NBC Sports is reporting on the Florida Tea Party’s recent hatred for one of its own State’s great symbols, the manatee. Quoting another article from Click Rally Magazine: “The Florida political group recently announced its plan to fight U.S. Fish and Wildlife restrictions on boating and other human activities.” “We cannot elevate nature above people,” . . . → Read More: Fear the Manatee
Me inside the Johnson Sea Link (2004). Today, Scott Olson published an editorial at TCPalm, a local news site for Palm Beach area on some very deep misgivings that all of us in deep-sea biologist have regarding the state of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and its assets – the Johnson Sea Link submersibles. It was . . . → Read More: The Ship, The Sub, The Shuttle – We Should Blame Ourselves
Although most of the media has now forgotten about that oil spill thing that happened last year, I’m consistently impressed by strength of ongoing citizen science projects in the Gulf of Mexico. I met Michael Sturdivant by chance last year while I was collecting samples along the Florida panhandle. Michael is heavily involved with the . . . → Read More: Citizen Science to track lingering oil in the Gulf
Well I’m back in the lab after two solid weeks in the field. I rented a new car with 6 miles on the odometer and by the time I returned it the gauge read 1713 (I got quite the bug-eyed response from the Hertz Employee). My point? I drove all over the Gulf—From Grand Isle, . . . → Read More: Gulf Sampling: White Sand with Black Spots
To understand how the oil spill affects the fisheries and fishing communities, I turned to Dr. Dave Kerstetter, a research scientist at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. Dave has a background in applied fishery science and is interested in the intersection between fisheries science and public policy. Kevin Zelnio: You are involved in the Oil . . . → Read More: How the Oil Spill Affects Fisheries: Interview with Dr. Dave Kerstetter
From the wire… A vast stretch of deepsea coral reefs in the south Atlantic passed a key step toward full federal protection as a special habitat where destructive fishing trawls are prohibited. The deepwater coral reefs, spanning 23,000 square miles from the North Carolina down to the Florida coast, are a relatively pristine habitat, rich . . . → Read More: Protection For Deep-Water Corals Close
I’m so excited that in such a short amount of time the Save Our Subs & Ships effort have already reached their goal and are now setting their sights higher and want to get 5000 signatures. Thanks to Leroy Nunez from Florida for helping out the deep sea community by putting his voice to work. . . . → Read More: 1000 Signatures for Save Our Subs!
The JSL being lowered from the A-Frame of the Seward Johnson II. Photo by Kevin Zelnio. A shining legacy of deep sea research is under threat in the state of Florida. Citing economic problems and the high cost of maintaining equipment and crew, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) has announced it’s intention to sell . . . → Read More: The USA Needs the JSL