OceanCare presented today a new literature review documenting alarming evidence of the detrimental impacts of underwater noise activities on fish and invertebrates. The review shows that the problem is much larger than expected.
The 12th Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS COP12) ends today, 28th of October 2017, in Manila, the Philippines. OceanCare welcomes the adoption of resolutions relating to the three main topics promoted by the organisation: underwater noise, marine plastic pollution, and aquatic wild meat.
Representatives of more than 120 countries gather from 23rd to 28th of October in Manila, the Philippines, to debate this issue. #cmscop12
Read the kick-off press release by OceanCare.
In a meeting with high-level represenatatives of the Spanish Ministry of Environment on the 1st of September, 2017, Nicolas Entrup for OceanCare and NRDC, and Carlos Bravo for Alianza Mar Blava handed over a letter signed by scientists and NGOs from all continents, calling for the cetacean migration corridor between the Baleares and the Spanish mainland to be protected and hydrocarbon exploration activities to be prevented. Searching for oil and gas in the seafloor is done by employing extremely loud explosive sound.
Caution, this video shows cruel scenes. However, it highlights in which country thousands of dolphins are being hunted every year to end up as bait in the shark fisheries. Learn more and see how you can help support initiatives in Peru which advocate strict dolphin and shark protection.
While the new French government announced a legislative initiative to ban further oil exploration, a similar initiative in Spain was blocked by the government. Further details in today's press release by OceanCare.
With one voice at different places on World Oceans Day – the voice for healthier and less noisy oceans grows louder and louder. This year’s World Oceans Day coincides with the United Nations Oceans Conference.
While whale watching tourism is booming in Iceland, uninformed tourists increasingly fuel whaling in Icelandic waters, as they "taste" whale meat oder buy souvenirs made from whale parts (which they cannot even take home legally). OceanCare and other NGOs now seek cooperation with airlines to inform tourists comprehensively.
Underwater noise pollution from ships is a chronic, global stressor impacting a wide range of marine species. Ambient ocean noise levels nearly doubled each decade from 1963-2007 in low-frequency bands attributed to shipping, inspiring a pledge from the International Maritime Organization to reduce ship noise and a call from the International Whaling Commission for member nations to halve ship noise within a decade.
In a recent paper, Scott Veirs of Beam Reach Marine Science and others analysed different ways to achieve these targets, using the example of a critically endangered resident killer whale population whose critical habitat spans shipping lanes serving the ports of Vancouver and Seattle.