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Ocean Conservation

4 Steps to Improve Ocean Conservation Research in Small Island States

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

To be effective, marine conservation must be based on rigorous and targeted science. The large and growing threats to ocean ecosystems coupled with the limited scientific capacity of most small island states make science-based management not only an imperative, but also a challenge.

A Coffin for Cod? The Downward Spiral of the Fish That Built New England

Lee Crockett | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

When Mike Anderson arrived in Cape Cod in the 1960s as a young man with dreams of adventures at sea, many people shared the same warning: "You won't get rich in the fishing business; it's just a way of life."

When the Tea Party Met the Sea Party

David Helvarg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
David Helvarg

President Obama's decision two days later to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline after seven years of polarized debate, and the pushback it received, increases the likelihood that energy and the environment will play a prominent role in the upcoming election.

One Tiny Nation Could Be A 'Tipping Point' For Saving The Oceans

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.23.2015 | Green

The tiny nation of Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, has long been a international leader in ocean conservation. Over the past deca...

Deep Sea Mining a New Ocean Threat

Richard Steiner | Posted 10.20.2015 | Green
Richard Steiner

While shallow water mining for sand, gold, tin, and diamonds has been conducted for decades, commercial deep sea mining has yet to occur anywhere. But that's about to change.

It's Time To Save The Oceans. Here's How We're Doing It

Anisa Kamadoli Costa | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Anisa Kamadoli Costa

Businesses can evaluate their own impacts on the ocean through their direct operations, supply chains, and use of natural resources. Governments can increase their commitments to protect more marine areas. And we can all work together on these endeavors.

Why Is Managing Fish in the World's Oceans Like an Episode of I Love Lucy?

Lee Crockett | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Lee Crockett

Ecosystem-based fisheries management can help conserve our ocean resources while providing abundant fishing opportunities and seafood for generations to come.

An Ocean of Data

XPRIZE | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green

For many reasons, water samples from different depths have to be collected and brought up to the surface for analysis in labs, and it can be difficult to preserve the integrity of these samples.

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

Blueprint for Saving Cuba's Coral Reefs

Luis A. Solórzano | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Luis A. Solórzano

Cuban coral reefs -- accounting for nearly a third of the coral reefs in the Caribbean -- do not appear to exhibit the more widespread disease and mortality occurring in other sites of the region.

How Barbuda Enacted One of the World's Most Successful Ocean Conservation Efforts

Ocean Unite | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Ocean Unite

A certain level of idealism is needed when deciding to pursue ocean conservation work professionally. While idealism can serve as a kind of moral compass, it can quickly become a hindrance when conservationists attempt to convince foreign communities or governments to enact specific policies.

When Art Becomes Poison

Jeb Harrison | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Jeb Harrison

The tiny coastal burg of Bolinas, CA, has a reputation for reclusiveness. For years, road signs marking the turnoff from California State Route One, t...

A Hawaiian Canoe's Global Quest

Polynesian Voyaging Society | Posted 05.08.2015 | Hawaii
Polynesian Voyaging Society

Leading explorer and marine biologist Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue says the ocean is not too big to fail. Can one small canoe's journey make a big difference?

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.

Why you Should See the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

MAJR | Posted 06.14.2015 | College

We were in the middle of the North Pacific with no land in sight, hunting for garbage. One of the crew spotted a bigger object that we harpooned to bring on board. It was a floating tire, and by the amount of algae and rust on it, it had been out here a long time.

11 Quotes About The Ocean That Remind Us To Protect It

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green

Water is vitally important to Earth's natural balance. It gives us life, after all. But while there are infinite reasons to love and respect the o...

Humans Killed Nearly 3 Million Whales In The 20th Century

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 03.18.2015 | Green

It’s long been known that whales were seriously endangered during the 20th century, but new research shows just how close we came to wiping them out...

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.

Why a (Nearly) Deserted Island Gives Me Hope for the Oceans

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

In addition to what we're learning about predators, Palmyra Atoll is shedding new light on the effects of climate change. The atoll's corals appear to be more resilient to bleaching events and ocean acidification than corals around developed areas. The research is encouraging.

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.

The CEO Interview: Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation

Lynda Decker | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Lynda Decker

Sunshine, soft sand beneath your feet, the squeals of children splashing in waves -- these are the memories of summer vacations. Chad Nelsen wants your children's children to have these memories too.

To Fight Disease, Protect the Ocean

Dr. Ellen Prager | Posted 03.11.2015 | Science
Dr. Ellen Prager

Along with the world's rainforests, the ocean harbors a plethora of potentially effective drugs to combat human ailments and greatly improve human health. Many of these pharmaceuticals remain undiscovered or are in the preliminary phase of testing.

Obama Should Designate Marine National Monuments In Alaska

Richard Steiner | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Richard Steiner

While political and business interests in Alaska are likely to oppose such new federal marine protections, it is important to note that federal waters off Alaska are co-owned an co-managed by all Americans, and all Americans have a say in their management.

Orca Rescue

Nadia Aly | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Nadia Aly

Dr. Ingrid Visser dedicates her life and her research to help the most intelligent predator on earth -- Orca. She swims with wild orca and advocates for modern solutions to release orcas from captivity.