The Safina Center

Can an Orca be a Slave?:

Free Lolita!


In his latest CNN piece, “Can a Killer Whale be a Slave? Literally?”  Carl Safina and actress/activist Robbyne Kaamil discuss Lolita, “the world’s loneliest Orca,” who’s been captive in a sub-standard tank at the Miami Seaquarium for the past 44 years.

Will Lolita be reunited with her family that still swims free?  Or will she remain a slave to entertainment?  Read the full article here.

AND –  it’s finally official!
NOAA has granted Lolita Endangered Species status.

Although this is not a decision to #FreeLolita, it’s certainly a step in the right direction!

Sign our Avaaz petition: Let’s keep working to #FreeLolita!

Let the Girl Go HOME!  


U.S. East Coast:

Drilling Off Limits

Oil along the Louisiana Coast, Summer 2010

Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay
Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

“It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes President Obama’s proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems than an active oil industry would bring….(Environmentalists) warn of another Deepwater Horizon or Exxon Valdez-type fiasco coming to the Southeast. But to me, it’s just about the day-to-day business of chasing oil, the wrong-headedness of it all. The main disaster is the oil we don’t spill. It’s the daily grind of oil extraction.”

Read more – Carl Safina’s opinion piece is on Yale Environment 360

Sustainable Seafood:

Fishing Gear 101

Catch from a trawl net. Photo by Carl Safina.

Trawls – Bulldozers of the Ocean

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

Learn how common types of gear work, what they catch, how they affect ocean wildlife and habitats, what 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 learn why our seafood ratings for a particular species differ depending on the fishing method used.

First up – TRAWLS!

Here’s our Healthy Oceans Seafood Guide 

More here about our Sustainable Seafood Program.