On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

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

Delicate life in the ocean hit by advent of bottom trawling

Times Online Frank Pope, Ocean Correspondent One of the most dramatic impacts on marine life came from the advent of bottom trawling. In 1376 a complaint was made to King Edward III about the destruction it caused: “Where in creeks and havens of the sea there used to be plenteous fishing, to the profit of … Continue reading Delicate life in the ocean hit by advent of bottom trawling

Debris, climate change threaten new Hawaiian marine monument

By ALLISON WINTER A remote location and special federal protection can’t shield a new Hawaiian national monument from debris, invasive species and climate change, according to a new report. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s peer-reviewed report is aimed at providing a baseline for monitoring the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and identifying management priorities. The … Continue reading Debris, climate change threaten new Hawaiian marine monument

Fish that triggers LSD-like hallucinations is caught off Cornwall

By Daily Mail Reporter A fish that can trigger LSD-like hallucinations when eaten has been discovered in UK waters. The sarpa salpa species of bream is normally found in the Mediterranean and around South Africa. But fisherman Andy Giles has told how he hauled a sarpa salpa, instantly recognisable by its gold stripes, near Polperro, … Continue reading Fish that triggers LSD-like hallucinations is caught off Cornwall

Enviros sue EPA over ocean acidification

The Seattle TimesBy PHUONG LEAssociated Press Writer An environmental group is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to have Washington coastal waters listed as impaired because carbon dioxide is making the ocean more acidic. The Center for Biological Diversity said the EPA has failed to consider how ocean acidification is adversely affecting water quality … Continue reading Enviros sue EPA over ocean acidification