On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

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

Islands, Marine Sanctuaries, and the Struggle Against Extinction

Encyclopedia BritannicaGregory McNamee – April 9th, 2009 Bali, Mauritius, Iceland, Galapagos, Madagascar: these are fine and exotic places, far away from the busy center of things. Yet, no matter how remote they may seem, islands are at the epicenter of the ongoing mass extinction of animal and plant species—one that has every chance, one day, … Continue reading Islands, Marine Sanctuaries, and the Struggle Against Extinction

Nature stars in Disney’s impressive "Earth"

The Seattle Timesby Moira Macdonald Narrated with sonorous majesty by James Earl Jones, Disney’s rather generically titled nature documentary “Earth” flies us around the planet, finding wonders at every turn. In New Guinea, a glossy black bird of paradise spreads his feathers like a cheerleader’s skirt, the better to look perky as he performs a … Continue reading Nature stars in Disney’s impressive "Earth"

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