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MSC orders inquiry into shark finning on tuna vessels in the Pacific
LONDON, UK, 26 May 2022 (Guardian) - The Marine Stewardship Council, which certifies fisheries under its blue tick sustainability label, has ordered an independent investigation into allegations of shark finning on tuna vessels in certified Pacific fisheries.

EU fishing vessels accused of illegally netting tuna in Indian Ocean
LONDON, UK, 26 May 2022 (Guardian) - European fishing fleets have been illegally netting tuna from dwindling stocks in the Indian Ocean, according to data presented to EU authorities and analysed by expert groups.

Marine rubbish from the Abrolhos Islands being transformed into art
GERALDTON, Australia, 26 May 2022 (ABC) - A pearl producer who founded a project that transforms marine junk into art says it is making a significant difference on the islands where volunteers collect the rubbish.

Australia bidding to host UN climate summit
SUVA, Fiji, 26 May 2022 (AFP) - Australia will present a more ambitious UN emissions target "very soon" and is bidding to co-host a COP summit with Pacific island neighbours, Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Thursday, signalling a ground shift in climate policy. 

Arctic shipping routes are expanding faster than predicted
VICTORIA, Canada, 25 May 2022 (Hakai) - As the climate warms and sea ice melts, trans-Arctic shipping routes are becoming easier to navigate, a prospect that is enticing to freight companies. These routes can cut up to 9,000 kilometers off a one-way trip between East Asia and Europe compared with shipping through the Suez or Panama Canals - shortcuts that clip roughly 40 percent off the voyage.

China is pursuing a Pacific-wide pact with 10 island nations
LONDON, UK, 25 May 2022 (Guardian) - China will pursue a Pacific-wide deal with almost a dozen island nations covering policing, security and data communications cooperation when the foreign minister, Wang Yi, hosts a meeting in Fiji next week, documents show.

UN flag potential violations in $3b Indonesian tourism project
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 25 May 2022 (Mongabay) - The United Nations has reiterated its concerns over allegations of human rights violations in a mega infrastructure tourism development project on the Indonesian island of Lombok. In light of this, various environmental and human rights organizations have called on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to stop financing the project.