THE proposal for a ban on high seas bottom trawling has caused some concern among members of the fishing industry at the Falkland Islands.
Venezuela's ambassador to Madrid on Monday tried to downplay President Hugo Chavez's statement that he was freezing bilateral relations until King Juan Carlos of Spain apologized for telling him to shut up at the recent Ibero-American summit in Chile.
Brazil's government oil corporation Petrobras has plans to invest 2 to 3 billion US dollars to begin prospecting in the giant deposit of Tupi which has recoverable reserves in the range of 5 to 8 billon barrels of crude and natural gas.
Warming seas, over-fishing and pollution mean it is vital to improve the system for monitoring the world's oceans, says a group of distinguished scientists. The researchers say more data is needed to ensure the world is able to respond effectively to any potential threats.