On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Corals, Already in Danger, Are Facing New Threat From Farmed Algae

By CHRISTOPHER PALA Published: July 8, 2008The New York Times BUTARITARI, Kiribati — Off the palm-fringed white beach of this remote Pacific atoll, the view underwater is downright scary. Corals are being covered and smothered to death by a bushy seaweed that is so tough even algae-grazing fish avoid it. It settles in the reef’s … Continue reading Corals, Already in Danger, Are Facing New Threat From Farmed Algae

Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 2, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a formal petition today asking the federal government to protect areas on the main Hawaiian islands as critical habitat for the endangered Hawaiian monk seal under the Endangered Species Act. As monk seal populations plummet on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the main islands … Continue reading Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

In Mediterranean, the Predator Is the Hunted

By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff WriterMonday, June 30, 2008; Page A05 The Mediterranean Sea, says Francesco Ferretti, is “a very dangerous place for a shark.” So dangerous that in the past two centuries, the shark population there has plummeted by more than 97 percent, both in relative numbers and collective weight, according to a … Continue reading In Mediterranean, the Predator Is the Hunted

Leatherback Turtle in Texas – First Since 1930s

June 12, 2008, 12:42 amBy Andrew C. Revkin UPDATED, 8:00 a.m.: For the first time since the 1930’s, federal biologists confirmed that a leatherback sea turtle has nested on a Texas beach, at the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi. Last Friday, staff conducting a beach patrol found turtle tracks and a few exposed … Continue reading Leatherback Turtle in Texas – First Since 1930s

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