I loves me some metrics. That’s why I’m addicted to this new PLoS ONE paper, published by Trevor Branch at the University of Washington. Also, because Figure 1 is a Wordle: “Word clouds showing the relative frequency of words (A) in Worm et al. , (B) in the press release associated with Worm et al., . . . → Read More: Media hype gets you more citations? Well, it did for this fisheries paper.
At first glance, a sawfish appears otherworldly, lifted from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. One fish, two fish, blue fish, sawfish…there was a fish without a flaw but I was caught off guard by that saw. If one can get past the saw, used to unearth crustaceans from the mud for a tasty . . . → Read More: Exaltation to Extinction for Sawfishes
Kim Bosco Mo has a piece in Huff Po Canada today on whether banning shark fin soup is an equitable way to protect sharks. I would have answered in a comment on their site but it limits the comments to 250 words and requires you grant HP access to your Twitter account AND set up . . . → Read More: Shark finning: a response to Kim Bosco Mo
Most folks I know aren’t shy about crunching into a nice red American lobster and dipping that white flaky meat in some molten butter, and who can blame them? But what if the lobster in question looked like this: Or THIS: What you are seeing is the (not very creatively named) shell disease of lobsters, . . . → Read More: The mystery of lobster shell disease
You might have guessed by now that I’m a *bit* obsessed with sushi. When I visited Japan for the first (and second) time, I bolted straight to Sushi Zanmai located outside the Tsukiji fish market. I ordered the salmon. It was transcendental. This weekend I was bowled over by the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi“, . . . → Read More: Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and so do I
The post title was exclaimed by French oceanographer Philippe Cury upon hearing the news that a tiny non-profit organization won a major battle with a large multinational corporation. Despite the backdrop of the overwhelming disappointment surrounding Rio+20, French deep-sea biologist extraordinaire Claire Nouvian and her small nonprofit BLOOM (who have an adorable logo!) made huge . . . → Read More: “Small Victories Win Big Wars”
Last week the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) released its 2012 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card (PDF). JOCI is a bipartisan, collaborative group “to encourage action and monitor progress toward meaningful ocean policy reform.” The group has an interesting origin beginning both with the Pew Oceans Commission and the United States Commission on Ocean Policy . . . → Read More: Can You Guess the Average Grade for the U.S. on Our Oceans?
Pacific bluefin wants your soul. Photo via OpenCage/Wikimedia There’s nothing like a terrifying headline to point out how differently scientists and the public see the world. On Monday, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS) found that Pacific bluefin tuna had carried detectable radiation from . . . → Read More: Detectable but not hazardous: radioactive marine life of Fukushima
A paper by Marc Nadon and colleagues from U. Hawaii and U Miami RSMAS has been getting a good bit of press lately (see here and here and here), and rightly so, it’s an interesting and important subject. They studied populations of reef sharks in the Pacific and attempted to reconstruct what the “starting” populations . . . → Read More: Are humans and reefs sharks mutually exclusive?
eBay’s history is dotted with carcasses of endangered and vulnerable species. In 2000, the Sea Turtle Conservancy announced that a large selection of illegal hawksbill turtle shell products were available on the online auction site. “On Jan. 6, about about 50 genuine tortoise shell items were listed for sale through ebay, said Gary Appelson, advocacy . . . → Read More: Finding Endangered Life on eBay