Pirates on the High Seas!

Out on the seas there is a dangerous threat to fishing communities and fish themselves!  That danger is IUU (illegal, unreported, and unregulated) fishing, or pirate fishing!  Pirate fishing also uses un-regulated gear and non-safe fishing practices which can harm the sea floor and other marine creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, and birds.  Specifically … Continue reading Pirates on the High Seas!

My teachers were real survivors

In the field, the lab, the library or the classroom, or a few times on a flower-festooned cliff overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean, I learned about marine biology from professors, colleagues and friends in New York, California, Baja California and Sonora (Mexico), Florida, Jamaica, Panama, Colombia, Curacao, Iowa, Washington DC and the state of Washington.  … Continue reading My teachers were real survivors

Palmyra Atoll Free of Rats and a Better Home for Island Wildlife

Source: USGS      The wind blows through the palm trees as the sun warms your face.  You can hear the waves crashing on the beach.  What could ruin this perfect day?  Rats.          By 2011 Palmyra Atoll had become overrun with rats and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in … Continue reading Palmyra Atoll Free of Rats and a Better Home for Island Wildlife

Don’t be Trashy! Marine Debris and its Affects on a Global Scale

Source: NOAA       Imagine it is a hot summer day and you venture to the beach.  You think of the sand, the sun, and relaxation.  Imagine you get there only to discover copious amounts of garbage littering the once pristine beach you were anticipating.  Marine debris is a global problem affecting marine life and society.   … Continue reading Don’t be Trashy! Marine Debris and its Affects on a Global Scale

Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank

      There is a buzz in the air about the expansion of two national marine sanctuaries off of the California coast.  Senator Barbara Boxer and retiring Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Democrats from California, have been trying for years to expand the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary … Continue reading Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank

A Brief Consideration of the Kulluk Stranding: Biodiversity of Sitkadilak Island

 Sitkadilak Island’s seabirds and marine mammals Right now, as I sit here writing this blog the drilling rig Kulluk is sitting in its temporary anchorage in Kiliuda Bay which is located just north of the grounding location (Figure 1a & b) on the eastern side of Kodiak Island.  News sources have reported there is no … Continue reading A Brief Consideration of the Kulluk Stranding: Biodiversity of Sitkadilak Island