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Former president Barack Obama’s National Ocean Policy, a document 10 years in the making when issued in 2010, is now on the scrap heap. Donald Trump’s executive order on Tuesday replaced it with a new ocean strategy that values resource extraction over conservation and climate change adaptation, and weakens ongoing regional ocean planning efforts.

Increasing recycling rates will not solve the growing ocean plastic pollution crisis – especially not if China is done playing along.

Fisheries managers in the United States voted to restrict the deployment of damaging fishing gear, including traps, trawls and longlines, to protect deep-sea corals over an area of nearly 1,300 square km (500 square miles) in the Gulf of Mexico.

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