John Hocevar is a marine biologist and is the Oceans Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA, where he oversees their oceans and fisheries work, including efforts to get major supermarket chains to improve the sustainability of their seafood, to establish a network of large scale marine reserves, to protect the Arctic Ocean from offshore drilling, and . . . → Read More: Guest Post: Greenpeace in the Gulf of Mexico – an Update
This is a special guest post by Ken Stump of the Marine Fish Conservation Network for Deep Sea News, intended to help build awareness about how political action translates into deep-sea research and fisheries management. New Habitat Authority for Fishery Managers and a Research Program at NOAA Raise the Profile of Deep-Sea Corals, But Will . . . → Read More: The Policy and Politics of Deep Sea Corals
Deep-sea coral conservation is a phenomenon, an intersection that brings deep-sea exploration together with fisheries policy and environmental awareness. Its also the story of grass roots environmental activism grown up to the big leagues. In 2006, Congress reauthorized the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Management and Conservation Act (MSA). What are the implications for deep-coral conservation and research? . . . → Read More: Special Article on the Politics of Deep-Sea Coral Conservation
Three Endoxocrinus maclearanus flank a purple sea fan with a snake star at 2000 ft depth in the Bahamas. Image courtesy Bioluminescence 2009 Expedition, NOAA/OER If you didn’t get a chance to follow along with the Bioluminescence 2009 Expedition last week, you can catch up online at the NOAA Ocean Exploration expedition website. The . . . → Read More: Deep-sea crinoid discovered in real time
People accept the idea of echinoderm predation on shallow reef building corals. The voracious Crown of Thorns seastar Acanthaster planci is a familiar coral antagonist on the Great Barrier Reef, part of a natural process that may or may not be amplified by anthropogenic disturbance. Asteroid predation on deep-sea corals is more difficult to . . . → Read More: Friday Picture: Have your coral and eat it, too?
New submersible pilot Michael Reuscher Hello, I’m Michael, I’ll be the Deep Sea News “field correspondent” for the Finding Coral Expedition with Living Ocean Society. We launch on World’s Ocean Day, June 8th. I’ll be sending occasional reports from the ship RV Cape Flattery. The “Finding Coral” expedition will be an exciting cruise to . . . → Read More: Finding Coral in Canada, World Ocean Day
I’d like to introduce my friend and colleague Michael Reuscher, he’s a first year PhD student in the Biodiversity and Conservation Laboratory of Dr. Tom Shirley here at Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. Michael is a freshly minted Deep Worker submersible pilot, as is Tom. Michael’s specialty is deep-sea polychaetes from . . . → Read More: Meet the new DSN field correspondent
Deep Sea News has been following the story of the world’s oldest living animals, the deep-sea Leiopathes black corals and Gerardia gold corals from 300m depth in Hawaii. Both are zoantharian or “zoanthid corals” that excrete a strong proteinaceous axis. The branches of these corals suggest gold coral colonies can be as old 2700 years, . . . → Read More: World’s oldest animal captured alive, on video
The global ocean has already taken up half of the atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by humans over the last 200 years, so the ongoing effects of climate change are dampened. That’s right, you can thank the ocean for saving the planet so far. . . . → Read More: Will ocean acidification affect deep-water corals?