Gulf spill taints ‘Mediterranean of the Americas’

Workers place oil containment booms around in the central marshes in St. Bernard Parish, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) The Washington Post, from The Associated Press , Monday, May 3, 2010 By Brian Skoloff and John Flesher GULFPORT, Miss. — The gigantic Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the latest blow to a unique marine environment … Continue reading Gulf spill taints ‘Mediterranean of the Americas’

Seamounts Identified as Significant, Unexplored Territory

Map showing locations of some prominent seamounts. (Credit: Image courtesy of Oceanography) ScienceDaily, Apr. 30, 2010 Scientists from NOAA and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were astounded to find that seamounts, mountains that rise from the seafloor, rank as some of the most common ocean habitats in the world. Their findings are published in a new … Continue reading Seamounts Identified as Significant, Unexplored Territory

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