On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

A Favorite Meal, Now Offering a Side Order of Environmental Awareness

New York TimesBy ELISABETH ROSENTHALPublished: January 15, 2008 LONDON — The restaurateur Tom Aikens is opening a sustainable fish and chips restaurant this month in London’s trendy South Kensington. Diners at Tom’s Place will be able to fulfill their consumer desires and be environmentally correct, too, but at a price. His travails to guarantee a … Continue reading A Favorite Meal, Now Offering a Side Order of Environmental Awareness

Europe’s Appetite for Seafood Propels Illegal Trade

New York TimesBy ELISABETH ROSENTHAL Published: January 15, 2008 LONDON — Walking at the Brixton market among the parrotfish, doctorfish and butterfish, Effa Edusie is surrounded by pieces of her childhood in Ghana. Caught the day before far off the coast of West Africa, they have been airfreighted to London for dinner. Ms. Edusie’s relatives … Continue reading Europe’s Appetite for Seafood Propels Illegal Trade

On the Ground and in the Water, Tracing a Giant Wave’s Path

By CLAUDIA DREIFUS Published: December 25, 2007 TEMPE, Ariz. — Next to the office of Harindra Joseph S. Fernando at Arizona State University is a 107-foot-long wave tank that can mimic oceanic motions. “This tank is one of the most wonderful pieces of equipment I have,” said Dr. Fernando, 52, the director of the Environmental … Continue reading On the Ground and in the Water, Tracing a Giant Wave’s Path

Photos Document Coral Forest Annihilation

by John NielsenMorning Edition, December 26, 2007 When ancient forests are cut down, there’s usually a big public uproar — unless it’s a coral forest at the bottom of an ocean. In those cases, hardly anybody sees what’s being lost. As a result, it’s easy to forget what’s gone. But that’s not what has happened … Continue reading Photos Document Coral Forest Annihilation

Advocates Hope Science Can Save a Big Tuna

By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 24, 2007; Page A06 For centuries, humans have mythologized the bluefin tuna, an elite, warmblooded fish that can traverse the Atlantic basin in less than a month and a half and grow to weigh three-quarters of a ton. Romans put bluefin on their coins; Salvador Dali painted … Continue reading Advocates Hope Science Can Save a Big Tuna

Researchers find new deep water coral

Mon Dec 10, 2007Yahoo News HONOLULU – Researchers have discovered what they believe is a new deep water coral and sponge beds found several thousands of feet below the ocean surface, officials said Monday. The a lemon-yellow bamboo coral tree and a giant sponge were discovered last month in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument by … Continue reading Researchers find new deep water coral

Fin Whale at Feeding Time: Dive Deep, Stop Short, Open Wide

In the New York TimesBy CARL ZIMMERDecember 11, 2007 The word “big” doesn’t do justice to whales. Humpback whales can weigh up to 40 tons. Fin whales have been known to reach 80 tons. Blue whales, the biggest animals to have ever lived, reach 160 tons — the same mass as about 2,000 grown men … Continue reading Fin Whale at Feeding Time: Dive Deep, Stop Short, Open Wide