On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Some Shark Populations Collapsing, Study Finds

By ANDREW C. REVKIN Published: June 12, 2008 Some shark populations in the Mediterranean Sea have completely collapsed, according to a new study, with numbers of five species declining by more than 96 percent over the last two centuries. “This loss of top predators could hold serious implications for the entire marine ecosystem, greatly affecting … Continue reading Some Shark Populations Collapsing, Study Finds

Reyes Offers Own Version of Marine Monument

By Agnes E. Donato Senate President Pete P. Reyes has introduced a bill calling for the preservation of natural resources in the Northern Islands. Senate Bill 16-32, which creates a “Northern Islands Commonwealth Conservation Area,” is seen as a response to the marine monument proposal for the Marianas’ northernmost islands. In his bill, Reyes said … Continue reading Reyes Offers Own Version of Marine Monument

Bush Holds the Opportunity to Create the Largest Marine Reserves

In a surprising new development, George Bush and members of his administration have been given the opportunity to oversee one of the largest conservation programs in history. If launched, the program could protect vast stretches of U.S. territorial waters from fishing, oil exploration and other forms of commercial development. The initiative could also create some … Continue reading Bush Holds the Opportunity to Create the Largest Marine Reserves

Bush Eyes Unprecedented Conservation Program

by John Nielsen (NPR.org, May 23, 2008) The Bush administration is considering launching one of the biggest conservation programs in U.S. history. If implemented, President George W. Bush could, with the stroke of a pen, protect vast stretches of U.S. territorial waters from fishing, oil exploration and other forms of commercial development. The initiative could … Continue reading Bush Eyes Unprecedented Conservation Program

Gov. Sanford Asks President to Protect Deep Sea Corals Off South Carolina Coast

    WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a letter sent yesterday, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina asked President George W. Bush to protect the unique deep sea coral reefs off the South Carolina coast by establishing the area as a marine national monument. These spectacular, but largely unexplored, reefs cover an area nearly the … Continue reading Gov. Sanford Asks President to Protect Deep Sea Corals Off South Carolina Coast

Human Carbon Emissions Make Oceans Corrosive – Study

WASHINGTON – Carbon dioxide spewed by human activities has made ocean water so acidic that it is eating away at the shells and skeletons of starfish, coral, clams and other sea creatures, scientists said on Thursday. Marine researchers knew that ocean acidification, as it’s called, was occurring in deep water far from land. What they … Continue reading Human Carbon Emissions Make Oceans Corrosive – Study

Study: Humpback whale population rises

HONOLULU (AP) — Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpback whales have made a dramatic comeback in the North Pacific Ocean over the past four decades, a new study says. The study released Thursday by SPLASH, an international organization of more than 400 whale watchers, estimates there were between 18,000 and 20,000 of the … Continue reading Study: Humpback whale population rises

Hawaii environmentalist says pride should prevail over monetary issue

By Gemma Q. Casas Variety News Staff AN environmentalist from Hawaii says the CNMI people should put more weight on the pride that the proposed marine monument comprising the northern islands of Maug, Asuncion and Uracas would bring to their islands, rather than on the economic benefits that might be reaped from the yet to … Continue reading Hawaii environmentalist says pride should prevail over monetary issue

Pacific Means Business and Bans High Seas Tuna Fishing: Greenpeace

Pacific Means Business And Bans High Seas Tuna Fishing: Greenpeace Wednesday: May 21, 2008  (Greenpeace) Greenpeace has applauded a decision to ban tuna fishing in high seas areas, as a landmark for tuna conservation and biodiversity protection by the eight Pacific Island Countries of the Palau Nauru Agreement (PNA) group meeting in Palau this week … Continue reading Pacific Means Business and Bans High Seas Tuna Fishing: Greenpeace