The Safina Center

No New Areas:

Open for Drilling

Oil slick, Gulf of Mexico, 2010

 “Deepwater Horizon: Why We Should Not Open New Areas to Drilling”

In his latest piece on Huffington Post, Carl Safina urges us to turn our backs on the petroleum era. Looking back five years after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy we still see disasters like tanker spills and blowouts in the headlines, killing everything from dolphins to tourism. “But mainly it’s the underwater noise of seismic exploration and associated confusion, the bloated ports, smelly air; the accelerated tanker traffic, increased overland oil shipping, the day-to-day spills and chronic leaks that all contribute to the erosion of wildlife, habitats, natural beauty and safe waters wherever oil is the thing.”

More here.


Manatee Hug:

Observation/ Interaction?

Endangered Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus), Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

The Manatee’s Hug

Check out the latest blog by Safina Center Fellow, Dr. Ellen Prager.

In “The Manatee’s Hug” Prager asks, “When it comes to wildlife, what is the proper balance between conservation and observation or interaction?”

Her description of a close encounter with a young manatee while snorkeling in Crystal River, FL was life changing. According to Prager, “I’ve been a marine scientist for more than two decades and have been in the water with many sea creatures. The manatee hug however has to be one of my top five in-the-water moments. If I liked manatees before, now I am obsessed with them.”

More here.

Sustainable Seafood:

Fishing Gear 101

Salmon entangled by its gills in a gillnet. Credit: NOAA.

Gillnets – The Entanglers

Check out the new installment in our
blog series, Fishing Gear 101.

Vast and indiscriminate, gillnets seem to entangle everything that crosses their path, including sea turtles, whales and many other kinds of ocean life. (full blog here)

In our Fishing Gear 101 series, you’ll learn how common types of gear work, what they catch, how they affect ocean wildlife and habitats, which technologies or regulations can help lessen the gear’s negative effects, and what we see as the path forward to ensure healthy oceans in the future. Gear by gear, you’ll also see why our seafood ratings for a particular species differ depending on the fishing method used.

Trawls – Bulldozers of the Ocean (1st gear in our blog series.)

Check out our Healthy Oceans Seafood Guide 

More here about our Sustainable Seafood Program.