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High Human Impact Ocean Areas Along U.S. West Coast Revealed

West CoastClimate change, fishing and commercial shipping top the list of threats to the ocean off the West Coast of the United States.

“Every single spot of the ocean along the West Coast,” said Ben Halpern, a marine ecologist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, “is affected by 10 to 15 different human activities annually.”

In a two-year study to document the way humans are affecting the oceans in this region, Halpern and colleagues overlaid data on the location and intensity of 25 human-derived sources of ecological stress, including climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, land-based sources of pollution and ocean-based commercial activities.

With the information, they produced a composite map of the status of West Coast marine ecosystems. Continue Reading →

Experts Gather to Save the Ocean


The conservation of the world’s most iconic ocean species, whales and dolphins, has taken a step forward today with the launch of the first conference on protected areas for marine mammals.

Over 150 marine experts from 30 countries around the world have gathered in Maui, Hawaii, this week to build plans for networks of protected areas, which will conserve vulnerable species and the places on which they depend. Just offshore, humpback whales court and sing in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which hopes to become part of a network of Marine Protected Areas across the Pacific. Continue Reading →

A Sea Change – Imagine a World Without Fish

A Sea Change

A new documentary on climate change and the oceans proposes just that. The film, A Sea Change, premieres at the DC Environmental Film Festival March 14. A Sea Change is the first documentary about ocean acidification, the underbelly of climate change, a little-known but potentially devastating threat to ocean life.

The screening takes place at 3:30 pm in Baird Auditorium, at the National Museum of Natural History, at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW. Admission is free. Introducing the film is Dan Pingaro, Executive Director of Sailors for the Sea. Following the screening will be a panel discussion including director Barbara Ettinger, co-producer Sven Huseby, Dr. Richard Spinrad and Dr. Richard Feely of NOAA (the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration). Continue Reading →