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  • Pulling the Rug Out From Under Antarctic Ecosystems

      Benjamin Saenz Every eco-system exists within a fragile and intricate web of life that ensures the survival of all the members of that community. In the Antarctic, small shrimp-like organisms called krill, each one weighing no more than a paper clip, play a critical role in the food chain of the Southern Ocean. The Antarctic Krill Conservation Project (AKCP) was recently launched by Pew Charitable Trusts, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition,…

  • Breaking News- US Support for Sustainable Fisheries

    Having worked for the past year on marine resource management issues in Central America, I am ecstatic to see the US taking a leadership role to protect sustainable fisheries and to safeguard their use by calling for an end to destructive fishing practices such as unregulated bottom trawling on the high seas. On October 3, the White House announced a Presidential directive that instructs the Secretary of State, in collaboration with the Secretary of Commerce, to work…

  • An Acidic Ocean??

      A study recently published by the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency and the US Geological Survey reports that our oceans are becoming more and more acidic. Why? Our carbon emissions!! It seems that since the industrial revolution, carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere has been playing havoc on the pH balance of the ocean with dire consequences for all the creatures that live there. top: 0;   An…

  • What do we know anyway?

    A few weeks ago, the appearance of a little rat in Laos (southeastern Asia) made it clear that we don't know nearly as much about the world as we think we do. Locals call it the kha-nyou and generally eat it for dinner. But, the scientists that observed them in the wild found them to be "a friendly, furry creature, about the size of a squirrel, that waddles a bit like a duck." Are the experts surprised? Yes! They say that the kha-nyou can trace its line to a…

  • Lost Boys

    Boys running barefoot in the mud, playing soccer with a coconut. A ramshackle village, lacking electricity and running water, is the only place they've ever known. Their fathers are fishermen who, almost without exception, are suffering from the effects of over fishing and marine resource scarcity. At one time they were subsistence shark fishermen who were able to bring dinner home to their families at night. Today, they spend much of their time and money in the…