November 12, 2019
  • 4:48 pm Fishing for invertebrates is increasing dramatically, and it’s impacting marine ecosystems: How we can manage invertebrate fisheries better
  • 3:10 pm Whether Up River or On Land, Ocean Cleanups Start with Us
  • 10:40 am Learning, Sharing, Acting for the Ocean in Oslo
  • 11:07 am Cleaning Up Our Hidden Shorelines
  • 6:38 pm Slow Road to Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for Deep-Sea Communities
How is the deep sea so diverse?  The struggle is real for late 1900s ecologists

The year is 1967.  A paper is published that causes pandemonium in the scientific community.  The discovery causes a fundamental shift in thinking divergent from long-held beliefs.  And like the discovery that the Earth does indeed revolve around the sun and not the other way around, the discovery of exceptional diversity of life on the […]

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​​​​​​​It’s not just about marine mammals anymore: How ocean noise can harm marine ecosystems

Editor’s note: We’ve all read about how ocean noise can harm marine mammals. New research reveals that it can have profound impacts on lower trophic levels as well, with likely consequences for marine ecosystems. Catch up on the latest research with this month’s Skimmer. A little background on sound in the ocean As we get […]

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The Science on Ocean and Climate is Dire. We Know What to Do, Now is Our Time to Act

You may have been hearing a lot about climate change this week. More than 170 news outlets from around the globe are engaged in a massive #CoveringClimateNow effort, next Monday is the United Nations Climate Action Summit and next Wednesday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its latest in a string of […]

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How many species are in the deep sea?

In the beginning, people mused the expansive oceans contained but a handful of organisms.  This idea started with Pliny the Elder, who lived in the first century AD. He wrote that there were only 176 species in the entirety of the ocean.  This was four less than Aristotle had already found, counted, and documented in […]

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A Reason to Celebrate

It’s good to have a reason to celebrate. The Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act (H.R. 205) bill introduced by Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) secured bipartisan support in the House of Representatives to permanently ban offshore oil and gas development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Although this bill still […]

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The lingering and extreme impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the deep sea

A worker’s boot at nearly 2 kilometers deep. From the darkness emerges a boot. An old leather, steel-toed, work boot. It shouldn’t be there resting on the seafloor nearly two kilometers deep. I’m speachless. Even knowin this was going to be one of the toughest dives of my career, I’m still not prepared. Seven years […]

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Urbanization is no longer an unknown term. Everything around us is getting urbanized. As per the statistics of Economics and social affairs, half of the world’s population resides in cities and it is estimated that by 2050, 75% of the world’s population will live in cities. Living in cities has its advantages but two serious […]

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Red Tide Recollections

“If we can identify what we are doing wrong, then maybe we can identify what we can do right.” – Captain Casey Streeter, Matlacha, Lee County – Commercial Fisherman and Owner-Operator of Island Seafood Market In 2018, Florida experienced one of the worst red tide events in state history. At its peak, blooms spanned nearly […]

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief Dr Sivan, in a recent press conference, announced the space agency’s plans to set up its own space station. The announcement comes as an intent to sustain the capabilities and the capacity being built in the country as a part of the Gaganyaan mission, the indigenous human spaceflight programme. ISRO […]

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You are what you eat! Using bad boy carbons to understand food webs

Remember all the details about the periodic table from high school chemistry?  Yeah, me neither.  Don’t worry – we will get through this together. Let’s focus on carbon.  Carbon is the building-block of all organic (i.e., living) things, so it’s kind of a big deal. All the other elements are a little bit jealous. Okay, […]

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