From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, CNMI Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (Jun. 7)

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

SUMMARY:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES:
The CNMI Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All times listed are local island times. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES:
The CNMI Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Saipan Department of Land and Natural Resources Conference Room, Lower Base, Saipan, MP 96950.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

For more information, click here.

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From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, Guam Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (May 26)

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

SUMMARY:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Guam Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES:
The Guam Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Friday, May 26, 2017, between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All times listed are local island times. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES:
The Guam Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association Lanai, Hagatna, Guam, 96913.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

For more information, click here.

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From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, American Samoa Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (May 31)

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

SUMMARY:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its American Samoa Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES:
The American Samoa Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All times listed are local island times.

ADDRESSES:
The American Samoa Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Pacific Petroleum Conference Room, Utulei, American Samoa, 96799.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

For more information, click here.

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Request For Input: Ice Drilling Program Office, 2017 Long Range Science Plan (May 25)

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The Ice Drilling Program Office (IDPO) announces a call for input on their draft 2017 Long Range Science Plan. This plan identifies the science in the coming decade that will require the use of ice drilling technology and expertise for the community and drives the formation of other plans, such as the Ice Drilling Design and Operations (IDDO) Long Range Drilling Technology Plan. The plans provide the basis for multi-annual planning for the actions and drill development projects of IDPO-IDDO and others, and provide funding agencies advance notice of upcoming community science needs.

Researchers who need an ice core or a hole drilled in a glacier or ice sheet in the coming decade, or a rock core from under shallow glacial ice, are encouraged to ensure that their science is captured in the current draft.

To access the working draft, go to: http://www.icedrill.org/about/resources.shtml#scienceplan.

Input submission deadline: Thursday, 25 May 2017.

Send corrections, updates, or additions to the draft plan to: Email: icedrill@Dartmouth.edu

For more information, click here.

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As government delays pollution plan, study shows how killer nanoparticles cause heart disease

A new study explains for the first time how nanoparticles like those in diesel exhaust fumes cause heart disease by lodging in inflamed blood vessels, writes Oliver Tickell. The study, published as the UK government is ordered before the High Court to justify its refusal to publish plans to tackle illegal air pollution which afflicts 38 million people, also raises wider fears about ‘engineered nanoparticles’ in the environment.
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U.S. government sued over plan to kill cougars and bears in Colorado

(Reuters) – Wildlife conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Wednesday seeking to halt a plan to trap and kill as many as 120 mountain lions and black bears in Colorado in a bid to stem declines in populations of mule deer favored by hunters.


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Trump takes aim at Obama Climate Action Plan: White House website

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The administration of President Donald Trump is committed to eliminating former President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and other environmental initiatives, according to the recently updated White House website.


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Opportunity: Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan

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AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to designate approximately 52 square miles of waters encompassing and surrounding Maryland’s Mallows Bay as the Mallows Bay—Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary (MPNMS or sanctuary). NOAA also proposes regulations to implement the sanctuary designation and establish the sanctuary’s terms of designation to protect historical, archeological, and cultural resources of national significance. A draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and draft management plan (DMP) have also been prepared for this proposed action. The purpose of this action is to supplement and complement current Maryland state regulations and resource protection efforts to ensure long term protection of the nationally significant collection of historic shipwrecks and other maritime cultural heritage resources. NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule, draft environmental impact statement, and draft management plan. NOAA will also begin consultations under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and solicit public comments specifically related to the identification and assessment of the historic properties within the affected area in compliance with Section 106 review process.

DATES:

NOAA will consider all comments received by March 31, 2017.

Public meetings will be held on the following dates: (1) March 7, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., La Plata, MD, and (2) March 9, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Arnold, MD.

For more information: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/09/2016-31742/mallows-bay-potomac-river-national-marine-sanctuary-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-and-availability

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Porpoises Plan Their Dives And Can Set Their Heart Rate To Match

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Harbor porpoises have been found to be able to continually adjust their heart rate for diving. (Credit: Erik Christensen/Wikimedia Commons)

(Click to enlarge) Harbor porpoises have been found to be able to continually adjust their heart rate for diving. (Credit: Erik Christensen/Wikimedia Commons)

Two captive harbour porpoises called Freja and Sif have helped to reveal that porpoises —and probably all cetaceans — consciously adjust their heart rate to suit the length of a planned dive.

(From New Scientist / by Andy Coghlan)– By doing this, the animals optimise the rate at which they consume oxygen beforehand to match the intended depth and length of their dive.

“Until now, we knew that the heart rates of porpoises and cetaceans in general correlate with different dive factors, such as dive duration, depth and exercise,” says Siri Elmegaard of Aarhus University in Denmark, who led the research. “Now we can conclude that harbour porpoises have cognitive control of their heart rate.”

The discovery might also provide another explanation for how exposure to loud noise from shipping, sonar or subsea exploration harms cetaceans and possibly triggers strandings.

If their concentration is disrupted by sudden loud noise, it could prompt animals to panic and resurface too quickly, triggering potentially fatal decompression sickness, pain or confusion, and leading to possible stranding.

Researchers discovered as far back as 1975 that pinnipeds — such as sea lions — had the ability to consciously control their heart rate.

“What is remarkable is that it has taken four decades since the pioneering work on the cognitive control of heart rate in sea lions for researchers to ask the same question for cetaceans,” says Terrie Williams of the University of California, Santa Cruz. “This latest discovery is indeed an exciting advance in our understanding of the dive response in whales and dolphins.”

Read the full article here: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2113451-porpoises-plan-their-dives-and-can-set-their-heart-rate-to-match/

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Trump’s climate plan ‘catastrophic’: France’s Royal

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s plan to drop out of world cooperation on slowing climate change would be “absolutely catastrophic” and weaken the United States, France’s environment minister said on Friday.


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