Coasts and Oceans : Newsfile

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  • New coastal access proposals for England

    21 February 2007

    Proposals for a 4,000 km continuous corridor of clear and well managed public access along the entire length of England's coast, will be put to the government by a new environment agency incorporating English Nature.

  • Bush opens up Alaskan bay for oil exploration

    9 February 2007

    The Bush Administration has lifted the restriction on development at Alaska's Bristol Bay to allow oil and gas exploration and drilling. This overturns decades of bipartisan protection of the Bay which is the backbone of Alaska's fishing economy as well as home to critical habitat for numerous endangered and threatened species.

  • Fish may all be gone before reserves are in place

    5 February 2007

    Scientists estimate that rising demand for seafood and other marine produce will lead to a collapse of today's commercial fish stocks by 2050 - unless better management is introduced. This would include an extended network of marine reserves. But, says the latest GEO Year Book, the pace at which new marine reserves are being listed means the goal will be achieved three decades after the collapse of today's commercial fisheries.

  • Governments fail to stop tuna plunder

    1 February 2007

    Government members of the world's five tuna regional management organizations, meeting in Japan, have failed to agree an action plan to help reverse the decline in tuna stocks and stop the plundering of these valuable species.

  • Gray whale death raises fear of extinction

    1 February 2007

    A critically endangered Western Pacific Gray Whale (Western Gray Whale) has died off the coast of Japan after becoming trapped in fishing gear. It is a problem which now threatens this rare creatures with extinction.

  • Malaysia's turtle island faces uncertain future

    16 November 2006

    The future of Malaysia's critically endangered Hawksbill turtles lies in the uncertain future of a tiny seven-acre island, just two miles off the historic spice port of Malacca - now a rapidly growing city of some 200,000 people on the west coast of the peninsula. But, reports John Rowley from Malacca, the island is now up for sale and its future uncertain.

  • Collapse of all wild fisheries predicted by 2050

    8 November 2006

    All species of wild seafood currently fished are projected to collapse by the year 2050, according to a new four-year study by an international team of ecologists and economists. Collapse is defined as 90 per cent depletion.

  • Iceland urged to stop whaling

    1 November 2006

    Diplomats today delivered a strongly-worded protest condemning Iceland over its decision to resume commercial whaling.

  • Aquaculture key to meeting demand for fish

    16 September 2006

    Aquaculture is critical to feeding the world's growing appetite for fish, but it is unclear if the industry will be able to overcome its economic and environmental challenges and meet that demand, cautions a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

  • Almost no more blue fin tuna to be fished

    14 September 2006

    New data reveals that there is almost no more bluefin tuna to be fished in some of the oldest fishing grounds, especially in West Mediterranean. Around Spain's Balearic islands, catches of bluefin tuna are down to only 15 per cent of what they were just a decade ago.