Extinct seal tells of once-teeming Caribbean reefs Ghosts of ecosystems past – what does it mean to lose 250,000 monk seals throughout the Caribbean Sea ? The loss of the top predator on the reef clearly alters the structure and function of the ecosystem. Will the Hawaiian Monk Seal be next ? It is on … Continue reading Extinct seal tells of once-teeming Caribbean reefs
Move over Papahanaumokuakea …. The Associated Press: World’s Largest Marine Reserve Declared: “World’s Largest Marine Reserve DeclaredBy RAY LILLEY – Feb 13, 2008WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tiny Pacific islands nation of Kiribati declared the world’s largest marine protected area Thursday — a California-sized ocean wilderness that includes pristine reefs and eight coral atolls … Continue reading The Associated Press: World’s Largest Marine Reserve Declared
Wonder where all that plastic ends up ? In a big gyre in the Pacific. The patch is as big as Australia and has 40% more plastic than plankton.
In response to watching one too many kitchy Batman episodes one of my childhood fears including being dropped in a vat of acid – – sounds ridiculous now, but such is the future for corals and marine animals with calcium carbonate shells. ACIDIFICATION IN SOUTHERN OCEANS THREATENS ECOSYSTEM Although the chemistry of ocean acidification due … Continue reading Ocean Acidification Threatens Southern Oceans
A very interesting news story on where all that plastic ends up – in the stomachs of albatross chicks living in the middle of no where – the Papahanaumokuakea reserve. Remote Waters Offer No Refuge from Plastic TrashNPR – USA“In the last 10 years, we’ve taken almost 550 tons out of the Northwestern Hawaiian islands,” … Continue reading Plastics Choking Albatrosses
Time to stop using those plastic water bottles and plastic bags folks… a positive action you can take to save the oceans! Our oceans are turning into plastic…are we? By Susan Casey, Photographs by Gregg SegalOct 7, 2007 – 11:45:03 PM A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of … Continue reading Texas Sized Garbage Patch in the Pacific!
How cool, once scientists new where to look they found kelp forests in the tropics – one in the deep waters surrounding the Galapagos. From Science Online… As the researchers report online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their model was correct: They found a kelp forest. “I dropped down … Continue reading Kelp Forests in the Galapagos
10 Solutions to Save the Oceanby Ali Kriscenski on September 26th, 2007 Many of us struggle with an awareness that the world’s oceans are threatened but often wonder what we, as individuals, can do. The oceans are vast, mysterious and complex. Even those who study them will never run out of new discoveries or understanding. … Continue reading 10 Solutions to Save the Ocean
On the heals of one of the most significant marine conservation science stories this year – the role of sharks- in maintaining healthy ecosystems, a bunch of bone heads kill a 1,000+ pound Mako for grins – shameful. http://www.nwfdailynews.com/article/2793
The good news is the court rejected the Bush proposal, but the bad news is that the monument that was created by President Clinton is still up for logging under the Bush Administration’s management plan for the area. So let that be a warning for all of us thinking happy thoughts and singing kum bay … Continue reading Logging a National Monument ?