Being a biologist requires me to think differently than most people. Most people are driven by questions such as: “How long will it take me to get downtown in this traffic?” “What do I not pay so I can make my rent this month?” “How’d we do versus our competition last quarter?” “What do I … Continue reading Smart like a rock? Kind like a rock?
Source: USGS The wind blows through the palm trees as the sun warms your face. You can hear the waves crashing on the beach. What could ruin this perfect day? Rats. By 2011 Palmyra Atoll had become overrun with rats and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in … Continue reading Palmyra Atoll Free of Rats and a Better Home for Island Wildlife
Honey Girl is a popular 15-year-old Hawaiian monk seal who frequents the North Shore of Oahu. She has been a good mother to at least seven pups and has raised three pups consecutively in the last three years. See footage of Honey Girl with her most recent pup here. Honey Girl in the News Honey … Continue reading ‘Honey Girl’ the Hawaiian Monk Seal: the Protection of an Endangered Species
Today, Marine Conservation Institute, along with many environmental organizations, released their federal budget recommendations for fiscal year 2013. Working with many partners, Marine Conservation developed the recommendations for funding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute and many other marine conservation organizations argue that … Continue reading
As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute argues that drastically cutting funds for vital ocean and coastal conservation programs is NOT the answer to our nation’s financial woes. By conserving our ecosystems, we are investing in our future. Congress is currently determining the fiscal fate for the National Oceanic and … Continue reading Conserving our Natural Resources Will Help the Economy and Our Future!
Just the name may make you quiver, but what hagfish (family: myxinidae) may lack in glamour is compensated for by their performance in nutrient recycling in an ocean ecosystem. Known for their ability to excrete exorbitant amounts of slime–not to mention their three extra hearts and one extra brain–this stomachless fish promotes the health of … Continue reading An Unloved Fish that Needs Attention
While climate change effects our planet in many ways, melting icecaps may be our most serious problem. As global temperatures heat up, ice begins to melt into the ocean, causing rising sea levels and habitat loss for many species. Furthermore, because ice is highly reflective and capable of reducing the effects of incoming solar radiation, … Continue reading Arctic Melting: More than Just Rising Sea Levels?
Headlining Time Magazine this week is the debated issue of aquaculture’s role in the future of fish consumption. Despite the efforts to protect our oceans and build sustainable fisheries, ocean resources continue to quiver on the edge of extinction, forcing us to find an alternative to fishing. For example, look at the case of tuna. … Continue reading Fish Farms: The Answer to Sustainable Consumption?
Below you will find some of the newsclips of the week about marine conservation issues of particular interest to Marine Conservation Institute. What is your opinion on some of these topics? National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announces new grants for sustainable fisheries prnewswire.com The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the first round … Continue reading Marine Conservation News