“Greed and Mackerel endanger ocean life”


A school of jack mackerel in the Southern Pacific. Stocks of the fish, rich in oily protein, have declined from 30 million due to a feeding frenzy in the last  two decades.

Jack mackerel, feeds a hungry Africa. People eat it unaware of the shortage of this staple fish; much of it is reduced to feed for aquaculture and pigs. It can take more than five kilograms, more than 11 pounds, of jack mackerel to raise a single kilogram of farmed salmon.

The world’s largest trawlers, after depleting other oceans, now head south toward the edge of Antarctica to compete for what is left.

Industrial fleets bound only by voluntary restraints compete in what amounts to a free-for-all in no man’s water at the bottom of the world. From 2006 through 2011, scientists estimate, jack mackerel stocks declined 63 percent.

Greed knows no bounds until the ocean balance is totally reduced and thousands of species disappear and people starve.

Excerpts courtesy of nytimes.com  http://tinyurl.com/8yfea6u 

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“Greed may doom Arctic fish populations”


Until recently, conservation of Arctic animal populations have been focused on the saving marine mammals – whales,  seals and polar bears, but without fish the ecosystem will fail.  Prof. Daniel Pauly, head researcher at the Sea Around Us Project at University of British Columbia has compiled the first comprehensive report on fishery catches and the huge numbers of fish they have taken and what they want to take in the future. The vast tonnage seems unsustainable. Both the increase in fish moving north due to global warming of the seas and the receding of snow and ice make it easier to take 100s of tons more than ever before.

Growing migrating fish populations -a double edged sword
Fish are moving towards polar regions due to the effects of climate change.and increased accessibility of the Arctic areas from melting sea ice, will place immense pressure on the region for future large-scale fisheries.

University of British Columbia researchers estimate that fisheries catches in the Arctic totaled 950,000 tons from 1950 to 2006, almost 75 times the amount reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during this period.

UBC does its homework

UBC’s Fisheries Centre and Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences reconstructed fisheries catch data from the limited governmental reports and anthropological records of indigenous population activities – for FAO’s Fisheries Statistical Area 18, which covers arctic coastal areas in northern Siberia (Russia), Arctic Alaska (the U.S.) and the Canadian Arctic.
“Ineffective reporting, due to governance issues and a lack of credible data on small-scale fisheries, has given us a false sense of comfort that the Arctic is still a pristine frontier when it comes to fisheries,” says lead author Dirk Zeller, a senior research fellow at UBC’s Fisheries Centre.
“We now offer a more accurate baseline against which we can monitor changes in fish catches and to inform policy and conservation efforts.” (Thank you-Mother Nature)
Official FAO data on fish catches in Area 18 from 1950 to 2006 were based solely on statistics supplied by Russia and amounted to 12,700 tons. The UBC team performed a detailed analysis and found that it’s only the tip of iceberg.
The team shows that while the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service’s Alaska branch currently reports zero catches to FAO for the Arctic area, the state agency, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has collected commercial data and undertaken studies on 15 coastal communities in the Alaskan Arctic that rely on fisheries for subsistence. The estimated fish catch during this period in Alaska alone totaled 89,000 tons.
While no catches were reported to FAO by Canada, the research team shows commercial and small-scale fisheries actually amounted to 94,000 tons in catches in the same time span.
Meanwhile, Russia’s total catch was actually a staggering 770,000 tons from 1950 to 2006, or nearly 12,000 tons per year. “Our work shows a lack of care by the Canadian, U.S. and Russian governments in trying to understand the food needs and fish catches of northern communities,” says Pauly, who leads the Sea Around Us Project at UBC.
“This research confirms that there is already fishing pressure in this region,” says Pauly. “The question now is whether we should allow the further expansion of fisheries into the Arctic.”
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Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/gRXix4

Image courtesy of  http://bit.ly/fBq0Ft

“Come to the Sandhill crane party”


Join the Flight of the Cranes

Saturday, February 5
You are invited to come to the Flight of the Sandhill cranes in the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, near Blythe, Arizona on the Arizona – California border.  Cibola is one of Arizona’s nine wildlife refuges.

Sandhill cranes, one of the largest birds in North America with a wingspan of up to eight feet, spend the winter in areas of southern Arizona. Thousands of people visit these areas annually to witness the spectacular sight of these birds as they launch into the air in the morning and return to roost in the evening.
Cibola NWR is located in the floodplain of the lower Colorado River and surrounded by a fringe of desert ridges and washes. The refuge encompasses both the historic Colorado River channel as well as a channelized portion constructed in the late 1960’s.

Over 288 species of birds have been found on Cibola NWR, including many species of migratory songbirds, Gambel’s quail, roadrunners, mourning and white-winged doves, phainopepla, greater sandhill cranes, Canada and snow geese, Vermilion flycatchers, grosbeaks, the bald eagle, southwestern willow flycatcher and Yuma clapper rail are among the endangered birds that use Cibola NWR. Other listed species include the desert tortoise, razorback sucker, bonytail chub, and desert pupfish.

Desert mule deer, bobcat, and coyotes also call this refuge home.

For more information, please contact Rebecca DeWitt at (602) 405-9060 or rebecca.dewitt.az@gmail.com.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/gmIPyJ

Image courtesy of  http://bit.ly/eTT0JR

“Electric eel is lighting up the holiday decorations”


For five years to encourage ecological sensitivity Enoshima aquarium in Japan has delighted visitors. Definitely, they are taking eco-sensitive to a new level by using an eco-friendly electric eel to illuminate the lights on its holiday tree.
Each time the eel moves, two aluminum panels gather enough electricity to light up the 2-meter (6 ft 6 in) tall white tree in glowing intermittent flashes.  To add to the fun this year, a Santa robot that sings and dances when a visitor steps on a pad.
“As electric eels use their muscles when generating a charge, we also thought to get humans to use their muscles to light up parts of the tree and power Santa.”
Will you see eel energy for domestic use sometime in the future?  I’m told they will work for their food and give you a shocking time.

This takes working together to a new level.

Resources

Excerpts and Image courtesy of   http://reut.rs/fqSO79 and http://yhoo.it/hOtXhL

“Safe to eat Gulf fish Feds smell test says yes”


Now,  this is the ultimate in scientific testing. the fish taken  from the Gulf are now declared “safe to get”. Why, because they smell almost fine.

Last week, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fishers (LDWF) in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ordered an emergency reopening of commercial fishing areas closed due to the BP oil spill. Commercial fishing reopened specifically for finfish and shrimp in portions of state waters east of the Mississippi River in Orleans, St. Tammany, St. Bernard Parishes and in Plaquemines.

These reopenings were ordered following the completion of comprehensive testing by the NOAA in consultation with the FDA. The FDA advised that following extensive sensory testing by NOAA’s sensory experts
and analytical chemistry results, the fish samples tested from previously closed areas are safe for consumption.
Reminder: There is no test developed yet that measures the amount of dispersants in the fish. The smell test will not work as a detection tool much less a confirmatory test, because these toxic chemicals have little to no door. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) also opened oyster areas 1, 4, and 6 last week. These areas are also east of the Mississippi River, but away from the Chandeleur Sound area.

Louisiana continues to push for the FDA to reopen crab fishing in these newly opened areas as well. Feds told the state that testing crabmeat takes longer than the tissue samples of shrimp and finfish.

On July 21, 2010, Dr. Sylvia Earle, ocean explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society; Dr. Carl Safina, president of Blue Ocean Institute; Dr. David Gallo, oceanographer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Dr. David Guggenheim, marine biologist and conservationist; Dr. Edith Widder, president of Ocean Research & Conservation Association; and Dr. Wallace Nichols of the California Academy of Sciences reported

“Herring and whale sharks indiscriminately feed on those oil globules… In oiled areas like Louisiana’s Barataria Bay, bottom-feeders have been decimated. They said big fish like amber jacks, tuna and grouper and marine mammals are exposed to oil and dispersants by feeding on contaminated fish. Skin contact with COREXIT and oil can cause ulcers and burns to eye and mouth membranes… dispersed oil can enter the marine food chain at many points, and can bioaccumulate in animal tissue, potentially impacting marine ecosystems over many years and over a broad geographical area.”

Kevin Kleinow, an LSU professor of aquatic toxicology, said he is laying off Gulf seafood until the government releases more specifics about the testing it conducted, including exactly what species are being monitored and what levels of toxic substances are being found.
He said he is also concerned that a smell test won’t sniff out dispersants.

So picture this. Oil is still washing up daily on the beaches of these coastal areas, the shrinp, crab and oysters are bottom feeders. So if it smells fine then eat those toxins. Yumm!

Sign the Petition: Tell the FDA to Come Clean About Gulf Seafood
The safety of the Gulf’s seafood is in question because of the prolonged use of chemical dispersants on oil flowing out of the Deepwater Horizon oil well.
A study from Imperial College in London earlier this month revealed that oil spills can block the ocean’s natural ability to filter arsenic out of seawater. As these levels rise, the poison can enter the marine ecosystem and become more concentrated as it moves up the food chain. And samples of crab larvae from the area tested positive for hydrocarbons.
Consumers deserve to know the safety of the food they eat and what the FDA is doing to regulate the safety of seafood from the Gulf.

Please let your voice be heard on seafood safety. Please sign the Petition

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aQ9cYc

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/cJkmOV

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/a2pc3h

Image courtesy of   http://bit.ly/9Jmllk

“4 oil breaks in 3 months toxic soup increasing- why?”


Well, terorists could not destroy our environment faster than we are doing. For the the fourth time in three months crude oil is gushing into our waterways killing our wildlife and contaminating our water.

In the Gulf of Mexico yesterday the third pipe to rip open thanks to negligence.

Homeland Security director for Jefferson Parish, La., that there is a new spout of oil  has sprung up in the Gulf of Mexico after a boat struck an oil well in the early morning hours on July 27, 2010.
A work boat crashed into the well sending oil spewing 20 feet in the air from the severed 4-inch pipe near Bayou St. Dennis, La., shearing off its valve structure and releasing pressurized natural gas and light oil.
Cleanup workers are currently booming off the area and the scene at sea has been taken over by federal agents. The U.S. Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish police and fire officials, as well as Vessels of Opportunity boats have all been sent to the scene.
Federal officials do not know who owns the well, but a contractor who handles wild wells was on the way. How can that be that wells are not marked with identification to tell who owns them? Even illegals must carry some form of identification!

Now yet another break in a pipe

This one is in one of Lake Michigan’s feeder rivers  on Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has taken control of efforts to contain and clean up the Kalamazoo River spill. It is believed to have poured more than 1 million gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek, which feeds the river. Enbridge Inc., the Canadian company that oversees the pipeline says they will compensate the state and families for their losses, but have put no dollar figure to its claim.

Compounding the problem of clean up like Louisiana, the State of Michigan and the EPA is overseeing the clean-up, have no  trained cleanup workers for this type of disaster.
This crude oil had traveled at least 35 miles downstream from where it leaked in Calhoun County’s Marshall Township, killing fish, coating other wildlife and emitting a strong, unpleasant toxic odor. It had passed through Battle Creek, a city of 52,000 residents about 110 miles west of Detroit, and was headed toward Morrow Lake, a key point near a Superfund site upstream of Kalamazoo, the largest city in the region. Lake Michigan is only  80 miles away, and many summer vacation homes and communities drink, swim and fish from that water source.

Both BP and Enbridge Inc. have been cited for numerous violations in the past, but no one group or previous administrations have help oil companies accountable for safety and health, care and maintenance of their equipment, the environment or our water and food supply.

Gross oversight, greed, lack of accountability and the lack of involvement of the American public has created this mess. Will you act to save our environment and us – today?

Tell the Senate to vote for Clean Energy and Accountability.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of http://yhoo.it/aTebiy

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/aTTEKi

To help clean up our waterways http://susty.com/living-lands-and-waters-organization/

“A salute to sea life as it was in the Gulf of Mexico”



An underwater tour of the Gulf of Mexico by submarine and scuba, highlighting the vast diversity of marine life throughout the Gulf, from the surface to depths of nearly 2,000 feet. The tour begins in the northern Gulf, tracks south along the west Florida shelf, to northwestern Cuba and finally west to Veracruz, Mexico. This video was produced for the opening ceremony of the first “State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit” held in 2006 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

This video was also shown at the May 19, 2010 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, “Deepwater Horizon: Oil Spill Prevention and Response Measures, and Natural Resource Impacts” as part of the testimony of Dr. Sylvia A. Earle.

Chair and Program Coordinator, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and a marine biologist Sylvia Earle has been an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998. Named “Time” magazine’s first “hero for the planet” in 1998, Earle has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and has led more than 50 expeditions totaling more than 6,000 hours underwater. She was the former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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Video
courtesy of YOUTUBE.com/1planet1ocean

For more on the Gulf of Mexico http://1planet1ocean.org and http://oceandoctor.org

“The picture BP doesn’t want you to see-Contractor’s view”


Stained black it’s all black now – a contractor’s personal story.

dead dolphin oozing oil

Never shown to our President – a dead dolphin rotting in the shore weeds.

Filled with oil. Oil pouring out.

BP cover up cover up everything with oil a contractor’s view

BP uses the police to keep these oily images of the dead animals out of the news.All the life out here is just full of oil.

BP never showed the President.”

The grasses by the shore littered with tarred marine life, some dead and others.

“No living creature should endure that kind of suffering.”

Queen Bess Island endangered Louisiana brown pelicans rookery little white heads stained black stood sentinel. They seemed slow and lethargic-dying.

Birds trying to clean themselves, but they are unable. Oil kills.

A caring contractor attempts to save birds and turtles struggling hard to survive…

Green Reed grass mow half  black..

Five turtles drowning in oil -two dying not dead yet, but they will be.

A pod of dolphins showed up to swim with the vessel and guide it to land.

“They know they are in trouble. We are all in trouble,” the contractor said. …

BP spends 10 thousand dollars a day to major media to keep a positive image.

On Monday, a Daily News team was escorted away from a public beach

on Elmer’s Island by cops who said they were taking orders from BP.

Resources

Excerpts and Image 1. courtesy of  floridaoilspilllaw.com

Image 2. (laughing gull) courtesy of  google.com

“Oil arriving to a shoreline near you-Florida Keys”


People, animals and environment are stressed out over the spread of the oil onto the beaches and wildlife sanctuaries in the Florida Keys. Our NC staff arrived in the “Keys” yesterday to read the headlines of a local paper ” Oily slicks will arrive here within the next two days” To observe history in the making, knowing you are possibly photographing the wildlife for the last time before their entire health and habitat are altered maybe forever is a bitter sweet experience. The oil is 75 miles off shore.
  • Live feed of BP efforts to contain gulf oil leak Look at the oil covered bird images. Why is no one rescuing them?
  • Even a dime size drop of oil could kill a bird, when a bird encounters oil on the surface of the water, the oil sticks to its feathers, causing them to mat and separate, impairing the waterproofing and exposing the animals sensitive skin to extremes in temperature. This can result in hypothermia, meaning the bird becomes cold, or hypothermia, which results in overheating. Instinctively, the bird tries to get the oil off its feathers by preening, which results in the animal ingesting the oil. This ingestion can cause severe damage to the bird’s internal organs. The focus on preening overrides all other natural behaviors; including feeding and evading predators, making the bird vulnerable to secondary health problems such as severe weight loss, anemia and dehydration. Many oil soaked birds loose their buoyancy and beach themselves in their attempt to escape the cold water.
BP is currently using in the marshes a snare and absorbent boom to trap the oil.. With the tide changes, They still claim that the booms work “pretty effectively at picking up oil as the tide comes in and out.
Hello what planet are they looking at this spill from?
When oil hits the marshes, it covers the grasses and plants,
leaving the plants with high and low brown tide markings as the water recedes.
  • All Pelican and other bird nests and rookeries become covered in thick brown oil as the tide comes in.
  • The oil soaks into the soil of the marsh lands and barrier islands, eroding the fragile ecological makeup of the wetlands. Oil poisons and suffocates all it covers.
  • Even with a minor spill, oystermen reported oil-covered oysters ten years after a spill, because of oil seeping into soil.

Some scientists know think we should nuke the oil hole to close the well. Yummy radioactive fish and glowing oil balls falling from the sky-how wonderful!

Resources

Live feed and video courtesy of boston.com/caught_in_the_oil

Excerpts courtesy of   ibrrc.org/oil_affects

Excerpts courtesy of   seminal.firedoglake.com

“”Glimpses of hope for our endangered ocean life”


Using the camera to share a message of hope for the resilience of our oceans, Brian Skerry’s labor of love has been telling the stories of the ocean for thirty years. His images and words covey his deep love and respect portray for endangered wonders of the ocean life, but convey his message of hope, the timeliness, and  relevance.

Brian usually lives amongst his subjects for eight months of the year in the field,  enduring extreme conditions to capture the complete story of his beloved wildlife above and below the sea. He has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and dived beneath the Arctic ice to get his shot. He has spent over 10,000 hours underwater.

Brian Skerry has been a photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 1998.

“Thank you for your timeless awesomely beautiful, tender portraits of some of the oceans most endangered creatures as seen in  the photographs you shared at the TED presentation.”  (Click link )

– Mother Nature

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Video
courtesy of TED.com and YOUTUBE,com

Image courtesy of National Geographic and Brian Skerry

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