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If Animals:

Could Talk


Here’s What Would Happen
if Animals Could Talk

Carl Safina’s latest article on

Actually, if you really listen, you may be able to hear what some of them are saying…

The last century has been the worst in history for relations among humans and between humans and non-human animals. Perhaps we might look ourselves in the mirror and ask whether we should still aspire to talk to the animals…or whether we should aspire instead to turn down our chatter and do a better job of listening to what animals need us to hear. Read full article here.

Rave reviews just in for Safina’s new book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel:  The Washington PostThe EconomistThe East Hampton Star 

Beyond-WordsMore about  Beyond Words.

Safina’s New Book:

"Beyond Words"

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“Beyond Words: What Animals Think
and Feel”

In a world where we usually measure animals by human standards, prize-winning author and MacArthur Fellow Carl Safina takes us inside their lives and minds, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought and emotion, showing why the word “it” is often inappropriate as we discover who they really are.

Weaving decades of observations of actual families of free-living creatures with new discoveries about brain functioning, Carl Safina’s narrative breaches many commonly held boundaries between humans and other animals.

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Fishing Gear 101:


The top photo shows a normal sea floor community on Georges Bank, while the bottom photo shows a similar area after dredges have been used to catch scallops. Photo Dann Blackwood and Page Valentine, USGS.

Dredges – The Bottom Scrapers

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

Dredges are dragged along the seafloor to catch bottom-living shellfish. Unfortunately, they can cause severe harm to bottom ocean habitats – they plow over, dig into, excavate, modify, and destroy habitats. (Full blog here.)

Fishing Gear 101 shows you 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.

Check out other posts in Fishing Gear 101:

Seafood ratings are in our Healthy Oceans Seafood Guide. 

More here about our Sustainable Seafood Program.



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