Practically nothing was known about the biology of whale sharks up until about 15 years ago. Since that time there has been a veritable explosion of interest in the world’s largest fish. As we have learned more about them, some surprising aspects of their life history have emerged, including a tendency to be far more . . . → Read More: Whale shark ecotourism: the good, the bad and the ugly
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?
California Anchovy Engraulis mordax. Photo CC by Flickr user briangratwicke. Its a bit of a circular title, but I think it is honest. Marine scientists are constantly shouting at walls of reporters and news consumers that everything is fucked (pardon my french, but its not untrue). And well, it sort of is. But how do . . . → Read More: Preemptive Conservation Communication Through the Lens of Negative Comments
Photograph of Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) with lionfish (Pterois volitans) protruding from its mouth. Image © 2010, Florida Sportsman, www.floridasportsman.com Feed a fish a fish, it eats for a day; Teach a fish to fish, it eats forever. That basically seems to be the crux of a discussion currently playing out on NOAA’s online Coral . . . → Read More: What’s Eating You?
Sponge, coral, and tunicate assemblage, Bahamas. Here’s an observation in which most recreational divers are familiar. Whether you’re diving the chilly coast of Maine or the tropical waters of Fiji, those coastal areas with the strongest currents seem to have every available surface festooned with life. Tunicates, sponges, anemones, hard and soft corals, bryozoans, tube . . . → Read More: Marine Invertebrate Diversity Goes With The Flow
Cities around the world shut the lights at 8:30pm Saturday. The WWF sponsored Earth Hour event calls on you to shut the lights for an hour this Saturday at 8:30 pm local time. This is one of the most compelling experiments of recent times, an exercise in political will. The event will take place around . . . → Read More: Earth Hour goes darkly this Saturday night
Six months ago in the yesteryear of 2008, Machlis and Hanson outlined in Bioscience a new subfield of study titled warfare ecology. As the authors state “among human activities causing ecological change, ware is both intensive and far-reaching. Yet environmental research related to warfare is limited in depth and fragmented by discipline.” The paper is . . . → Read More: Warfare Ecology
In looking over Swimming With Sharks, I came across this video of Sea Shepard ramming a Japanese whaling ship. Appalled is the best word I can think of to describe my reaction. I am no whale hugger (Give me invertebrates or give me death!) but of course those big charismatic megafauna are worthy of . . . → Read More: Sea Shepard: Only Making Matters Worse
Tip of the fin to Penguin Wanderings.