MORRO BAY, Calif. – Packed with large nets, wooden boards and a large crate, a dark blue truck scoured the edges of surfer-lined Pismo Beach late one morning earlier this month. Onlookers in the distance tipped them off to what… Read More ›
Month: August 2014
20 Coral Species Listed as “Threatened”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change. As with the polar bear, much of the threat to the coral species… Read More ›
Ten End of Summer Reads By the Sea
Summer may be winding down, but there are still a few warm weeks left to enjoy some summer reading. As you make your last trips to the beach, there’s no better way to enjoy the coast than sitting down with… Read More ›
Illegal Fishing Claimed in Gulf Waters
It seems that every week brings another story of U.S. Coast Guard or other maritime law enforcement giving chase to foreign fishermen who have snuck into U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico to fish illegally. Foreign illegal fishing in… Read More ›
Radioactivity in Pacific Ocean from Fukushima?
A recent report in The Guardian, “US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation,” appears to confirm radioactive releases that were not originally reported by the nuclear power plant’s owners. Similar stories give fair rise to concerns about subsequent radioactive pollution in the ocean.
Climate Change Might Correct Ocean Hypoxia
Some good may come from climate change after all. Dead zones, the most oxygen deprive portions of our world’s oceans, may actually be due for some shrinkage due to changing atmospheric patterns and water temperatures, according to a recently study…. Read More ›
Capt. Moore: “Great Pacific Garbage Patch (is) Much Worse”
Editor’s Note: Captain Charles Moore recently completed the most recent research tour “Gyre Voyage 2014.” The following is a reduced version of the blog Captain Moore posted August 15, 2014. To read the entire blog click this link: Final Blog… Read More ›
Gulf Oysters Impacted Since 2010 BP Oil Spill
Fisherman Randy Slavich drags a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters, long before millions of… Read More ›
Mercury “Tripled” Near Ocean Surfaces
Deep waters in the North Atlantic showed more mercury content than similarly deep waters of the South Atlantic and the Southern and Pacific Oceans…
Plastics: Choking the Sea–and Us
With 10-20 tons of plastic entering our oceans every year, the dire results are now obvious. This video showcases the latest statistics and data about how plastics are choking our seas, and likely us.