An international study has led to the creation of the world’s first global database of jellyfish records to map jellyfish populations in the oceans. The debate regarding future trends, and subsequent ecological, biogeochemical and societal impacts, of jellyfish and jellyfish blooms in a changing ocean is hampered by a lack of information about jellyfish biomass and distribution from which to compare. To address this knowledge gap, scientists used the Jellyfish Database Initiative, or JeDI, to map jellyfish biomass in the upper 200m of the world’s oceans and explore the underlying environmental causes driving the observed patterns of distribution.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD has announced that they are exploring plans to close their dolphin exhibit (CALL TO ACTION: Encourage the National Aquarium to Close Dolphin Exhibit, Relocate Dolphins to Sanctuary
HUSAVIK, Iceland — Two Americans, two Germans and two Romanians went to sea on a chilly afternoon this week in search of whales, puffins and other marvels of nature in a bay along Iceland's northern coast.
Marian Locksley's insight:
It also was sad to find out that Iceland, despite the substantial tourism revenue that comes from whale watching, has resumed commercial whaling despite international condemnation. In fact, the government has increased the limit on killing minke whales to 229 this year, a 6 percent increase over 2013.
Big mammals v. big oil: New pipeline puts humpback whales at risk Al Jazeera America In a deep fjord in British Columbia called the Douglas Channel, where the Kitimat River pours runs of Chinook salmon into the Pacific Ocean, fishermen see singing...
Plastic pollution is known to be a threat for marine ecosystems around the world, but it has not been much studied yet. Jacob González Solís explains that “this is the first assessment of plastic ingestion in Mediterranean seabirds. The Mediterranean Sea has been recognized as a singularly sensitive ecosystem because its coast is very industrialized, shipping activity is intense and it contains high density floating plastic areas”.
We have between 30 and 45 years before all large fish in our oceans disappear Wietse van der Werf founder of The Black Fish ("Overfishing is the most heavily financed environmental destruction on earth" @theblackfishorg in @LushLtd magazine:
Microplastics polluting Oregon beaches, killing wildlife kgw.com They [can also] get ingested by wildlife.” The plastics don't biodegrade. The smallest shards, known as microplastics, can mesh unseen into beach sand and stay unnoticed for years.
Survival International Reindeer herders take on Russian oil-giant as tribal rights in Siberia weakened Survival International The reindeer-herding Komi-Izhemtsi people in western Siberia have rejected the takeover of their land for oil exploration...
Meanwhile, south-east of Komi, in the Khanty-Mansiisk region of Siberia, home to theKhanty and Mansi tribes, the regional parliament is seeking to weaken the legislation that protects the tribes’ land rights. The lands of many Khanty and Mansi communities had previously been protected, making it harder for oil and gas companies to enter the land without the permission of the tribes and without fulfilling a number of environmental obligations.
However, under the new system, the conservation requirement will be removed, opening the tribes’ lands up to greater exploitation and leaving them even more vulnerable to manipulation and pressure by the companies.
Sea Shepherd is in Hawaii to Support the Big Island Community’s Initiative To Protect Its Coral Reefs For Future Generations (Sea Shepherd Responds in Wake of Vicious Attack by Wildlife Trafficker Upon One of its Divers
To conduct their hearing tests, the team temporarily captured individual animals as part of physical health exams. They used suction cups to attach a small speaker to its jaw -- which in whales and dolphins conducts sound to ...
Zoologist Cristina and her husband Hal have been traveling the world in search of wildlife for the past five years. Together they founded Travel For Wildlife, where they blog about their wildlife adventures and promote ...
ARKive - The ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species - www.arkive.org (Protecting our oceans for the future http://t.co/LkXt0PxdRO via @ARKive @WildImagery #overfishing #pollution...
Despite being a 103-year-old great-grandma, the orca named J2 -- or, more affectionately, Granny -- is in great shape. In little over a week, Granny and her pod have traveled 800 miles.This weekend, Granny was spied swimming off the coast of Canada, after a trek up from northern California. The cent...
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