Mediteranean bluefin tuna ‘close to extinction’: In 2006 the Independent reported on a Greenpeaces investigation of tuna stocks in the Mediterranean and found that there were hardly any tuna left. Unfortunately it’s not just the Mediterranean but Pacific and Atlantic tuna too and the situation hasn’t got any better since this report was written.
Q&A: Global whaling deal negotiations: The 62nd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Morocco ended without any compromise reached. This BBC article asks what was at stake. Meanwhile Whaling protesters demand release of Tokyo Two: Two Japanese are on trial after attempting to reveal corruption in the Japanese whaling industry.
Giant Jellyfish Invade Japan: Massive numbers of giant jellyfish are invading Japanese waters due to pollution and climate change resulting in warmer seas. If caught in a fishing net, one of these creatures can poison an entire catch of fish and one 10-ton fishing trawler sank after trying to haul in dozens of them.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Huge amounts of rubbish abandoned to the sea, blown off the land, dumped by ships or carried to the sea by rivers, have collected in an enormous floating patch of garbage in the North Pacific which some estimates put at the size of Australia. It’s difficult to know where to put the blame: North America or East Asia but birds, turtles, sea mammals and fish are suffering and dying because of it.