Tag: International Maritime Organization

Oceans: Shipping lane adjustments may help reduce whale strikes off the coast of California

Gray whale breaching, NOAA photo
Gray whale. Photo courtesy Merrill Gosho/NOAA.

Maritime authorities seek to protect marine mammals, ease shipping flow

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Whales off the busy California coast will get a bit more breathing room, as the International Maritime Organization will adjust several shipping lanes, including  routes that cross three national marine sanctuaries.

“This is a win-win situation, backed by NOAA research, that allows for enhanced protection of endangered whales and natural resources while at the same time increasing maritime safety,” said William J. Douros, west coast regional director of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “We are pleased with the shipping industry and the IMO’s decision to support the proposed amendments.” Continue reading “Oceans: Shipping lane adjustments may help reduce whale strikes off the coast of California”


Environment: UN renews call for ocean protection

A trail of broken promises on ocean conservation …

Earth's oceans need more TLC, a new UN report says. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — In preparation for the 2012 conference on sustainable development in Rio, several UN organizations last week released a new report that sounds the alarm about the health of  oceans and explains how it influences our everyday life by regulating the climate, providing highly-nutritious food and by sustaining livelihoods and economies.

Although the oceans account for 70 percent of the surface of our planet, only 1 percent of it is protected, the report explains, proposing a 10-step program to move toward a more sustainable future. Continue reading “Environment: UN renews call for ocean protection”