Author: mstocker

Tasmanian multi-species mass stranding – March 2, 2009

Another tragedy linked to ocean noise pollution: a multi-species stranding linked to seismic surveys. This event involved some 189 pilot whales and 10 dolphins in Naracoopa, Tasmania. For a local article see here: http://www.watoday.com.au/national/stranded-whales-herded-out-to-sea-20090303-8mom.html Tasmania has a long history of…

Phillipines Mass Stranding

Yesterday there was mass-stranding event in the Philippines, near the US Navy’s Subic Bay base. As of yet there has not been any definitive correlations with military operations, but the last time melon-headed whales were involved in a similar incident…

Bioneers Radio

This month Bioneers radio will be distributing a radio production taken from the Bioneers 2007 session with Anne Rowley (Oceana), David Helvarg (Blue Frontier) and myself (as host). You can find you station here: http://www.bioneers.org/radio/stations Or listen to the show…

Google Ocean launches

Google Earth has added a very significant embellishment to their wonderful mapping application; “Google Ocean.” (see: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/science/earth/03oceans.html?_r=2&hp ) This new tool will allow anybody to explore the ocean at will, and free of charge. I believe that the introduction of…

Marine Species Awareness Training

Part of the US Navy mitigation agreements to protect marine mammals and turtles involves having their crews informed through their Marine Species Awareness Training program. This involves watching a two part video. The first part is required of all Commanding…

Two Holiday Gifts!

This last week has ushered forth two great developments for the ocean. The first is actually a retraction of a Bush-driven policy that would have seriously compromised the National Environmental Policy Act by allowing NOAA to bypass external review when…

Dec. 2008 holiday gifts

This last week has ushered forth two great developments for the ocean. The first is actually a retraction of a Bush-driven policy that would have seriously compromised the National Environmental Policy Act by allowing NOAA to bypass external review when…

Thank-you Snailfish

Sometimes I get so linked in to doing things that I forget to stop and enjoy the show. This October OceanLab and University of Tokyo sent a camera down to one of the world’s deepest trenches and came up with…

Bristol Bay Oil Leases

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is the world’s most productive fishery – 40% of all wild fish eaten in America are pulled from these waters. So it is a puzzlement to many of us that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is considering…

Supreme Court rules in favor of the Navy

Sadly the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the US Navy in the recent gambit on the mitigation measures proposed by the California Coastal Commission. The vote was 6-3, with Justices Alito, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy joining an opinion written by…