New ScientistSeptember 1, 2010By Mick Hamer Thousands of ships sunk in the second world war are seeping oil – and with their rusty tanks disintegrating, “peak leak” is only a few years away THE battle for Guadalcanal was one of the pivotal moments of the second world war. The Japanese occupied Guadalcanal, the largest of … Continue reading Why wartime wrecks are slicking time bombs
The New York Times, August 29, 2010Editorial If a country sinks beneath the sea, is it still a country? That is a question about which the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a Micronesian nation of 29 low-lying coral atolls — is now seeking expert legal advice. It is also a question the United States … Continue reading The Urgent Islands
The Maui News, August 29, 2010By Chris Hamilton KAHULUI – U.S. Navy training exercises in waters around Hawaii and across the Pacific would be the same kinds of activities that have been under way for decades, including sonar training and the use of explosives under water, Navy officials said last week. The U.S. Navy brought … Continue reading Training Same as Always, Navy is Insisting
(Photo Credit: Laurence Kesterson) Joseph Lasprogota, director of purchasing at Samuels & Son Seafood in South Philly, moves a 196-pound Kindai bluefin tuna. By Aliza GreenThe Philadelphia Inquirer It’s a chilly 35 degrees in the fish-cutting room at the new state-of-the-art headquarters of Samuels & Son Seafood in South Philadelphia’s wholesale fish market. Two workers … Continue reading Kindai bluefin tuna, farmed sustainably, available in Philadelphia
NewScientist, August 25, 2010By Chris Mooney The ice may not retreat as much as feared this year, but what remains may be more rotten than robust LAST September, David Barber was on board the Canadian icebreaker CCGS Amundsen (pictured below), heading into the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska. He was part of a team investigating … Continue reading Arctic Ice: Less than Meets the Eye
Orange droplets that have tested positive for hydrocarbons are visible trapped inside the shell of an immature blue crab collected near Grand Isle, La. Researchers wondering how the Gulf of Mexico will affect the Gulf oil spill are paying close attention to the blue crab. (Photo Credit: USM Gulf Coast Research Laboratory/AP) Christian Science Monitor, … Continue reading Gulf spill to blame for oily blobs in vital Gulf sea life?
Karen Barcellos sent us several beautiful images of Humpback whales she took in the Hawaiian Islands Humpack Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Maui, and this is the one we liked best. Her winning photo will be featured in our next newsletter and on our facebook page. Thank you very much to everyone who submitted photographs … Continue reading Congratulations to our Photo Contest Winner, Karen Barcellos!
A film about MCBI and our work to establish National Marine Monuments in the Pacific will be shown at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, California on Saturday, August 28th at the Maritime Museum. If you’re in the area, you should come! For more information about the festival, click here.
CNN, July 29, 2010By Catriona Davies The oceans have become so depleted by over-fishing, pollution and climate change that they can only be saved by a large global network of reserves, according to a growing consensus among marine scientists. Campaigners say that sea life — particularly at the top of the food chain — is … Continue reading A blueprint for blue planet protection
By Andrew PollockNew York Times, July 26, 2010 In a laboratory where almost all the test tubes look green, the tools of modern biotechnology are being applied to lowly pond scum. Foreign genes are being spliced into algae and native genes are being tweaked. Different strains of algae are pitted against one another in survival-of-the-fittest … Continue reading Exploring Algae as Fuel