Sarah Bedolfe
Controversial development cancelled near pristine Cabo Pulmo. Australia unveils plan to create the world’s largest network of MPAs.

Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!

Controversial development cancelled near pristine Cabo Pulmo, Mexico marine reserve. President Calderon announced the cancellation of a potentially ecologically devastating resort development project near the remote Cabo Pulmo marine reserve, hailed as a premier example of how protections can transform the ocean from barren to abundant, while supporting the local economy.  [ABC News] 

Australia unveils plan to create the world’s largest network of MPAs. The plan would more than double the number of marine protected areas, protect 3.1 million square km (1.2 million sq. mi), and create the world’s largest marine park by adding the Coral Sea to the Great Barrier Reef’s protections. The plan has been criticized because most parks remain at least partially open to fishing, and large areas in north western Australia will remain open to oil exploration. [The Guardian; The New York Times] 

Polar bear researcher Steven Amstrup wins 2012 Indianapolis prize. Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, a renowned polar bear scientist was granted the world’s leading award for animal conservation.  [MarketWatch] 

Little progress in marine health commitments since first Rio summit. In the buildup to Rio+20, analysis shows that commitments to improve the ocean’s health at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, including protecting habitat and restoring fisheries, have seen “pitiful” progress. [BBC]   

Recreational fishing causes Cape Cod salt marsh decline. By stripping the marsh of its top predators, recreational fishing has caused a trophic cascade, a chain reaction in which damage to one part of the food web leads to more imbalance in the ecosystem, and a die off in many marshes. [Science Daily]  

Texas dolphin strandings, latest in Gulf’s unusual mortality event. Over 120 bottlenose dolphins, mainly juveniles, washed up on the Texas coast during a five-month period. It may be related to other northern Gulf of Mexico dolphin deaths over the last two years, or separately caused by a local toxic algae bloom. [The Huffington Post] 

Satellite tagging – and a special surprise. The latest video edition of the Weekly Dive covers the latest in elephant seal and manta ray research – with an extra tip of the hat to nudibranchs! 



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