On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

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

Coral Health Depends on Ridge to Reef Ecosystem Management

Although the connection between land practices and the health of coral reefs is well established, this article provides further evidence as to why a broad approach to ecosystem management is particularly important for the conservation and management of coral reef ecosystems….. From the Environment News Service HONOLULU, Hawaii, October 4, 2007 (ENS) – Coral reefs … Continue reading Coral Health Depends on Ridge to Reef Ecosystem Management

MCBI at the UN: Supporting High Seas Conservation

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) and Greenpeace held a briefing for the G77 Forum at UN headquarters in New York City. Steven Lutz, Ocean Policy Analyst for Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI), attended and represented MCBI as a member of the DSCC supporting high seas conservation. Entitled “The State of … Continue reading MCBI at the UN: Supporting High Seas Conservation