Category: OCR News

Why Raven gave us language

The Ohlone, first people of Muwekma (the San Francisco area) tell us that Raven gave us language so that we might confound ourselves. We could use this shiny tool to tell tales, but we might also lose track of where these…

A short meditation Ocean Day

Our magnificent blue planet has again taken another turn around the sun to find us on “Ocean Day;” a moment to pause and consider the body of water that is the Mother of All Life on Earth. Today I will…

International Standards Meeting support request

The following is a request for support to attend an international standards meeting in England. Frequent Flier miles and financial support would be deeply appreciated! OCR is a member of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and anAmerican National Standards Institute…

Our Ask

Year-end appeals are so perfunctory in the not-for-profit, public benefit business that I’ll just “cut to the chase” first with our deep appreciation for the support and attention you have afforded us this last year. Our ask is simple –…

The Soul of the Sea

It is said that the origin of the word “soul” travels through the idea of “coming from or belonging to the sea,” because the sea was considered the stopping place of the soul before birth and after death. While there…

US Navy- NMFS settlement protecting whales and dolphins

This week started off with a bang and it continues with a lot of whooshing sounds. On Monday the Federal Court entered a ruling in our favor against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for approving the US Navy’s request…

Noise regulated as a pollutant?

Global Seismic Survey Operations

Just last week a paper was published in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment proposing that noise pollution – and particularly noise pollution from seismic airgun surveys – be qualified and regulated as a pollutant. The points of the article are…

Detection, Classification, Localization and Density Estimation

Last week I attended a workshop on the detection, classification, localization, and density estimation (DCLDE) of marine mammals. This field of inquiry is maturing around the development of more productive use of “Passive Acoustic Monitoring” (PAM) – which is essentially…