Does Bush’s executive order to protect striped bass and red drum actually help the fish?

On October 20th, President Bush signed an executive order to ban commercial harvest of striped bass and red drum in federal waters. The fish can now only be harvested recreationally. While recreational fishermen, who are responsible for the vast majority of striped bass and red drum landings, are praising the order, others note that if … Continue reading Does Bush’s executive order to protect striped bass and red drum actually help the fish?

Endangered Loggerhead threatened by small-scale Baja California fishing operations

A recent study published by S. Hoyt Peckman of UC Santa Cruz, Larry Crowder of Duke University and Ocean Conservancy scientist J. Nichols indicates that small-scale longline and gillnet fishing operations off Baja California are actually more detrimental to the endangered Pacific Loggerhead than larger scale industrial fishing fleets. Check out Environmental News Network coverage … Continue reading Endangered Loggerhead threatened by small-scale Baja California fishing operations

Deep in the Sea, Imagining the Cradle of Life on Earth

By CLAUDIA DREIFUS The New York TimesOctober 16, 2007 BEAUFORT, N.C. — For much of Cindy Lee Van Dover’s professional life, she has been a pioneer. In 1990, she became the first woman with a license to pilot an Alvin, a three-person submarine for deep sea exploration. Dr. Van Dover, who studies the ecology of … Continue reading Deep in the Sea, Imagining the Cradle of Life on Earth

New Coast Guard Task in Arctic’s Warming Seas

By MATTHEW L. WALD and ANDREW C. REVKINThe New York TimesOctober 19, 2007 WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 — For most of human history, the Arctic Ocean has been an ice-locked frontier. But now, in one of the most concrete signs of the effect of a warming climate on government operations, the Coast Guard is planning its … Continue reading New Coast Guard Task in Arctic’s Warming Seas

An Ethics Code for Ocean Carbon Experiments

By Eli KintischScienceNOW Daily News10 October 2007 Scientists and entrepreneurs alike are abuzz over iron fertilization, a controversial technique that uses iron-seeded plankton to sequester atmospheric carbon for centuries deep underwater. Now, a San Francisco-based climate startup called Climos has proposed a code of conduct to address contentious aspects of how experiments are conducted. Read … Continue reading An Ethics Code for Ocean Carbon Experiments