From shower gel to food packaging, plastic is globally pervasive. We are now finding our plastic waste in places we never intended, such as our oceans. A recent study published in Science estimates that, in 2010, between 10.5 and 28 billion pounds of plastic entered the oceans. That’s equivalent to five plastic grocery bags filled … Continue reading Big Blue Blog: Did I just find your toothbrush…in the ocean?!
The warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands are home to one of the planet’s most spectacular displays of marine life. From spinner dolphins to manta rays, humpback whales to green sea turtles, the islands are important habitat for rare and threatened species that have called this part of the world “home” for millions of years. … Continue reading The Big Blue Blog: The Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal
We would like to take a moment to offer our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of those who were lost in the tragic grounding of the Costa Concordia on Friday, January 13. Our hearts go out to those who are grieving, as we cannot begin to comprehend their loss. The tragedy that … Continue reading Debris from the Costa Concordia Wreckage Threaten a Marine Sanctuary
Here’s this week’s roundup of interesting news stories that relate to our work at Marine Conservation Institute. As always, let us know what you think! Researchers rescue seals caught in marine debris Houston Chronicle: Researchers rescued nine Hawaiian monk seals caught in fish nets and other marine debris this summer during an annual trip to … Continue reading The Latest News!
We know how frustrating it can be watching Congress fail to get anything done. But some things are moving! Stuff is happening on Capitol Hill! Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing regarding operations and efficiencies for the US Coast Guard (USCG). While this may not seem applicable to … Continue reading Members of Congress Discuss Marine Debris!
Below you will find some of the newsclips of the week about marine conservation issues of particular interest to Marine Conservation Institute. What is your opinion on some of these topics? National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announces new grants for sustainable fisheries prnewswire.com The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the first round … Continue reading Marine Conservation News
photo: NOAA Marine debris has become one of the most widespread pollution problems affecting the world’s oceans and waterways. A recent study by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation found human debris in all five major ocean gyres (including the well-known Pacific Garbage Patch) http://www.5gyres.org/. Research has proven that debris has serious effects on the marine … Continue reading Do Your Part in Reducing Marine Debris