On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Press Release Ocean Conservationists Celebrate President Bush’s Decision to Create Three New Marine National Monuments in the Central Pacific Ocean ( Washington – January 6, 2009) President George W. Bush will make marine conservation history today when he announces strong new protections for a vast area of the central Pacific Ocean that includes nine distinct … Continue reading

How We Fish Matters: Addressing the Ecological Impacts of Canadian Fishing

Download How We Fish Matters The ecological impacts of fishing gear on seafloor habitat and the incidental catch of non-target marine species should play a significant role in fisheries management. Nevertheless, as of 2008 Canadian fisheries managers seldom consider habitat impacts in management decisions, and only selected fisheries are managed with bycatch quota or with … Continue reading How We Fish Matters: Addressing the Ecological Impacts of Canadian Fishing

Asia appetite for turtles seen as a threat to Florida species Turtle

Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles TimesLive softshell turtles are on sale at a fish market in L.A.’s Chinatown.The reptiles, especially softshell turtles, are prized in China as food and as a source for traditional medicines. U.S. experts fear the trade could lead to extinctions. By Kim ChristensenDecember 27, 2008The turtle tank at Nam Hoa Fish … Continue reading Asia appetite for turtles seen as a threat to Florida species Turtle

The end of the ‘silent sea’

Man-made sounds and increasingly acidic oceans are driving whales and dolphins to distraction – sometimes fatally. Eric Reguly reports December 13, 2008 ROME — Whale and dolphin strandings are almost always a mystery. As soon as the animals wash, or propel themselves, ashore, the blame game starts. Were their navigational skills thrown off-kilter by chemical … Continue reading The end of the ‘silent sea’

Bush’s pushes for marine reserves

The president’s ambitious plan would conserve two large swaths of the Pacific.By Peter N. SpottsChristian Science Monitor In its waning weeks, the Bush administration is sorting through options that could lead to the largest marine conservation reserves in United States history. At issue: Proposals to protect at least one of two vast reaches of ocean … Continue reading Bush’s pushes for marine reserves

Save the Economy, and the Planet

A New York Times EditorialNovember 26th, 2008 Environment ministers preparing for next week’s talks on global warming in Poznan, Poland, have been sounding decidedly downbeat. From Paris to Beijing, the refrain is the same: This is no time to pursue ambitious plans to stop global warming. We can’t deal with a financial crisis and reduce … Continue reading Save the Economy, and the Planet