On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

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

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