Mark Rayor has lived in Baja California's East Cape region for more than 15 years, guiding sportfishing and diving trips. He has seen plenty. But on Monday morning, Rayor was visited by a pod of cetaceans that he could not positively identify.
The European Commission (EC) has notified the Faroe Islands that it plans to take steps, including closing off fishing ports, to support the sustainability of herring fisheries shared between the two parties. This notification is a preliminary step meant to give the Faroe Islands a chance to respond before measures are implemented and was prompted by the Faroes’ massive and autonomously set quota for 2013.
In May 2012, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major Tara Thean '13 received the Becky Colvin Memorial Award from the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Colvin family. That summer, the Colvin funds supported her research examining the signature whistles of dolphins and how their unique form of communication might inform the understanding of animal communication in general. Her thesis title is "Signature Whistle Models in Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus."
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Thursday it will consider listing a population of harbor seals that live in a freshwater Alaska lake as a threatened or endangered species, a decision that could affect the massive Pebble Mine development project.
Overfishing has reduced fish populations and biodiversity across much of the world’s oceans. In response, fisheries are increasingly reliant on a handful of highly valuable shellfish. However, new research shows this approach to be extremely risky.
North Atlantic right whales ordinarily give birth in the balmy waters of Florida and Georgia but in January a whale named Wart gave birth in the cold waters of Cape Cod Bay. We check in to see how Wart and her baby fared since then.
The number of seabirds recorded washed up on beaches in two incidents along the English Channel, covered in polyisobutene (PIB), has now passed 4,000. Leading wildlife conservation and animal welfare charities and the UK Chamber of Shipping, supported by the wider industry body MaritimeUK, have come together as a single voice to call for an urgent review of the hazard classification status of PIB.
Since 2000, the Cascadia Research Collective has conducted extensive studies, covering more than 46,000 miles of survey track lines around the main Hawaiian Islands, and have documented more than 1,700 sightings of 18 different species of toothed whales and dolphins.
The Sei whale is distinguished by faint grey blotches on its skin just around the dorsal fin.Hunted almost to extinction, it is now estimated that there are around 80,000 left worldwide. Japan is one of the few countries that still hunt these mammals despite them being an endangered species.
On 9 June 2008, the UK's largest mass stranding event (MSE) of short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) occurred in Falmouth Bay, Cornwall. At least 26 dolphins died, and a similar number was refloated/herded back to sea.
100 million sharks are disappearing from our oceans each year, primarily driven by the lucrative trade in shark fins. A bill that would prohibit the sale and consumption of shark fins in Texas, passed the Texas House.
A new analysis by the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the University of Western Australia concluded that in 2010, shark-related diving contributed $42.2 million ($73 million Fijian) to the economy of Fiji.