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Global Ocean TV – Episode 52

April 27, 2017

Source: The TerraMar Project

Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean, is brought to you by The TerraMar Project. Check out the transcript below for links to stories.

Transcript:

Welcome to Global Ocean TV, the official television channel of the world’s ocean. Brought to you by The TerraMar Project.

I’m today’s host, Brian Yurasits, and I’m excited to share the top ocean news from this past month with you.

Earth Day 2017 was this past weekend, and we at The TerraMar Project had the chance to participate in Boston’s March for Science.

It was clear in the signs people help up, that climate change was a pressing issue this Earth Day, but the oceans were also represented in full force. Over 70% of our Earth is ocean, and so Earth day is a time to really step back and focus on what we can do better to protect the health of our world’s oceans.

We asked some of the participants why they were marching, and what they believe is one thing people could change everyday to help save the planet. Here’s what they had to say…

This has been a busy past month in terms of victories for our world’s oceans and natural environments.

An Entire Ecosystem In India Has Now Been Granted Legal Rights As a Human:

An entire ecosystem in India has been given legal rights as a human. Initially declaring the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers as legal entities, the Indian Court has now granted rights to the entire ecosystem. This is a huge win for environmental justice around the world, and similar rulings have been made in New Zealand to protect the Whanganui River which is considered sacred by the Maori people who live there.

Manatees to be Removed From Endangered Species List, Reclassified as Threatened:

Florida Manatees are no longer an endangered species. These gentle giants have been downgraded to ‘threatened’ after three consecutive years of population rise.

Devil Rays Granted Worldwide Protection by CITES: And Genetic Tracking Could Help Catch Illegal Traders:

Devil rays have been granted worldwide protection by CITES. This means that it has become illegal to trade any part of a Devil Ray species across international borders. This is a huge step in preventing the illegal harvests of these animals.

Plan Approved to Round Up the Last Wild Vaquitas Into Protected ‘Sea Pens’:

Vaquitas are in trouble. With less than 60 of these tiny porpoises left in the wild, scientists and federal agencies are taking measures to round up the last remaining Vaquitas into wild pens where they will be protected from fishing nets.

Two-Thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has Been Affected by This Year’s Mass Coral Bleaching:

The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. As you may have seen, two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has been affected by this year’s coral bleaching. This is the second year in a row that the reef has experienced a major bleaching, which is a serious threat, since the reefs need time to recover.

You can find these stories in The Daily Catch, and tune back in regularly for the best ocean, river, and lake news from around the world.

Thank you