Ocean Views

On Saturday, June 9, 2018 tens of thousands of people will March for the Ocean in Washington D.C. and across the nation and planet to mark the end of World Oceans Day weekend. Why? Because we have no choice! Our public seas, already in crisis, are now at hugely increased risk from the Trump administration...

Menhaden, the little fish that could, can’t. I mean, they can but they won’t. Because as of a few days ago, they’re not allowed to. This week they got another bad break from fisheries managers. Let me explain. The fish is called “the most important fish in the sea” because it feeds so many whales,...

The following is a blog post by Dr. Steve Kessel, director of marine research at Shedd Aquarium. You don’t have to be a scientist to contribute to a global research study thanks to a growing number of projects that rely on citizen science. These are projects in which volunteers and scientists work together to answer real-world...

By Carl Safina Atlantic Bluefin tuna might be the best studied marine fish in the world. But counting Bluefin in the wild is difficult. They can live several decades and reach 1,500 pounds, and they migrate across the ocean. It’s been particularly difficult for western Atlantic Bluefin. (Eastern Atlantic and western Atlantic tuna are named...

By Martin Robards, Stephen Insley, and William Halliday After a quarter century living and working in the Arctic, it continues to take our breath away on a regular basis. Mostly it’s the wildlife: a stupendous aggregation of migrating Sandhill cranes or caribou, a beach overflowing with fur seals, a close up encounter with a wolverine....

Every time you eat at a restaurant, university cafeteria, airport, corporate campus, or sporting event, your food was likely provided by a large foodservice company. Sea of Distress 2017, a new Greenpeace report, evaluates whether food companies are helping or harming the oceans and workers. The world’s oceans are home to one million species, covering...

By Vinicius Lindoso, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO The UN General Assembly recently used the NASDAQ billboard in Times Square to promote the proposed UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is designed to boost investment and intergovernmental coordination of ocean science. Following the...

National Geographic Society leaders converged on Capitol Hill in Washington. D.C. this week to deliberate with Congressional leaders on ways to address the many challenges facing the oceans. Society President and CEO Gary E. Knell convened the Mapping the World Public Policy Dialogue on Ocean Conservation, held at the Library of Congress across the street...

The shark appears from the blue, soaring in the current like a 707 in a holding pattern.  Doglike, the curious shark investigates open mouthed, eyeing my friend’s flippers. Six feet long and sinuous, she glides along behind us until with a switch of her tail and a flare of her pectoral fins, she is off,...

By Lark Starkey Plastic – the word on so many lips during the 4th International Our Ocean Conference held in Malta last week. Plastic and it’s harm to oceans, communities, health, and economies. But as EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella succinctly and powerfully summarized: “This event is about solutions.” And solutions are rapidly emerging, both in...

By 2020 the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Targets call for 10 percent of the world’s ocean to be protected. As the date nears, we are seeing real progress, like the creation of a vast new protected area around Chile’s Rapa Nui (Easter Island) that is as large as...

In the days following Hurricane Irma, Florida has slowly started the cleanup process. Roads are cleared off, electricity is slowly making its way back into households, and trees are trimmed up. However, for Florida wildlife, the cleanup process is a little more difficult… and the 2017 Hurricane Season isn’t over just yet. Irma’s Impact on Florida’s...