Fish & Fisheries

Full Of Holes, New International Agreement Targets Fishing Subsidies

"After 20 years of failed negotiations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has secured a deal to curb harmful subsidies that contribute to overfishing. Conservationists and campaign groups welcomed last week’s agreement as historic, despite criticism of “big holes” in the agreement."

Source: Climate Desk, 07/07/2022
July 28, 2022

Webinar: How To Cover Oceans & Fisheries for Journalists

During this Mongabay webinar, expert panelists from the University of British Columbia, Ecotrust Canada and Hakai Magazine will discuss emerging impacts on our oceans such as plastic pollution, bottom trawling, overfishing, and climate change as well as fisheries, law, regulations, and how reporters can cover these issues. 5:00 p.m. ET.

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Enviros Hope New Law Will Clean Up Wastewater Nutrient Pollution in Md.

"The Chesapeake Bay Program reported on Wednesday that Maryland’s wastewater treatment facilities, operating in violation of discharge permits, contributed significant increases in nitrogen and phosphorus pollution last year in the bay."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/28/2022

"Biden, NOAA Announce New Actions On Illegal Fishing"

"President Biden on Monday signed a national security memo aimed at addressing illegal fishing in international waters. The memo seeks to increase international coordination to address labor issues in the fishing industry and remove labor abuses from the supply chain, according to a White House fact sheet."

Source: The Hill, 06/28/2022

How 'Rights of Nature' Is Recasting the Relationship Between Law and the Earth

In 2006, a local government council in Pennsylvania concerned about sewage sludge dumping enacted the Western legal system’s first formal “rights of nature” instrument. Today, numerous countries have laws recognizing specific rights or even legal personhood for nature. As legal expert Alice Bleby explains, this new perspective arises from a wide range of contexts and plays out in many different ways.

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