On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Efforts to Harvest Ocean’s Energy Open New Debate Front

In our national efforts to reduce carbon emissions, wave energy may provide an alternative energy source. This New York Times article gives a good overview of efforts along the Pacific Northwest to test wave energy technologies. But will the benefits outweigh the potential downsides?…… NEWPORT, Ore. — Chris Martinson and his fellow fishermen catch crab … Continue reading Efforts to Harvest Ocean’s Energy Open New Debate Front

New research discredits a $100 billion fix to global warming

Our new research raises doubts concerning the viability of plans to fertilize the ocean to solve global warming. Ocean fertilization schemes, which resemble an artificial summer, may not remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as has been suggested because they ignore the natural processes revealed by this research. Read More:Press Release: www.mlutz.net/release.htmMichael Lutz … Continue reading New research discredits a $100 billion fix to global warming

Seafood Carbon Footprint Calculator

From: Friend of the Sea Friend of the Sea has recently made available to the seafood industry and retailers a Seafood Carbon Footprint Calculator which estimates how many kilos of CO2 emissions are generated by a kilo of seafood on the shelves. The Calculator applies fuel efficiency data known for most commercial fisheries and aquaculture, … Continue reading Seafood Carbon Footprint Calculator

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