The Department of Fisheries reveals the annual Canadian seal hunt has run a $ 2 million deficit after trying to conceal the figures. Memos released under Access to Information requests reveal the government funding and plans for the Seal Hunt over the past several years; demonstrating how the 2009 European Union ban on Canadian Seal Products has affected the industry and its public image. Read the full story here.
A new University of Southampton study found offshore human activity and underwater sound may alter behavioural responses of certain invertebrate species. The altered responses by these species could have an effect on nutrient recycling, carbon storage and overall seabed productivity. To read the full story click here.
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Niagara Falls Review, May 28, 2015 - Ontario has passed new legislation making it illegal to buy or breed a killer whale in the province. Following public consultations the new regulations will be finalized by July and will also set new standards for the size of pools for marine mammals, along with noise, lighting and interaction guidelines. To read more on the impact of these developments please click here.
Barents Observer, May 27, 2015 - Since Norway's parliament cut a 12 million kroner ($1.9 million dollar) subsidy to the seal hunt from it's 2015 budget in December 2014, the annual hunt appears to be over. Without the government subsidy there remains little value in the hunt and with the revenue gone the few remaining seal hunters called it quits. In 2010 the European Union had banned seal product from Norway into Europe. To read more please click here.
CITES, April 21, 2015 - At the 13th UN Crime Congress held in Doha, Qatar on 13 April 2015, the high-level side event on "Wildlife and Forest Crime: A Serious Crime" underscored the need for international cooperation in combating transnational organized crime. To read more on the event please click here.
The Canadian Press, April 21, 2015 - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced last week that Ontario is joining Quebec and California in putting a price on carbon emissions. British Columbia and Alberta also have carbon-pricing plans which economists assert is the most efficient and effective method of meeting Canada's carbon-reduction goals. To read the full story click here.
Environmental News Network, March 26, 2015 - France has become the latest country to pass laws to promote green roofing. Under the new law, newly constructed commercial buildings are to incorporate roofs either partially covered in plants or solar panels. Supporting a number of environmental benefits including, added insulation for the new buildings, decrease the amount of water runoff, combat air pollution in urban centers, provide green energy, etc. To read the full story please click here.
Oregon State University, Mar 26, 2015 - Reasearchers' preliminary results uncover the effects of deep-water, human-caused pollution and contamination on fish species. The new research, conducted at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have found pathological changes in fish consistent with exposure to toxins and carcinogens. For more details the full article can be found here.