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Eating Lionfish: Effective Conservation, or a Cure Worse than the Disease?

Around the Caribbean, there are lionfish safaris, lionfish fritters, even lionfish jewelry — all aimed at stopping a particularly damaging invasive species. But is this really effective conservation, or just lionfish hysteria?

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The Penguins of Boulders Beach

Forty years ago, Boulder Beach in South Africa had no penguins. Today, tourists flock there to see thousands of these charismatic birds. A conservation success? Not quite. The real story is a bit more complicated.

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Power to the People: Community Based Marine Conservation

Local communities are working together to manage their coastal marine resources. Learn how Pate Marine Community Conservancy is revamping marine conservation.

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Innovation: Drone Mapping of Coral Reefs and the Coastal Zone

Join the Conservancy’s Steve Schill and an enterprising student in northern Haiti as they use an amphibious drone to monitor marine habitats — above and below water.

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Protect Parrotfish, Protect the Reef?

A recent report argues that the path to saving Caribbean reefs starts with protecting parrotfish. That’s undeniably an important step, but that alone won’t save the reefs. A conversation with NatureNet Fellow Stephanie Wear on parrotfish and reef health.

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The Klepto-Octopus and Other Adventures in Coral Reef Restoration

A thieving octopus? Dolphin volunteers? Welcome to the unexpected cast of characters encountered during coral reef restoration.

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Northern Elephant Seals: A Dramatic Conservation Success

Northern elephant seals were declared extinct, a victim of the blubber trade. Today, you can see thousands on California beaches, and the population continues to grow. The story of a dramatic (and often unheralded) conservation success.

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What Does a Baby Whale Feel Like?

Once, grey whales — called “devil fish” by whalers for their tendency to fight — were hunted ruthlessly, almost to the point of oblivion. Today, they approach boats and allow themselves to be petted. Marine blogger Alison Green gets up close and personal with these ocean giants.

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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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Mola Mola: The Weirdest Fish in the Ocean?

When it hatches, this species is the size of a pinhead but will grow to be the heaviest bony fish in the ocean—and the weirdest. Meet the Mola mola.

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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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Antarctic Invaders, Fungal Wonders and Birds Galore

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The Mahi-Mahi & The Map: Digital Storytelling for Science

How can a scientist convey a complex and even contentious topic like marine spatial planning to non-specialist audiences? Shawn Margles looks to digital storytelling to convey the emotion behind the science.

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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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Chasing Cod: Tracking a Fish to Save an Industry

Cod is as much a part of Eastern Massachusetts as the Red Sox. But the fishery has been in long-term decline. Can tracking cod help save them…and an industry?

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Call for Inclusive Conservation
Join Heather Tallis in a call to increase the diversity of voices and values in the conservation debate.

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