On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

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

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