On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

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

Humans blamed for sharp drop in wildlife

Humans blamed for sharp drop in wildlife Story Highlights The world’s wildlife has declined by 27 percent since 1970 because of humans WWF: Terrestrial, freshwater, marine species all under threat Pollution and overall climate change are other factors causing loss of wildlife (CNN) — The world’s wildlife has declined by 27 percent since 1970 because … Continue reading Humans blamed for sharp drop in wildlife

Abandoned monk seal pup brought to Oahu from Kauai

Updated at 3:13 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2008Honolulu Advertiser Early yesterday morning NOAA Fisheries dispatched a team of recovery experts to follow up on reports of an abandoned monk seal pup in a remote area on Kaua’i. Spokeswoman Wende Goo said that when the team arrived they found the pup alone on the beach and … Continue reading Abandoned monk seal pup brought to Oahu from Kauai