Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/18/2022 - 00:00
Scientists hail breakthrough that could maximise catches while reducing damage caused by fishing An unusual technique for catching scallops that was stumbled upon accidentally by scientists could potentially reduce some of the damage caused to our seabeds by fishing. The marine scientist Dr Rob Enever and his team at Fishtek Marine, a fisheries consultancy based in Devon, designed small underwater “potlights” to help protect fish stocks by replacing the need to use fish to bait crab and lobster pots. Continue reading...
05/18/2022 - 00:00
Jack-in-the-pulpit plants lure in gnats, cover them in pollen and trap them. As they struggle to escape they pollenate female flowers There are two plant species with the most brutal flowers in the world, which deliberately kill their insect pollinators. The flowers of jack-in the pulpit, Arisaema angustatum, and its close relative Arisaema peninsulae are hidden inside a bowl-shaped wrapper with a narrow entrance, with a tall hood standing above. The floral dungeon lures in male fungus gnats, possibly by imitating the sexy scent of female gnats to fool the males into finding a mate. When the plants are small they only develop male flowers, which cover the gnats in pollen. The floral prison is too slippery for the gnats to climb out of, and their only escape is through a tiny hole in the chamber, before they can fly off and fall for the same trick on another plant. But as the plants grow larger, they develop female flowers and the escape hole closes and so gnats falling into the floral prison now become well and truly imprisoned. As they desperately try to escape they smother the female flowers with pollen, but with no escape route and no food, the gnats eventually die – quite possibly the cruellest cross-pollination strategy of any known flower. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 21:00
A Guardian investigation has revealed 195 oil and gas projects known as ‘carbon bombs’ that could trigger catastrophic climate breakdown if allowed to continue. Damian Carrington reports Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown During emotional scenes in Glasgow last year, world leaders came together to agree to “phase down” the use of coal. But absent from the UN climate summit was any similar pledge about oil and gas, the fossil fuels that make up more than half of the world’s energy production. The environment editor, Damian Carrington, tells Michael Safi that a Guardian investigation has laid bare the reality of what those oil and gas projects add up to: 646 gigatonnes of additional carbon dioxide that would be pumped into the atmosphere unless they are halted. The investigation uncovered 195 “carbon bombs” – projects that would each result in at least 1bn tonnes of CO2 emissions over their lifetimes – and found that the dozen biggest oil companies were on track to spend $103m a day for the rest of the decade, exploiting new fields of oil and gas that could not be burned if global heating was to be limited to well under 2C. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 17:30
Toxic air, water and soil are ‘existential threat to human and planetary health’, says global review Pollution is killing 9 million people a year, a review has found, making it responsible for one in six of all deaths. Toxic air and contaminated water and soil “is an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardises the sustainability of modern societies”, the review concluded. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 12:56
Owners of community land bought shares to join annual meeting of Fresnillo, a Mexican FTSE 100 company Mexican farmers have travelled to London to demand that a FTSE 100 company compensates them for illegal mining on their land and explain violence against anti-mining activists. Penmont mining, a subsidiary of Fresnillo, was ordered by an agrarian court in Mexico in 2013 to pay members of El Bajío community, co-owners of common land in Sonora, north-west Mexico, for the gold extracted and to restore the land to its original state. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 12:42
Ocean Leadership ~ International Fisheries The international fisheries project at the Pew Charitable Trusts is designed to secure an enduring system of rules and consequences that ensures the sustainability of fish populations and supports the health and resilience of the marine ecosystem more broadly. The project is focused on three main objectives: (1) adoption of harvest strategies and compliance regimes in regional fisheries management organizations designed to end overfishing of targeted fish stocks; (2) increased protections for biodiversity, vulnerable marine species, and their habitats from harm caused by commercial fishing, especially industrial longlines, and (3) improved enforcement of policies aimed at ending illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The work is global in nature. Position Overview The Director oversees a multifaceted portfolio working on international fisheries conservation and management projects across the globe. The Director manages 3-4 direct reports and oversees a team of 25 staff in the US, Europe, and Australia. The position reports to the Vice President, Environment who is based in and heads Pew’s Portland, OR office. Responsibilities Leadership and strategy setting Manage a multi-million dollar budget and projects in regions around the world. Lead development and implementation of targeted, effective, and measurable strategies that seek to secure policy reform and other necessary actions at a national and regional level. Manage day-to-day operations and activities and collaborate closely with project and department leadership to assess progress, refine strategies, and achieve critical milestones. Provide thoughtful and inclusive leadership to diverse staff spread over multiple countries and time zones, including setting measurable goals and targets, establishing work plans and milestones, conducting performance evaluations, monitoring individual and team achievements, creating professional opportunities for staff, and ensuring staff follow Pew policies and procedures. Ensure the projects and campaigns have the necessary capacity and support and risk mitigation to achieve objectives. Develop ongoing mechanisms to analyze policy opportunities and regulatory and scientific developments that have relevance for overall project efforts. Contribute to, and participate in, the tasks of Pew’s broader marine and land conservation programs, as well as other Pew Charitable Trust-related projects and activities as needed. Relationships Work with colleagues on the partnerships team to participate in fundraising and partner development, the preparation and submission of funding proposals, cultivation of new donors, and meet reporting requirements. In collaboration with the government relations team, establish and maintain relationships with senior policymakers including ministers, heads of organizations, and other officials. Liaise with conservation groups, expert bodies, and other constituencies to advance campaign objectives. Leverage meaningful working relationships across Pew and partner organizations. Support fundraising and partner development efforts by contributing to funding proposals, cultivating donor relationships, and providing informative progress reporting. Manage executive committee and facilitate monthly meeting with the principal partners and campaign leaders. Serve as a spokesperson in order to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies about the ecological, economic, scientific, and cultural importance of international fisheries conservation and management, including representing Pew publicly at conferences, seminars, official forums and in the press. Qualifications Skills Excellent strategic and program management skills, with a proven ability to analyze complex programs and then lead, develop, execute, and evaluate a range of diverse strategies to achieve goals. Strong operational management acumen. Ability to analyze budgetary information, assess organizational needs and problem solve within a large institution. Persuasive and influential at gaining support and commitment from individuals and organizations capable of providing financial support for Pew projects. Exceptional interpersonal skills, with seasoned judgment and analytical capacity, diplomacy, collaborative spirit, and ability to make decisions. Responsive, clear, and firm with colleagues and partners. An understanding of national and multilateral regulatory and legislative processes, and strong political, strategic, and analytical skills. Dexterity to productively navigate a complex, global partnership with a diverse set of influential stakeholders whose objectives often differ and occasionally compete. Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use marketing techniques and media exposure to communication the impact of research on conservation needs. Fluency in English required. Favorable consideration for applicants with additional competency in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French, and Japanese. Experience Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. At least 12 years of applicable experience. Five years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience leading the performance management process for direct reports, providing career development advice and counsel to staff and teams across dispersed geographies, and fostering productive relationships with consultants, partners, and other stakeholders to achieve project objectives. To Apply To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter through CEA Consulting’s job portal through the following link: This position will remain posted until filled. 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05/17/2022 - 12:30
Group previously accused of being part of ‘astroturfing’ campaign says ‘community deserves clarity’ on position of Labor candidate in Queensland seat of Groom Guardian Australia’s full election coverage Seat explorer: the state of play Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Last Monday morning, two weeks before election day, journalists in Toowoomba began calling and emailing the Labor candidate for the seat of Groom, Gen Allpass, to ask whether she supported the expansion of the controversial New Acland coalmine. “I had all the media after me that day, and some online trolling as well,” Allpass said. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 11:21
First female prime minister in 30 years faces calls to act fast after ‘five lost years’ on tackling global heating The new French prime minister, Élisabeth Borne, has immediately come under pressure from environmentalists on the left who warned “hopes were low” that she would drastically cut France’s carbon emissions or move fast enough to address global heating, despite Emmanuel Macron’s election promise to make France a world-leader on the climate emergency. Borne’s first comments after taking office were to promise to “act faster and stronger” to deal with climate challenges, after the newly re-elected centrist president, Macron, promised his prime minister special oversight powers to plan France’s transition to become “the first major nation to abandon gas, oil and coal.” Continue reading...
Main Street Bucksport Partners with W2O for International Maritime Film Festival
04/30/2019 - 13:16
Bucksport, Maine, USA | April 2019 Main Street Bucksport is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with World Ocean Observatory to produce the International Maritime Film Festival. They join media partner WoodenBoat Publications and community partner Island Institute. Since 2003 World Ocean Observatory has been a major utility for ocean communication as a means to advance public awareness and political will, and is dedicated to providing information and education about the health of the ocean. Online at The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is now in its 4th year and is an annual juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed film making. This year’s festival takes place at the historic Alamo Theatre in downtown Bucksport from September 27-September 29, 2019. A program will be announced and tickets will go on sale in July 2019. IMFF accepts films on a broad range of maritime subjects. These include, but are not limited to, voyaging, racing, working, leisure, boatbuilding and restoration, historical documentary, and environment and science. Judging is not category-specific; rather, all films will be evaluated in relation to each other, in one of two tracks: Feature Length (40 minutes or more), or Shorts (under 40 minutes). All films are to be in English, or to carry English subtitles. A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be awarded in the Feature Length category and the Runner Up will receive $500. A Grand Prize of $500 will be awarded to winning Short Film and the Runner Up will receive $250. Submissions may be made online at
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World OCean Radio Has Gone Global
08/20/2014 - 08:40
Aug. 7, 2014 | This is a big week for the World Ocean Observatory. First, it is a major milestone for World Ocean Radio: we broadcast our 300th audio episode since World Ocean Radio first aired in 2009. And second, this week we are announcing the launch of an expansion of World Ocean Radio into four additional languages. A selection of broadcasts (see are now available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Swahili, translated from our audio archive and representing an extraordinary opportunity to extend our communication efforts beyond English and into major geographical areas that have been outside our broadcast capacity. We now have the opportunity to offer our radio feature to outlets in France, Spain, Portugal, all the nations in Central and South America, and in certain regions of Africa. World Ocean Radio brings discussion of the ocean and its impact on all aspects of human survival to a global audience. Provided at no cost, this weekly service is intended to provide responsible information and advocacy toward greater understanding of the meaning of the ocean for its rapidly degrading state, the impact on our lives, and a variety of specific actions that can be taken-–both by governments and individuals-–to mitigate the problems, modify behaviors, evolve policies, implement change, broaden public awareness, and build political will. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and are gratified by the enthusiastic and positive response we get from listeners all over the world. Learn more at or by visiting Connect with our July newsletter at As always, thank you! ____________________________________________________ Here are five ways to help World Ocean Radio to engage a larger, global audience: 1. Share World Ocean Radio Forward each week's broadcast to everyone you think might be an ally. 2. Link to World Ocean Radio on your organizations' website. Consider how your organization might help by linking to World Ocean Radio on its web page, sharing it among fellow workers, incorporating it into the work it does, and promoting it to the population you serve. 3. Share World Ocean Radio with faculty & students If you are an educational institution, a museum, aquarium, or environmental program, share World Ocean Radio with your faculty and students, incorporate it into curriculum, use it to stimulate and focus discussions, promote it as a membership or community service, share it formally and informally as an educational tool, even use it as a marketing opportunity to recruit new audience with ocean interest to your programs. 4. Explore how these broadcasts might promote mutual goals Identify other partners or associations with which you work and explore ways in which these broadcasts might promote mutual goals and collective objectives by sharing with their constituents to demonstrate professional and collective interest. 5. Look for broadcast outlets in your area, especially if you are a Spanish-, French-, Portuguese-, or Swahili-speaking listener Find local, regional, or national networks, college, community, or environmental radio stations. Recruit them to the ocean cause, linking your organization to World Ocean Radio and growing your outreach and civic engagement. World Ocean Radio can speak loudly and widely for us all. Become its champion; commit to this simple action; make a connection; help us spread a message for the ocean that will be amplified and echoed across the sea that connects us all.
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