Galapagos Fur Seals Gain Foothold In Warming Peru

A baby fur seal is seen among rocks at Foca island in the northern city of Piura February 16, 2010.Photo: Pilar Olivares ISLA FOCA, Peru – Taking advantage of warmer seas, fur seals from the Galapagos Islands have established a full-fledged colony on the Pacific Coast of Peru, some 900 miles from their normal habitat, … Continue reading Galapagos Fur Seals Gain Foothold In Warming Peru

Statement of Dr. Elliott A. Norse, President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute on the tragic killing of a trainer by a killer whale at SeaWorld

Our hearts go out to the trainer’s loved ones, to SeaWorld’s staff and visitors, and to all people who love these whales and life in the oceans. Orcas are also called killer whales because they are very large, very intelligent, very powerful predators. In the wild, some eat herring or salmon; others eat large mammals … Continue reading Statement of Dr. Elliott A. Norse, President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute on the tragic killing of a trainer by a killer whale at SeaWorld

Coral reefs form on ‘ancient template’

Caption: The honeycomb reef shape dominates the region. By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News, Portland Red Sea coral reefs get their complex shape from an ancient ‘seabed template’, say scientists. Their distinctive appearance can be seen clearly in satellite images of the region and has its origin in seabed erosion thousands of years ago. … Continue reading Coral reefs form on ‘ancient template’

Ocean geoengineering scheme no easy fix for global warming

(This map displays simulated additional surface warming (in Celsius) for the year 2100 caused by the temporary use of artificial upwelling in the green areas for the time period 2011-2060. Credit: IFM-GEOMAR) Pumping nutrient-rich water up from the deep ocean to boost algal growth in sunlit surface waters and draw carbon dioxide down from the … Continue reading Ocean geoengineering scheme no easy fix for global warming

Ocean acidification faster than in last 65 million years

Ocean acidification is taking place at a faster rate than has been seen in the last 65 million years – and it’s still accelerating. It could potentially exceed the rate at which plankton can adapt, say researchers from the University of Bristol. The team applied a model that compared current rates of ocean acidification with … Continue reading Ocean acidification faster than in last 65 million years

News Clips: Feb. 9-10, 2010

Endangered Species/Hawaii ·         Army mulls high-speed water transports – Stars and Stripes … noting the state is host to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary where whales migrate to every winter to breed and calve. …   ·         Whales suspected in massive herring loss – New Zealand Herald Something is holding down the … Continue reading News Clips: Feb. 9-10, 2010

Tell President Obama to make conservation the foundation of his National Ocean Policy

There’s still a few more days for you to submit comments to the White House’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. May we suggest some variation of the following letter: Dear President Obama and the Ocean Policy Task Force, Thank you for releasing the Interim Framework for Effective Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning. Our country needs … Continue reading Tell President Obama to make conservation the foundation of his National Ocean Policy

News Clips for February 2, 2010

High Seas High Seas Beyond National Jurisdiction Badly in Need of Protection – UN News Centre. UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiros statement to the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction in New York, 1 February. Marine … Continue reading News Clips for February 2, 2010

Fewer Hawaiian monk seal pups

Honolulu AdvertiserBy Christie Wilson he 2009 Hawaiian monk seal breeding season produced the fewest pups in at least 10 years as the highly endangered marine mammal species continued its slide toward possible extinction. NOAA Fisheries biologists counted 119 seal pups born in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands last year, compared with 138 in 2008. Charles Littnan, … Continue reading Fewer Hawaiian monk seal pups