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At the end of June, I had the pleasure and privilege to attend the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), the premier conference for coral reef scientists from all over the world held every four years. I was there with Fernando Bretos, the director of the CubaMar program.
The vaquita is nearly extinct.
Scientists estimate that the species now numbers about 60 individuals and is declining rapidly. We do not know the age/sex composition of the remaining individuals and, in particular, we do not know the number of females and their reproductive capacity. If the remaining population includes more males or older females than expected (or hoped), then the species’ status is even worse than the total number indicates.
On the edge of a far-flung lagoon in Baja California Sur, surrounded by a landscape of low-lying succulents, expansive salt flats, and towering cardón cacti that appear on the horizon as totem-like sentinels enveloped in a mirage, there is a small laboratory. The Francisco “Pachico” Mayoral Field Laboratory.
For Immediate Release, June 20, 2016
Contact: Catherine Kilduff, Center for Biological Diversity, (202) 780-8862, email@example.com
Coral reefs can handle a lot of chronic and acute harms, until they can't. Once a reef tract crosses the threshold from a coral-dominated system to a micro-algae dominated system in the same place; it is very hard to come back.
"Bleaching will kill coral reefs; ocean acidification will keep them dead."
- Charlie Veron
As you may have heard, the nonprofit world has been abuzz lately about the new changes that Charity Navigator and GuideStar have implemented into their charity evaluation systems.
Most conferences do not invite comparisons to spiritual journeys. But, Blue Mind is unlike most conferences.
In truth, the annual Blue Mind Summit escapes all attempts at definition.
Established more than 300 years ago, the municipality of Loreto sits between the foothills of the Sierra La Giganta Mountains and the shores of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. This popular tourist destination possesses nearly 250 kilometers of coastline, 750 square kilometers of sea, and is dotted with 14 islands.
Following the Ocean in a High CO2 World conference in Tasmania at the very beginning of May, we held the third science workshop for the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) at the CSIRO Marine Laboratories in Hobart. The meeting included 135 people from 37 nations who gathered to figure out how to expand the monitoring of ocean acidification around the globe to better understand it. Thanks to some very special donors, The Ocean Foundation was able to sponsor the travel of scientists from countries with limited monitoring capacity to attend this meeting.
I spent the beginning of May in Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony established by Great Britain in 1803. Today, it is known as Tasmania, one of the six original colonies that became a state in modern Australia. As you might imagine, the history of this place is dark and very disturbing. As a result, it seemed an appropriate place to meet and speak of a gnawing fear, a dreaded plague known as ocean acidification.
by Alexis Valauri-Orton, Program Associate
In the streets of Lau Fau Shan, a small community in the Northwest tip of Hong Kong’s New Territories, the air smells sweet and salty. On a sunny day, hundreds of oysters lie atop drying racks – the town squares transformed into factories for Lau Fau Shan’s famous delicacy, the sundried “golden” oyster. At the small harbor, banks and jetties are built from stacks of oyster shells.