On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Scientists solve mystery of missing basking sharks

The Christain Science Monitorby Pete Spotts Head south, young basking shark. Way, way south. And way deep, while you’re at it. That’s the unexpected advice the world’s second largest fish seem to be taking — at least in the Western Atlantic. To some marine scientists, the newly discovered itineraries these gentle giants follow could have … Continue reading Scientists solve mystery of missing basking sharks

Abalone are treasured — nearly to extinction

The Seattle TimesBy Craig WelchSeattle Times environment reporter The authorities popped him near the docks in Port Angeles. On a March afternoon in 1994, a sleek fishing boat — not-so-subtly named the Abalone Made — came ashore after puttering around Freshwater Bay. The waiting cops nabbed the captain and seized his contraband: 188 specimens of … Continue reading Abalone are treasured — nearly to extinction

SA to create large marine-protected area around Prince Edwards Islands

Engineering NewsBy: Chanel Pringle 8th May 2009 Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Friday gazetted a proposal to create one of the world’s largest marine protected areas (MPAs) surrounding the Prince Edwards Island group, comprising Marion Island and the Prince Edwards Island in the Southern Indian Ocean. This would also be South … Continue reading SA to create large marine-protected area around Prince Edwards Islands

High Human Impact Ocean Areas Along U.S. West Coast Revealed

The National Science FoundationMay 11, 2009 Climate change, fishing and commercial shipping top the list of threats to the ocean off the West Coast of the United States. “Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast,” said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at … Continue reading High Human Impact Ocean Areas Along U.S. West Coast Revealed

UN says ghost nets hurting marine environment

China Viewby Daniel Ooko NAIROBI, May 6 (Xinhua) — Large amounts of fishing gear lost at sea or abandoned by fishers are hurting the marine environment, impacting fish stocks through “ghost fishing” and posing a hazard to ships, a joint UN report said on Wednesday. According to the report jointly produced by the UN Food … Continue reading UN says ghost nets hurting marine environment

Finding Space for All in Our Crowded Seas

By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff WriterMonday, May 4, 2009 The ocean is getting crowded: Fishermen are competing with offshore wind projects, oil rigs along with sand miners, recreational boaters, liquefied gas tankers and fish farmers. So a growing number of groups — including policymakers, academics, activists and industry officials — now say it’s time … Continue reading Finding Space for All in Our Crowded Seas

Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate

The New York TimesBy ANDREW C. REVKIN Published: April 23, 2009 For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming. “The role of greenhouse … Continue reading Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate

A Look Into Future Oceans for Shellfish Reasons

Carbon Dioxide, Absorbed by the Seas, Changes the Chemistry of Water and the Growth of Marine Life The Wall Street Journal In the living laboratory of a submerged volcano, marine biologist Verena Tunnicliffe glimpsed sea creatures trying to survive in acidic oceans. Carbon dioxide that bubbles up in the sulfur chimneys of the undersea Eifuku … Continue reading A Look Into Future Oceans for Shellfish Reasons