Lawsuit Launched Against Trump EPA for Approving Fracking Waste Dumping Into Gulf of Mexico

Lawsuit Launched Against Trump EPA for Approving Fracking Waste Dumping Into Gulf of Mexico

The Center for Biological Diversity filed on Thursday a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for allowing oil companies to dump waste from fracking and drilling into the Gulf of Mexico without evaluating the dangers to sea turtles, whales or other imperiled marine life.

In September the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) finalized a Clean Water Act permit for new and existing offshore oil and … [more…]

Scientists uncover a centuries-old case of mistaken identity in the Chesapeake Bay

Jellyfish sting swimmers, clog fishing nets, and in high numbers can close beaches. But despite their nuisance to humans, they play an important role in the marine ecosystem – including in the Chesapeake Bay, where they protect commercially valuable Eastern oysters from predators.

Scientists recently discovered that some jellyfish in the Bay are quite different from their ocean cousins. This led scientists from NOAA and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum … [more…]

Marine Sanctuaries: The Secret Report the White House Doesn’t Want You to Read

photo: coastline and tide pools. Marine Sanctuaries: The Secret Report the White House Doesn’t Want You to Read

It’s a simple choice, really. Do we want our National Marine Sanctuaries to be used for recreation, education, fishing and ecological protection? Or do we want to hand these ocean gems over the oil and gas industry so they can expand offshore drilling off our coasts? For the past six months, the federal administration has been studying this very question.

Following the Trump administration’s Executive Order: The America First Energy … [more…]

What’s at Stake — Why Coastal Louisiana Matters

photo: What's at Stake for coastal Louisiana's current economy and potential model of a restoration economy

Coastal Louisiana is an economic engine that feeds and fuels the nation, and its ports connect the U.S. with the world. Large-scale restoration of coastal Louisiana presents a huge opportunity to protect existing infrastructure and industry of national importance. It also provides an opportunity to grow a restoration economy that can be a model for other coastal communities around the world.

A snapshot of coastal Louisiana’s economic importance:

The water … [more…]

Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Halts Commercial Aquarium Fishing

Hawaiʻi Supreme Court Halts Commercial Aquarium Fishing, Protecting Reefs and Native Hawaiians

Blue-lined butterflyfish are native to the Hawaiian Islands. Used by source article with permission.

Protections for Reefs and Native Hawaiians

Scuba diver Rene Umberger knows that the aquarium fishing industry is a deadly business. And not just for the fish. While out on a diving and snorkeling expedition in 2014 to document destructive fishing activities off the Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, she was attacked by a

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