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Layers of Distraction

EPA Plaza, Washington DC (c) Tom Brennan, NYT A pretty tumultuous week has thwarted my plans of digging into the Barcelona Animal Communications Symposium. In the wake of senseless attacks on tourists on the Barcelona Ramblas, in importance of scientific…

The Big Wheels of the Oil Industry

Under the rubric “If it ain’t broke, smash it!” of the current Administration, we’ve been busy the last two weeks reviewing and filing public comments on some items that fell out of Executive Order 13975 (EO) which seeks to clear…

World Ocean(s) Day – honoring the sea

  Our planet has orbited the sun once more to place us all in position for World Ocean Day! Originally proposed by Canada in 1992 at the UN Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Ocean Day has been celebrated in…

Some fresh air on seismic surveys

I typically eschew technical excavations in our newsletter, but seismic surveys are an important tent-stake in the ocean noise discussion, so I offer the following three-minute read in hopes that you find it informative and entertaining (if not a bit…

More on OceaNoise2017

The OceaNoise2017 conference I attended this May was more than a playpen for “ocean noise elites.” There was a structure to the event which drew an arc over the dominant themes of the Ocean Noise topic. I was honored to…

Whales and Climate Change

A few weeks back a number of us were down in Baja California visiting the friendly whales of San Ignacio Lagoon. For those not familiar with this mysterious and delightful phenomena, the gray whales of Baja seem to enjoy frolicking…

The Song of the Sea

Rutgers professor of Estuary and Marine Ecology. And OCR friend Judith Weis sent us an article about how the environmental health can be determined by listening. The paper by Katherine Indeck (et al.)  described in the article explored the sounds…

2016 Progress Report – A thick year!

It has been my habit to keep our newsletters “short and sweet” – less than 500 words so they can be read in a minute or so. But I just finished compiling a progress report for our institutional funders to…

The Mills of the Gods grind slow…

  This Friday morning (1/6/17) we were met with the fabulous news that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has denied the six seismic survey permits that were pending under the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Five Year Plan. My…

What WUZ that sound?

We’ve heard much about how little we know about the ocean; that “we know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the sea,” or that “less than 5% of the ocean has been explored.” Of course…