The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report put out by the Centers for Disease Control makes for fascinating reading sometimes. One came out recently that contains three startling case reports linked to clam beds on the US east coast, but they do not involve, as you might expect, infectious diseases. In the first case a member . . . → Read More: You want mustard with that clam?
Recently, news streams, scientific journals, and the web are exploding with conservation news. Below is few highlights from the past few weeks. I’ll take my fish in oil please. PLoS One published an article by Fodrie and Heck concluding that immediate catastrophic loss of fish was avoided in the Gulf oil spill. They also found . . . → Read More: Does Weeping Help? Recent Conservation News
I could write about a detailed account of a new study in PLoS One. I could discuss how the researchers imported information on the spatial extent of marine scientific research, submarine communication cables, radioactive waste disposal, munitions and chemical weapons waste disposal, military operations, oil and gas industry, and bottom trawling OSPAR maritime area . . . → Read More: Our Impacts on the Deep
A clam boat in Massachusetts dredged up a not-so-welcome surprise last week – 2 tanks of Mustard Gas. One crew member is reported as getting sick from the exposure, confirmed by diagnosis, blood and urine tests, before they tossed the canisters back into the sea. The Coast Guard is now looking for them. Now, one . . . → Read More: Fresh Catch of the Day in Boston: Mustard Gas
Fig. 5 from Watters et al. (2010). “Examples of debris items observed from the Delta submersible during deep-water surveys on the seafloor off central and southern California: (a) monofilament fishing line in gorgonian corals off central California at 95 m (photo by M. Yoklavich); (b) gill net snagged on rock off southern California at 80 . . . → Read More: Taking Fish and Leaving Trash
Here a bunch of bit from around the web I haven’t had time to get to… Best Job in the World? Blogging, living on reef in a luxury home, getting paid…qualifications needed: charismatic, not needed: advanced degree in marine biology. I can’t believe I wasted all this time on a degree! No iron dumping off . . . → Read More: Link Roundup
It is no secret that the U.S. military has used the ocean as trashcan for munitions in the past. Peter discussed at the Old DSN how federal lawmakers were pressing the US Army to reveal everything it knows about a massive international program to dump chemical weapons off homeland and foreign shores. “The Army . . . → Read More: Munitions Dumping at Sea