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Ama: a dying breed of Japanese pearl hunters.

German photographer Nina Poppe spent several weeks in small fishing villages on Japan’s Pacific coast in an effort to immortalize the #Ama in pictures before they disappear. The ancient, dying art of pearl hunting by Ama (which literally means “women of the sea”) will soon be diminished local legend.

Japanese Mermaids: Ancient Pearl Hunters of the Sea http://buff.ly/1QhPD1o
These women are the last of their kind. In their floral wetsuits, they fill their lungs with air and dive for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean
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Thank you, Jim Toomey. This "crash course" in by-catch fishing explains the lose, lose, lose practice.
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An unlikely hero among heroes.
Sushi chef and owner of The Land & Water Company in Carlsbad, California has been honored by the BLUE Marine Foundation for his work to save the endangered ‪#‎vaquita‬ and for promoting the use of shrimp caught sustainability, without the use of ‪#‎gillnets‬. A true ‪#‎OceanChampion‬!
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Sale, as a result of inability to repay loans -- what an insidious process. This is the imperialism of oil, and China is a master of it.
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This week on ‪#‎WorldOceanRadio‬: A Salute to ‪#‎SeaLab‬!
www.worldoceanobservatory.org/radio-item/salute-sealab
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The U.S. Navy's SEALAB initiative is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, with now three pioneering aquatic living experiments under their belts to help understand how humans can best survive in underwater conditions. In this episode of World Ocean Radio we salute the work of SEALAB, outlining their enormous contributions to the development of tools such as breathing devices and medical protections, as well as their contributions to the further understanding of the physical and psychological demands of surviving in an underwater habitat.
Ocean News & Technology Magazine Naval Undersea Museum Historical Diving Society, USA
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This week on ‪#‎WorldOceanRadio‬:
Inventing Fish: An Industry on the  Brink
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World ‪#‎fisheries‬ are in crisis, with many species pushed to the edge of extinction. The current system is a recipe for disaster: demand is up; external suppliers operate outside of management regimes; sustainability seems an impossibility. In this episode we discuss inadequate and controversial management regulations and a new approach called ‪#‎CatchShares‬ which aim to establish incentives to promote the long-term ‪#‎sustainability‬ of fish stocks. And he will introduce an imaginative concept by some marine-based companies to utilize 100% of every fish caught: for supplements, food products, medical products, clothing, and more, thereby increasing the return of an existing resource.
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Water & Security: Pressure Points to Watch in 2016
by Circle of Blue
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‪#‎Climatechange‬, population growth,industrial development, civil unrest, war and migration are causing disruption in the patterns of ‪#‎water‬ availability. As ‪#‎drought‬ and flooding events are becoming more common and more extreme, availability of clean water supplies are becoming more scarce. According to Circle of Blue, an excellent source for information about the world’s resource crises, “Competition for water is growing: while outright conflict over water is rare [so far], these water stressors can join with social and political triggers to destabilize already vulnerable regions. The result can be major food shortage, forced migration, or in extreme cases such as Syria, devastating war."

Pictured here is an infographic identifying 10 places on the planet where water could (and likely will) play a role in developing or exacerbating humanitarian crises around the world.
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The first ‪#‎W2O‬ post as contributing writer to the new @NewYorkDailyNews digital format. Spreading the word among ‪#‎CitizensoftheOcean‬ in the Big Apple and beyond! #‎OnceAndFutureOcean‬
Droughts, pollution and global warming are among the factors the World Economic Forum said is world's most impactful risk.
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Let's Talk More About Water http://buff.ly/209fXpf

This week on the HuffPost Green blog, Peter Neill continues the ongoing discussion about ‪#‎water‬. He re-asserts the gravity of the global ‪#‎freshwater‬ crisis and its cyclical relationship with the ‪#‎ocean‬. He discusses the shift away from valuing oil rich nations for water rich ones, and submits that the ocean is the inevitable place we will turn for all of the resources we need for a healthy future, from drinking water to medicine, from food to security.
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TAKE ACTION: Save the ‪#‎Vaquita‬--Make the ‪#‎Gillnet‬ Ban Permanent
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This rarest of marine mammals is on the edge of extinction.
Gillnets are walls of netting that hang in the water column. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ‪#‎Fisheries‬, "Depending on the gillnet mesh size, animals can become entangled around their necks, mouths, and flippers. Entanglement can prevent proper feeding, constrict growth, or cause infection after many months. Marine mammals entangled in set gillnets can drown while those entangled in drift gillnets can drag gear for miles as they migrate and forage, leading to extreme fatigue. ‪#‎ByCatch‬ species most commonly caught in gillnets include: turtles, large whales, porpoise, dolphins, and sea lions.
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#‎W2O‬'s director Peter Neill will be presenting at the Pecha Kucha Midcoast Maine event on Friday, January 29th. He will share ideas for ways to navigate a 21st century in which a changing ‪#‎climate‬ will require us to be more fully reliant on the ‪#‎ocean‬ than we are today.
His new book THE ONCE AND FUTURE OCEAN offers a bold vision for a practical and possible future, based on a revolutionary paradigm shift that can be implemented through the political will of thousands of ‪#‎CitizensOfTheOcean‬ who understand the necessity for change, the logic of a new moral alternative, and the reality of the consequences if we fail to act in time.
Through his Pecha Kucha presentation he hopes to transform the way that we see the world, and to offer sustainable solutions for a new relationship built around ‪#‎water‬.
‪#‎OnceAndFutureOcean‬ ‪#‎SeaConnectsAllThings‬
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Compendium of Commentary on the Paris Agreement
COP21 | Teaching Climate/Energy Law & Policy

Following a barrage of #‎climate information coming out of #‎COP21 it's been a quite couple of weeks. Dr. Wil Burns, Co-Director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, has put together a compendium of online information useful for those wishing to get a broader understanding of the new agreement. Educators will also find some useful information for students of all ages.

http://teachingclimatelaw.org/compendium-of-commentary-on-the-paris-agreementcop21/
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