Stories for Today: Debt Swapping for Marine Conservation; Post-election Conservation; Resilient Coastal Reefs; Deep Sea Corals vs Lobster Fishing
Nathan Johnson and I are back for another Ocean Talk Friday where we look at 4 articles from this past week and give our thoughts on them.
Here are the articles:
1) Debt swapping for Marine Conservation;
2) Refraiming Marine Conservation in a Post-Election Era;
3) Building resilient coral reefs;
4) Deep Sea Coral Protection vs Lobster Fishing Industry; and,
5) Bonus article (listen to the episode to find out what it is!).
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Today we discussed the following:
- Swapping US$100 million in debt for climate conservation and development commitments seems an easy proposition to accept, especially for a country with a growing and unsustainable debt burden—one that it again finds necessary to renegotiate in the face of multiple economic challenges. However, two years ago, Belize opted out of an offer to implement a pilot model for how developing countries could cope with mounting debt distress through a mechanism dubbed the Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust.
- Given the election, it seems wise to relinquish expectations of US federal leadership on ocean or climate policy. Our anti-science (among other deeply concerning antis) president-elect and his appointees have sent clear signals about their disregard for our environment and the ethos of sustainability. Yet, a healthy ocean is critical to food security, a stable climate, and the livelihoods and cultures of coastal communities around the globe.
- The third and longest global coral bleaching event on record started in 2014 and continues to damage reefs around the globe. While it’s true coral reef ecosystems have been knocked down, they have certainly not been knocked out. It is not too late to conserve coral reef ecosystems.
- The New England Fishery Management Council is considering a plan that would ban fishing in four designated coral zones spanning about 161 miles of federal waters in the Gulf of Maine – Mount Desert Rock, Outer Schoodic Ridge, Jordan Basin and Lindenkohl Knoll. Here, often on steep rock walls deep under water where sunlight cannot penetrate, scientists have found dense, delicate and slow-growing coral gardens of sea whips, fans and pens.
- A one-month deep-sea expedition, in previously unstudied areas in Lebanon, has been concluded by The Deep-Sea Lebanon Project. In total, Oceana and Lebanese scientists documented more than 200 species, including new records for the Mediterranean Sea that had only previously been found in the Atlantic Ocean and in polar regions.
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