Shining a Light on Sustainable Fisheries Management

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Back in October before COP23 began, I made the prediction that Fiji’s leadership at the COP would lead the focus towards ocean sustainability. Today, the Food and Agricultural Organization sponsored a series of side events in the Bonn Zone on ocean and coastal zone management. One side event, in particular, discussed the adaptation techniques of countries to…
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Blue Carbon: A Solution

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Coastal ecosystems such as tidal salt marshes, seagrass meadows, and mangrove forests, are “blue carbon ecosystems” because they act as carbon sinks. Blue ecosystems have the ability to sequester copious amounts of carbon. However, if they are destroyed, they increase GHG emissions. Scientists estimate approximately 1.02 billion tons of carbon dioxide is emitted per year…
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Small Island Developing States Fishing for Adaptation Solutions

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For Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Fiji, climate change adaptation requires immediate action. As my colleague Val analyzed previously, fish stocks are depleted and international tensions are rising as each nation attempts to protect the fishing economy it still maintains. When the Ocean Conference met in June of 2017, participants recognized the crucial role oceans play as…
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Why New England Fishermen Should Care About COP21

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Below is an extract from a post on TalkingFish.org, a blog of the Conservation Law Foundation.  Annie Warner, a third-year law student at VLS and a member of the law school’s COP21 observer delegation, wrote it. The original post may be found here. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) highlights the connections between climate change and fisheries….
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