On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Coral Reefs and What Ruins Them

By CORNELIA DEAN Published: February 26, 2008The New York Times Researchers who studied a string of Pacific Ocean atolls are painting the first detailed picture of pristine coral reefs and how they can be disrupted by people — particularly, they said, by fishing. The researchers, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and elsewhere in the … Continue reading Coral Reefs and What Ruins Them

The Associated Press: World’s Largest Marine Reserve Declared

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

A Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems

Scientists create the first global map of the damage humans have done to our oceans. Check out their map and their website here. Excerpt:What happens in the vast stretches of the world’s oceans – both wondrous and worrisome – has too often been out of sight, out of mind. The sea represents the last major … Continue reading A Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems

How to Handle an Invasive Species? Eat it

By TARAS GRESCOEPublished: February 20, 2008The New York Times LATE last year, a flotilla of fluorescent jellyfish covering 10 square miles of ocean was borne by the tide into a small bay on the Irish Sea. These mauve stingers, venomous glow-in-the-dark plankton native to the Mediterranean, slipped through the mesh of aquaculture nets, stinging the … Continue reading How to Handle an Invasive Species? Eat it

High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi

The New York TimesJanuary 23, 2008 By MARIAN BURROS Recent laboratory tests found so much mercury in tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants that at most of them, a regular diet of six pieces a week would exceed the levels considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sushi from 5 of the 20 … Continue reading High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi