Category: Ocean Life

Understanding – and technology, catching up with need.

It was not so long ago that the unimaginable expanse of the ocean was considered so large that it was impervious to human impacts. Fish were thought to be an inexhaustible resource, and there seemed to be ample water volume…

BOEM’s egg laying – and what you can do

Our last newsletter about a private meeting between Government officials and the oil industry seems to have struck some nerves – in our community, and in the governmental officials who are either backpedaling, or sheepishly looking at the corners of…

BOEM lays another egg

Last week the Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina called a closed meeting to discuss drilling plans for the coast off his state. Gov. McCrory is an elected official of the state of N. Carolina, so what he does with…

What do they really hear?

Earlier this year a paper by Christne Erbe et.al was published in the open source Public Library of Science (PLoS-One) that frames ocean noise exposures in a sensible and informative manner. For various adaptive reasons animals are sensitive to sounds…

The little things that count (also)

In the early years of the ocean noise discussion there were heated debates about whether or not introduced noise was really harmful to marine life. Our understanding was shallow and the tools blunt. Even when animals washed ashore deafened, dead,…

BOEM lays an egg.

It seems as if the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has been taking some heat on their “Record of Decision” on paving the way to Geophysical and Geological (G&G) surveys in the Mid and South Atlantic. It was just…

Follow-up on Flamenco Fundraiser

For those who were unable to attend our Flamenco Fundraiser last Friday, you missed some really fabulous music – as well as some top-notch socializing with supporters of OCR and the Marin AIDS Project. It was such an honor to…

Obama Administration completely fails on Atlantic Seismic Surveys

Despite the thousands of comments advising against opening up the Atlantic Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, today President Obama approved opening up the Eastern Outer Continental Shelf to seismic airgun surveys. As we highlighted in our recent critique…

Save the Whales! Really!

When OCR Program Director Kathi Koontz came on board with our team earlier this year she had one request:  that we give her some flexibility to participate in saving whales.  While this is part of OCR’s mission, Kathi was referring…

Guest Post on Mission Blue: UN IMO Shipping Noise Standards

I was invited to write a guest post on the new IMO standards for the Mission Blue website. The upshot is that the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a set of noise guidelines that if followed by member…