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Pearl farming in the Abrolhos Islands
GERALDTON, Australia, 23 May 2019 (ABC) - There is something in the water off the Abrolhos Islands. At first glance, operating an aquaculture hatchery 60 kilometres out to sea on a small island with no running water or power and minimal infrastructure just does not add up.

Small Greek islands punch for equal status ahead of local elections
ANAFI, Greece, 23 May 2019 (AFP) - On the small Greek island of Anafi - population 273 - each ferry arrival is a notable event. With a mere two connections a week to the port of Piraeus, Anafiotes feel little love from the state in distant Athens.

Health of penguin chicks points scientists to changes in the ocean
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 22 May 2019 (Mongabay) - A recent closure of commercial fishing around South Africa’s Robben Island gave scientists the chance to understand how fluctuations in prey fish populations affect endangered African penguins absent pressure from humans.

Chagos Islands dispute: UN backs end to UK control
LONDON, UK, 22 May 2019 (BBC) - The UN has passed a resolution demanding the UK return control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius. In the non-binding vote in the General Assembly in New York, 116 states were in favour and only six against, a major diplomatic blow to the UK.

Indonesia calls on palm oil industry to remain opaque
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 21 May 2019 (Mongabay) - Environmental activists in Indonesia have denounced a recent call by the government to keep data about oil palm plantations out of the public’s reach.

Mediterranean garbage patch
LONDON, UK, 21 May 2019 (Newsweek) - Researchers have spotted a floating “island” of plastic waste, measuring several dozen miles long in between the French island of Corsica and the Italian island of Elba - famed for once hosting the emperor Napoleon while he was in exile.

Coral bleaching event underway in French Polynesia
SYDNEY, Australia, 21 May 2019 (ABC) - Widespread coral bleaching has been reported in the French Polynesian islands of Tahiti and Moorea, even though there was no El Nino event this year.