An article posted late last night on the NYT website reports that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, an independent Australian government agency whose purpose is to protect the Great Barrier Reef, has approved the dumping of 3 million cubic tons of sediment and dredging mud within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (a UNESCO … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: January 2014
Shark cull in Western Australia: When policy laughs in the face of logic
By now I’m sure you’ve heard that the government of Western Australia has decided to pursue a shark cull. The government supported program allows for the killing of sharks in Western Australian waters, including threatened Great Whites. There have been reports of people shooting sharks, but most of the culling will be done be baiting … Continue reading
Cetaceans react to sonic exploration
This article is in follow-up to Serena’s earlier post about NOAA’s emerging guidelines in marine mammal acoustic protection. As Serena noted, marine mammals, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), are constantly communicating underwater using sound waves. Humans have also begun to use sound waves underwater to make processes of mapping the ocean floor easier and … Continue reading
Photography Friday: Caribbean Reef Shark
A study was published on Jan 21, 2014, the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List, that found a quarter of shark and ray species are threatened with extinction (more information here). Only 23% of these species are considered “safe” with the IUCN listing of “Least Concern.” You may think of sharks as threats to … Continue reading
Here’s a gust of new information about wind farm efficiency!
Everyone’s familiar with the ‘shading effect’ that occurs on solar energy schemes. If a tree or high rise building casts a shadow on your photovoltaic cell’s glass face, that means your system isn’t generating as much energy as it could, because it’s not catching as much sunlight as it could. But did you know that … Continue reading
Megafauna madness: killing dolphins, mistreating orcas, critically endangered sharks.
Twitter and world media have been abuzz this week about the Taiji Cove dolphin drive. A practice in a small Japanese town that leads to the death or capture of hundreds of dolphins each year. You may have heard of this before if you are a fan of documentaries. “The Cove” is a documentary by … Continue reading
My Un”Belize”able adventure with ReefCI
The following is a guest post from Aubrey Germ, an undergraduate student from John Bruno’s Fall 2013 Marine Ecology class at UNC-CH. By Aubrey Germ, senior undergraduate Environmental Health Science Major, Marine Sciences Minor Contributing information from Tracy Allen, Dive Master with ReefCI I watched helplessly as a giant wave crashed over the bow of … Continue reading
MLK Meets the Research Lab
As the new year unfolds, you may still be searching for ways to add purpose to your 2014. Fortunately for the introspective, the arrival of Martin Luther King Day means that you are guaranteed to encounter many quotes from the great civil rights leader over the next few days. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most … Continue reading
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish…Glowing Green Fish?
A few years ago, if I saw a cat with glowing green fur wandering around my yard, I’d assume that the poor animal had experienced radiation exposure that had left it eerily lit from within. After checking it for other superpowers and taking a few pictures (first things first, you know), I’d probably head online … Continue reading
Photography Friday: A Beautiful Day for the Beach?
When temperatures plummet and cabin fever sets in, many begin to daydream wistfully about sunny summer days on the beach. Residents of Sonoma County, California, however, may be able to count such days on one hand. Although the county’s famous vineyards receive plenty of sun year-round, the coastline is commonly “fogged in” and windy, as … Continue reading