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Don’t Mess With NEPA

This time, it’s personal. There is no question fisheries are in serious trouble and Bush is hoping to loosen rules under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that govern the environmental review process surrounding catch limits. The proposed 11th hour changes would weaken the Magnuson-Stevens Act (a bill I was intimately involved with in 2006).…

Everyone Loves Echinoderms

Brittle stars off the coast of New Zealand are at CNN today and recently appeared on the BBC. In fact, these critters are making waves across the interwebs. Evidence continues to mount that echinoderms rule… Someone better warn the guys at Deep Sea News.

The Blue Blogosphere

The boys at Deep Sea News are hosting Carnival of the Blue this month: This 18th edition of the Carnival of the Blue is one mixed with awe and pessimism, yet optimistic for the beginning of a new political era in the United States. Keep in mind these posts were written prior to the November…

The Puget Seven

Orcas are one of my favorite species. Extremely intelligent and exhibiting many complex behaviors, they’re simply beautiful marine mammals. Seven orcas are now feared dead in Puget Sound. If true, it could be the biggest decline among the sound’s population in almost a decade. Possible causes: Low numbers of their main food–chinook salmon, pollution, and…

To Hell In A Handbasket

What does the Filet-O-Fish at McDonalds have in common with that imitation crabmeat in California rolls and the uh, ‘healthy‘ ingredient in beer-battered fish-n-chips? Pollock: poster child of sustainable seafood. Well the pollock fishery is now possibly on the brink of collapse. Managed through the distribution of transferable quotas, fishermen take over one million tons…

DNA testing has now proven that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a Virginia aquarium contained no genetic material from a male. The research was reported in Friday’s Journal of Fish Biology and marks the first verified case of asexual development in this lineage.

Mass Migration of Golden Rays

in the Gulf Of Mexico…

Once upon a time I was a grad student in the School of Marine Sciences at UMaine. We were a small, tight-knit co-hort of eight ladies and two fellows… including lobsterman Curt Brown. A bright, charming, and silly guy, Curt was always fun to catch a Red Sox game with at the Seadog and the…

One Reason I Do What I Do

From living reefs to humans, we’re all connected. Watch, listen, and please pass the message on… “Protect the living reef and we protect the ocean. Protect the ocean, and we protect ourselves.” – Ed Harris, Project AWARE

Empty Oceans

Jackson JBC. (2008) Ecological extinction and evolution in the brave new ocean. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105 (Suppl):11458-11465. No caption necessary: