On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Agriculture, not shrimp farming, to blame for mangrove deforestion

A study published in the Journal of Biogeography used remote sensing technology to investigate the major causes of mangrove deforestation in regions impacted by the 2005 tsunami. While shrimp aquaculture accounted for a portion of the loss, the expansion of agriculture was responsible for over 80% of mangrove deforestation in the study region. Read Environmental
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Does Bush’s executive order to protect striped bass and red drum actually help the fish?

On October 20th, President Bush signed an executive order to ban commercial harvest of striped bass and red drum in federal waters. The fish can now only be harvested recreationally. While recreational fishermen, who are responsible for the vast majority of striped bass and red drum landings, are praising the order, others note that if
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Endangered Loggerhead threatened by small-scale Baja California fishing operations

A recent study published by S. Hoyt Peckman of UC Santa Cruz, Larry Crowder of Duke University and Ocean Conservancy scientist J. Nichols indicates that small-scale longline and gillnet fishing operations off Baja California are actually more detrimental to the endangered Pacific Loggerhead than larger scale industrial fishing fleets. Check out Environmental News Network coverage
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