Category: Marine

Making Sea Turtles “Climate Proof”

Sea turtles are projected to be hit hard by climate change, as the island beaches they need for nesting erode and disappear. But Rick Hamilton has a vision: make these animals “climate proof.”

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Got Gonads?

Everyone knows her as the gonad girl. And she owns it. Social media meets traditional knowledge in an effort to improve Hawaiian fisheries management.

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Can Big Data Save the World’s Fisheries?

Big Data is here to solve the world’s problems — including fisheries management. But beyond the hype, is this a realistic way to save large fish from pirates of the sea?

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The Octopus’ Birthday: Understanding an Intelligent & Elusive Marine Creature

Science sheds new light on octopus intelligence, as the animals open jars and pick Super Bowl winners. But despite all that attention, remarkably little is known about their life history in the wild.

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Hawksbill Turtles: A Rare Good News Story for a Species on the Brink

From a history of violence to sea turtle success: a new article in the journal PLOS ONE documents one of the first recorded recoveries of a hawksbill rookery. An unlikely good news story following 150 years of over-exploitation.

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Douglas McCauley on Marine Mammoths, Rhino Steaks & Garage-Band Science Communications

The giant Pleistocene beasts are still among us, argues a recent Science paper. They’re just underwater. But are we at a tipping point? A conversation with the paper’s lead author, Douglas McCauley.

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Doubling Down on Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are just the canary in the coal mine – reminding us in a very dramatic way that things are changing and swift action is required.

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Ghost Hunters: Recovering Lost & Abandoned Fishing Gear Saves Fish

Long after commercial fishers have pulled into dock, their lost and abandoned gear continues fishing – threatening marine wildlife and habitat. Join Conservancy scientists and partners as they find ways to end the impacts of “ghost fishing.”

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Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

TNC senior scientist Jensen Montambault describes the approach the Micronesia Challenge — with 2100 islands and 7.4 million square miles of ocean — is taking to large-scale conservation.

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Whale Sharks: Swimming with the World’s Largest Fish

They’re the largest fish in the world, not to mention one of the most fascinating. Marine blogger Alison Green jumps into the clear waters of the Gulf of California for a close encounter.

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Sea of Cortez: Conserving the World’s Aquarium

Jacques Cousteau called it the “world’s aquarium”: a place of flying mobula rays, frolicking sea lions and colorful reef fish. Marine scientist Alison Green travels to the Sea of Cortez to see the biological wonders for herself, and ponders the future of this special place.

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Sick Sea Stars and Starless Nights

Along the Pacific Coast, sea stars are dying in staggering numbers. What’s the cause? Marine scientist Drew Harvell and ocean videographer Laura James share evidence, stories and video from the front lines of this devastating marine crisis.

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CSI: Sea Turtle Unit

Where do turtles nest? What species nest there? Are their eggs harvested by people and predators? Are they vulnerable to sea level rise? Marine biologist Rod Salm follows the tracks in the sand to answer these and other questions.

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Coastal Protection and Clean Water: Recognizing the Benefits of Oyster Reefs

Following Superstorm Sandy, people looked to oyster reefs for coastal protection and other benefits. But how do we make those benefits tangible?

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Star Spangled Science: Bouncing Back from Hurricane Sandy

Wanted: a PhD who can win a bar fight. That might seem like an unusual job qualification, but it came in handy when developing science-based responses to Superstorm Sandy.

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