The Beacon: Emily Fisher's blog
Well, it's official. NOAA has declared a state of disaster for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery due to poor environmental conditions leading to commercial failure.
The declaration means probable funding for the watermen hard hit by the economics of the situation, and hopefully, it means the crabs will get a chance to recover from overfishing, compounded by pollution and warming waters.
The crabs' numbers have fallen by more than 70 percent since the 1990s -- did you get that? -- 70 percent in less than two decades.
What would the Chesapeake Bay region be without its signature dish, crab cakes? If this disaster declaration doesn't spur real environmental action, we may some day find out.
A Sea Change follows "retired educator and concerned grandfather Sven Huseby back to stunning ancestral sites (Norway, Alaska the Pacific Northwest) where he finds cutting-edge ocean research underway. His journey of self-discovery brings adventure, surprise and revelation to the hard science of acidification."
Ocean acidification is one of those climate change nasties that most people have a general idea about. But when it comes to its long-term consequences, they're blissfully ignorant, which is why a documentary like this has the potential to be a great thing, in my opinion (and if Al Gore has anything to say about it.) Watch the trailer below:
And now, a guest post:
Hi All, Leda Huta, Executive Director of Endangered Species Coalition here.
At the Endangered Species Coalition we protect the fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Our No Species Left Behind campaign protects species from the bad acts of the Bush administration.
Corruption, abuse of science and a failure of ethics have plagued the Bush administration’s Departments of Interior and Commerce. Both departments are charged with protecting threatened and endangered marine wildlife. Yet politics have overruled science involving even the top levels of the Bush administration. For instance, the Office of Vice President Cheney has on several occasions tried to block protections for wildlife, such as the critically endangered right whale.
It's Thursday, which means it's almost Friday, which means you're probably starting to think about your weekend plans. Add this to your list: After much anticipation, Smithsonian's Ocean Hall is opening this Saturday the 27th.
The hall cost $49 million and is the biggest renovation since the museum opened in 1910. Along with models and preserved remains of whales and sharks, the hall is also the only place in the world to exhibit the preserved remains of both an adult coelacanth and its pup.
Finally, the Earth's largest environment is getting its due exhibit. I hope to check it out soon and report back...
Aside from having some clever marketing people on staff, American Express is also in its second year of doing the Members Project, which gives $2.5 million to a project deemed by voters to make a difference in the world.
I just discovered that the Imaging Foundation is in the top 25 (right now it's #19) for its project about protecting Cocos Island, which is a UN World Heritage Site more than 300 miles west of Costa Rica.
Move over, Jack Johnson, there's a new Hawaiian singer-songwriter in town, and this guy's got a message about plastic in our oceans.
Together with the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, creators of the afore-blogged Junk Raft,
I’m back from Bald Head Island, NC – but fear not, there’s one last adventure to report. One of my last days down there, I drove to Topsail Island, which is a short drive up the coast, to see Jean Beasley’s famed turtle hospital (named after her daughter Karen).
Beasley, who won Animal Planet’s 2007 hero of the year award, is a teacher-turned-turtle activist whose hospital started as a single injured turtle under a tent in her backyard in the mid-‘90s.
The “hospital” is a small warehouse with about 20 pools of varying sizes and depths, each containing an injured sea turtle. Staffed by around 70 volunteers, (plus 150 helping with nesting on the beach), the hospital currently houses three species of sea turtles – loggerheads, greens, and Kemp's ridleys.
[Several days after Day 2]
It’s the end of my week here at Bald Head Island, and I think it goes without saying (if you’ve read any of the previous posts), it’s been a great trip. I’ve been especially lucky with nest #89.
- What Do Historic CO2 Levels Mean for the Oceans? Posted Tue, May 14, 2013
- U.S. Coast Guard Captures Illegal Fishermen in Texas Posted Tue, May 14, 2013
- Victory! Delaware Becomes Seventh State in U.S. to Ban Shark Fin Trade! Posted Thu, May 16, 2013
- It's Endangered Species Day! Posted Fri, May 17, 2013
- Stocks Show Signs of Recovery, But Still Work to Do Posted Fri, May 17, 2013