On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, “America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration”

NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer, “America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration,” is on a course to be the only U.S. ship assigned to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge. Telepresence , using real-time broadband satellite communications, will connect the ship and its discoveries, live with audiences ashore. … Continue reading NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, “America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration”

Debris soils Bush vow to protect Hawaii islands

updated 11:21 a.m. PT, Fri., Aug. 8, 2008 WASHINGTON – Two years ago with fanfare, President Bush declared a remote chain of Hawaiian islands the biggest, most environmentally protected area of ocean in the world. It hasn’t worked out that way. Cleanup efforts have slowed, garbage is still piling up and Bush has cut his … Continue reading Debris soils Bush vow to protect Hawaii islands

Stinging Tentacles Offer Hint of Oceans’ Decline

By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL Published: August 3, 2008NYTimes.com BARCELONA, Spain — Blue patrol boats crisscross the swimming areas of beaches here with their huge nets skimming the water’s surface. The yellow flags that urge caution and the red flags that prohibit swimming because of risky currents are sometimes topped now with blue ones warning of a … Continue reading Stinging Tentacles Offer Hint of Oceans’ Decline

A Unique National Marine Park in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The Mediterranean Monk Seal also known as Monachus Monachus, is Europe’s most endangered marine mammal, and is among the six most endangered mammals in the world. Greece has allocated a vast area for the preservation of the Monachus Monachus and its habitat in the Aegean Sea. The Greek National Sea Park of … Continue reading A Unique National Marine Park in Greece

A Generational Challenge to Repower America

By: Al Gore(prepared text distributed by Mr. Gore’s office)D.A.R. Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. Ladies and gentlemen: There are times in the history of our nation when our very way of life depends upon dispelling illusions and awakening to the challenge of a present danger. In such moments, we are called upon to move quickly and … Continue reading A Generational Challenge to Repower America

Dead Zone the Size of NJ in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA and Louisiana Scientists Predict Largest Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” on Record This SummerMississippi River Flooding is Major Contributor to Size of this Year’s Dead ZoneJuly 15, 2008 NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and Louisiana State University are forecasting that the “dead zone” off the coast of Louisiana and Texas in … Continue reading Dead Zone the Size of NJ in Gulf of Mexico