Man guilty in killing of seal on Kauai

By Star-Bulletin staff Seventy-eight-year-old Charles Vidinha said he did not intend to kill a pregnant Hawaiian monk seal on Kauai in May. “I shot at it to scare it away,” Vidinha said. “I wanted to scare it off the beach.” Vidinha pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to taking an endangered species in violation of … Continue reading Man guilty in killing of seal on Kauai

News clips for Friday, October 9th, 2009

Ocean promotion- Honolulu Weekly – About the National Ocean Policy CEQ Hearing in Honolulu last week- WESPAC expressed concern about the proposed National Ocean Policy. Deep Water- Wildfowl Magazine- talks about how NOP ignores recreational fishing’s economic impact Diplomacy Under the Sea- CBS News- The world’s first-ever underwater cabinet meeting to take place in the … Continue reading News clips for Friday, October 9th, 2009

Our oceans reflect our health

The Daily Astorian Editorial President needs to build a conservation legacy – starting nowIt is one of the significant ironies of 20th century environmentalism that pro-business Richard Nixon left an impressive conservation legacy while several Democratic presidents did disappointingly little. Various explanations have been offered for this. Nixon may have strongly perceived the desirability for … Continue reading Our oceans reflect our health

Panel calls for new approach to federal ocean management

By Bridget Macdonald | Medill News Service WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s Ocean Policy Council is calling for a coordinated approach to restoring fragile ocean areas, many of which have been damaged by decades of piecemeal management decisions by the federal government. According to Larry Crowder, a professor of marine biology at Duke University, dividing … Continue reading Panel calls for new approach to federal ocean management

News clips for Thursday, Oct.8th, 2009

Panel calls for new approach to federal ocean management- McClatchy Washington Bureau – About the National Ocean Policy- Larry Crowder and Sylvia Earle are quoted. As the federal government approaches zoning the ocean, there may be turbulence ahead- Block Island Times- About the National Ocean Policy and Providence, RI CEQ hearing Groups sue over offshore … Continue reading News clips for Thursday, Oct.8th, 2009

News Clips, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

Three articles that are critical of the Ocean Policy Task Force’s interim report on National Ocean Policy: Obama Administration Ignores $125 Billion Sportfishing Industry in New Ocean and Great Lakes Management Policy BASS is Among the Leaders in the Fight to Protect Access for 60 Million Anglers Feds meddling with access- Editorial Other news: Ecosystem … Continue reading News Clips, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

News Clips October 2-5, 2009

Policy Angling for access- Recreation fishing interests see task force as major threat to impose closures Regional issues put before ocean panel Don’t Expect New Marine Sanctuaries Under Obama Senate Democrats Unveil Bill to Curb Climate Change, Create Jobs Reporters honored- Grantham PrizCoral Coral Is red coral on the brink? Coral bleaching increases chances of … Continue reading News Clips October 2-5, 2009

Aquacalypse Now – The end of fish

The New RepublicDaniel Pauly Our oceans have been the victims of a giant Ponzi scheme, waged with Bernie Madoff–like callousness by the world’s fisheries. Beginning in the 1950s, as their operations became increasingly industrialized–with onboard refrigeration, acoustic fish-finders, and, later, GPS–they first depleted stocks of cod, hake, flounder, sole, and halibut in the Northern Hemisphere. … Continue reading Aquacalypse Now – The end of fish

News Clips October 1, 2009

New Insights Into Marine Ecosystems And Fisheries Production NRDC Asks Obama Administration to List Endangered Whale Species NOAA Awards Funds to Improve Toxic Algal Bloom Predictions in the Western Gulf of Mexico House votes to expand national marine sanctuary Environment: Baby Monk-Seal Born in Mauritanian Reserve Prosecutors Offer Fisherman Plea Deal In Whale Disentanglement Case … Continue reading News Clips October 1, 2009