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Bid to limit commercial fishing in Australian marine parks defeated
LONDON, UK, 16 August 2018 (Guardian) - A push by the Greens and Labor to tighten the protection of fisheries in Australia’s marine parks has failed for the second time.

Fighting the vanilla thieves of Madagascar
LONDON, UK, 16 August 2018 (BBC) - Madagascar’s 80,000 growers produce more vanilla than any other country - so what happens on the island affects the global industry.

Could the high seas be closed to fishing?
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 15 August 2018 (Oceans Deeply) - As the United Nations prepares to begin negotiations next month on a high seas biodiversity treaty, some scientists and advocates say a spate of recent research supports banning commercial fishing in international waters to protect remote ecosystems.

Hawaii enlists urchins to help corals resist algae invasion
WASHINGTON, US, 15 August 2018 (NatGeog) - In the 1970s, a researcher at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology plopped some new, non-Hawaiian species of algae into the waters of Kāne’ohe Bay, on Oahu.

Footage suggests basking sharks use Scottish seas for courtship
LONDON, UK, 15 August 2018 BBC) - Scientists have gathered new footage they believe offers evidence that basking sharks gather in seas around Scottish islands to mate.

Tonga PM calls on China to write-off Pacific debt
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 15 August 2018 (AFP) - Tonga Prime Minister Akalisi Pohiva has called for China to write-off debts owed by Pacific island countries, warning that repayments impose a huge burden on the impoverished nations.

How Crete changed the course of World War Two
LONDON, UK, 15 August 2018 (BBC) - The Cretan Resistance caused significant damage to German morale and is likely the reason why Hitler failed to invade the Soviet Union.

Tonga PM challenges Pacific Island leaders to lose weight
LONDON, UK, 14 August 2018 (BBC) - Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has challenged other Pacific Island leaders to participate in a year-long weight-loss challenge to set an example to their national communities.

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