Source: NOAA The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently completed a study on fish stocks off of the coast of California. NOAA found that not only was there an increase in hauls, but an increase in monetary value to the fishermen. Why the increase? NOAA hypothesizes it was because of the catch … Continue reading The Proof is in the Pudding…or Fish Stocks
Last week I had the privilege of testifying before members of the US House of Representatives subcommittee that directs funds to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). What an honor and a challenge. The NOAA ocean conservation programs that we care about are suffering. As the federal budget continues to get squeezed, it is … Continue reading Fighting for Ocean Conservation Programs
Honey Girl is a popular 15-year-old Hawaiian monk seal who frequents the North Shore of Oahu. She has been a good mother to at least seven pups and has raised three pups consecutively in the last three years. See footage of Honey Girl with her most recent pup here. Honey Girl in the News Honey … Continue reading ‘Honey Girl’ the Hawaiian Monk Seal: the Protection of an Endangered Species
Researchers aboard the NOAA research vessel Nancy Foster, under the direction of Dr. Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation and Dr. Steve Ross (UNCW), reported today that they have rediscovered a methane seep off America’s East Coast that has not been seen for the last 30 years! Mussels at a methane seep … Continue reading News of Discoveries from the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
Earlier this week, we reached a troubling milestone as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the Arctic atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm). Increased atmospheric CO2 has a devastating effect on our ocean ecosystems. As the chief regulator of climate, the ocean acts as a “carbon sink,” absorbing more than a quarter of the CO2humans … Continue reading As Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Reaches Milestone, Continued Inaction Could Spell Disaster for Our Oceans
In 2009, President George W. Bush designated three marine monuments in the central Pacific – totaling over 193,000 square miles – to be protected. The three protected areas include the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, and the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (see map below). … Continue reading Protecting the Pacific Marine Monuments
Today, Marine Conservation Institute, along with many environmental organizations, released their federal budget recommendations for fiscal year 2013. Working with many partners, Marine Conservation developed the recommendations for funding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute and many other marine conservation organizations argue that … Continue reading
On December 1, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing regarding several bills aimed at amending the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA for short, was originally passed in 1976, and its goal was to prevent overfishing and effectively manage fish stocks in the US by creating regional fishery … Continue reading Recent Hearing with the House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee
As the US government attempts to restore fiscal responsibility, Marine Conservation Institute argues that drastically cutting funds for vital ocean and coastal conservation programs is NOT the answer to our nation’s financial woes. By conserving our ecosystems, we are investing in our future. Congress is currently determining the fiscal fate for the National Oceanic and … Continue reading Conserving our Natural Resources Will Help the Economy and Our Future!
Yesterday, the US Senate approved the combined FY12 Appropriations bills for Commerce, Justice, and Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The combination of 3 appropriations bills is being called a “minibus” (an omnibus is when all appropriations bills are combined; as this includes 3 bills, it’s a … Continue reading Senate Approves FY12 Funding for NOAA and other Government spending!