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19
Jan
2018

Source: Council of the Haida Nation 

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia – The Haida Nation and the Government of Canada have agreed to increase the level of protection at the SGaan Kinghlas – Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area (MPA) by closing all bottom-contact fishing. This closure shows a precautionary management approach to protection of sensitive benthic habitats in support of the MPA objectives.

Continue reading Haida Nation and Canada increase protection at the SG̲aan K̲inghlas – Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area

18
Jan
2018

Source: Seas At Risk

Seas At Risk welcomes the European Parliament’s resolution on international ocean governance  adopted on 16th January, particularly its strong stance on deep-sea mining. In calling for an international moratorium, the European Parliament becomes a primary custodian of the deep sea, hopefully prompting the European Commission and Member States to follow suit.

Continue reading European Parliament calls for international moratorium on deep-sea mining

17
Jan
2018

Source: Deep Sea Mining Campaign
Author: Natalie Lowrey

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Amid financial strife and looming litigation, Sir Arnold Amet, former Papua New Guinean Attorney General and Minister for Justice advises the PNG Government to terminate its joint partnership agreement with Nautilus, recoup its 15% stake in the Solwara 1 deep sea mining project and decline to renew the licences for Solwara 1.

Continue reading Former Attorney General of Papua New Guinea: The writing is on the wall for Solwara 1 – PNG should withdraw its investment before it’s too late.

16
Jan
2018

Source: Seas At Risk

The European Parliament plenary voted today on a proposal to merge and simplify a set of rules within current fisheries legislation. Despite being aimed at reducing the impacts of fisheries on the marine environment, the proposal adopted only serves to weaken existing protective legislation, without scientific justification.

Continue reading Marine ecosystems and fish stocks at risk as European Parliament adopts disastrous proposal

4
Jan
2018

Source: Arctic Now
Author: Nunatsiaq News

Three new marine refuges off Nunavut’s coasts are intended to make “a lasting contribution to marine conservation in Canada” by forbidding the practice of bottom trawling or dragging by fishing boats, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced.

Continue reading Canadian federal regulators ban bottom trawling in Nunavut’s three new marine refuges