A Japanese-owned ship with 4,000 tons of fuel was grounded in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius; the ship cracked and is creating massive oil spill, damaging the ocean including the nearby Blue Bay Marine Park Reserve. Mauritius doesn’t have the skill expertise and technical support to handle, and is seeking help from other countries. The local Ministry of Environment has set up 400 water barriers, and green groups are working with the public to make sugar cane straw buoys, trying to prevent further pollution and reduce the environmental damage.
Warming sea temperatures caused blue crabs to started to move from the Atlantic to the Adriatic waters a decade ago. they became invasive species and can be found in different habitats including inland waters and rivers. They are aggressive and causing local fishes to disappear, damaging the eco system. it is harder for the local fishermen to reply on fishing for a living, because most of their catch are these blue crabs that they can’t sell.
In order to save the critically endangered kemp’s ridley sea turtle, scientists and conservationists spent decades to transfer the sea turtles spawning ground to another safer location, based on the fact that sea turtles would return to their birthplace to spawn. Their effort is starting to show successful progress, but The National Park Service is going to have a massive cut on their funding, and they might not be able to continue their work and waste their decades-long effort.
a few workers in a mink farm was tested positive with the coronavirus, and 87% of the minks had been infected as well. To prevent spreading from minks to human, around 93,000 minks were killed. These minks were originally farmed for their fur.
There are less than 1000 capercaillies in UK, and all of them live in Scotland. their population is reducing because of habitat loss and fatal collisions with deer fences. Scientists want to collect more information to improve the situation, so they gathered volunteers to collect feathers in the pinewood forest of the Cairngorms. They were able to identify feathers of birds including capercaillies, ring-necked pheasants and golden eagles.
There are at least 30 invasive fish spieces In Sri Lanka’s freshwater habitats, including clown knifefish, alligator gars and Mayan cichlid. These fish were mainly released for aquaculture or through the aquarium trade. EExperts think stronger regulation is needed to prevent the situation to get worse, and some people started removing the invasive species on their own effort.
in United Kingdom, a group of teens killed half of the unborn cygnets of a pair of nesting swans with bricks and stones. The male swan left due to stress after the attack. With lack of protection, the nest was harassed by other animals like dogs, leaving just one unborn cygnet in the nest. the tragic incidents of losing her partner of life and unborn child, the female died of a broken heart in her nest.
To stop and scare seals away from breaking into salmon pens, Scottish fishermen will shoot them or use underwater acoustic deterrent devices. In the first three months of 2020, 31 seals were shot legally, which was double of last year. Moreover, the devices fishermen use would case hearing damage and stress to cetaceans. 26% of the salmons were exported to America; with the fear that US will ban their salmons because of breaking the US regulations for protecting the welfare of wild marine mammals, Scotland will ban shooting seals and tighten the law of using acoustic devices.
critically endangered pangolin has been removed from the official traditional medicine list of 2020. The Chinese forestry ministry also changed the protection status of pangolins from Class 2 to Class 1. The reason pangolin is removed from the list could be due to wild resources exhaustion.
the giant Galápagos tortoises were facing extinction 50 years ago. A male tortoise, Diego, was brought to join a breeding program on Santa Cruz island, where he bred with female tortoises and reproduced around 800 tortoises of his. Diego is now 100 years old, and he is finally retired and back to his originally home, Española island, with 25 other tortoises. These tortoises had to undergo a quarantine period before going back, preventing them to carry any non-native plants seeds to the island.