Coral Reefs and What Ruins Them

By CORNELIA DEAN Published: February 26, 2008The New York Times Researchers who studied a string of Pacific Ocean atolls are painting the first detailed picture of pristine coral reefs and how they can be disrupted by people — particularly, they said, by fishing. The researchers, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and elsewhere in the … Continue reading Coral Reefs and What Ruins Them

The Associated Press: World's Largest Marine Reserve Declared

Move over Papahanaumokuakea …. The Associated Press: World’s Largest Marine Reserve Declared: “World’s Largest Marine Reserve DeclaredBy RAY LILLEY – Feb 13, 2008WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tiny Pacific islands nation of Kiribati declared the world’s largest marine protected area Thursday — a California-sized ocean wilderness that includes pristine reefs and eight coral atolls … Continue reading The Associated Press: World's Largest Marine Reserve Declared

How to Handle an Invasive Species? Eat it

By TARAS GRESCOEPublished: February 20, 2008The New York Times LATE last year, a flotilla of fluorescent jellyfish covering 10 square miles of ocean was borne by the tide into a small bay on the Irish Sea. These mauve stingers, venomous glow-in-the-dark plankton native to the Mediterranean, slipped through the mesh of aquaculture nets, stinging the … Continue reading How to Handle an Invasive Species? Eat it

A Tale of Two Cities

Habitats and Fishing in the Gulf of Maine: A Tale of Two Cities is an undersea video presented by Dr. Les Watling at the 2008 AAAS annual meeting, illustrating the difference between trawled and undisturbed habitats. Please visit http://www.mcbi.org/what/AAASsymposia.htm for more interesting AAAS presentations!