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Marine Conservation

Going to the Mat for Fish and Fishermen

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

For more than four decades, the California-based fishing advocate has worked to find common ground between taking care of the environment and looking out for the needs of family fishermen. Armed with passion and determination, the law school graduate and former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant is a recognized leader in the shaping of fishing and environmental rules

Sustainable Ocean Development Is Possible: Q&A With Maria Damanaki

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

That's the idea behind an emerging Nature Conservancy (TNC) strategy led by Maria Damanaki, TNC's new Global Managing Director for Oceans.

WATCH: Mama Whale Gives Birth, Immediately Smothers Baby Beluga With Cuddles

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green

Anyone having a rough day needs to take a long, hard look at this precious, smiling beluga whale newborn: Story continues below… In the vide...

The Sea Party Rebellion

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.04.2015 | Green
Ralph Nader

A Sea Party of activists, businesses and coastal communities committed to promoting the health and economic well-being of our public seas ― while also championing clean energy, including offshore wind ― could prove a strong unifying force between now and the 2016 presidential elections.

Tracking Fish Oil Supplements to the Source

Lee Crockett | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

Are fish oil supplements really improving our health but hurting our oceans? That's one question New York Times bestselling author Paul Greenberg is exploring for his next book, The Omega Principle: The Health of Our Hearts, the Strength of Our Minds, and the Survival of Our Oceans All in One Little Pill, due out next year.

Fisherman Finds a Way to Help Sea Animals Avoid Needless Death On Hooks

Lee Crockett | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

Palmer never grew out of his curiosity about how things work -- or how they could be improved. So one night off the Florida coast in 2001, as the commercial fisherman patiently waited for swordfish to bite, he started thinking.

Brilliant Lego-Like Structures Serve As Building Block For Restoring Coral Reefs

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.25.2015 | Good News

An Australian designer is going to allow plenty of sea creatures around the world to “just keep swimming.” Alex Goad, a designer in Melbourne, ...

The Small-Town Boy Who Charted a New Course for Our Oceans

Lee Crockett | Posted 04.21.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

"You could see the impact of the waste. I remember thinking that this couldn't last," recalled Bill Hogarth Hogarth, the head of ocean fisheries under President George W. Bush and now the director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography. I caught up with him recently when I went to Florida.

What's Happened to All the Striped Bass?

Lee Crockett | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

Striped bass are declining. That's particularly bad news because this species was once considered the success story for how an acutely depleted fish population could recover from years of overfishing.

10 Reasons to be Encouraged We Made Real Environmental Progress in 2014

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

2014 was a year of significant progress for the environment. To be sure, we still face plenty of very daunting challenges (you know the list). But there was also a lot of very significant progress to celebrate. Around the world, governments, businesses, nonprofits, and communities successfully came together to protect nature in a big and powerful way.

The Ecosystem That Is Disappearing Faster Than Any Other on Earth

Forest Trends | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Mangrove forest Mangroves--the uniquely salt-adapted trees and shrubs that line our tropical and subtropical coasts, the critical membrane betw...

Why Big, Old, Fat, Fertile Female Fish Are Rockstars Of The Ocean

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green

The next time you catch a BOFFFF, maybe you should throw her back. A growing collection of research shows that big, old, fat, fertile female fish ...

What Happens To The Thousands Of Shipping Containers Lost At Sea Every Year?

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green

There are about 5 to 6 million shipping containers crossing the sea at any time. The United States imports more stuff this way than any other country....

Is It OK To Put Fish In Aquariums?

AP | AUDREY McAVOY | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) — The waters off the Hawaii's largest island are home to a half-million brightly-colored tropical fish that are scooped up into nets e...

8 Ways You Are Harming The Ocean And Don't Even Know It

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green

Every single living thing on Earth is connected to the ocean. Even you, World's Driest Place, The Atacama Desert! And every year for World Oceans Day,...

Whales and Dolphins Supplicate for Silence

Billy Mason | Posted 04.20.2014 | Hawaii
Billy Mason

The constant whine from fleets of motorized vessels crisscrossing the global seas, sonar blasts created by military exercises, and deafening booms from air guns used in oil and gas exploration have created a frightening environment for many marine species.

The Bottom Line: Some Promising News for Bluefin Tuna

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

For western Atlantic bluefin, which use the Gulf of Mexico's waters as their only known spawning grounds, surface longlines are a serious problem.

Mexican Fishermen Saving Sharks

Sandra Larriva | Posted 10.02.2013 | Green
Sandra Larriva

It was a first for Eri, who had never swum that far offshore, let alone with such an odd-looking creature. He put on a pair of long free-diving fins and got his picture taken, gliding below the gentle giant. Back on shore, Eri wondered what it would be like to do the same with a shark.

Where Are the Predators of the Gambier Islands? (PHOTOS)

Michele Westmorland | Posted 05.29.2013 | Green
Michele Westmorland

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Ecomarkets: Scaling Up Marine Conservation

Rod Fujita | Posted 03.01.2013 | Green
Rod Fujita

Because markets see value only in parts of the ocean, and not in the whole, the valuable pieces are extracted and the rest is degraded. To scale up ocean conservation, we need to level the playing field. We term this collection of tools "eco-markets."

Record Number of Manatees Seen in Belize (PHOTOS)

Bryan Wallace | Posted 10.14.2012 | Green
Bryan Wallace

Researchers have been able to spot a record 507 manatees this year, confirming Belize's status as the world's most important country for this endangered subspecies.

Waking Up to the Abuse of Our Oceans

Renee Olstead | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Renee Olstead

Last night my eyes were opened. I learned about the atrocities that have happened to our ocean, about how polluted our world is becoming, the harmful overfishing of our oceans, and how many species of beautiful creatures essential to our ecosphere are teetering on the verge of extinction.

Good on Ya, Mate! Australia Protects Incredibly Big Ocean Area

Carl Safina | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

The Australian government has formed the world's largest network of ocean reserves. The network is anchored by a massive reserve in the Coral Sea. As we say, "Go you, Aussies."

Final Outcomes for Our Oceans in Rio+20 Negotiations

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

Here at Rio+20, it's clearer than ever that we all must play our part to protect our oceans and the planet. Whether you work in government, business, or civil society, we all must make decisions today that will create the future we want.

PHOTO: Giant Bull Shark Surprises Researchers

Posted 06.07.2012 | Green

By Andrea Mustain, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer: For scientist Neil Hammerschlag, it was just another Sunday. He was out cruising the reefs near t...