On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Mystery of the Missing Humpbacks Solved by Soviet Data

Scienceby: Virginia Morell In 1991, Victoria University postdoc C. Scott Baker set out to study humpback whales migrating through New Zealand’s Cook Strait. Although locals hadn’t spotted a humpback for 30 years, Baker knew that the whales, once hunted to the brink of extinction, were recovering elsewhere, even in Australia, and that the Cook Strait … Continue reading Mystery of the Missing Humpbacks Solved by Soviet Data

Report: Coral almost as genetically complex as humans

(CNN) –Advances in the study of coral in the last few years has led a group of scientists to conclude that corals almost rival humans in their genetic complexity and their relationship to algae is key to their survival. “We’ve known for some time the general functioning of corals and the problems they are facing … Continue reading Report: Coral almost as genetically complex as humans

Historic Oregon Marine Reserves Bill Clears Oregon House Unanimously

The Oregon House of Representatives approved HB-3013 A on Thursday, outlining a detailed plan and timeline to complete evaluation of six potential marine reserve sites recommended by the Governor’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council. In addition, the bill establishes two pilot marine reserve projects at Otter Rock near Depoe Bay and Redfish Rocks near Port Orford … Continue reading Historic Oregon Marine Reserves Bill Clears Oregon House Unanimously

UW scientists say new online tool aims to take world’s temperature

The Seattle TimesBy Michelle Ma How much warmer could Washington’s summers be in 100 years? Will June rainfall in Australia change by midcentury? Climate experts today will unveil an online tool that shows how global warming could affect the entire world, including changes within cities, states and countries. The tool, called ClimateWizard, allows natural-resource managers, … Continue reading UW scientists say new online tool aims to take world’s temperature

Obama admin takes first leap into roadless brawl

No logging or road project on tens of millions of forested acres will proceed without personal approval by the Agriculture Department’s secretary for at least a year while the Obama administration decides how to handle a controversial Clinton-era roadless rule, officials said today. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is signing a directive giving himself sole power … Continue reading Obama admin takes first leap into roadless brawl

The Undersea World of Elliott Norse

Originally published in Eastsideweekby Chris Carrel Few details escape Elliott Norse’s attention as we drive past Microsoft headquarters, negotiating the lunch-hour traffic in his scrappy 1985 Civic. “See this over here,” he says, gesturing toward the partially finished Microsoft buildings rising on the west side of the road. “That used to be a beautiful second-growth … Continue reading The Undersea World of Elliott Norse