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 … Continue reading Agriculture, not shrimp farming, to blame for mangrove deforestion

U.N. Warns of Urgent Environmental Problems

By JAMES KANTERThe New York TimesOctober 26, 2007 The human population is living far beyond its means and inflicting damage to the environment that could pass points of no return, according to a major report being issued today by the United Nations. Climate change, the rate of extinction of species, and the challenge of feeding … Continue reading U.N. Warns of Urgent Environmental Problems

Northern ocean filling up with CO2

The oceans play a critical role in the global carbon cycle. Any decrease in their capacity to take up atmospheric carbon dioxide has important implications both for future climate conditions and for efforts related to ocean carbon sequestration…… Joining the south in carbon un-sinking By Lucy Sherriff Published Monday 22nd October 2007 11:10 GMTA decade-long … Continue reading Northern ocean filling up with CO2

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 … Continue reading Does Bush’s executive order to protect striped bass and red drum actually help the fish?

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 … Continue reading Endangered Loggerhead threatened by small-scale Baja California fishing operations