On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Research Ties Human Acts to Harmful Rates of Species Evolution

By CORNELIA DEAN The New York Times Human actions are increasing the rate of evolutionary change in plants and animals in ways that may hurt their long-term prospects for survival, scientists are reporting. Hunting, commercial fishing and some conservation regulations, like minimum size limits on fish, may all work against species health. The idea that … Continue reading Research Ties Human Acts to Harmful Rates of Species Evolution

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 tropical … 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’