Tagged: Marine Biodiversity

Sea life abounds on the pristine reefs in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. (Credit: Kaleomanuiwa Wong

No More Marine Monuments?

The House Natural Resources Committee held a markup on Wednesday to consider the National Monument Creation and Protection Act (H.R. 3990) and a resolution concerning the Interior Department’s review of the Antiquities Act (H.Res. 555). The National Monument Creation and Protection Act, which passed out of committee along a party line vote (23-17) would eliminate the president’s ability to designate marine monuments and would require consent from Congress to protect large terrestrial areas. H.Res. 555, which failed along the same vote margin, would have asked Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to provide Congress with more information about his recent report that would significantly reduce the size of at least four national monuments.

Fisheries Service says listing the Pacific bluefin tuna "is not warranted," but environmentalists are planning a boycott of sushi restaurants in response. (Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Sorry, Charlie: Trump Rejects Bid To List Tuna As Endangered

The Trump administration on Tuesday chose not to list the Pacific bluefin tuna as an endangered species, rejecting a petition by the largest global conservation group that the U.S. is a member of, with France, South Korea, Australia, and several other countries. The Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service announced the decision after a 12-month review of the request that started under the Obama administration.

Deep in the oceans exist some of the world's oldest and most mysterious sea canyons and mountains, or seamounts. (Credit: NOAA)

First U.S. Marine National Monument Created In Atlantic

Deep in the oceans exist some of the world’s oldest and most mysterious sea canyons and mountains, or seamounts. Formed millions of years ago by extinct volcanoes and sediment erosion, sea canyons and seamounts are biodiversity hot spots — home to many rare and endangered species.

House Committee on Natural Resources Republicans thwart rule change requests by Democrats.(Credit: P.D.Tillman/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

List of Fisheries for 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service published its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2016, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

Ending Hide and Seek at Sea

The ocean remains the least observed part of our planet. This deficiency was made obvious by two recent developments in ocean governance: the emerging global movement to create massive marine protected areas (MPAs) (1) and a new commitment by the United Nations (UN) to develop a legally binding treaty to better manage high-seas biodiversity (2).