White House Takes a Bigger Role in the Oil Spill Cleanup

A boat collected crude oil that had leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) New York Times, April 29, 2010By: Campbell Robertson, Leslie Kaufman and Liz Robbins NEW ORLEANS — President Obama increased his administration’s role in the cleanup of the vast oil spill in the Gulf … Continue reading White House Takes a Bigger Role in the Oil Spill Cleanup

New Marine Protected Areas Safeguard Northern California’s Iconic Coastal Areas

“Underwater parks” will boost the region’s environmental and economic health SACRAMENTO—On May 1, California’s underwater state park system will expand to include iconic north central coast areas like Point Reyes Headlands, the Farallon Islands, and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Last August the California Fish & Game Commission approved a sweeping marine protected area plan that sets … Continue reading New Marine Protected Areas Safeguard Northern California’s Iconic Coastal Areas

Reef Offers Model for Conservation

Image: Institute for Ocean Conservation Science Erik Olsen, The New York Times GLOVER’S REEF, Belize — As Alex Tilley powers his 15-foot skiff over the turquoise surface, a dark form slips across the white sand floor below. “Sting ray,” Mr. Tilley says.  For the next half mile, en route to the Wildlife Conservation Society research … Continue reading Reef Offers Model for Conservation

Holland America Line Partners with Marine Conservation Biology Institute

New “Our Marvelous Oceans” Program to Foster Greater Marine Environment Understanding Seattle, April 22, 2010 – Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI) announced a new partnership to promote sustainable and compatible use of the oceans to protect the world’s marine ecosystems.  Called “Our Marvelous Oceans,” the new program will start with a … Continue reading Holland America Line Partners with Marine Conservation Biology Institute

Acidifying Oceans Dramatically Stunt Growth of Already Threatened Shellfish, Research Finds

Adult oysters soon to be separated for culturing for lab experiments. (Credit: Kirk Sato) ScienceDaily, April 20, 2010New research shows that global warming and its effects — in particular, ocean acidification — have descended upon shellfish reefs, particularly those formed by the Olympia oyster. More than one-third of the world’s human-caused carbon dioxide emissions have … Continue reading Acidifying Oceans Dramatically Stunt Growth of Already Threatened Shellfish, Research Finds

Beached whale’s stomach found to be full of fresh trash

A gray whale that came ashore and later died near the Fauntleroy ferry dock last week had all that is pictured here in its stomach, all ingested while feeding in Puget Sound.(Credit: Cascadia Research Collective) A gray whale’s last meal in Puget Sound included plenty of trash, and it was fresh enough to indicate the … Continue reading Beached whale’s stomach found to be full of fresh trash

It’s a microbial world

Left, Karenia brevis; Middle, Cryptopharynx; Right, Ceratium longipes.(Credits: Bob Andersen and D. J. Patterson; D. J. Patterson, L. Amaral-Zettler and V. Edgcomb; avid Patterson, Linda Amaral Zettler, Mike Peglar and Tom Nerad) Worldwide census ups diversity estimates for marine microbes one-hundred-fold. Nature News, Published online April 18, 2010By Jane Qiu Researchers scouring the world’s oceans … Continue reading It’s a microbial world

‘Black Box’ Plankton Found to Have Huge Role in Ocean Carbon Fixation

New research shows that eukaryotic phytoplankton account for almost half the ocean’s carbon fixation by phytoplankton.(Credit: iStockphoto/Sebastian Meckelmann) ScienceDaily, Apr. 16, 2010 Scientists at the University of Warwick and the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton have opened “the black box” of eukaryotic phytoplankton and discovered that they actually account for almost half the ocean’s carbon … Continue reading ‘Black Box’ Plankton Found to Have Huge Role in Ocean Carbon Fixation