The Future of Marine Animal Populations

While browsing through some of the fascinating work of the Census of Marine Life (CoML) and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), I came across the Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP). What interesting and important work. CoML is a global research organization with a goal to assess the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine species worldwide. CoML oversees a number of regional research efforts designed to census ocean habitats. As mentioned previously in MarineBio’s newsletter article on CoML, the organization seeks answers to three questions: What lived in the oceans? What lives in the oceans? What will live in the oceans? Continue reading

Census of Marine Life Expedition to Hawaii

Follow the expedition:

On Friday 6 October, a team of scientists embarked on an expedition to explore coral reef biodiversity in the recently designated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, the largest marine protected area in the world. The expedition is being led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center with funding from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Continue reading

Talk is cheap

As usual, the US sidesteps its responsibility to the planet:

By Roger Harrabin
Environment analyst, BBC News, Monterrey

Climate talks between the world’s top 20 polluters have ended with an unusual level of agreement on the urgent need to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

But delegates at the Mexico talks also stressed the massive gap between the politics and science of climate change. Several said they had never known such a positive atmosphere [at the climate talks]. Nobody doubted the reality of climate science anymore. Continue reading

Sustainable seafood solutions in Europe?

Despite WWF’s claim that in 2002 its Stop Overfishing Campaign was successful in “helping to put environmental concerns and long-term resource sustainability at the heart of the EU’s fisheries policy,” the organization is still pointing fingers at the EU’s ongoing problems with unsustainable fishing practices:

GENEVA (Reuters) – Commercial fishing methods threaten to devastate Europe’s oceans, WWF International said on Wednesday [September 27, 2006].

The Swiss-headquartered environmental group, formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund, noted that up to 80 percent of some North Sea plaice catches are thrown overboard dead or dying due to their small size. Continue reading