World Oceans Day June 8, Oceans Week June 1-8
Tribute to Max Keeping: A retired Vice President and News Anchor of CTV Ottawa, we are forever grateful for Max's help in raising awareness about World Oceans Day and the importance of caring for our oceans.
Save $$$, reduce plastic use; reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags will save you money. Keep plastic away from all waterways: rivers and streams flow to lakes and oceans. Plastics cause a slow painful death for marine life and birds.
News Articles and Documentaries
Countries like China fish in other nations' ocean waters https://oceana.org/reports/tracking-harmful-fisheries-subsidies/
Sea Shepherd tracks illegal fishing fleets from China https://seashepherd.org
Amazon’s enormous and rapidly growing plastic pollution problem https://oceana.org/reports/amazon-report-2021
Microplastics found in the mountain air of France https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/microplastics-have-now-been-found-in-pristine-air-at-high-altitudes-in-the-french-pyrenees-study-1.5715510
Oceans continue to warm, setting new alarming records https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/world-s-oceans-were-warmest-on-record-again-in-2021-study-1.5735439
Hurricanes & Flooding worsens as oceans get warmer https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/11/world/oceans-warmest-on-record-2021-climate/index.html
Companies Using Oceans and Rivers To Generate Electricity https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/11/tech/tidal-energy-climate-change-renewable/index.html
Canada, USA and Germany helping our oceans breath https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/marine-trap-door-labrador-sea-1.5455141
Oceans around South Africa are full of biodiversity https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/01/10/south-africa-biodiversity-sea-turtles-penguins-dolphins-sardines-whale-crier-spc.cnn
After 8 voyages to the deepest parts of oceans James Cameron gives insight and warnings to humanity https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/16/world/james-cameron-ocean-twilight-zone-c2e-spc-intl-scn/index.html
Fishing Gear and Nets damage our oceans and marine life https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/09/asia/ghost-net-climate-hong-kong-intl-hnk-c2e-spc/index.html
Discarded Tires in Oceans damage marine life https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/29/world/hermit-crabs-trapped-tires-scn/index.html
Discarded Tires and Styrofoam in Lakes damages marine life https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/203579/Follow-law-on-docks
CANADA TO BAN SINGLE USE PLASTICS
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday a ban on single-use plastics to come into effect as early as 2021 in Canada with a list put together grounded in scientific evidence, closely mirroring actions by the European Union, adding that the responsibility will fall on the plastic industry for the appropriate recycling. (Canada is supporting a company designing biodegradable food packaging).
PADDLE BOARDER HAS A MISSION, HE CHALLENGES EVERYONE
BC business man Aaron Nasipayko picks up plastic bottles, plastic bags, cans and styrofoam garbage as he paddles. Aaron challenges all to do a little bit to help clean up creeks, rivers, lakes and oceans. We can each do a little bit.... https://www.facebook.com/aaron.nasipayko/posts/101...
DEAD BABY DOLPHIN HAD PLASTIC IS HIS STOMACH
BUTTS HARM ALL WATERWAYS
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REUSE PLASTIC RECYCLING
HOW DO PLASTICS ENTER OUR OCEANS? Answer is us, all of us, are guilty. HERE IS HOW WE CAN HELP !
Scientists believe 80% to 90% of plastics entering our oceans come from land; while some is litter along our ocean beaches most plastics flow down our streams, creeks, lakes and rivers to our oceans.
While many marine researchers agree 5 Asian countries are responsible for a high percentage of plastics entering our oceans that still leaves the rest of us around our world guilty, very guilty.
Municipalities report only 9% of plastics are turned in for recycling leaving the rest littering shorelines or sent to landfill where these light materials blow into our local waterways, all of which flow to our oceans.
In 2016 the World Economic Forum warned “there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050 if we continue on the path we are on”; we now dump eight million tonnes of plastic into our oceans every year, killing and harming marine life.
So what can we do?
World Oceans Week is June 1 to 8 and World Oceans Day is June 8; other ideas to help as well as events filled with fun, education and action can be found on World Oceans Day www.WorldOceansDay.ca
MEASURE YOUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT
Omni Calculator https://www.omnicalculator.com/ecology/plastic-foo...
HOW OCEANS PLAY A ROLE IN WEATHER & CLIMATE EXTREMES
PLASTICS INDUSTRY NEEDS RADICAL CHANGES
EVERY COUNTRY MUST WORK TOGETHER ON CLIMATE CHANGE
SUPER CORAL GIVES GLIMMER OF HOPE
UPDATE ON SOLUTIONS - DEALING WITH THE MESS IN OUR OCEANS
SeaBin designed by surfers sucks up plastics
The Ocean Cleanup technology was designed by a 17 year old Holland man
ONE MILLION OF OUR 8 MILLION SPECIES FACE EXTINCTION BY HUMANS
STUDENTS SAY "EACH OF US CAN DO SOMETHING TO HELP"
ICE MELTING 10 TIMES FASTER
BANNING PLASTIC BAGS GAINS MOMENTUM
CO2 HIGHEST IN 3 MILLION YEARS
186 COUNTRIES SIGN UN PLASTICS WASTE PACT BUT NOT USA
DOLPHINS PLAY WITH WHALES
OCEANA NEWS https://oceana.ca/en/press-center/press-releases
Jeff Bridge's "Living in the Future's Past"
We're In A Crisis https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?playlistId=1.4458402
Protestors Demand Reduction of Plastics https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1703288
Canada Announces $13 Million for Coastline EcoSystems Restoration
How We Can Protect The Ocean https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1702663
Carnival Cruise Line Pleads Guilty to Ocean Pollution https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/carnival-will-pay-...
Canada bans whale/dolphin captivity https://abcnews.go.com/International/canada-passes...
2018 News Articles and Documentaries
A Plastic Ocean
Blue The Film, a documentary delivering a tough message, screening dates:
National Geographic - Full Week of Activities
Film: Planet or Plastic? launch and will help support the theme of both World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018
JACK JOHNSON SHORT DOCUMENTARY "THE SMOG OF THE SEA"
Planet or Plastic? is National Geographic's multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world's oceans. Using the power of storytelling and science, National Geographic is encouraging its audiences around the world to help tackle the crisis, beginning with the release of the June issue of National Geographic magazine, which takes an in-depth look at the impact of plastic on ocean health and is available on newsstands now. The multiyear effort includes a major research and scientific initiative; a continued consumer education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations from all over the world.
HUMANS CAUSE DEATH OF MARINE ANIMALS
Plastics Give Off Lethal Chemicals
World Economic Forum
The Oceans Will Contain More Plastics Than Fish By 2050 If We Continue Doing What We Are Doing
Fish and Birds Thank Consumers for This Big Win
Plastic straws on the outs (finally) , banned or replaced by businesses, thanks to environmentalist consumer demands.
Surf Rider partnering with CNN
On June 8 Surf Rider is partnering with CNN to ask students around
the world to celebrate World Oceans Day with a Zero Plastic Lunch -
a lunch with NO single use plastics. Join and share videos of your lunch.
Learning PDF on this page too.
Autopsy of dead Whale full of Plastic (warning - graphic)
Saving Our Oceans From Plastic Polution
Whale Dies After Eating More Than 17 Pounds of Plastic Bags and Packaging
Bride Wedding Plans Cancelled Due to Dead Fish
The Weather Network – Ocean Reports Coast To Coast all day June 8th
In Honor of World Oceans Day – Here Is Why Water Matters
Oceans Mean The World To Me – Do They Mean That To You?
Time Is Running Out On Averting Ocean Oxygen Depletion
Ikea To Use Only Renewable and Recyclable Materials By 2030
On World Oceans Day A&W announced no more plastic straws. With public pressure all restaurants & take out will follow.
On World Oceans Day Ikea promised to eliminate single use plastics
Oceana “Save The Oceans, Feed The World “
Victories To Celebrate World Oceans Day
5 Surprising Benefits Of Healthy Oceans
How To Save The Oceans
Make A Difference
The Weather Channel
World Oceans Day: G7 Summit Encouraging More Countries To Work Towards A Plastic-Free Future
Donation to Shoreline Cleanups
Film Review: Blue
Sustainable Oceans, Key to Prosperity
Hook, Line And Sustainability – How Our Grocery List Can Protect Our Oceans
Save Money, reduce plastic use; reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags will save you money. Keep plastic away from all waterways: rivers and streams flow to lakes and oceans. Plastics cause a slow painful death for marine life and birds.
Marine Litter Solutions
Focus on Plastic Polution – World Oceans Day
Kids Get Up Close With Marine Life for World Oceans Day
World Oceans Day at the Discovery Center
Virus Killing Farmed Salmon Raises Risk for Wild Salmon
Could You Live Without Single Use Plastic?
Toronto Bars and Restaurants Limit Use of Plastic Straws
Zero Waste Grocery Store Expands
Science Says: Amount of Plastic Pollution Is Huge
Dangers Our Oceans Face
8 Things You Can Do To Help Our Oceans
Make A Difference
Divers Cleanup Plastics
Halifax Chronicle Herald
Our Planet Is Choking On Plastic
4 Top Ocean Issues
Oceans Discussion at G7 Summit
Globe And Mail
Why Canada Must Push For a G7 Plastics Charter
Federal Leader Calls For Ban On Single Use Plastics
Dear Canadians, Your Addiction To Plastic Needs A Cure
Canada Bans Salmon Fishing To Save The Whales, But Two Other Threats Still Loom
Humanity Is Drowning In Seas Of Plastic
Canada Should Aim To Recycle 85% of Plastics by 2025
Fish Farms continue to damage our oceans, Atlantic Salmon escaped into Pacific Ocean spreading diseases. (Really? What are they thinking?) http://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/w5-investigates-the-battl...
Whales continue to die: https://globalnews.ca/news/3696173/united-states-c...
Styrofoam on docks is illegal everywhere https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/203579/follo...
Styrofoam harmful to fish and birds
The only car with no carbon footprint, Kamloops, British Columbia
In case you need further evidence that mankind is doing a remarkable job of destroying the planet, consider this: If we continue our ways, the world’s oceans will soon be home to more plastic than fish. That’s according to a new report from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. "The best research currently available estimates that there are over 150 million tonnes (165 million tons) of plastics in the ocean today,” the report reads. “In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne (1.1 tons) of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight). In other words, in just 34 years, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh all the fish in the sea."
Microbeads just tip of plastic iceberg floating in Canadian waters
More than 70 percent of Earth is covered by ocean, and yet the marine environment remains one of the most mysterious ones on Earth. Maybe that’s not surprising, given that we’ve explored only about 5 percent of the ocean to date. So what do we know about the vast ocean that surrounds us? Quite a lot, as it turns out. Just check out the 50 fascinating facts on the mind-boggling infographic below, which was created by the online scuba diving magazine Dive In.
Please see the Table of 50 Fascinating Facts on Huffington Post
It should come as no surprise that human activity is causing the world’s oceans to warm, rise and acidify.
But an equally troubling impact of climate change is that it is beginning to rob the oceans of oxygen.
While ocean deoxygenation is well established, a new study led by Matthew Long, an oceanographer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, finds that climate change-driven oxygen loss is already detectable in certain swaths of ocean and will likely be “widespread” by 2030 or 2040.
Ultimately, Long told The Huffington Post, oxygen-deprived oceans may have “significant impacts on marine ecosystems” and leave some areas of ocean all but uninhabitable for certain species.
While some ocean critters, like dolphins and whales, get their oxygen by surfacing, many, including fish and crabs, rely on oxygen that either enters the water from the atmosphere or is released by phytoplankton via photosynthesis.
But as the ocean surface warms, it absorbs less oxygen. And to make matters worse, oxygen in warmer water, which is less dense, has a tough time circulating to deeper waters.
For their study, published in the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Long and his team used simulations to predict ocean deoxygenation through 2100.
“Since oxygen concentrations in the ocean naturally vary depending on variations in winds and temperature at the surface, it’s been challenging to attribute any deoxygenation to climate change,” Long said in a statement. “This new study tells us when we can expect the impact from climate change to overwhelm the natural variability.”
And we don’t have long.
Deoxgenation due to climate change is already detectable in some parts of the ocean. New research from NCAR finds that it will likely become widespread between 2030 and 2040. Other parts of the ocean, shown in gray, will not have detectable loss of oxygen due to climate change even by 2100.
By 2030 or 2040, according to the study, deoxygenation due to climate change will be detectable in large swaths of the Pacific Ocean, including the areas surrounding Hawaii and off the West Coast of the U.S. mainland. Other areas have more time. In the seas near the east coasts of Africa, Australia, and Southeast Asia, for example, deoxygenation caused by climate change still won’t be evident by 2100.
Long said the eventual suffocation may affect the ability of ocean ecosystems to sustain healthy fisheries. The concern among the scientific community, he said, is that “we’re conceivably pushing past tipping points” in being able to prevent the damage.
Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University, shared these concerns, telling The Washington Post that the new study adds to the “list of insults we are inflicting on the ocean through our continued burning of fossil fuels.”
“Just a week after learning that 93 (percent) of the Great Barrier Reef has experienced bleaching in response to the unprecedented current warmth of the oceans, we have yet another reason to be gravely concerned about the health of our oceans, and yet another reason to prioritize the rapid decarbonization of our economy,” Mann said.
Unfortunately, this reason is unlikely to be the last.
05/12/2016 09:55 pm ET
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A 2,100-barrel oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform, federal regulators said. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said a 2 mile by 13 mile (about 3 km by 21 km) sheen was visible in the sea about 97 miles off the Louisiana coast.
Each night, billions of marine organisms around the globe travel from the mesopelagic zone — a dark stretch of ocean ranging from 660 to 3,300 feet deep — up to the surface to get their fill. While the feeding frenzy is well documented, scientists for the very first time have captured what the mass migration of fish, shrimp, jellyfish and squid sounds like. “It’s not that loud, it sounds like a buzzing or humming, and that goes on for an hour to two hours, depending on the day,” Simone Baumann-Pickering, a marine biologist at the University of California, San Diego and co-author of the new study, said in a release.
A feared viral disease proven deadly in Norwegian fish farms has been confirmed for the first time by federal scientists studying farmed salmon in B.C.
Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) has been linked to the deaths of up to 20 per cent of stock at some Norwegian farms.
"The concern is that it is a disease that hasn't previously been detected in B.C. and at the present time we really don't have sufficient evidence to know if it causes mortality or is a production issue here," said Kristi Miller, part of a team of federal scientists studying farmed fish samples from sites along the B.C. coast.
The lesions indicated that the fish had HSMI, a disease found in several countries including Norway in the late 1990s, where it was linked to low levels of mortality ranging from 0-20 per cent on various farms.
'A fish that has heart disease and muscle damage ... it's not going to make it up to spawn' - Rick Routledge, Simon Fraser University professor
"We know that this virus, in other parts of the world, can be observed in freshwater origin fish and we believe we know that here in B.C. in Atlantic salmon," Miller said Friday.
"But in Norway, while the virus can be observed in fish in hatcheries, the prevalence of the virus can become much, much higher in the marine environment," she added.
The fear is that the virus will spread to wild fish once it gets into the open ocean.
Miller's team used cutting-edge technology and collaborated with international scientists to study 2,400 live and dying salmon from four Vancouver island fish farms from 2013-2015..
Scientists are trying to define the relationship between HSMI and a virus known as Piscine Reo-virus (PRV).
This virus was first identified in farmed Atlantic salmon in Norway. It's linked to HSMI, but research is still underway to determine whether PVR is the cause of the heart and skeletal inflammation.
While experts say there is no definitive proof that one causes the other, the evidence suggests that relationship.
Simon Fraser University professor Rick Routledge said that despite the low mortality of farmed fish, HSMI could really hurt wild salmon.
"A fish that has heart disease and muscle damage ... it's not going to make it up to spawn," said Routledge.
Federal biologists have found no evidence of HSMI disease in wild salmon in B.C.
Research is still in early stages, and will continue.
With files from Stephanie Mercier
CAPE BRETON CTV NEWS 2016
Iona, Nova Scotia: Thurs. June 2nd to Sun. June 5th, 2016
Aros na Mara World Oceans Day 2016
Wood Lake BC a little cleaner
The shoreline of Wood Lake is a little cleaner thanks to the efforts of a handful of volunteers who gave up their Sunday to clear trash from the local lake. Bags of plastics, Styrofoam and other garbage was collected along the banks of the popular Okanagan fishing lake. Wind, rain and run off flush the materials into the lake, but sometimes it is simply tossed there by people.
World Ocean Day is June 8 and and people around the world are encouraged to clean up local waterways.
Robin Jones - May 20, 2016 / 12:01 am | Story: 166186
Most plastic six-pack rings end up in our oceans and pose a serious threat to wildlife. This new edible six-pack packaging design actually feeds animals instead of killing them. (Note: If a small brewery can do this, we must demand that all breweries protect our marine life and STOP using plastic rings)
A group of beermakers in Delray Beach, Fla., north of Miami, has created a way to sell six packs with rings that are made of biedegradable — and edible — material.
Saltwater Brewery now sells “edible six pack rings … using barley and wheat remnants from the brewing process,” the company says in a video, below:
Between 40,000 and 110,000 metric tons of plastic from Americans ends up in the ocean every year, according to a study in Science last year. Researchers said the plastic waste frequently comes from coastal areas — but some also makes its way through inland waterways to the ocean.
Plastic can become stuck in sea animals’ bodies along with toxic chemicals and bacteria absorbed by the material.
“We ideated, designed, prototyped and manufactured Edible Six Pack Rings,” according to We Believers, a NY-based ad agency that partnered with the brewery on the project. “A six-pack packaging design that instead of killing animals, feeds them."
And while it’s not clear that you’d want to encourage sea animals to eat beer packaging — biodegradable or otherwise — if this packaging does make it to sea, at least it's possible it will dissolve or can be consumed.
It's no secret that plastic water bottles are a detriment to the environment -- Americans alone use approximately 50 billion plastic water bottles each year, only 23% of which are recycled. Thus, an additional 38 billion plastic bottles begin a centuries-long decomposition journey annually.
What if we could replace those plastic bottles with something more environmentally friendly -- edible, even?
Enter Ooho!, a completely biodegradable water "bottle" that eschews plastic packaging altogether for a biodegradable seaweed- and calcium chloride-based membrane that is safe for human consumption. Vaguely reminiscent of a silicone implant, Ooho! is essentially an edible water balloon. When you're ready to hydrate, you simply pierce the membrane and slurp away:
To create the bottles, spheres of ice are treated with a liquid form of the seaweed-derived membrane. When the membrane solidifies and the water melts, a portable, eco-friendly serving of packaged water remains. Each orb costs only 2 cents to construct.
"The most clear inspiration is the way nature encapsulate liquids using membranes. Made of lipids and proteins, the membrane enclose, limit and give a shape, keeping the balance between the interior and the exterior," the product's designers write.
Ooho! is the brainchild of London-based Skipping Rocks Lab, which just received a sizable sustainability grant from the European Union to hopefully introduce its novel concept on a large scale. The product also won the Lexus Design Award last year.
Mission: Save the Oceans, Feed The World
Protecting the World's Oceans
When Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in June 1914, no one thought, "Uh-oh, World War I is starting..." We only recognize the significance of events in the context of history. I recently had a day like any other except it made me wonder if we're on the verge of historical change.
On March 2, 2016, I woke to CBC's Early Edition and heard program host Rick Cluff interviewing Canada's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna. She was explaining her infant government's intention to meet the emissions targets set in Paris in December.
(Please see David Suzuki's full article on Huffington Post)
The reporters wanted to know what specific proposals we had to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I pointed out the important hurdle was to commit to reduce emissions, because until we start, we won't know what opportunities will arise. I reminded them that in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy said the U.S. would get American astronauts safely to the moon and back in a decade, no one knew how they were going to do it.
Amazingly, not only did they achieve the goal before the decade was over, there were hundreds of totally unanticipated spinoffs, including laptops, cellphones, GPS, ear thermometers and space blankets. I am absolutely certain the same will happen when we commit to avoiding chaotic climate change.
This day wasn't much different than the day before or the next one, but it made me feel that a revolution is already underway.
Learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.
Earth’s fisheries are in bad shape — populations of some stocks, including tuna and mackerel, declined 74 percent between 1970 and 2010. A new study, however, offers a glimmer of hope of what we could expect in the not-so-distant future if global action is taken.
The study, published in Monday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that with better fishing practices, the majority of the world’s fisheries — 77 percent, to be exact — could recover to a healthy state within a decade. And by 2050, global fish populations could double, resulting in a 204 percent profit increase for the world’s fishermen.
Amanda Leland, senior vice president for oceans at the Environmental Defense Fund and a co-author of the study, called the findings surprising and inspiring.
“There’s a really positive story right around the corner,” she told The Huffington Post. “We can have our fish and eat it too.”
“It would be very hard to find another global, significant environmental challenge that could be solved so quickly,” Leland added.
For the study, researchers from the Environmental Defense Fund, the University of Washington and the University of California, Santa Barbara analyzed data from 4,713 fisheries worldwide — representing 78 percent of global reported fish catch.
To no surprise, they found that business as usual would result in a
“continued collapse for many of the world’s fisheries.” Sustainable
management reforms, however, including science-based catch limits, could
generate yearly increases of more than 16 million metric tons of
seafood, with annual profits of $53 billion, according to the research.
Jennifer Kay And Mike Schneider, The Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. - After years of pressure, SeaWorld made a surprise announcement: It no longer breeds killer whales in captivity and will soon stop making them leap from their pools or splash audiences on command.
Surrendering Thursday to a profound shift in how people feel about using animals for entertainment, the SeaWorld theme parks have joined a growing list of industries dropping live animal tricks. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is retiring all of its touring elephants in May. Once-popular animal shows in Las Vegas have virtually disappeared.
"Society's attitude toward these very, very large, majestic animals under human care has shifted for a variety of reasons, whether it's a film, legislation, people's comments on the Internet," SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby said. "It wasn't worth fighting that. We needed to move where society was moving."
SeaWorld's 29 killer whales will remain in captivity, but in "new, inspiring natural orca encounters," according to the company. SeaWorld's orcas range in age from 1 to 51 years old, so some could remain on display for decades.
Attendance at SeaWorld's parks declined after the 2013 release of "Blackfish," a highly critical documentary. Some top musical acts dropped out of SeaWorld-sponsored concerts at the urging of animal rights activists, who kept up a visible presence demonstrating outside the parks' gates.
Still, the decision shocked advocates who have spent decades campaigning against keeping marine mammals captive, and it represents a sharp U-turn from SeaWorld's previous reaction to the documentary.
In August 2014, SeaWorld announced major new investments in the orca program, including new, larger tanks, first in San Diego and then at its parks in Orlando and San Antonio, Texas.
But the California Coastal Commision didn't approve the $100 million expansion until last October, and when it did, it banned orca breeding as part of the decision. SeaWorld sued, arguing that the commission overstepped its authority, but said it would end its San Diego orca shows by 2017.
Meanwhile, SeaWorld brought in a new leader with more experience in regional theme parks than zoos and aquariums, which have been fending off such protests for decades. Manby was hired as SeaWorld CEO last March 19 after running Dollywood and other musically-themed parks. He said Thursday that he brought a "fresh perspective" to the killer whale quandary, and soon realized that "society is shifting here."
Orcas have been a centerpiece of the SeaWorld parks since shows at the Shamu stadium in San Diego became the main draw in the 1970s. But criticism has steadily increased in the decades since and then became sharper after an orca named Tilikum battered and drowned trainer Dawn Brancheau after a "Dine with Shamu" show in Orlando in 2010.
Her death was highlighted in "Blackfish," and it wasn't the first for Tilikum. The whale also killed an animal trainer and a trespasser in the 1990s.
"Blackfish" director Gabriela Cowperthwaite said she applauds SeaWorld's decision, "but mostly I applaud the public for recalibrating how they feel ethically about orcas in captivity."
The new orca shows will begin next year at the San Diego park, before expanding to its San Antonio park and then to Orlando in 2019, Manby said.
What about shows involving dolphins and other marine mammals?
"Stay tuned on that," Manby said. "A lot of people don't understand how hard it is internally to make these kinds of decisions. We need to execute this well. We need to make sure we have the organization in the same direction. Then we will apply those learnings elsewhere."
SeaWorld has not only discontinued breeding orcas through artificial insemination; it also feeds the whales birth control medication, Manby said.
One of SeaWorld's most prolific breeders has been Tilikum. The 35-year-old whale has sired 14 calves during his 23 years in Orlando, but he's gravely ill now and not expected to live much longer.
"So you're saying you're ending your breeding program? Well, guess what? Your breeding program is ending anyhow. I think it's greenwashing," said Ric O'Barry, who directs the DolphinProject.net advocacy group.
In 2012, SeaWorld sent workers to infiltrate the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has been particularly critical. Manby confirmed the effort last month. He said the undercover workers were sent to protect the safety of SeaWorld employees and customers, but he vowed to end the practice.
Now, SeaWorld hopes to turn a less strident foe, the Humane Society, into a collaborator, helping to educate guests about animal welfare and conservation through interpretive programs and expanded advocacy for wild whales, seals and other marine creatures.
Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle, who called SeaWorld's about-face a "monumental announcement," said his organization is by no means naive about SeaWorld, but sees a chance to make progress for animal rights."
"We didn't want to be endlessly mired in conflict," Pacelle said.
PETA wasn't satisfied, insisting Thursday that SeaWorld should give up its orcas altogether.
"SeaWorld must open its tanks to the oceans to allow the orcas it now holds captive to have some semblance of a life outside these prison tanks," PETA spokeswoman Colleen O'Brien said in a statement.
Manby countered that no captive dolphin or orca has been successfully released into the wild.
SeaWorld is abandoning plans to expand its orca tanks now that the breeding program has ended, the company said. A spokeswoman for the California Coastal Commission praised this, and suggested that SeaWorld drop its lawsuit as well.
Manby said SeaWorld's three marine parks may move closer to the balance of rides, shows and animals found at the company's Busch Gardens parks. They need a mixture of experiences to keep a family at the park all day, he said.
"I do think you have to have more rides," Manby said. "Some of these messages about animal welfare ... You can't hit them with that all day because sometimes it's a heavy message. You have to balance it."
Associated Press writer Freida Frisaro in Miami contributed this report.
on World Oceans Day:
# 1 OCEANA: Ted Danson (author, environmental activist and Cheers/CSI actor) was in Canada on World Oceans Day to announce the launch of Oceana Canada. www.Oceana.ca as part of the international organization's work to protect the oceans and feed the world, with scientists working to change fishing policies and practices. Mr. Danson was interviewed by most media and stated "Canada has amongst the worlds top scientists" and he cautioned people not to eat farmed fish. As spokes person for the scientists and Board member at Oceana, Ted Danson was interviewed by The Toronto Star, City TV, CTV, Global TV, The Weather Network and more.
# 2 GOOGLE: According to their News Release, Google chose World Oceans Day to launch 40 underwater ocean cameras to highlight the need to learn about and preserve our oceans.
To see the 40 underwater ocean cameras:
ADIMS is not opposed to sustainable aquaculture but many of the existing industry practices are harmful to the marine environment and not sustainable. These practices destroy habitat for marine birds and other marine life and result in a deterioration and loss of marine areas for other uses and values such as tourism, recreation, other fisheries (both sport and commercial), and safe anchorages. (Volunteers on Denman Island pick up between 3 and 5 tons of plastics every year, most of it from the shell fish farms).
The Weather Network announces World Oceans Day, June 8th, four times per hour all through the day.
Senator Wilfred Moore has introduced a bill to ban the captivity of healthy whales, dolphins and porpoise in Canada, stating the practice is cruel and inhumane and contravenes current animal protection laws; this bill is gaining both political and public support. Keeping the animals cooped up for the sake of entertainment is unjustifiably cruel, said Sen. Wilfred Moore
As Oceans Become Killing Field, Fish We Eat Dwindle
Loblaws, who also owns Shoppers Drugmart, has pledged to stop selling products with triclosan, phthalates and microbeads by the end of 2018. Loblaws has joined other retailers in a pledge to only sell sustainable fish. (Walmart, Sobeys, Save On Foods, Safeway and Cosco have also pledged to sell only sustainable fish).
Some companies have promised a voluntary phase-out of plastic beads which pollute our lakes/rivers/oceans killing marine life and birds. Others have made no commitments.
Promises to phase-out:
CBC Radio with indepth interviews: we must stop the use of plastic stir sticks, plastic lids, styrofoam cups etc. The oceans are polluted with micro plastics.
by The Canadian Press | Story: 140988 - May 28, 2015 / 6:45 pm
About 80 per cent of human-made debris found in the Great Lakes is plastic, ranging from tiny micro-beads found in cosmetics and clothing fibers to bottles and plastic wrap, scientists said Thursday during a meeting of Great Lakes scientists being held at the University of Vermont.
While the big pieces can be ugly, the smaller pieces can attract dangerous chemicals, such as pesticides or herbicides, which can then be eaten by plankton, mussels, fish or birds, the scientists said.
"The concern is ... these plastics act as a means to move ... toxic compounds into the food web and into us," said Sherri Mason, a chemist who led a Thursday session on micro-plastics at the 58th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research.
The danger of plastic pollution in the world's oceans has been around for some time. However, the scientific awareness of the threat to the Great Lakes is relatively new, only coming to the attention of scientists in the last several years, said Mason, who works at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
During the past couple of years, Mason and her colleagues have documented micro-plastic litter — some too small to see with the naked eye — in the Great Lakes. Some of the particles are abrasive beads used in personal care products such as facial and body washes and toothpastes. Others are more traditional litter that don't decompose and only gets broken into smaller pieces.
Some states are making efforts to control the microbeads. Earlier this week, Michigan's two Democratic U.S. Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, introduced legislation to phase out the manufacture and sale of microbeads found in household products. Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House.
Thursday's sessions were for scientists to bring each other up to speed on what is being done in different parts of the Great Lakes to confront the problem. They heard of efforts to count how much plastic is washing up on beaches in the U.S. and Canada. They also heard of efforts to count plastic pieces floating in the water of the lakes and their tributaries and in the sediment on the bottom.
The meeting also gave the scientists the opportunity to trade techniques and tips as detailed as the size of mesh that's most effective when used to skim for tiny plastics.
"The goal of all of this ... is creating a framework for assessing the risk of these plastics in the environment," said Melissa Duhaime of the University of Michigan. "So (we're) thinking about the risk of exposure to plastics and potentially to toxins, potentially to microbes and what the implications might be."
Working with many partners including NOAA, Google has established 40 underwater ocean cameras to help monitor and research our oceans, making the announcement on World Oceans Day.
By The Canadian Press
Posted: 05/28/2015 4:53 pm EDT
TORONTO - Ontario has passed a bill that prohibits the breeding and acquisition of killer whales as well as other animal protection rules.
The bill, named the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, also includes rules that require animal welfare committees at any facility that has marine mammals.
The bill also includes a requirement for marine parks — there is only one in Ontario — to have qualified veterinarians with marine mammal expertise to oversee preventive and clinical care.
Yasir Naqvi, the minister of community safety and correctional services, says banning the breeding and acquisition of killer whales is something Ontarians expect and the animals deserve.
Kiska, the lone killer whale in Canada that lives at Marineland, a tourist park in Niagara Falls, Ont., is excluded from the bill.
The province says it is also working on developing standards of care for marine mammals as laid out in a report by a University of British Columbia marine biologist.
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The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) brought Dr. Sylvia Earle to Ottawa to speak. in May 2015. Dr. Earle stated
Ottawa CPAWS Dr. Sylvia Earle stated "We thought the ocean was too big to fail, but this was wrong".
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June 1, 2015
A report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says Canada is doing a poor job protecting its ocean ecosystems from industrial development. It says only 0.11 per cent of Canada's ocean territory is fully closed to what it calls extractive activities such as fishing and oil and gas development. That compares quite poorly to the United States and the United Kingdom where the fully protected area is closer to 10 per cent.
Content Provided By Tim Callanan, Canadian Press.
By Reese Halter May 27, 2015
The Keeling Curve