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?
If you haven’t read the Boston Globe Op-Ed, you must. Chris Reddy and Richard Camilli (oil spill research rockstars at Wood’s Hole) yesterday revealed information that made me feel physically ill: Late last week, we reluctantly handed over more than 3,000 confidential e-mails to BP, as part of a subpoena from the oil company demanding . . . → Read More: BP’s email subpoenas threaten to erode the scientific deliberative process
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
CITES is the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, to which 175 nations are signatories. Along with the IUCN Red List, it’s one of the main ways that the international conservation status of a species is recognised (IUCN) and regulated (CITES). The main mechanism for this at CITES is through listing of a . . . → Read More: Will marine conservation miss out at the next CITES meeting?
Shark finning is the capture of sharks expressly for the removal of their fins, which are used to make shark fin soup, a popular status symbol in many Chinese communities. I could understand and accept this practice if the fins were taken from animals that were harvested sustainably and for which markets existed for the . . . → Read More: A San Diego 5th grader is trying to end shark finning, will you help?
The Story of Sushi from Bamboo Sushi on Vimeo. Hat tip to Gizmodo.
The Arab Spring has been on of the most amazing social movements of this generation; the images of brave citizens fighting for democracy (and unfortunately sometimes losing their individual battles), are encouraging and inspiring. While far-reaching in its regional and global social and political implications, the Arab Spring would seem pretty removed from issues of . . . → Read More: Red sea sharks at risk from political upheaval, but to what degree?
“When we do more to preserve our marine resources and wildlife habitats, we have a firm foundation to provide better access for all people to enjoy our beautiful Gulf of Mexico.” These words were penned by former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, in a well-written and moving letter in the Houston Chronicle. . . . → Read More: Laura Bush, Advocate for the Gulf of Mexico
When I say I am going on research cruise, I get two responses. 1. “Well that sounds nice, do they serve cocktails and is there shuffleboard?” 2. “How much a day does a ship cost?” In response to one, I do enjoy working at sea. If I didn’t I would be on fast track to . . . → Read More: I Got 99 Problems and a Ship Ain’t One
Dear British Petroleum, WTF I hear you wanna be called Beyond Petroleum, now? Do you think you’re some kind of rap star or something?? Haha! Whatevs, let’s just go by our ole grade school nickname for you, BP. I know its been a while since I last wrote. It’s not like I was neglecting you . . . → Read More: Open Letter to My Bros at British Petroleum