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Your Chance to Help Bluefin Tuna

The National Marine Fisheries Service has recently proposed a new rule to reduce the wasteful catch of bluefin tuna on longlines. While the rule is a step in the right direction, some changes are necessary to better protect this important fish.
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Our Changing Ocean

As vast and powerful as it is, the ocean has changed significantly because of people. The impact and damage can be difficult to see–the ocean’s enduring beauty betrays its plight. But what you see today is a diminished version of a much healthier ocean of not so long ago.

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New Energy Future

Since first becoming human, we have been burning things to harness energy. To become fully human we’ll have to come out of the cave, quench the fires, and harness non-burning energy.
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Fish as Food

About 1 billion people–largely in developing countries–rely on fish as their primary source for animal protein. That’s a lot of fish tied to human health and well being.
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Cruise Ships

Some cruise ships are dirty from bow to stern. Others are much more ocean friendly. In the United States, the patchwork of state and federal laws provides some protections to the oceans but they are incomplete and many cruise ships continue to dump illegally.
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Bluefin Tuna: New Record Price for Carcass Further Devalues the Fish

Here’s how I can tell if an environmental news story has permeated the public consciousness: my 86 year-old mother phones to tell me about it. She doesn’t have a computer, just her morning newspaper.
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Ocean Wildlife

Marine conservation encompasses a wonderful cornucopia of life–creatures that live in the ocean or glide above it. These players in the great ocean drama are intimately connected to the health of the seas, as are we all. It is a full cast but the individual characters are so remarkable, and often imperiled. They deserve the limelight.  A handful […]
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The Supreme Court’s Corporate Money “Decision”

The modern environmental movement originated as a response to unregulated pollution. But more important than its origin, even more important than the movement itself, is when and where that origin was possible.
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Nature and Human Welfare

Nature and human welfare are deeply connected although at times the connection is lost, muddled, or overlooked.  Carl Safina, Blue Ocean Institute founder and MacArthur Fellow, illuminates our relationship with nature in the context of population, politics, and science.
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Arctic Ocean Drilling

It seems incredible that drilling in the Arctic Ocean for petroleum is being considered given what we have seen from BP’s Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Cosco Busan in San Francisco Bay, and the Exxon Valdez in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, to name but a sampling of modern petroleum industry debacles that […]
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