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October 2, 2009

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Happy Friday! As usual, this week’s roundup is a mix of the good, the bad and the funny. This week in ocean news,…Daniel Pauly argued in the New Republic that the aquacalypse is upon us. …Palau became the first nation to ban shark fishing in its waters — an area about the size of Texas. …New research showed that coral reefs where a diversity of fish species swim are healthier than overfished ones, and where fishing is banned, the incidence of coral disease was reduced. …A 78-year-old Hawaiian man who shot and killed a pregnant Hawaiian monk seal pleaded guilty to violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act and began serving a 90-day term….We were entertained by this video of a sea lion stealing a fisherman’s catch as he reels it in. Although perhaps it’s a sign that sea lions are going hungry, which is not so funny.