World Ocean News Blog

August 15, 2012

House Representative Lynn Woolsey (WA) has introduced a bill in congress seeking to expand the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.  There is a complete story here about the bill, and what you can do to help.  There is also a map showing the areas that would be expanded.

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July 11, 2012

Training has begun for Dr. Sylvia Earle and her team of aquanauts in Key Largo, Florida in preparation for Mission Aquarius. On Sunday, July 16th, the team will undertake a saturation dive lasting until July 21st to the Aquarius Reef Base, sitting in 63' of water in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It's the last remaining underwater laboratory in the world, and Mission Blue will be there both to celebrate 50 years of...

October 31, 2011

A new coalition of environmental and conservation groups, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA), called on the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart this week to establish the world’s largest network of marine reserves in the oceans around Antarctica.

This is the most comprehensive information and story, and includes quote from Sylvia Earle video message. An estimated 130 delegates turned up to witness...

September 9, 2011

An endangered Short-tailed Albatross was killed by a longline fishing boat off the coast of Oregon in April 2011, according to a report recently released by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. This is the first bycatch of a Short-tailed Albatross to be observed in the Pacific Northwest. The report was prepared by NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and is part of a larger risk assessment report currently in preparation on the effects of West Coast groundfish...

September 6, 2011

The first comprehensive documentary film to explore the controversial  history of the captive whale and dolphin display industry. will be shown on Sunday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th Street, San Rafael, California. Narrated by Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H, Providence), a Fall From Freedom, an 82-minute film, produced by the San Francisco-based EarthViews Productions, includes interviews with scientists, marine mammal biologists, former...

July 11, 2011

Photo-Identification Studies Confirm Winter Migrations of Critically Endangered Western Pacific Gray Whales from Sakhalin Island, Russia to Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California, Mexico

Researchers attending the 63rd meeting of the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee in Tromsø, Norway (June 2011) presented results from a study that used photo-identification methods to document movements of critically endangered western gray whales identified...

May 24, 2011

Only 14 carcasses of whales have been recovered from the BP spill area - but scientists believe the true number could be 50 times higher.   Here is the research paper.

May 22, 2011

On May 8, 2010, a Gray Whale was sighted off the Israeli coast, and 22 days later, near Spain.  This is the first sighting of Gray Whales since the 1700's.

Is this an anomoly, or a climate-driven change of distribution?   Read the research paper.

January 28, 2011

The stormy weather we've been having has me worrying about an albatross chick that hatched at Midway Atoll this month. All the half-million or so baby birds there have my best wishes, but one tiny fluff ball gets a special aloha. Along with countless people worldwide, I'm rooting for the first short-tailed albatross hatched outside of Japan in recorded history.

Short-tailed is this grand seabird's official name, but its former nickname, golden...

December 28, 2010

Earlier this month the fisheries minister of Belize announced that all forms of trawling will be banned in Belize effective December 31, 2010.

 

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