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
A NY Times Dot Earth piece on historical abundance/diversity of ocean life. Click here to read more. http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/25/our-exhausted-oceans/
Scientists create the first global map of the damage humans have done to our oceans. Check out their map and their website here. Excerpt:What happens in the vast stretches of the world’s oceans – both wondrous and worrisome – has too often been out of sight, out of mind. The sea represents the last major … Continue reading A Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems
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
Andrew Baker of the University of Miami will begin experiments to test whether humans can help corals adapt to global warming by providing them with more heat resistant zooxanthellae. Read the full article here.
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!
The New York TimesJanuary 23, 2008 By MARIAN BURROS Recent laboratory tests found so much mercury in tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants that at most of them, a regular diet of six pieces a week would exceed the levels considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sushi from 5 of the 20 … Continue reading High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi
EdditorialThe New York TimesPublished: January 21, 2008 Scientists have been warning for years that overfishing is degrading the health of the oceans and destroying the fish species on which much of humanity depends for jobs and food. Even so, it would be hard to frame the problem more dramatically than two recent articles in The … Continue reading Until All the Fish Are Gone
A Jan. 16th article by Marc Kaufman from The Washington Post: “The White House yesterday sought to overrule a federal court’s decision limiting the Navy’s use of sonar in training exercises, exempting the service from complying with two major environmental laws. Environmentalists who sued to limit the use of loud, mid-frequency sonar — which can … Continue reading White House Fights Ruling Limiting Navy’s Use of Sonar
ScienceDaily (Jan. 14, 2008) — The last fish you ate probably came from the Bering Sea. But during this century, the sea’s rich food web–stretching from Alaska to Russia–could fray as algae adapt to greenhouse conditions. “All the fish that ends up in McDonald’s, fish sandwiches–that’s all Bering Sea fish,” said USC marine ecologist Dave … Continue reading Greenhouse Ocean May Downsize Fish, Risking One Of World’s Most Productive Fisheries