Category Archives: Oceans

Another award for “Altered Oceans”

Tweet A few months ago the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting was awarded to Kenneth Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling of the Los Angeles Times for their excellent, and sobering, series on the deteriorating ocean environment, “Altered Oceans“.   If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Back to basics

Tweet The life of a marine biologist turns out to involve a lot of time sitting in front of a computer screen, writing and editing papers and proposals so other people can get out in the field (though I do get my … Continue reading

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Ocean Soul

Tweet [In recognition of World Ocean Day today, and the inaugural Carnival of the Blue: a journal entry from March 2004, Carrie Bow Cay, on the Belize Barrier Reef] Sitting in the soft sand behind the back reef, waiting for the … Continue reading

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We’ve been framed! Biodiversity and the future of seafood

Tweet Several weeks ago, Chris Mooney and Matthew Nisbet published a perspective piece in Science on “Framing Science“, that is, on communicating science effectively to non-scientific audiences (see also their Outlook piece in the Washington Post).  They recognized that many issues … Continue reading

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Ocean biodiversity and the future of seafood: Take 2

Tweet In November 2006, fourteen marine scientists and resource economists (including yours truly) led by Boris Worm of Dalhousie University published a paper in Science documenting the functional importance of marine biological diversity and linking it in particular to sustainability … Continue reading

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Ocean biodiversity and the future of seafood

Tweet [NOTE: This is a copy of my essay in the April 2007 issue of Food Technology Magazine] Harvesting of wild fish and shellfish from the oceans provides a major source of protein to the planet’s population, and supports an … Continue reading

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Sustainable seafood: Bon appetit!

Tweet Over the last few years, I’ve been part of a group working to put some scientific numbers on the question; “Why should we care about biodiversity?” and specifically ocean biodiversity.  We all love whales and sea turtles, and the … Continue reading

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Oceans 2006: Have you seen Junior’s grades?

Tweet The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative’s 2006 U.S. Ocean Policy Report Card has recently been released.   In many American families, if little Johnny came home with this report, he’d be grounded.  No video games for a month! The bottom line: … Continue reading

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