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Fishing for invertebrates is increasing dramatically, and it’s impacting marine ecosystems: How we can manage invertebrate fisheries better

Editor’s note: In 2016, roughly one-third of the total value of the world’s trade of fish and fish products was invertebrates. (They were approximately one-fifth of the global fish trade by live weight.) To learn more about the state and future of invertebrate fisheries management, The Skimmer interviewed Heike Lotze, a professor in the Department […]

Whether Up River or On Land, Ocean Cleanups Start with Us

The Ocean Cleanup (until now known for attempts at cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch) recently announced that they will expand their cleanups from the gyres to the coasts and upstream. Their newly unveiled “Interceptor” boat promises to scoop up 50,000 kilograms (roughly 11,000 pounds) of trash per day from rivers. This isn’t the […]

Learning, Sharing, Acting for the Ocean in Oslo

Last week I had the pleasure of leading Ocean Conservancy’s delegation to the 2019 Our Ocean Conference in Norway. We had a lot planned for the two-day event, and it felt like a whirlwind. I couldn’t be more proud of the Ocean Conservancy team. The theme for this year’s conference was “Learning, Sharing, Acting,” and […]

Cleaning Up Our Hidden Shorelines

This blog was written by Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, co-founder of the University of Toronto Trash Team and Scientific Advisor to the Ocean Conservancy; and Susan Debreceni, the Outreach Manager and co-founder of the University of Toronto Trash Team.  As you wander around the neighborhoods of downtown Toronto, it’s likely […]

Slow Road to Recovery after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for Deep-Sea Communities

The Deepwater Horizon disaster released approximately 4 million barrels of oil from the Macondo Wellhead over the course of 87 days in 2010.  Thus, becoming the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. The impacts of the oil spill were readily visible on shorelines, beaches, and marshes.   However, in the deep Gulf of Mexico the  […]

Inspiration from Latinx Leaders Fighting for Climate

“Viva la causa!” This was the cry heard in the scorching California heat as hundreds of Latinx farmers were led by Cesar Chavez in the 1960s. They chanted as they fought for basic human rights, like protection from polluted air—something this community is still fighting for today. Latinx communities have played a vital role in […]


Editor’s note: Heather Welch is a research associate with the University of California at Santa Cruz and the (US) NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center’s Environmental Research Division. The Skimmer spoke with her about her research, which focuses on understanding and planning for the spatial and temporal dynamics of large-scale marine processes.   The Skimmer: We […]


Early fall means hurricane season for those living near the Caribbean, South Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico. We know that hurricanes can be devastating on land—history is full of infamous storms that forever changed the areas affected (like Hurricane Andrew in Florida and Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf). This year we’ve already seen the devastating […]

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 […]

​​​​​​​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 […]