Category: Marine

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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When the “Big One” Hits New York: Conservancy Science in the News

What if Superstorm Sandy had been worse? Grist looks to Conservancy science for the answers.

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Natural Allies for the Next Sandy: Nicole Maher & Mike Beck in The New York Times

How important are natural habitats in blunting the effects of storms like Hurricane Sandy? The New York Times reports on the question, quoting Conservancy scientists Nicole Maher and Mike Beck.

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New Science: Mangrove Forests as Incredible Carbon Stores

Based on these new findings, says Conservancy marine scientist Mark Spalding, the world should be investing a lot more in preventing mangrove loss and restoration.

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Coastal Resilience 2.0: Assessing Risk and Identifying Solutions to Coastal Hazards

Is there any way to predict the severity and damage posed by storms and flooding to communities? Who is most at risk? And what can we do about it? Introducing Coastal Resilience 2.0.

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