On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Exxon Valdez oil-spill recovery still is work in progress, 20 years later

Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, pockets of oil — an estimated 16,000 gallons — remain buried in small portions of the intertidal zone. And herring, a cornerstone species of Prince William Sound’s ecosystem, is one of two species “not recovering.” The herring population’s failure to rebound has emerged as among the most … Continue reading Exxon Valdez oil-spill recovery still is work in progress, 20 years later

Setback for climate technical fix

By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News website The biggest ever investigation into “ocean fertilisation” as a climate change fix has brought modest results. The idea is that putting iron filings in the ocean will stimulate growth of algae, which will absorb CO2 from air. But scientists on the Lohafex project, which put six tonnes … Continue reading Setback for climate technical fix

Changing Climate: Ecologist now leads NOAA

LA TimesGreenspace Pity the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It has certainly suffered insults over the years, beginning in 1970 when President Nixon decided to tuck the newly formed agency inside the Commerce Department. Why? Because he was miffed at Walter Hickle, his man in charge of the Interior Department. The oceans and atmospheric agency … Continue reading Changing Climate: Ecologist now leads NOAA

Lubchenco’s Goals on Oceans and Climate

The New York TimesDot EarthBy Andrew Revkin Jane Lubchenco, a zoologist focused on oceans and climate at Oregon State University, is now undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She had been unable to speak with the press while her nomination was being weighed by the … Continue reading Lubchenco’s Goals on Oceans and Climate

Scientists discover new species of coral in Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Scientists have identified seven new species of bamboo coral discovered thousands of feet below the ocean surface. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says six of the seven species may represent entirely new genera, which it called a “remarkable feat,” given the broad classification a genus represents. The coral was discovered in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine … Continue reading Scientists discover new species of coral in Northwest Hawaiian Islands

UW biologists: New fish species is psychedelica

The Seattle TimesbySandi Doughton There are 320 known species of anglerfish, and Ted Pietsch can describe each one down to the number of spines on its dorsal fin. So, when the picture from Indonesia flopped into his e-mail, his pulse started pounding. “I pretty much freaked out,” the University of Washington fish biologist said. With … Continue reading UW biologists: New fish species is psychedelica

Too-friendly Hawaiian monk seal to be relocated

Honolulu Advertiser A Hawaiian monk seal with a propensity for swimming, playing and otherwise interacting with people on the Big Island — getting a lot of food handouts in the process — will be relocated to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, federal officials said. The juvenile female seal known as R042 was relocated four times, and … Continue reading Too-friendly Hawaiian monk seal to be relocated

Increased federal funding planned for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

By Coco Zickos – The Garden Island LIHU‘E — In response to conservation efforts for America’s most endangered marine mammal, Hawai‘i is expected to receive some $5.7 million for fiscal year 2009 to support the NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Plan. The funding marks a $3.6 million increase over last year’s amount. Monk seals are … Continue reading Increased federal funding planned for endangered Hawaiian monk seal