On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute at the Blue Vision Summit!

Eric Schwaab of NOAA Fisheries giving a presentation Marine Conservation Institute’s Mike Gravitz, Rachel Keylon, and Kate Yentes spent much of this week participating in the Blue Vision Summit 4 put on by the Blue Frontier Campaign. The purpose of this summit is to bring together diverse groups and individuals from the marine conservation community … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute at the Blue Vision Summit!

National Attention on Monk Seal Issue Highlights Need for Local Program on Kaua’i

A New York Times Magazine article investigating the monk seal killings on Kaua‘i and Moloka‘i in 2011 and 2012 has revived attention to the conflict over the protection of this highly endangered marine mammal. In “Who Would Kill a Monk Seal?” writer Jon Mooallem, describes the complex conservation issues that plague the island of Kaua‘i, including conflict over the protection of shearwater birds and nene goose.

Happy Earth Day to you (and to Holland America Line and Seabourn)

On this day, the most important holiday of the year (Earth Day), I find myself wondering: How often do people hear about environmental organizations working with companies in ways that are really good for the Earth?  Probably not often enough. But 3 years ago, the Marine Conservation Institute learned that the leaders of Holland America … Continue reading Happy Earth Day to you (and to Holland America Line and Seabourn)

If the Earth were alive, what would she do to us?

Let’s assume that you’ve had your eyes and ears open these last 20, 40, 60 or 80 years.  If that’s true, you’ve probably noticed that the Earth is not doing too well right now.  People not only kill other people; we’re killing the Earth.  The planet that’s our only environment is in real trouble.  And … Continue reading If the Earth were alive, what would she do to us?

The neighborhood that made me a marine biologist

The question I used to be asked most often is “What’s the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise?” (Answer: dolphins and porpoises are members of two different but closely related families of toothed whales.) The question I’m most often asked now is “Isn’t all that garbage in the ocean terrible?”  (Answer:  It’s terrible that … Continue reading The neighborhood that made me a marine biologist

The Proof is in the Pudding…or Fish Stocks

Source: NOAA        The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently completed a study on fish stocks off of the coast of California.  NOAA found that not only was there an increase in hauls, but an increase in monetary value to the fishermen. Why the increase?  NOAA hypothesizes it was because of the catch … Continue reading The Proof is in the Pudding…or Fish Stocks

Exclusive interview with the two-headed shark

As an observer of the sea and its life, I always want to report on the latest ocean stories while they’re hot. Yesterday the media learned that a fisherman had found a two-headed pre-term bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas). Realizing that it had a most unusual perspective on the world, I managed to obtain the shark’s cell … Continue reading Exclusive interview with the two-headed shark

Fighting for Ocean Conservation Programs

Last week I had the privilege of testifying before members of the US House of Representatives subcommittee that directs funds to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  What an honor and a challenge. The NOAA ocean conservation programs that we care about are suffering.  As the federal budget continues to get squeezed, it is … Continue reading Fighting for Ocean Conservation Programs