Sharkwater now on DVD

I HIGHLY recommend this movie. Don’t rent it on DVD. Buy it! And have a shark party to share it with your friends and family.

Though some might at first think this is another shark “slasher” movie, the film is actually a compassionate argument for shark protection. The sharks and other marine creatures are beautifully filmed, which provides a strong juxtaposition against filmaker Rob Stewart’s coverage of the brutal sharkfin trade. Not for the faint of heart, there are scenes of wholesale shark-slaughter for their fins (a delicacy in China and sold for medicinal purposes in China and other Asian countries). Continue reading

Polar bear update – listed but still on thin ice

UPDATE: Polar bears are now listed under the Endangered Species Act, but, as always the Bush administration managed to weasel their way — oops, MarineBio stives to be politically neutral, like the Switzerland of marine conservation. Oh well, I don’t think I’ll offend too many people with criticism of the Bush administration — our economy has tanked, our foreign policy is a joke, and we’re being led by a guy who claimed yesterday that “We believe that the surest way to defeat the enemies of hatred is to advance the cause of hope through the cause of freedom” — really? We want to fight the enemies of hatred? So we’re PRO hatred? Continue reading

Polar bears on thin ice

There’s hope for polar bears, and other species at-risk due to global warming, if they are listed as a threatened or endangered species by the US Dept. of the Interior. The Bush administration, currently in violation of the Endangered Species Act for missing the deadline for a listing decision, has until May 15th based on a ruling by Judge Claudia Wilken. The decision to list the polar bear as an endangered species was due in January 2008, but the Bush administration claimed that they needed more time. After two more months passed without a decision, Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Dept. of the Interior to force them to make a ruling. According to Kassie Siegel who authored the scientific petition to protect polar bears: Continue reading

It’s about time for OCEANS 21

Statement from Chris Mann, Pew Environment Group, on OCEANS 21

Release Type: Pew Press Release
Pew Contact: Justin Kenney, 215.575.4816

Washington, DC – 04/23/2008 – Statement from Chris Mann, Senior Officer and Director of the Campaign for Healthy Oceans, Pew Environment Group, on OCEANS 21:

Today, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans is marking up the Ocean Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act (OCEANS 21). To date, this bill represents the most comprehensive package of ocean conservation reforms recommended by two blue-ribbon panels. “Almost five years after the Pew Oceans Commission and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy warned that our oceans were in serious trouble, Congress is finally poised to act.” Continue reading