On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Deep in the Sea, Imagining the Cradle of Life on Earth

By CLAUDIA DREIFUS The New York TimesOctober 16, 2007 BEAUFORT, N.C. — For much of Cindy Lee Van Dover’s professional life, she has been a pioneer. In 1990, she became the first woman with a license to pilot an Alvin, a three-person submarine for deep sea exploration. Dr. Van Dover, who studies the ecology of … Continue reading Deep in the Sea, Imagining the Cradle of Life on Earth

New Coast Guard Task in Arctic’s Warming Seas

By MATTHEW L. WALD and ANDREW C. REVKINThe New York TimesOctober 19, 2007 WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 — For most of human history, the Arctic Ocean has been an ice-locked frontier. But now, in one of the most concrete signs of the effect of a warming climate on government operations, the Coast Guard is planning its … Continue reading New Coast Guard Task in Arctic’s Warming Seas

An Ethics Code for Ocean Carbon Experiments

By Eli KintischScienceNOW Daily News10 October 2007 Scientists and entrepreneurs alike are abuzz over iron fertilization, a controversial technique that uses iron-seeded plankton to sequester atmospheric carbon for centuries deep underwater. Now, a San Francisco-based climate startup called Climos has proposed a code of conduct to address contentious aspects of how experiments are conducted. Read … Continue reading An Ethics Code for Ocean Carbon Experiments

Ottawa pledges to help ‘Mr. Stinky,’ other sea life

Canada commits $$ towards marine conservation, including identifying and implementing new marine protected areas. The current priorities include sites in the Arctic and glass sponge reefs. In light of the rapidly changing conditions in the Arctic, hopefully the Canadians will take the lead in protecting this vulnerable ecosystem. In terms of glass sponges, the US … Continue reading Ottawa pledges to help ‘Mr. Stinky,’ other sea life

In memorium: Dr. Frederick "Ted" Bayer

In memorium: Dr. Frederick “Ted” Bayer Dr. Frederick “Ted” M. Bayer, 85, a retired Smithsonian curator in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology passed away last week (Oct 3rd) after a long illness at Washington Home in Washington, DC. Dr. Bayer was a world expert and leader in the research of shallow-water and deep-sea corals. His … Continue reading In memorium: Dr. Frederick "Ted" Bayer

Texting for sustainable seafood

The Blue Ocean Institute just created a service that allows confused diners to make sound seafood choices. Read the full article from WRAL Raleigh,Durham, Fayettevillehere. To try out this FREE service (only standard text message fees leveraged by your mobile service provider apply), text the work “FISH” followed by the seafood you’re checking out to … Continue reading Texting for sustainable seafood

Ocean Acidification Threatens Southern Oceans

In response to watching one too many kitchy Batman episodes one of my childhood fears including being dropped in a vat of acid – – sounds ridiculous now, but such is the future for corals and marine animals with calcium carbonate shells. ACIDIFICATION IN SOUTHERN OCEANS THREATENS ECOSYSTEM Although the chemistry of ocean acidification due … Continue reading Ocean Acidification Threatens Southern Oceans