Linking estuary habitats and building capacity to adapt to rising seas

Maven's Notebook – A living shoreline is a shoreline protection alternative that relies on the strategic placement of plants, stone, sand fill, and other structural and organic materials to protect the shoreline.  A living shoreline is an alternative to ‘hard’ shoreline stabilization methods like rip rap or seawalls, and can provide numerous benefits such as nutrient pollution Read More…

Scientists delve into mystery of returning bluefin tuna

BBC – Researchers are investigating the reappearance of Atlantic bluefin tuna off Scotland. The fish were once a common sight around the British Isles, before disappearing in the 1990s. In the last five years, tuna have frequently been seen from late summer to winter. The Western Isles, where the first recorded rod-line catch of an Atlantic bluefin tuna was made in 2013, is a focus of the Read More…

The fight for fins

Oceanographic – I was born in Los Angeles California, a son of Costa Rican immigrants. I was raised next to the ocean, in a town called Manhattan Beach. I would spend the summers at the beach, but what really inspired me to protect the ocean was watching The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. Thanks to Cousteau, I have been aware of overfishing and the way we endanger the ocean’s Read More…

Fishing crews to blame for much of the plastic in the world’s…

FOX News – Think of marine plastic pollution, and the image of a sea turtle stuck in a six-pack ring may leap to mind. Or in more recent days, the hotly contested plastic straw. But a new report by Greenpeace UK found that lost and abandoned fishing gear actually accounts for the majority of large plastic pollution in the world's oceans. More than 640,000 metric tons (think 55,000 Read More…

Antarctic marine sanctuary talks deadlocked for eighth straight year

Phys.org – A multinational effort to create giant marine sanctuaries around Antarctica to counter climate change and protect fragile ocean ecosystems has failed for an eighth straight year, officials said Saturday. Opposition from China and Russia torpedoed the proposal at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), a consortium Read More…

Exploring the invisible world of plankton

The Leader – Every day, residents of the eastern Olympic Peninsula are gifted with the sight of the sparkling Puget Sound waters. Sometimes they even glance the fin of a whale or the head of a harbor seal popping up for air. But below the waters, there is a miniature world that is as vital to the orca whales as it is to us humans. That is the invisible world of zooplankton. Julie Read More…

Thousands of tonnes of dead fish illegally thrown into UK seas every…

Independent – Several thousand tonnes of dead fish have been illegally discarded by trawlers in the North Sea and west coast of Scotland this year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. Small, juvenile fish often end up getting caught in scampi fisheries because their mesh nets are so small. Under EU regulations introduced earlier this year to curb overfishing, boats are no Read More…

Tens of millions of sea urchins wreaking destruction on US West Coast

CNBC – Tens of millions of voracious purple sea urchins that have already chomped their way through towering underwater kelp forests in California are spreading north to Oregon, sending the delicate marine ecosystem off the shore into such disarray that other critical species are starving to death. A recent count found 350 million purple sea urchins on one Oregon reef alone — more than Read More…

Scientists and sport fishers team up to gather data on fisheries.

Monterey County Now – It’s 6:25am. The smell of coffee and diesel fill the air. Anglers and scientists chat on the deck of Monterey sportfishing vessel New Horizon, laughing as they greet each other like old friends, and many of them are. The sun rises, casting hues of violet and peach on faces eager for a day of world-class fishing. But today, every fish will be returned to the sea. Read More…

Sawfish numbers in global stronghold are dropping, prompting calls…

The Guardian – Numbers of endangered sawfish in one of their most globally important strongholds are dropping, with conservationists calling for rules that will cut the numbers of animals being caught in commercial fishing nets in north Queensland. In September, a two-week private expedition to monitor and tag sawfish in the Norman River, Queensland, returned without finding a single Read More…