On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Coral Fossils Suggest Sea Level Can Rise Rapidly

The New York Times By ANDREW C. REVKIN Published: April 15, 2009 Evidence from fossil coral reefs in Mexico underlines the potential for a sudden jump in sea levels because of global warming, scientists report in a new study. The study, published in the journal Nature, suggests that a sudden rise of 6.5 feet to … Continue reading Coral Fossils Suggest Sea Level Can Rise Rapidly

Deep-sea corals may be oldest living marine organism

ENNFrom: DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LIVERMORE, Calif. – Deep-sea corals from about 400 meters off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands are much older than once believed and some may be the oldest living marine organisms known to man. Researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz have determined … Continue reading Deep-sea corals may be oldest living marine organism

Pacific island nations step in to save tuna

San Francisco GateChristopher Pala, Chronicle Foreign ServiceSaturday, April 11, 2009 Until a group of small Pacific island nations imposed unheard-of restrictions on foreign fishing fleets in December, most tuna species were on the road to extinction, experts say. The measures are expected to reduce the catch of yellowfin, bigeye and albacore species by between 10 … Continue reading Pacific island nations step in to save tuna

Fish farms to fight back with EU help

BBC NewsBy Russell Padmore Europe business reporter, BBC News, Brussels At a time when stocks of some species of fish in the world’s oceans are dangerously low, the authorities in Brussels are concerned that Europe’s aquaculture sector has stagnated. Most of the seafood consumed within the EU is imported, but the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs … Continue reading Fish farms to fight back with EU help

Sonar Can Cause Temporary Deafness in Dolphins

The New York TimesBy HENRY FOUNTAIN Sonar has been implicated in some strandings of whales and dolphins, but the mechanism by which acoustic pings might cause disorientation is uncertain. Researchers at the University of Hawaii tested one possibility: that sonar can deafen marine mammals. T. Aran Mooney, now at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and … Continue reading Sonar Can Cause Temporary Deafness in Dolphins