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The Good,The Bad,and The Ugly

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Good is more than just a lazy state of nothingness.Good has to be more energetic and more moving than the opposing force,if it’s going to overcome.

The ocean is beautiful, yet terrifying,. it is mysterious, yet predictable. the ocean is like a tragic story. like humans, it keeps kissing the shore, no matter how much time it got sent away. like humans, it is often blamed for something that isn’t even it’s fault. do you ever think if maybe the ocean was tired of sinking boats it didn’t want to sink? do you ever wonder if maybe the ocean didn’t mean to get so worked up when the storm sent drizzles of insults upon insults at him? and some humans sometimes still blame the ocean, ask why, curse it, when it’s really the storm’s doing.

Anivel Aiden

A solitary boat, overcome by this sea of love, thick with life.

Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands are an island group and archipelago under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Denmark, situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland.

The total area is approximately 1,400 km2 (540 sq mi) with a 2010 population of almost 50,000 people. The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing country within the Danish Realm since 1948. Over the years, the Faroese have taken control of most domestic matters.

Areas that remain the responsibility of Denmark include military defence, police, justice, currency and foreign affairs. The Faroe Islands also has representatives in the Nordic Council as members of the Danish delegation. The islands were associated with and taxed by Denmark and Norway up to 1814, when Norway fell under the rule of Sweden. Scandinavia was in political turmoil following the Sixth Coalition of the Napoleonic Wars, when the Treaty of Kiel granted Denmark control over the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland in 1814. The Danish trade monopoly ended in 1856. As explicitly asserted by both Rome treaties, the Faroe Islands are not part of the European Union. Moreover, a protocol to the treaty of accession of Denmark to the European Communities stipulates that Danish nationals residing in the Faroe Islands are not to be considered as Danish nationals within the meaning of the treaties. Hence, Danish people living in the Faroes are not citizens of the European Union (although other EU nationals living there remain EU citizens).

The Faroes are not covered by the Schengen free movement agreement, but there are no border checks when travelling between the Faroes and any Schengen country. (The Faroes have been part of the Nordic Passport Union since 1966, and since 2001 there have been no border checks between the Nordic countries and the rest of the Schengen area as part of the Schengen agreement. Demographics of the Faroe Islands The vast majority of the population are ethnic Faroese, of Norse and Scottish descent. Recent DNA analyses have revealed that Y chromosomes, tracing male descent, are 87% Scandinavian. The studies show that mitochondrial DNA, tracing female descent, is 84% Scottish. Of the approximately 48,500 inhabitants of the Faroe Islands (16,921 private households (2004)), Faroese are 91.7%, Danes 5.8%, Greenlanders 0.3%. The largest group of foreigners is Danes, comprising 5.8%, followed by Greenlanders, Icelanders, Norwegians and Poles.

The Faroe Islands have people consisting of 77 different nationalities. Faroese is spoken in the entire area as a first language. It is difficult to say exactly how many people worldwide speak the Faroese language, as many ethnic Faroese live in Denmark, and few who are born there return to the Faroes with their parents or as adults. The Faroese language is one of the least-spoken of the Germanic languages. Faroese grammar and vocabulary are most similar to Icelandic and to their ancestor Old Norse. In contrast, spoken Faroese is very different from Icelandic and is closer to Norwegian dialects of the west coast of Norway. While Faroese is the main language in the islands, both Faroese and Danish are official languages. Faroese language policy provides for the active creation of new terms in Faroese suitable for modern life.

Geography of the Faroe Islands The Faroe Islands are an island group consisting of 18 major islands about 655 kilometres (407 mi) off the coast of Northern Europe, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Iceland and Norway, the closest neighbours being the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland. Its coordinates are 62°00′N 06°47′W. Its area is 1,399 square kilometres (540 sq. mi), and it has no major lakes or rivers. There are 1,117 kilometres (694 mi) of coastline. The only significant uninhabited island is Lítla Dímun. The islands are rugged and rocky with some low peaks; the coasts are mostly cliffs. The highest point is Slættaratindur, 882 metres (2,894 ft) above sea level. The Faroe Islands are dominated by tholeiitic basalt lava, which was part of the great Thulean Plateau during the Paleogene period. Distances to nearest countries and islands: North Rona, Scotland (uninhabited): 260 kilometres (160 mi) Shetland (Foula) (Scotland): 285 kilometres (177 mi) Orkney (Westray) (Scotland): 300 kilometres (190 mi) Mainland Scotland: 320 kilometres (200 mi) Iceland: 450 kilometres (280 mi) Ireland: 670 kilometres (420 mi) Denmark: 990 kilometres (620 mi) Climate of the Faroe Islands The climate is classed as Maritime Subarctic according to the (Köppen climate classification: Cfc). The overall character of the islands’ climate is influenced by the strong warming influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which produces the North Atlantic Current. This, together with the remoteness of any source of warm airflows, ensures that winters are mild (mean temperature 3.0 to 4.0 °C or 37 to 39°F) while summers are cool (mean temperature 9.5 to 10.5 °C or 49 to 51°F). The islands are windy, cloudy and cool throughout the year with over 260 annual rainy days. The islands lie in the path of depressions moving northeast and this means that strong winds and heavy rain are possible at all times of the year. Sunny days are rare and overcast days are common. Hurricane Faith struck the Faroe Islands on 5 September 1966 with sustained winds over 100 mph (160 km/h) and only then did the storm cease to be a tropical system. The registration of meteorologic data on the Faroe Islands started in 1867.

Transport in the Faroe Islands Vágar Airport has scheduled services from Vágar Island. The largest Faroese airline is Atlantic Airways. Due to the rocky terrain and relatively small size of the Faroe Islands, its transport system was not as extensive as in other places of the world. This situation has now changed, and the infrastructure has been developed extensively. Some 80% of the population of the islands is connected by tunnels through the mountains and between the islands, bridges and causeways that link the three largest islands and three other large islands to the northeast together, while the other two large islands to the south of the main area are connected to the main area with new fast ferries. There are good roads to every village in the islands, except for seven of the smaller islands, six of which only have one village.

The Grind

National Geographic Letter

1986 the International Whaling Commission (IWC) introduced “zero catch limits for commercial whaling”; however, the IWC’s rules still allow for subsistence hunting in some parts of the world, and the application of their regulations to long-finned pilot whales is somewhat ambiguous since (despite their name) those animals are not whales proper; they are (like dolphins) small cetaceans, and they belong to the same biological family (Delphinidae) as dolphins. In late 2008, chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands advised that they no longer considered pilot whales to be fit for human consumption because the animals’ meat and blubber had been found to contain too much mercury, PCBs and DDT derivatives. As noted above, the Faroe Islands are an autonomous province of Denmark and not a part of Denmark itself; essentially a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark, with their own prime minister and legislature.

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Interpol Investigates Illegal Fishing

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Minister lodges protests against three countries for illegal fishing operations

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Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti speaks in front of House of Representatives Commission IV, which oversees maritime affairs and fisheries along with other food production industries, during a hearing in Jakarta on July 11.(Antara/M Agung Rajasa)

Twelve foreign fishing vessels have been found to be operating illegally in Indonesian waters, despite the government’s tough measures of sinking vessels that are caught fishing illegally.

The 115 Task Force, which monitors the illegal movement of sea vessels, detected the 12 boats when they entered the waters off Biak in Papua province, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said on Wednesday in Jakarta.

“The ships came from Taiwan, China and Japan,” Susi told journalists at a press conference as reported by kompas.com, adding that she had sent letters of protest to the three countries.

The activities of the 12 boats that operates 80 miles into the Indonesian waters were detected through a data-sharing partnership with Global Fishing Watch.

Read also: Minister Susi rejects idea to auction off confiscated fishing boats

Apart from sending protest letters to the three countries, Susi, in her capacity as the 115 Task Force, has called on Interpol to investigate the vessels’ operations.

Since Susi’s ministerial appointment in 2014, Indonesia has sunk more than 300 foreign fishing vessels after they were found guilty of operating illegally in the Indonesian waters. (bbn)

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KILLER WHALES (Orcinus orca) – Conservation & Research

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https://seaworld.org/animal-info/animal-infobooks/killer-whale/conservation-and-research

Limited Food Availability

A key reason that the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population has not recovered is likely due to declines in populations of their main prey, Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), from overfishing by humans and habitat destruction. Northern Residents have also recently experienced a higher mortality rate that is probably linked to a reduction in Chinook salmon availability.

Whale Watching

Whale watching expeditions bring people close to wild whales and help people learn about them. In British Columbia and the state of Washington, killer whales are the most popular cetacean of commercial whale watching companies.

Higher concentrations and closer proximity of boats can force whales away from their traditional habitats and reduce a killer whale’s echolocation abilities when hunting for prey.

THE SNAKE RIVER

The Snake River is a major river of the greater Pacific Northwest in the United States. At 1,078 miles (1,735 km) long, it is the largest tributary of the Columbia River, the largest North American river that empties into the Pacific Ocean.[9] Rising in western Wyoming, the river flows through the Snake River Plain of southern Idaho, then through the rugged Hells Canyon area via northeastern Oregon and the rolling Palouse Hills, to reach its mouth near the Washington Tri-Cities area, where it enters the Columbia. Its drainage basin encompasses parts of six U.S. states, and its average discharge is over 54,000 cubic feet per second (1,500 m3/s).

Snake River
Lewis River, Shoshone River, Mad River,Saptin River, Yam-pah-pa, Lewis Fork

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The Snake River flowing through the Palouse region about 10 miles (16 km) above its mouth on the Columbia River

Country United States
States Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon,Washington
Region Pacific Northwest
Tributaries
 – left Hoback River, Salt River,Portneuf River,Bruneau River,Owyhee River,Malheur River,Burnt River, Powder River,Imnaha River,Grande Ronde River
 – right Henrys Fork, Malad River,Boise River, Payette River,Weiser River,Salmon River,Clearwater River,Palouse River
Cities Jackson, WY,Idaho Falls, ID,Blackfoot, ID,American Falls, ID,Burley, ID, Twin Falls, ID,Ontario, OR, Lewiston, ID,Tri-Cities, WA
Source Rocky Mountains
 – location Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
 – elevation 8,927 ft (2,721 m) [1]
 – coordinates 44°7′49″N 110°13′10″W [2]
Mouth Columbia River
 – location Franklin / Walla Walla counties, near BurbankWashington[3]
 – elevation 358 ft (109 m) [4]
 – coordinates 46°11′10″N 119°1′43″W [2]
Length 1,078 mi (1,735 km) [5]
Basin 107,510 sq mi (278,450 km2[6]
Discharge for Ice Harbor DamWashington9 12 miles (15.3 km) above the mouth
 – average 54,830 cu ft/s (1,550 m3/s) [7]
 – max 409,000 cu ft/s (11,580 m3/s) [8]
 – min 2,700 cu ft/s (80 m3/s)

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Map of the Snake River watershed

Wikimedia Commons: Snake River

Rugged mountains divided by rolling plains characterize the physiographically diverse watershed of the Snake River. The Snake River Plain was created by a volcanic hotspot which now lies underneath Yellowstone National Park, where the headwaters of the Snake River arise. Gigantic glacial-retreat flooding episodes that occurred during the previous Ice Age carved out many topographical features, including various canyons and ridges along the middle and lower Snake River. Two of these catastrophic flooding events significantly affected the river and its surrounds.

Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret | Environment | The Guardian

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An offshore oil and gas well in Australia leaked oil continuously into the ocean for two months in 2016, releasing an estimated 10,500 litres. But the spill was never made public by the regulator and details about the well, its whereabouts and operator remain secret.

In its annual offshore performance report released this week, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority included a mention of a 10,500-litre spill in April 2016. It provided limited details about, noting that it had been identified during a routine inspection.

After inquiries from the Guardian, Nopsema said the leak went on for two months, at a rate of about 175 litres a day. It went unnoticed while the floating platform was undergoing maintenance and was only discovered when the platform returned.

A spokesman for Nopsema said the leak had been caused by a seal degrading. The regulator investigated the spill and said the operator had been ordered to check the seals were working before disconnecting the platform.

But despite requests to reveal exactly where the spill occurred, or what company was responsible, Nopsema refused to disclose the information, revealing only that it was in the North West Shelf.

The Nopsema spokesman said that since companies were compelled by law to report these leaks the regulator believed there was an “implied duty of confidence”.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/18/australian-oil-well-leaked-into-ocean-for-months-but-incident-kept-secret

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Unfortunately, the Canadian government isn’t consistently monitoring this threat, nor is it taking necessary action to address it.

Help sea life escape the net. Sign the petition and call on Fisheries and Oceans Canada to take immediate action and reduce the collateral damage caused by unsustainable fishing practices.

Up to 10.3 million tonnes of sea life is unintentionally caught each year around the world, captured in nets, lines and other gear. Some of this is kept and sold, or released safely; but far too much is put back in the ocean, either dead or dying. In Canada, this includes endangered and threatened species like whales, turtles, sharks and fish.

Boycott Mexican Shrimp

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Gulf of California, the narrow body of water that extends between the Baja Peninsula and mainland Mexico. Since 1997, around 80 percent of the world’s vaquitas have perished as bycatch, many in gill nets operated by illegal totoaba fishermen.

Take the pledge that you won’t buy Mexican shrimp until Mexico ensures deadly gillnets are out of the vaquita’s habitat, and the vaquita population is recovering.

4. Share this campaign with your friends and family and ask them to Boycott Mexican Shrimp, too. You can download this flyer to share (print the PDF double-sided and cut the paper to have 3 flyers per sheet). Also, make sure to share your support of this campaign on social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

Mexico said it will ban the use of gill nets for shrimp fishing in an area of the northern Gulf of California that is the habitat for the endangered vaquita marina porpoise.

The national fisheries commission said on Wednesday the permanent ban on gill nets used in shrimp fishing will go into effect in September.

The population of vaquita marinas has dropped sharply in recent years to the point that only about 60 survive in the northern Gulf of California, the only place in the world they are found.

The species is believed to be headed for extinction unless conservation measures are adopted.

Scientists attribute the decline to their being caught in the various types of nets used to catch shrimp, sea bass and sharks.

A spokeswoman for the environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said the shrimp net ban was a “good start” but not enough to save the rare porpoise.

“We would hope that they would permanently prohibit all types of gill nets,” said Sea Shepherd’s Oona Isabelle Layolle.

Nets used to catch sea bass and shark are believed to also be used to illegally fish another endangered species, the totoaba, a type of drum that is much in demand in China.

A temporary ban on the use of those nets has been in place since April 2015 and could be made permanent when it expires in April 2017, Rigoberto Garcia, a fisheries commission official, told AFP.

The Mexican government has pledged to provide $70 million to help fishermen hit by the gill net ban to make the transition to other methods of fishing.

Gulf of California, the narrow body of water that extends between the Baja Peninsula and mainland Mexico. Since 1997, around 80 percent of the world’s vaquitas have perished as bycatch, many in gill nets operated by illegal totoaba fishermen.



In Mexico, Fish Poachers Push Endangered Porpoises to Brink

China’s lucrative black market for fish parts is threatening the vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The porpoises, who live only in the Gulf of California, are getting caught up as bycatch in illegal gill nets and killed.