A great article from today’s New York Times: The Arctic ice cap shrank so much this summer that waves briefly lapped along two long-imagined Arctic shipping routes, the Northwest Passage over Canada and the Northern Sea Route over Russia. Over all, the floating ice dwindled to an extent unparalleled in a century or more, by … Continue reading Arctic Melt Unnerves the Experts
Halifax, Canada – Decisions made at a meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization will help cod recover and protect vulnerable cold-water corals off the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more here: http://www.enn.com/animals/article/23558.
Show your continued commitment to promoting healthy oceans by making sustainable seafood choices. Know where your fish comes from, and support fisheries that don’t harm the environment. Make sure you have the most up to date Seafood Watch card for your area from the Monterey Bay Aquarium: http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp Also check out this sustainable seafood blog … Continue reading October is National Seafood Month!
The $400-billion global seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally friendly ‘greener’ fish that are not taken from overexploited stocks, farmed in ponds where mangroves once stood or caught in nets that also snag endangered turtles, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization … Continue reading Global seafood industry must adapt to demand for ‘greener’ fish, UN official says
The decades-long decline of the bluefin tuna has reached a stop-the-presses moment: The European Union has ordered its member nations to stop reeling them in for the rest of the year. That may seem like a positive step toward saving the species, but it comes because the union’s fishing fleets have already caught their quota … Continue reading Ready for Life Without Bluefin Tuna?
From the Marine Fish Conservation Network:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 24, 2007 WASHINGTON – September 24 – A plan to put substantially more fishing observers under direct industry control precludes independent monitoring and saps protections for shrinking fish populations, endangered sea turtles and marine mammals, according to comments filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). … Continue reading NOAA Shifting to Industry Control Over Fishing Observers Death Knell for Independent Monitoring of Marine Mammal and Over-Fishing
All natural and social scientists who study coral reef ecosystems and the coastal and island communities which depend on them are urged to sign-on to the following scientists’ statement regarding the reauthorization of the United States’ Coral Reef Conservation Act. This statement is an open letter to Congress intended to garner support for the strongest … Continue reading Scientists’ statement on the reauthorization of the US Coral Reef Conservation Act
The hydrozoa Benthocodon (image from http://www.thedeepbook.org/). March 15 – publication of The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss by Claire Nouvian ( University of Chicago Press). Great for underwater photo buffs, deep sea enthusiasts, and funders. Get your copy while they last on Amazon. See also the deep book web site.
There’s a new series on the Discovery Channel called Planet Earth. It should be some of the most dramatic nature footage you have ever seen, and it’s in high definition. It was made by the same people that made the Blue Planet series, so I am expecting great things. The first episode is this Sunday … Continue reading Planet Earth
Image credit University of Washington Didn’t Batman have one of these? I want one for Christmas. With a wingspan 20 feet across the XRay autonomously glides through the water collecting data for scientific modeling of oceanographic systems. The XRay was tested in Monterey Bay earlier this year. Expect schools of robot fish and other autonomous … Continue reading The dawn of a new age of undersea research