finally turn it into a clean energy source.

With High Seas Treaty Near Final New Paper Offers Roadmap for Rapid Implementation 11/24/2022

Negotiations are taking place at the United Nations for a treaty to protect ocean life in the high seas. The agreement is known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Treaty and it addresses critical issues like marine protected areas (MPAs) on the high seas, environmental impact assessments for activities in these waters, and capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology.

With High Seas Treaty Near Final New Paper Offers Roadmap for Rapid Implementation Negotiations at the United Nations for an ambitious treaty to protect ocean life in the high seas are approaching the final stage. These ocean areas lie beyond the jurisdiction of any country and make up about two-thirds of the ocean; conserving large areas of the high seas is critical to ensuring e...

Methane emissions in the Arctic diversify the diets of marine ecosystems living in productive shallow-marine areas 11/22/2022

Natural methane seep sites, areas of the ocean floor where methane and other fluid seeps out, may be providing an extra energy source for communities on the seafloor. Scientists found that seep sites in the Arctic diversify diets and add resources to marine ecosystems.

Methane emissions in the Arctic diversify the diets of marine ecosystems living in productive shallow-marine areas Methane gas from cold seeps – a complementary food source for organisms living in the Arctic? New study finds that methane emissions in the shallow Arctic shelves actually diversifies the diets of marine organisms living here.

Washington state organizations hold art contest to highlight invasive species, how to contain them 11/18/2022

The Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are holding an art contest for high school students to spread the word about invasive species, especially the freshwater Quagga and Zebra mussels. The contest is looking for education designs that highlight priority invasive species and include actions the public can take.

Washington state organizations hold art contest to highlight invasive species, how to contain them The Washington Invasive Species Council and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are asking high school-age artists to create educational designs.

Scientists are calling on the White House to save a whale species unique to the Gulf of Mexico 11/16/2022

100 marine scientists sign a letter to the Biden administration asking for help saving one of the most endangered marine mammal species, known as Rice’s whale. Scientists hope that reduced boat traffic and ship speed will make these animals less vulnerable to harmful collisions.

Scientists are calling on the White House to save a whale species unique to the Gulf of Mexico On the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act last month, a group of scientists asked the federal government for protection and funds for recovery of Rice’s whales.

New Commonwealth grants available for ocean projects 11/15/2022

At COP27, the Commonwealth Secretary urges member countries to apply for grants under the Commonwealth Blue Charter Project Incubator. The grants are between €5000 to €50,000 and can be used for a wide range of activities such as training, capacity-building, knowledge exchanges, and more.

New Commonwealth grants available for ocean projects The Commonwealth Secretariat has today announced the first call for proposals under the newly established Commonwealth Blue Charter Project Incubator.

Oregon State and partners to receive $4.2 million to study stressors facing Dungeness crab, other marine life under climate change 11/11/2022

NOAA has awarded Oregon State $4.2 million to investigate the impact of climate change-related stressors on marine ecosystems. The project highlights integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge to research the Dungeness crab and krill.

Oregon State and partners to receive $4.2 million to study stressors facing Dungeness crab, other marine life under climate change NEWPORT, Ore. – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded Oregon State University and its research partners $4.2 million to investigate how multiple climate change-related stressors are impacting marine ecosystems off the coast of Oregon, Washington and Northern California.

‘It’s not too late’: Surfers come together to help preserve coral reef 11/09/2022

Surfing’s biggest organization, the World Surf League has partnered with Coral Gardeners to save the reef through a process called coral reef rehabilitation. The rehabilitation program involves taking coral that hasn’t been impacted by bleaching and using grafts of this coral to help more coral grow elsewhere.

‘It’s not too late’: Surfers come together to help preserve coral reef Over the last three years, the World Surf League has partnered with Coral Gardeners, a group dedicated to preserving and regenerating coral reefs.

To Reduce Trash, Some States Charge the Companies Producing It 11/08/2022

States are enacting Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies as a solution to diminishing landfill capacity. These policies charge producers based on their packaging choices and how much plastic they are producing.

To Reduce Trash, Some States Charge the Companies Producing It Four states are tackling trash at the front end by pushing producers to reduce packaging.

Two wonder women complete seven year journey from Antarctic to Arctic oceans 11/04/2022

Over seven years, two women hike, cycle, and paddle across two continents and 13 countries from Antarctica to the Arctic Ocean. In their travels across South America and North America, they note that the people they’ve met along the way have made the journey possible.

Two wonder women complete seven year journey from Antarctic to Arctic oceans October 30, 2022 - Seven years, two continents, 13 countries, 31,704 kilometres — and two very determined women....

How Much Trash Is In Our Oceans? 11/02/2022

Disposable waste is a feature of many marine environments. Scientists that have mapped plastics in the ocean have calculated global estimates that reach several thousand tons, with fishing gear contributing to around 10 percent of this pollution. Creating accountability for plastic waste is vital to stopping ocean pollution.

How Much Trash Is In Our Oceans? In 2014, there was more than 593 million pounds, or 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating on the ocean’s surface. And experts say there's more beneath.

San Diego researchers hope to spotlight ocean at UN climate conference 11/01/2022

At the United Nations 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Egypt, oceanographic researchers hope that the ocean will play a central role in climate discussions. Scientists are increasingly recognizing the role the ocean plays in the planet’s climate system.

San Diego researchers hope to spotlight ocean at UN climate conference San Diego’s top ocean researchers hope to put the spotlight on the ocean at the next major global climate summit in Egypt.

Hidden 'Oasis of Life' Discovered Deep Under The Ocean in The Maldives 10/28/2022

A hidden oasis of life is discovered in the deep waters of the Maldives. The biodiverse “Trapping Zone” was discovered by researchers on the Nekton Maldives Mission, the first study to map these waters.

Hidden 'Oasis of Life' Discovered Deep Under The Ocean in The Maldives A team of 'aquanauts' has discovered the Maldives is an oasis for deep ocean life in a large watery desert.

Scientists call for setting limits, possible moratorium on fishing in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean 10/27/2022

An international group of scientists calls for limiting fishing in Antartica’s Southern Ocean. Current levels of fishing are taking a toll on its diverse marine ecosystem: commercial fishing for Antarctic toothfish is threatening the Southern Ocean's food chain.

Scientists call for setting limits, possible moratorium on fishing in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean Published only days before the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources' annual meeting, this evidence-based commentary published in Science notes that current levels of fishing, combined with climate change, are taking a concerning toll on this diverse ecosystem of globa...

Marine protected areas combat the effects of climate change 10/26/2022

Marine protected areas (MPAs) have been shown to improve carbon sequestration, coastal protection, and biodiversity. Though these areas can’t completely mitigate climate change, this new research has highlighted MPAs as important to addressing the climate crisis.

Marine protected areas combat the effects of climate change Marine protected areas (MPAs) are one of the solutions being put forward to help adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. To demonstrate their effectiveness, scientists from CRIOBE (CNRS/École Pratique des Hautes Etudes/UPVD), as part of an international team, analyzed 22,403 research a...

Proposal to grant the ocean rights calls for a sea change in legal framework 10/21/2022

Ocean Race, a professional sporting group, is launching a bid to establish the Universal Declaration of Ocean Right. The legal framework would grant legal rights to the ocean, following a movement toward granting the natural world legal rights.

Proposal to grant the ocean rights calls for a sea change in legal framework The idea is simple but ambitious: protect the ocean by giving it the same kind of rights a person might have. No such legal mechanism is currently in place, but support for this concept is growing as experts increasingly recognize that the ocean is in dire need of defense. Existing laws already prov...

Here’s How The Ocean is Being Harnessed as a Climate Solution 10/19/2022

The ocean stabilizes the climate in many different ways. From absorbing carbon through photosynthesis, storing it long-term under sediment, and trapping heat, the ocean plays a crucial role in regulating the climate.

Here’s How The Ocean is Being Harnessed as a Climate Solution The ocean is a critical climate solution—although concerns exist around some ‘blue carbon’ methods

Gray’s Reef Celebrates 50 Years Of Marine Sanctuaries And New Ocean Discovery Center 10/19/2022

NOAA’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is celebrating the 50th anniversary of national marine sanctuaries and the creation of a new Ocean Discovery Center. The Center will show visitors the importance of protecting marine life.

Gray’s Reef Celebrates 50 Years Of Marine Sanctuaries And New Ocean Discovery Center Savannah, GA, Oct. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the Gray’s Reef Chapter of the National Marine...

To save California coasts, scientists turn to the humble oyster 10/13/2022

The Port of San Diego has dropped artificial reefs into the bay to mitigate coastal erosion. Researchers hope they will support the growth of real oyster reefs over time and bring biodiversity and stability to the coastal ecosystem.

To save California coasts, scientists turn to the humble oyster There are no pearls growing on the oyster reefs in San Diego Bay, but scientists hope they will yield an even more valuable treasure: protection against coastal erosion wrought by rising sea levels.

Ancient DNA From 1 Million Years Ago Discovered in Antarctica 10/11/2022

Discovery of DNA in Antarctica could be useful for mapping out the history of the ocean and understanding how climate change will impact Antarctica in the future.

Ancient DNA From 1 Million Years Ago Discovered in Antarctica As we're a species with ever-shrinking attention spans, it can be difficult to comprehend just how long life has been around on Earth.

NOAA Awards $11M for Coastal and Infrastructure Resilience Research 10/05/2022

NOAA is funding coastal research projects across the nation, funding important scientific research on mitigating sea level rise and its impacts on the environment, local communities, and infrastructure.

NOAA Awards $11M for Coastal and Infrastructure Resilience Research NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is announcing $11M in Fiscal Year 2022 to fund 18 coastal resilience research projects across the nation.

A sea change for plastic pollution: New material biodegrades in ocean water: Marine microorganisms found to feast on new polyurethane materials used in sustainable shoes 09/29/2022

Researchers at UC San Diego have created a plastic that biodegrades in seawater and poses less risk to the environment.

A sea change for plastic pollution: New material biodegrades in ocean water: Marine microorganisms found to feast on new polyurethane materials used in sustainable shoes Seeking solutions to counteract a rapid rise in plastic trash, scientists have developed biodegradable material that is designed to replace conventionally used plastic. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has shown that the material biodegrades in seawater.

Unchecked ocean warming threatens many Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean corals 09/27/2022

Ocean warming is impacting coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, but climate change mitigation strategies can help prevent negative impacts.

Unchecked ocean warming threatens many Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean corals The coral reefs of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean are richly diverse ecosystems of global importance. These regions contain more than 10% of the world's reefs and host hundreds of fish species, and they provide more than $6 billion in economic benefits courtesy of fisheries, tourism, and other...

Timeline photos 09/26/2022

Hey everyone! My name is Talia and I’m an intern at the Environmental Law Institute. I’m helping run ELI’s Ocean Program social media this Fall and wanted to introduce myself. I’m a senior at Johns Hopkins University studying Environmental Studies and International Studies. In my free time I enjoy going on runs, reading, and spending time outdoors. If there are any topics you’re interested in seeing on our feed, please reach out!

What California’s 30x30 Initiative Means to This Surfer 09/20/2022

California's 30x30 initiative to protect 30% of Californian oceans by 2030 goes beyond protecting marine biodiversity; the strategy is also aimed at ensuring equitable outdoor access and recreation for all Californians. If actualized, 30x30 would allow all Californians to enjoy a healthy ocean.

What California’s 30x30 Initiative Means to This Surfer Lizelle Jackson, cofounder of Color the Water, describes the barriers to ocean access for BIPOC communities—and the promise of the 30x30 initiative.

Here's how Indonesia plans to protect 30% of its seas by 2045 09/19/2022

From 2030 to 2045, Indonesia plans to triple its network of marine protected areas. The World Economic Forum highlights the importance of managing existing networks effectively and ensuring quality protection instead of prioritizing coverage expansion.

Here's how Indonesia plans to protect 30% of its seas by 2045 Indonesia is planning to expand its marine protected area coverage to 325,000 square kilometres by the end of this decade, the fisheries ministry says.

Timeline photos 09/16/2022

Economists estimate that $174.5 billion per year until 2030 is needed to meet the UN's SDG14 of Life Before Water. To confront this serious challenge and complement government, NGO, and philanthropy action, market-based sustainable investment is rising, creating the emerging blue economy. Read more about ocean ESG projects: http://ow.ly/tKPx50KM1BE

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